Static. Meaning fixed ride height. Craig Woodruff’s Scion xB is slammed within a half-inch of its life and he’s thinking about going lower. It’s a daily driven sense of accomplishment bringing recognition and relative safety. But why are we calling it the lowest static xB in Texas?
[bd] Introductions. I know your name, but tell us a little more about yourself. Where are you located, what do you do for a living? Been doing it for long? Do you like it? That sort of stuff. (It’s a car magazine, but we’re all about the people who own the cars and do stuff with them, ya know?)
[cw] Located in Lewisville, Texas, I’m 30 years old, still living my childhood dreams of one day owning a car and being able to stand out amongst the crowd. I’ve always been a gearhead, following in my Dad’s footsteps since he raced dirt oval cars. Since then, I started getting hands-on, tinkering with any car I could get my hands on. For a living, I do what I am passionate about. That’s working on cars as a tech at Lewisville Volkswagen. On the side, I also work on club member and other friends cars.
[bd] We haven’t had many Scions in the magazine. Tell us a little bit about your xB. What makes it special?
[cw] Ever since Scion first released the xB in 2004, I was drawn to the uniqueness of the ride. Finally getting the chance to own an xB in 2011, I bought mine completely stock and the research began. My first mod was lowering springs and 17″ wheels, but the ride height wasnt to my standards – I wanted lower. So after cutting a couple coils and it still not meeting my expectations, I knew I had to get coilovers.
What makes my xB special to me is that, my friends and I have done all the modifications to it ourselves in the garage and it catches attention everywhere it goes. And the thing I love the most is the famous question, “Are you ‘bagged?”
[bd] You said you grew up around cars, but this is a new thing for you? What do you mean by that?
[cw] I’ve always been in the car seen. I go to the biggest meet in Texas every week – Texas Imports Today – but I’ve never been recognized. After I purchased a nice set of wheels that really made the car “pop,” my B and all my hard work finally stood out and started getting the attention it deserves. Then came the recognition, trophies, photos, photoshoots, and now this magazine interview, for which I can’t be more thankful.
[bd] So is all the recognition new to you or are you talking about the modifications? (From some of your Facebook pictures, I get the feeling you’re also into 2-wheeled sports, so maybe this is your first 4-wheeled project in a while?)
[cw] The amount of recognition for this project has been more than any of the other projects I’ve had. In the past, I’ve had a few bagged and static trucks, a turbocharged Civic, and a turbocharged Focus, but never had the passion for those vehicles as I do my xB. It could be because, when I had a few bikes, I was throwing money into them like crazy, and now all I have is my Scion. Over the years, my toys got me into trouble more than once, and thats why I choose to just put my money into my xB – to keep me safe.
[bd] Now I’m intrigued. You’ve had turbocharged cars, a few trucks, some bikes, and now you have just the one vehicle – the xB – which you say keeps you safe and out of trouble. That sounds like a deeper story to me. Can you tell us a little bit more? [off the record – we want someone out there to read the stories we run and feel that connection, that “Holy shit. Me, too!” moment, ya know? If this isn’t something you want to publicize, I understand. Just downplay the question for me or something like that.]
[cw] Having those type of cars with the amount of power they had, I always found myself at street races. Which in turn lead to getting into trouble with the cops, tickets, and a night or two in jail that I’m not proud of.
[bd] One of the things I like about your xB is how subtle it is. Scions – and xBs, in particular – are fairly popular vehicles to customize, and it’s not uncommon to see things taken to the extreme, yet your modifications appear relatively limited. Why is that? Taking it a step further, why did you start where you did – with an xB, with these specific mods?
[cw] I guess you can say I’ve never been too much into the extreme modifications. For one, thats when you start blowing your money, and two, it’s just not practical for a daily driver such as my xB. Dont get me wrong, I’ve seen other Scions that have gone to that extent and they look very nice, but for my only car, I’d like to keep things simple and clean… for now.
[bd] What are you goals for the xB this year? How specific are they, and what was your process for determining them?
[cw] For starters, I’d like to get a new set of wheels and lower it more to the point where I know I’m the lowest static gen 1 Xb in the state of Texas, if not the nation. I’d like to get a full engine bay wire tuck, upgrade the whole interior, then work towards getting the whole car repainted. I want to try and get this all done as soon as possible so I can start registering into more of the larger shows and hopefully win more trophies.
I want to prove to people that you can be this low without the hassle of air ride. You just have to keep a sharp eye out when driving when you’re a half-inch (12.7mm) off the ground. As far as the wire tuck and everything else, it’s really to keep a clean, non stock, look that is simple.
[bd] Just how low is your xB? How do you measure it and how will you know it’s the lowest static (I assume that means fixed ride height vs. air- or hydraulic-adjustable) xB in Texas if not the nation? And when you say you’d like to get everything wrapped up as soon as possible, what kind of timeline do you think is realistic?
[cw] I’ve measured my xB a few ways. First, from the ground to control-arm which is 1/4″ (6.4mm). Then I measured from my unibody to the ground and thats 1/2″ (12.7mm). And yes static is fixed ride height. I’m on HKS coilovers in the front and the rear has 89 Camaro rear shocks with HKS coils.
With the coilovers in the front, I’m able to set my front end on the ground, but in order to do that I have to raise my car, take off my wheels and adjust the ride height that way. This is unlike [air]bags, where you adjust the ride height with a push of a button. This whole year, I’ll be working on getting all the new parts I mentioned earlier, one of which will be installed sometime in February. I wish I had the money to buy it all at once, but perfection takes time.
[bd] Anyone out there inspire you or otherwise make a difference in your life through this project? (Nice place to do thank yous.)
- Sciontists (car club)
- Logan martin (photos)
- Josh Love (inspiration, help, best buddy)
- Chris fowler (help, buddy)
- Kendall White (throwing my name out there)
- Briannah Stillwell (“”)
- My parents (inspiration, help)
[bd] Where can people find and connect with you these days, and what type of gearheads are you most interested in meeting?
[cw] Instagram – @woodyxb – and Faceboook.
A true gearhead is a true gearhead and thats the people I enjoy talking to.