You had my opening the thread in exitement and anticipation, and i was dissapointed - for me, "tuning" means modifiing a car for better performance
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Posted by EddieKUGA on 12 August 2013 - 05:24 PM
I think I went slightly OTT with the polishing??
Posted by Ru4hie on 01 November 2013 - 06:40 PM
Posted by Lenny on 26 August 2013 - 07:17 PM
Thought I'd share today's car mods with you for the laugh,
Sorry about picture quality taken using a tablet computer,
My two girls got these barbie Volkswagen beetle cars from santa last Christmas and I could never understand why he didn't put lights in them,
So last week I dissected the shells drilled some 4mm holes inside of the clear lenses and purchased from LEDs to give it the HID look which to scale actually work lol as you can see there ready to drag race with angry birds barbie counting down to the quarter mile attack with the LEDs illuminating just like scale HID
I also used the electrical nylon tape to line the footwell's and seats to feel and look like a two tone interior,
Happy with the results lol
And the 9volt battery's strapped down in the boot compartment just like a proper racer
Posted by SuperSixFour on 17 August 2013 - 08:22 PM
This is my new car, its a 2 year old focus titanium in vision blue with the 100ps version of the 1.6 petrol engine.
It has the usual titanium spec with a few options ticked, DAB, keyless entry, push button start, heated seats, Bluetooth, voice control, and rear parking sensor.
I'll be giving it a good wash, clay and machine polish when I get a free weekend, but the paint is in pretty good condition really.
So far I've fitted a brodit phone cradle and some ford oem mudflaps, but that's all. I've got a few other bits waiting to be fitted when time and weather allow...
Clear fog light lens - I might do the dual reverse mod in the future, but just a clear lens and red bulb for now.
Zetec S aluminium sport pedals - these were an optional accessory on the titanium.
New alloy centre caps - these have corroded quite a lot, spoiling the look of the alloys
LED rear tail lights - again these were an option on the titanium.
That's about it for now really, I'm a fan of keeping things original looking, so I'm mainly just looking at fitting oem parts and optional extras that the car doesn't have.
I'll probably replace the headlight and front fog light bulbs with a combination of Phillips xtreme vision and night breakers towards winter, I had those in my last car and they were decent.
I'll be looking around the forum for other ideas, so any suggestions are welcome!
Posted by Preee on 19 April 2013 - 09:56 PM
A little gift , here are the PDF electrical wiring diagrams for the Ford Focus
Focus Mk2/2.5 + ST PDF dated 2010 - http://www.mediafire...0ww0q1o720cm9uc
Focus Mk3 PDF dated 2011 , not ST - http://www.mediafire...5sgjtvif7gd9hxc
Very usefull indeed if your trying to figure out additions to your car or find wiring
Posted by FOCA on 27 October 2013 - 03:29 AM
Insurance and money really isn't the biggest problem for me (I'm not boasting) I just really need my car. If I do get banned it will just show how much I actually do need it.
If insurance and money are no problem why are you driving a 5-year-old Fiesta 1.2?
Ive got some big (expensive) plans for my car - all donations graciously recieved
Posted by salsheikh on 12 September 2013 - 08:01 PM
best bet is to drive a 60bhp polo around for a week (like me) and then get back in your focus and notice the power !
Posted by jeebowhite on 19 August 2013 - 11:36 AM
Stoney, did you not do him for driving without due care and attention? or where you off duty and just showed him a thing or two?
As for the Corsa, well I dont race on the roads, however I will quite happily abandom all fuel economy graces and accelerate as quickly as possible to a legal limit, in order to show these things up.
Recently had two 'attempts' to be shown up by a corsa, both failed.
Had a 1.4 corsa, tarted up looking like he had spent all his pocket money on it, and we were at a set of traffic lights (very little difference to those in america i.e. another set 100 yards ahead) he started revving at me, so I started revving back. Red goes amber and he wheels spins off, I dont move, I then crawl off up to ten miles an hour, after he has slammed his anchors at the next lights, I look over the way, see the amber, and floor it, I get to the lights as they go from amber to green, he starts to wheelspin and I disappear past him at 35, and keep going till hes a dot in the mirror. He eventually caught up with me, with a look of horror (so he should, he just got 'learned' by a minibus , so I humour him again, we get to the roundabout, both heading the same way, and we pull away, but then he tries to cut me up. Foot down, and whilst he is in the inside lane, at about 30 still trying to accelerate, I lurched past him and left him for dust, once again he caught up with me at the next set of lights, having seen an undercover bobby car down the road, and knowing fine well I was turning off, I sat at the lights, and he shouts at me 'how about one more' I told him the first to 60 takes ultimate pride (in a 40 zone ) he clearly doesn't know the area, and clearly didn't realise that I was going right, but he floored it off, got to the police car and swung out to overtake him at 40 (he clearly didn't realise that I hadn't moved...) all of a sudden, I see blue lights...
that was just legendary! he was clearly out to drive like a pratt, and whilst it was safe and legal to do so, I showed him as much. My car is not super tuned, its got an EGR blank, a turbo diesel, and an auto gearbox, hardly the raciest of motors, but I still managed to show him up. But the fact that was willing to go to such lengths in a built up residential area to try and gain back some pride, cost him about £60 and three points!
I caught up with that same cop car later that day, I was overly surprised when I found it was one of my old mates I used to work with in the kitchens. he told me that the guy claimed I was racing him, driving like an eedget, up his backside, and bullied him into going faster. Even my mate saw that I was in the dedicated turn lane when he flew up his jacksey, and told him it was bull, but he had to ask the question, so I told him the truth, I never exceeded the speed limit, there was never any traffic immediately in front of us, and I was always in a seperate lane. Also told him about some of the other manouvers he had been trying to pull (undertaking being one of them, and at one point earlier in the journey he undertook on the hard shoulder). my mates eyes pricked up, and got on the blower, suddenly had an urgent home visit to attend to and gave the guy a true rollocking. I later had a mutual friend drop me a message, Dan had told him to pass on a message: there was no evidence so he couldn't charge him, but apparently he broke down in tears in front of mummy and daddy, who took his keys off him, 3 months driving ban, courtesy of the folks! and his first month driving afterwards was to be accompanied by one of his folks. The guy only passed his test about 2 month ago, and his parents bought him the car as a present...
now that is a victory!
Posted by Lenny on 26 September 2011 - 10:27 PM
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So time to get fitting
Lift the bonnet on your ford, and ensue the ignition is off, and keys out of the car,
Begin to unclip the eleven clips that hold the bonnet insulation pad in place simply squeeze the two sides in towards each other and gently pull outwards then store them neatly together. Preferably cut a plastic bottle in half or an empty Pringles tin to store them all in, until required for re-fitting, this type of temporary storage is good practice for working on your car, as if one is lost this type of part can be a nightmare to replace,
Once all clips are removed gently flap the pad down towards the engine and gently pull out away from the car in a straight line,
GOT A SHOCK TO SEE BAD FORD PRINTED UNDER THERE IS mine a Reject
Store this Insulation part preferably in a vertical position, indoors away from wind, and any risk of it being stood on during the change over process,
Once this is out of the way, unplug the water hose from the bottom of the current jets, by giving a gentle tug, the pipe should pop off and a small amount of water is expected,
Then to remove the electrical connector use a flat screwdriver to lift the clip and slide the connector out from the socket,
Finally as seen in the picture below, press the clip on the jet in towards the pipe and push upward to the top surface of the bonnet, the jet should pop out of place, gently remove and replace with the new type,
Continued on Next Post Below.....
Posted by lasse1955 on 01 February 2011 - 08:33 PM
The durashift on my Fusion has malfunctioned sometimes the last month.
No reverse sometimes, no forward gears other times, gears get stuck and at last no gear at all (but the display showed “4”).. Always with the sprocket warning-light lit.
Ford workshop wants 1000£ to fix it, at least.
But the solution was simple, if you are normally handy and can spare an evening.
Everyone think durashift is complicated, complicated and more complicated, BUT THIS IS NO ROCKET SIENCE!!
The problem was the shift actuator (see picture 1).
The shaft from the gearbox that is connected to the actuator was stuck. It should be possible to turn and pull, if normal.
So I disconnected the gearbox shaft from the actuator (one screw), and discovered that the gearbox shaft then was possible to turn, but the actuator was stuck (motor no 1. The one with the white plastic ball joint).
I connected 12v to the actuator motor (motor 1. Pin 1 and 6) but the motor was only "humming". It was really stuck.
I removed the actuator from the gearbox (4 screws). Then I removed the actuator motor no.1 (four screws, se picture 2.) but the actuator was still stuck. It was not possible to push and pull the slider (that now should be really easy to move, as the motor now was gone).
I took a big screwdriver and bent it loose, and discovered then that the rack was stuck in its plastic slide surface (I don’t know the correct English word) inside the actuator housing.
The plastic was a just little deformed but enough to get the rack to stuck really hard.
I drilled a hole in the closed end of the “plastic slide surface” (se picture 3.) and then a bigger hole (see picture 4) to see well and to be able to put in some tool.
Now I saw a little “bump” in the plastic surface (and some dirt). I took a 16mm reamer to make the plastic surface smooth (picture 4.). Now the rack was sliding nice and easy.
If you can’t borrow a 16mm reamer you sure can use a sharp knife or a file or a Dremel or something similar.
I put a plastic cap over the drilled hole and glued it (picture 5).
I mounted the actuator, and the gearbox is working as new.
It feels so good!
Some tips: DON’T turn the motor when you have removed it from the actuator!!!!! It has position sensors in it, and needs to match the position of the rack!!
Make a mark on the rack before you bend it lose, it must match the position of the motor when you mount them together.
I am not really sure what causes this, but plastic deformation over time is nothing new.
But more likely I think the problem is water. As the plastic slide tube is pointing upwards I guess a small amount of water have come between the plastic tube and the aluminum housing. Either has it there frozen to ice and therefore expanded to a “bump” in the plastic, but more likely it has there caused corrosion on the aluminum which expands to a “bump” inside the plastic tube.
As I glued the cap I assume no more water can enter, to cause more problems.
Greetings from Sweden.
Posted by Oliverb on 15 November 2013 - 04:50 PM
Posted by theduke on 07 November 2013 - 09:59 PM
i will confess to once being sat in a car park in my works van and someone parks next to me and really smacks my door getting out only to shout too his mrs 'oh !Removed! theres somone in there haha sorry mate and wondering off'. i just grinned and pretended not to care but the door on a vw transporter is quite big and heavy so i accidently returned the favor and thought oh well im just as sorry as you are
Posted by georgen on 07 November 2013 - 04:49 PM
What boils my pis is you park out of the way in a supermarket all on your tod, but when you return some idiot has parked not just next to you but so close its hard to get in your car, but a 100 spaces around you empty.
Posted by Stoney871 on 02 November 2013 - 12:58 AM
Parked up dealing with drunks in clubland and some jerk delivering kebabs has decided to jam his crapmobile into the back of my patrol car.
Couple of scratches and a tiny crack in the bumper.
When he realised he'd hit a police vehicle he proceeded to go back into the takeaway and scarper out of the back door.
No licence or insurance, vehicle not registered to him either.
Pity his home address was in his satnav though.
One in custody, job a good'un.
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Posted by Dave-2912 on 28 October 2013 - 08:11 AM
How many HID threads does one forum need??? It's second only to 'Which bulbs do I need for <insert location>.
The OP didn't even ask about the legality (which always end up being the talking point).
well that simply isnt true. you can retro fit HID's as long as the output and beam pattern are set correctly they will pass and MOT as plenty of people I know have done. As for washers and self levellers...if your car came out of the factory with them or you have retro fitted them they must work, however they are not required to be fitted,
Welshy, some of what you say is true but levellers and washers are still required to be fitted aftermarket (along with a new headlight housing). Its just that the MOT doesn't check for them...
I agree that MOT stations WILL generally pass a car with HIDs. I haven't tried it but their test requirements in this area are so wooly that they would have no choice to pass what is an illegal mod.
The MOT information which relates to this:
The important bit is "Vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) or LED dipped beam headlamps may be fitted with headlamp washers and a suspension or headlamp self levelling system." The wording "MAY be fitted" insinuates that these items do not need to be in place so I can understand why HID conversions get through an MOT.
The MOT guidelines are not the bible of roadworthyness though. The Department for Transport clearly state that fitting HID lamps aftermarket is illegal without also:
- Changing the headlight enclosure for one designed for HIDs.
- Fitting self levelling to the headlights or suspension.
- Fitting headlight washers.
The headlamp housing must be changed because of the way that the light is produced by HID lamps. Have a look at this website:
It explains why retrofit HIDs should not be judged soley on the beam pattern cut-off. (I suspect this is what the MOT test looks for?)
The MOT test is therefore not doing it's job in keeping vehicles roadworthy but it's something we all have to live with until the government gets its act together. The police are not guided soley by the MOT rules so if you come across a clued-up copper, you might still have a problem.
Insurance companies agreeing to insure HID conversions only serves to muddy the waters even further. So an MOT pass does not mean HID lights are legal to use but you will probably get away with it.