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Flex - The journey of a box ( Updated 13/01/14 )


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Hey guys, Nice to meet you all.. my name is Jim.. i mainly post on the
specified rukus part of this forum but i thought id also contribute to
this part of this forum also, i bought this rukus brand new last year,
build 3 in super white, i fell in love with the car.. i was always a fan
of boxy ( square cars, straight lines look ), thats what got me hooked
into this, from the first day i bought the car as soon as i took it home
i debadged the rear rukus emblem to give it a clean look, so from then
on here are a list of mods, could be more that i cant remember at the

Engine Bay -

Added K&N air filter / Typhoon Series

Trd front strut bar ( Powdercoated white )

Cleaned up all the wiring ( also used corrugated tubing for a cleaner look )

Painted the heatshield in a hi-temp matt black

Custom aluminium engine cover

Vinyl wrapped the ( engine cover, air filter cap, fuse box, coolant container, strut bar )

Added a bigger dry cell battery ( also removed the decals off it )

Added thick earth cables for the audio setup

Wheels & Suspension -

4 x 19”x 8.5 Xxr 962’s ( custom spraypainted )

Tannabe df210 springs

Trd rear sway bar ( powdercoated white )

Sprayed calipers matt black ( also added white vinyl TRD decals on them )

Grenade valve caps

Exterior -

Arctic camo inspired full wrap

Matt black wrap roof

Black wrapped the trunk chrome bezel

Fully functional sharkfin antenna

Tinted headlights , foglights, vent drls, taillights & rear bar lights

Mafia series eyelids

Custom mesh bottom grill

Colour coded both front grills, also the backplate of the front toyota badge

Plasti-dipped front / rear toyota badges

Custom modded headlights ( drl tubes, sprayed black inside )

Removed rukus badge

Removed A pillar decals

Tinted front windows to match rear

Added soft front lip

Added white led strips for bottom & upper grill ( wired into dome light )

Added white leds in rear plates

Personalised number plates ( FLEX )

Exhaust -

Removed one cat

Added resonator

2.5” stainless piping

Stainless x-force muffler

Dual exhaust 3.5” quad turn-up tips

Tips ceramic coated in matt black

Interior -

Plasti-dipped orange blaze headunit bezel

Plasti-dipped orange blaze subwoofer bezels

Brushed stainless trd bolt on car mat plates

Aftermarket knuckbuster shift knob with orange blaze plasti-dipped spikes

Added realistic rc shell look alike of my rukus sitting on woofer box

Exterior & Interior Lighting -

100% custom vent drl seqential indicators with switchback drls

Custom modded taillights ( badboy look brake lights, half cut indicators with reverse in CREE leds

Added white VIP puddle lights wired into the dome light circuit to fade in/out

Oznium 3rd brake light

Rear bar fully functional brake lights

Added USDM foglights

6000k hid’s in headlights & foglights

Added white leds into dome / map, footwells & cargo light

Audio & Visual -

Pioneer Avh-x5550bt headunit

4 x 6.5” Rockford splits

4 x 1” Rockford tweeters

2 x Rockford amp

2 x 12” Rockford p3 woofers in a custom made ported box

4 x Headrest monitors 10”

1 x Standalone monitor on the rear sub box

Some pics -

Before -




Now -




















- Jim

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Looks awesome where did u get chrome grill and fog set up from? After chrome stuff for mine

The grill isnt chrome, its color coded white, as for chrome accents etc.. try american ebay.. search for scion xb / toyota rumion, might be a couple things..

Provinyl ??





where did you get your foglights from? what kind of $$ for them?

I ordered mine online from the castle hill toyota website, they are about $350, you can also get them shipped from america from trdsparks.., keep in mind there is no existing wiring harness in the toyota rukus, so you would have to make your own wiring harness.

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Can't get any lower, 1.7" from the front, 2.1" from the back.., that's quite a big drop, i already need to be extra cautious on the roads.

The pics from provinyl was before the new springs were installed btw

- Jim

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Looks tough on the road, spotted you twice this week on King Georges.. I like your other thread too, because girl ;)

Thanks bro, yeah i got it to the point where it does stand out of the crowd now..!

Although i will be upgrading the whole audio system within the next couple months, if anyone is interested in a brand new gps / sat / nav / touchscreen double din unit, and all the speakers etc you get with the build 3 setup.

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  • 5 months later...

some new pics snapped up today, ( had been doing some more cosmetics to the rukus, also added vip / puddle lights as the car unlocks and added led strips to the front grills so they come on all together, looking into buying a new set of wheels and getting them custom sprayed orange, few more mods to come - Jim








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  • 4 weeks later...

hey jim hows the plastidip holing up... I wanna get a few cans to paint some under bonnet parts.... not sure how its gonna go with the heat though....

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Hey Chris, plastidip in general is a very versatile product i have used it on my badges, interior trim pieces, shark fin antenna, as for " holding up " i would say always make sure you apple 1-2 dust coats and then 4-5 medium to heavy coats, thats what i do and i have had no issues with peeling as for the heat factor i have my rukus badge plasti dipped matt black on my engine cover and it gets hot there but its still holding up, i dont think you will have an issue but theres no harm done if it comes off, one of the pros to plastdip, fully removable !

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been playing around with some pinstriping latley for abit of variety, i will be changing the audio setup soon enough.. just not getting the bass i want out of the stock setup.. got some custom drls made up that i will be installing soon, that's it for the moment, till i think of something else :)

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Couple more recent pics, ill be changing the 6mm pinstripe to 3mm orange pinstripe and ill follow it down to the headlight, the drls should be getting put in this weekend, sharkfin is also on now..i plasti-dipped it matt black to go with the vinyl on the roof.

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i bought the kit from ledmod, its basically made for the US version of the scion xb, so if you have the stock side skirts, install is fairly easy as you just remove the grommets from underneath, i also added the led strips for the front grills.. i am also having a audio setup put in.. should be getting the box back tomorrow hopefully, will take some pics.

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