Scion xB Front Grills, xB Billet Grills, xB Front Grills, Aftermarket Grilles, Replacement Grills
Scion xB Front Grills (whether they be replacements of overlays) are the most common exterior appearance upgrade that xB owners will do. That’s because compared to other exterior appearance upgrades like body kits and spoilers, replacing a xB’s grille is usually quick, painless, and doesn’t require painting. Also, the simple upgrade usually leaves the vehicle with a completely different look.
Our line of Scion xB Front Grills carry thru 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 or 03, 04, 05, 06, 07 models.
03-07 xB Front Grills
xB Front Grills: What do they do?
The Front Hood Grill on your Scion xB is not just for looks. The grill allows for ventilation into the front part of your xB to allow for better cooling for your radiator and engine bay. If your xB had no grill, you would suffocate your engine bay and significantly raise the amount of heat in your engine’s environment, leading to decreased performance. The factory Scion grille is there to let air in while keeping larger debris out to prevent damage to the relatively fragile radiator.
While most Aftermarket Scion xB Replacement Grills can increase performance a bit by allowing even more airflow, they are not generally considered a high performance upgrade. Basically it’s just a looks thing. Change the look of the grill and your entire front end is transformed into a different vehicle, setting it apart from the thousands of other xBs out on the road.
Types of Scion xB Front Grilles
While there are plenty of companies out there that make grills for Scion xBs, they generally can fall within a few categories of fitment and look.
Replacement Type xB Front Grills
Replacement xB Grills are the most common type of grill and require you to completely remove the Scion grille from your xB. These types of grills can be the hardest type to install since they require undoing several tabs and/or screws, and then fitting the new grill in. They usually have the advantage of being more securely attached and having more of a stock flush look to them.
In some very rare occasions where the stock grill is physically a part of the rest of the bumper, you may have to make modifications by cutting out a proper install area. You could usually tell by looking at your stock grill whether cutting would be required or not (if the grill is not a separate independent piece, then you probably need to cut). While such grills exist, we try not to carry cutting type grills due to the amount of labor and permanent modification involved.
xB Front Grill Overlay
For a small amount of vehicles, grill overlays are available. In this case, you would leave your stock xB alone, and the grill overlay would fit over the existing grill. The grille overlay would then snap in or have hidden screws to attach somewhere around the edge of the stock grill. The overwhelming majority of overlay type grills are billet type.
Usually, installing a xB Grille overlay is simple, but due to the nature of the grill, it may sit out further than your stock Scion Grill, which may or may not look right depending on your tastes. Also, if it is a snap on type (which is also pretty rare), it might pop off in the event of a hard collision... which would probably be the least of your worries if your xB hit something that hard.
Scion xB Front Billet Grills
Billet xB Front Grills are probably the oldest style of Aftermarket xB Grille out there. The name refers to the material they are made out of, billet aluminum, which is lightweight and easy to work with. Generally speaking, they will be chrome on the outside, with the interior and rear of the fins painted black. Alternately, some billet style grills may be made of chrome, which can get very heavy, or plastic, which can be too flimsy to support the often thin design of billet grills.
The prototypical xB Grill consists of several evenly spaced billet aluminum fins. Fitment wise, most billet grills tend to be overlays, and will include small brackets and screws for installation. They allow for good ventilation while still acting as a formidable barrier to large trash and debris.
xB Front Billet Grills tend to be the grill of preference for the muscle car and off road type of consumers, and they look best with darker and bolder colors. With their chrome appearance, they may not “pop” as much on lighter colored vehicles.