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MrGrumpy
This is my car, I've had it since September of last year and love it!

I'm in to modding my car, and have currently not done a lot but i have plans to do stuff pretty soon, also have a few mods to be fitted.

[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/DSCN0030.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/DSCN0031.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0452.jpg[/IMG]

Currently have LED sidelights, MTEC bulbs all round front, figuring how to fit my rear footwell lights, have some lwoering springs waiting to be fitted, will be buying a milltek exhaust beginning of next month, along with a K&N 57 induction kit. i have some colour coding to be done to the fog light covers and brows, im looking into buying the MS design lip kit and an focus ST spoiler.
im looking at buying new wheels, possibly Mondeo Zetec or ST220 or maybe Focus ST wheels but its getting a bit too common if im honest. the only other thing im wanting to do next is tint the windows
have done a couple of interior mods, which is a Richbrook gear knob and some Aluminium heater knobs.

So thats my Foci, hope you enjoy. comments welcome.

And please move this post if its in the wrong place, thanks :D
Preee
Looking good ;)
dezwez
nice car
MrGrumpy
little update, fitted some new headlights.... :D

had some trouble to begin with but soon sorted.

heres how it went

Headlight removed

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0046.jpg[/img]

Found this connector taped up.

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0047.jpg[/img]

Which funnily enough fitted here (my stock headlights didnt have a plug, obviously)

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0048.jpg[/img]

so, swapped bulbs over and re fitted the headlight. and got this

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0049.jpg[/img]

with a bit of force, I managed to move the lens to the right so it faces straight

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0050.jpg[/img]

compared to the stock headlight

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0051.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0052.jpg[/img]

Went to fit the other side and found this plug. anybody got any ideas to what it is?

It sits directly under the headlight

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0053.jpg[/img]

How she looks with both fitted

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0054.jpg[/img]

as you can see, it got dark pretty quick and I was relying on the street light

We have light!!

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0055.jpg[/img]

And as you can see in the above pic, the headlight positioning is way off with the headlight i had problems with

[img]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0056.jpg[/img]

turns out that the bulb was in upside down :(

haha now sorted

[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0057.jpg[/IMG]
salsheikh
looking good there fella, well done for taking the job on! well worth it.
Danny87
Looks good, maybe the little wiring connector is for something that would have been an option when the car was new. Who knows, but I do like the new headlights.

EDIT: Ooops forgot you'd said you've had the car since last year :blink:
mitch84
Hi,nice car

That picture second from last with you inside the car looking out , the headlight on the right is slightly lower than the left , is it meant to be like this , I only ask because its the same on my focus , I've always presumed its like that so the right light does not shine into oncoming traffic as much?

thanks
Danny87
The headlamps are meant to point down a certain amount and also slightly to the left. They check on the MOT by parking the car in front of the box thing (don't know the name lol) and adjust if need be.

Sometimes you'll see French or Italian cars with orange things stuck on the headlight units and that's to help refract the light to the left as they are pointed slightly to the right for use on their roads.

My old Punto was exactly like this and the right hand side dipped beam was pointed down more, whereas on my Fiesta it's not as visible. I think it depends on who's adjusted them on the MOT (if they have been adjusted). Nothing to worry about anyway, only if people are flashing you it means you're dazzling them but any MOT garage can adjust them for you if you are worried :D

EDIT: Or to adjust them park up against a wall lol, but probably not the best way!
mitch84
[quote name='Danny87' timestamp='1332344340' post='173834']
The headlamps are meant to point down a certain amount and also slightly to the left. They check on the MOT by parking the car in front of the box thing (don't know the name lol) and adjust if need be.

Sometimes you'll see French or Italian cars with orange things stuck on the headlight units and that's to help refract the light to the left as they are pointed slightly to the right for use on their roads.

My old Punto was exactly like this and the right hand side dipped beam was pointed down more, whereas on my Fiesta it's not as visible. I think it depends on who's adjusted them on the MOT (if they have been adjusted). Nothing to worry about anyway, only if people are flashing you it means you're dazzling them but any MOT garage can adjust them for you if you are worried :D

EDIT: Or to adjust them park up against a wall lol, but probably not the best way!
[/quote]

good to know , mine are fine then it seems! :)
johnH
that connector could be the connection for the Auto-adaptive lights...you know the ones where they turn when your going round a corner etc.
james_60
hi

What lights are they ??? you didnt say

Jamie
MrGrumpy
firstly thanks all for the comments!! :D

the connector under the passenger headlight i believe is to be for washers?

the headlights are the ones with the AFS (Adaptive front lighting system) they are genuine Ford projector/directional lights, and the second plug the 3rd pic down is for the adaptive lighting, but to get this working i need about £450 because i need the steering sensor, another thing and the ECU needs to be updated..

in the pic 2nd from bottom - the reason the beam is pointing down to the ground is because i put the bulb in upside down...

These were VERY hard to get hold off and it took me months.. but as soon as i bought one side I had to buy the other... they were really expensive thought
Bigdaddycain
I'm liking the headlights too... what's the next thing on the list mods wise?
MrGrumpy
im glad you asked :D

next up, will be to fit the eibach pro lowering springs, and once recieved fit my Milltek sport exhaust :D

And, in no particular order
18" alloys, Mondeo ZS/ST or just follow suit and get a set of Foci ST wheels
MS design lip kit
ST spoiler
Tinted Windows
Some coilovers ( I think i may want to go lower, but will see how she is once i get the springs on)
Rear footwell lighting
ST Cloth Recaro's - Blue trim
Upgrade front discs and pads, possible rear disc conversion
Also want a Enclosed induction kit, something like the Pipercross Viper ;)

Had one on my MK1 and loved it,
Bigdaddycain
I like your thinking! Mods like that compliment the car nicely... Be warned though mate... browsing this site WILL cost you money! I've done nowt but spend since i started up on here! B)

Are you petrol or diesel?
MrGrumpy
Ive been careful so far, and not gone too mad.. With my MK1 I went crazy and spent a huge amount of money and when it came to sell up, well i wasnt happy with the return.. so lesson learnt.. i think :D

thanks though ;)

its a 1.6 Ti-VCT, so packs a good old punch above 2500-3000.. not as much as the bigger engined models but good enough for the 1.6 :D
artscot79
ill give u some advice the viper kit doesnt help this car a panel filter does. viper kit wont work with the current air intake that runs from the lower grill up to the rear of the box i tried the viper and got flat spots with a cold air feed. the kandn was better but even with a shield there was too much heat soak so kandn panel it is with heat reflective tape used inside the airbox.

personaly the st things been done to death and the insurance will rocket to the point you would be better with the st.

the springs i removed just to hard on poor roads coilovers can be done just be aware the heatshield sits lower the exhaust so lower gradualy .
MrGrumpy
Thanks pal.. thats good to know. It worked a treat on my MK1 1.6.. what panel filter do you recommend? its annoying being restricted to only certain induction kits as we have the Ti-VCT engine.. unless you go into a custom one and start hacking away at the air box and stuff..

thanks for the heads up on the springs.. but funds were limited so i got the springs instead of buying the coilovers.

I know what you mean about the ST thing.. but it still works :)

Will have to find out if my premium will rise, when i fit the springs and exhaust.. ill query the other plans too, and see how muhc it affects it.. being with a insurer which doesnt like car modifications though is a pain the backside.
artscot79
some insurers would class it as an st lookalike and put it a few brackets below an st.

the roads round my way are atrocious thats why i had the eibachs removed.

puma build do custom air filters for the ti vct but they are extortionately priced i have k n n panel filter having had other types on old cars i find k n n the best.

you will get the viper kit in but the cold air feed can only go down the right hand side ducting that is the current air feed, not easy even then the feed gets squashed or you get an intake pipe then a rubber coupling then an elbow then another coupling then a straight section and have the filter down real low where it can get wet.

to be honest yamaha developed the ti vct and spent a lot of time getting the air intake right to work with the variable timing and apart from the sound these kits rarely give gains the best option is ford approved the mountune kit that ive got kn panel filter with the samco induction hose 72 quid for both or the hose is 52 panel 34 seperate thats a 2 to 3 bhp gain tested
starfield
Hi,

like the look of the car !!

regarding your projector headlight that you have fitted, does the up / down function work? I mean when you load the boot of the vehicle
MrGrumpy
[quote name='artscot79' timestamp='1332632438' post='174336']
some insurers would class it as an st lookalike and put it a few brackets below an st.

the roads round my way are atrocious thats why i had the eibachs removed.

puma build do custom air filters for the ti vct but they are extortionately priced i have k n n panel filter having had other types on old cars i find k n n the best.

you will get the viper kit in but the cold air feed can only go down the right hand side ducting that is the current air feed, not easy even then the feed gets squashed or you get an intake pipe then a rubber coupling then an elbow then another coupling then a straight section and have the filter down real low where it can get wet.

to be honest yamaha developed the ti vct and spent a lot of time getting the air intake right to work with the variable timing and apart from the sound these kits rarely give gains the best option is ford approved the mountune kit that ive got kn panel filter with the samco induction hose 72 quid for both or the hose is 52 panel 34 seperate thats a 2 to 3 bhp gain tested
[/quote]


Thanks :D have you got a link for the Samco Hose?

[quote name='starfield' timestamp='1332665492' post='174351']
Hi,

like the look of the car !!

regarding your projector headlight that you have fitted, does the up / down function work? I mean when you load the boot of the vehicle
[/quote]

the headlight leveling? no, it worked on my stock lights but not on these.. they have to be done manually and leave them set, I never have any heavy load in the car let alone in the boot..

I think i have a way round it to make them work but im unsure currently so ill get back to you on that
MrGrumpy
Ok, to get my headlights to work properly as they should... I need

a module 1671604 @ £229.70

Steering wheel sensor 1371763 @ £190.55

ECU update

Why oh why, did i think this would be just as easy as Plug 'n' play
Lenny
[quote name='MrGrumpy' timestamp='1332673005' post='174366']
Ok, to get my headlights to work properly as they should... I need

a module 1671604 @ £229.70

Steering wheel sensor 1371763 @ £190.55

ECU update

Why oh why, did i think this would be just as easy as Plug 'n' play
[/quote]

as far as i am aware the ECU update for the headlight can be done by purchasing a ELM and following Pree's fantastic Guide, because the Xenon lights is a feature that can be activated through the elm software, so i assume this is the option that makes them operate in the sence of turning wiith the wheel.
[url="http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/31287-guide-for-focus-mk2mk25-c-maxkuga-elm-327-cable-and-ff2-program/"]http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/31287-guide-for-focus-mk2mk25-c-maxkuga-elm-327-cable-and-ff2-program/[/url]
Bigdaddycain
I can't comment re: the hatchback... But i'm well impressed with the Eibachs i had fitted to my estate Focus! Very almost as compliant as the standard springs, but with a lower stance, and improved handling to boot B)

And even better... I got the springs from my local ford dealer! Even cheaper than eibach direct! How does that work? :P
MrGrumpy
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1332688527' post='174391']
as far as i am aware the ECU update for the headlight can be done by purchasing a ELM and following Pree's fantastic Guide, because the Xenon lights is a feature that can be activated through the elm software, so i assume this is the option that makes them operate in the sence of turning wiith the wheel.
[url="http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/31287-guide-for-focus-mk2mk25-c-maxkuga-elm-327-cable-and-ff2-program/"]http://www.fordowner...nd-ff2-program/[/url]
[/quote]
Ill order the thing from ebay on payday and see how it goes :)

[quote name='Bigdaddycain' timestamp='1332696200' post='174413']
I can't comment re: the hatchback... But i'm well impressed with the Eibachs i had fitted to my estate Focus! Very almost as compliant as the standard springs, but with a lower stance, and improved handling to boot B)

And even better... I got the springs from my local ford dealer! Even cheaper than eibach direct! How does that work? :P
[/quote]

Im hopefully gonna fit mine within the next couple of weeks, my spring compressors arrived yesterday, I just hope i can do it without going to a garage to get it done.. have my uncle helping us out as he is more mechanically minded than my self :D
artscot79
mountune kit hose and filter http://www.mountunestore.com/Product/Mountune-Induction-Kit
MrGrumpy
[quote name='artscot79' timestamp='1332697246' post='174417']
mountune kit hose and filter [url="http://www.mountunestore.com/Product/Mountune-Induction-Kit"]http://www.mountunes...e-Induction-Kit[/url]
[/quote]

Thanks.. I did look on their website and see that one but wasnt 100% about it due to it being for the Fez.. but considering its the same engine I dont see why it wouldnt fit.. and as you have it fitted to yours its on my To-Get list ;)
MrGrumpy
headlight update...

Right, I managed to set the height of the beams out.. just a matter of a couple of plastic bits on top of the unit which move it up and down and left to right.. so i wound them right up so they both sit level, and made them both sit central... so now i find out if what ive done has worked or ive moved them too high so they dazzle other drivers (hope not)
Only thing left to do now is find out if i have the Adaptive lighting loom inside the cabin.. as i was told just because i have the engine bay loom, its possible I wont have the other... but surely I would have.. wouldnt i?
starfield
[quote name='MrGrumpy' timestamp='1332666767' post='174353']

Thanks :D have you got a link for the Samco Hose?



the headlight leveling? no, it worked on my stock lights but not on these.. they have to be done manually and leave them set, I never have any heavy load in the car let alone in the boot..

I think i have a way round it to make them work but im unsure currently so ill get back to you on that
[/quote]

i have got the same projector headlight. The headlight levelling does not work either. I have got plastic halen keys instead under the bonnet. i have never adjusted them though.
MrGrumpy
[quote name='starfield' timestamp='1332854381' post='174622']
i have got the same projector headlight. The headlight levelling does not work either. I have got plastic halen keys instead under the bonnet. i have never adjusted them though.
[/quote]

Yes, those plastic allen key bits is what positions the light.. have you got a pic with yours fitted? do they fully work?
starfield
et voila !!
MrGrumpy
Thanks!

Whats the light output like? I've currently got MTEC bulbs which are a bit poor.. was thinking off fitting a HID kit and then swapping over to my standard lights when MOT time comes.. unless someone can suggest some decent bulbs with a nice out put.. I had Xenon Max bulbs previous but one has blown so i cant fit them now :(
starfield
The light intensity is rather disappointing. I did not open to check the rating of the bulbs. My wife's micra K11 gives better light, i am serious.

Should you find a decent bulb, can you let me know?
artscot79
the original zetec lights give better light thats why i hate projectors they are useless
starfield
[quote name='artscot79' timestamp='1333056100' post='175077']
the original zetec lights give better light thats why i hate projectors they are useless
[/quote]

they may not give as much light as the conventional headlight, but they are much better looking !!

As a matter of fact, when I purchased the vehicle (2nd hand from Dees), i was offered the option of changing the lights to the conventional ones. I declined.
gforce
Sorry to hi-jack the thread and will probably start my own topic on this, but just thought I'd jump in here whilst it's being discussed.

I have the adaptive projectors in mine also. Had 'white' bulbs in my Mondeo and preferred the colour and light output was fine, but when I put them into the projectors they were like the proverbial 'candle in a jam jar'. Went with some costly Halfords ones then which were on BOGOF, but they only lasted 6 months and I'm back to standard bulbs now.

Can anyone confirm if xenons would be a straight plug and play replacement or is there any re-wiring required. Alternatively, has anyone fitted a HID kit into these to get a better light output but retain the cool cornering function?

I'm not a fan of dazzling HID kits (and have never fitted one before), normally DIY fitted with no regard given to levelling them or the effect they have on other road users when poorly aligned, but I thought they might work well in projectors. I know for MOT purposes about the requirements for washers, self-levelling etc, but would probably swap out for that as long as when fitted they didn't blind oncoming traffic.
MrGrumpy
[quote name='starfield' timestamp='1333055810' post='175075']
The light intensity is rather disappointing. I did not open to check the rating of the bulbs. My wife's micra K11 gives better light, i am serious.

Should you find a decent bulb, can you let me know?
[/quote]
Will do, Currently im looking at buying Ring xenon Max 120% bulbs had them in my MK1 with Hella projectors and they looked the dogs!
[quote name='artscot79' timestamp='1333056100' post='175077']
the original zetec lights give better light thats why i hate projectors they are useless
[/quote]
[quote name='starfield' timestamp='1333056546' post='175081']
they may not give as much light as the conventional headlight, but they are much better looking !!.
[/quote]


What the guy above said, much prefer the look of the projector
[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1333107506' post='175135']
Sorry to hi-jack the thread and will probably start my own topic on this, but just thought I'd jump in here whilst it's being discussed.

I have the adaptive projectors in mine also. Had 'white' bulbs in my Mondeo and preferred the colour and light output was fine, but when I put them into the projectors they were like the proverbial 'candle in a jam jar'. Went with some costly Halfords ones then which were on BOGOF, but they only lasted 6 months and I'm back to standard bulbs now.

Can anyone confirm if xenons would be a straight plug and play replacement or is there any re-wiring required. Alternatively, has anyone fitted a HID kit into these to get a better light output but retain the cool cornering function?

I'm not a fan of dazzling HID kits (and have never fitted one before), normally DIY fitted with no regard given to levelling them or the effect they have on other road users when poorly aligned, but I thought they might work well in projectors. I know for MOT purposes about the requirements for washers, self-levelling etc, but would probably swap out for that as long as when fitted they didn't blind oncoming traffic.
[/quote]

I had the MTEC bulbs in the standard lights and the output was ok...

Xenons wont be plug and play as such.. you can fit them but for them to fully work they need to be rewired as the stock connector wont function.. as far as i know, and you will need the ballasts and DS2 bulbs.

As for HID kits, I dont know of anybody who has done it with these headlights, but If i dont get the light output from the Xenon Max bulbs then I will fit a HID kit and do as you said, swap over when MOT time comes around.

The cornering function doesnt work on mine, as they were not standard fitted.but I could get them to work if its possible using Pree's guide on the ELM software to activate them, but that being said im unsure if i have the loom in the cabin, i know i have it in the engine bay.

The HID kit wont dazzle on coming drivers as long as they are set up properly, I dont see it being a problem with interfering with the cornering function as thats seperate.
artscot79
whats the point in looking better if you cant see well with them each to there own personally i think they look wrong on the car also projectors dont use standard hid kits from what im aware a hid bulb wont fit into the housing without touhing or almost touching the lens causing a lens burn out so you will need to chop upo the lenses with a dremel to make the bulb connector sit further back an hid bulb is about double the length .

my opinion is based on the fact i have had them previously and the light output was poor regardless of what bulbs i tried and most bulbs burned out pretty quickly as stated 6 months or so some even less probably the reasonyou were offered standard is most cars that had them changed to the standard as they have far better light output but its down to each individuals taste.
Lenny
[quote name='artscot79' timestamp='1333138496' post='175240']
whats the point in looking better if you cant see well with them each to there own personally i think they look wrong
[/quote]

If the headlights were a boob job i cant say id agree with you mate, ;)
but good lighting is important,
artscot79
any new mod tips lenny?
Lenny
[quote name='artscot79' timestamp='1333140366' post='175256']
any new mod tips lenny?
[/quote]

not at the momment im still at the drawing board,
im fitting a DRL automatic dimmer to the st pod gauges tomorrow,

sounds like you could really use a holiday though mate, B)
Bigdaddycain
Apologies for taking this slightly off track chaps... I was plagued with bulb failiured on my focus till about 6 months ago... It turned out my battery was knackered, i've not had a bulb let go since the new battery was fitted... Previously, on one occasion i fitted a new bulb that didn't last till the end of the same night! All the bulbs did a "slow blow" ... (black on the inside) Apparently, a low current builds up carbon deposits on the bulb filament, which then blows slowly taking the filament out with it...The low current was down to the knackered battery drawing more than the alternator could put out...
MrGrumpy
Fitted LED strips to the interior door handles today

[IMG]http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x424/tomfocus/IMG_0104.jpg[/IMG]

the passenger side doesnt work, although it did before i fitted the handle surround back in..

Ill resolve that tomorrow
artscot79
the door handle leds add a nice touch to the inside and very cheap to do

lenny a holiday you must be jolking im doing 196hrs a month and a bambino due around november and those are just normal hours no overtime
wezzy_jess
Nice looking motor, I have a Focus the same colout but in saloon.

Does your Focus have auto headlights when its dark etc?
MrGrumpy
[quote name='wezzy_jess' timestamp='1335131086' post='179120']
Nice looking motor, I have a Focus the same colout but in saloon.

Does your Focus have auto headlights when its dark etc?
[/quote]

Wezzy its Tommy from Focusowners :D

Yes, I have Auto headlights :D
wezzy_jess
[quote name='MrGrumpy' timestamp='1335290634' post='179382']
Wezzy its Tommy from Focusowners :D

Yes, I have Auto headlights :D
[/quote]

I see, how much did the lights set you back?
MrGrumpy
[quote name='wezzy_jess' timestamp='1335290727' post='179384']
I see, how much did the lights set you back?
[/quote]

About £70 roughly.
MrGrumpy
Gave Gypsy the full works (sort off) yesterday
Rinsed
Washed with Turtle Wax Shampoo (just because i have 4 litres off it :P and it has a nice smell :lol: )
Clayed with Meguiars quik detailer kit
used the Meguiars 3 stage gear. Paint cleaner, Polish and Carnauba Wax
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And this morning I fitted something new ;)
Before
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During
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After
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Im looking in to re locating the 12v power socket next to the Heated screen switches :D
Next up, another new rear splitter :D soon to be delivered
Stoney871
Cracking job.
To fit the flap did you have to remove the fascia and switch panel?


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