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Brigante
Excuse to bump me own thread a lil bit so I don't lose it :ph34r:

But I just activated the instant fuel readout with ELMconfig lol

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God I hate being out of work n not being able to post any new mods :( got loads planned but no funds to do em

Around this time next month I'll be fitting a new head unit n reverse park camera so that'll be the next big mod.
Lenny
Good work mate,
I look forward to seeing the stereo and reverse camera system sounds cool.
You could always sell your stock system and reinvest in another mod.
Brigante
Was thinking that mate but wouldn't get much for it. Hasn't even got the AUX button :(

Was thinking about butchering the front off it n making a dummy faceplate to stick over the new headunit as a security feature cause I don't like the look off the dummy covers on ebay, they look too dummy lol
Stoney871
If you want a faceplate i have a broken radio in pieces with the face plate off and ready to modify.
Stoney871
Or there are these-

[u][url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dummy-Security-Faceplate-Panel-Cover-for-Double-2-Din-Car-Radio-/170778859436?pt=Car_Audio_Video&hash=item27c33697ac"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dummy-Security-Faceplate-Panel-Cover-for-Double-2-Din-Car-Radio-/170778859436?pt=Car_Audio_Video&hash=item27c33697ac[/url][/u]
Brigante
Those are the dummy ones on ebay that i don't like the look of mate lol, look a bit to fake for my liking even if your looking at it from a distance from the other side of the window.

Do you mean you've already got a broken 6000cd radio mate?
Stoney871
Yes.
It would need modifying to fit and stay in place but worth a crack.
Brigante
was just thinking of butchering my current one down with dremel etc and fashioning some sort of suction thing on the back, got a few ideas on how to stick it.

but if you've already got the face of it broken down ready n just needs modifying, that would obviously save me time in butchering mine n can keep it in one piece.

so that would be great mate if your offering, how much you want for it?
Stoney871
Gratis.
Brigante
You sure mate?
Stoney871
It's just clutter to me.
Brigante
Hmmm a know. Clutter to you but may stop me getting me windows smashed cause it'll just look factory fitted.

Nice one then mate I'll take it off your hands
Stoney871
No problem mate.
Interesting to see how you mod it to fit as a cover.
Brigante
Got a few ideas, guess i'll just see what i'm working with when i recieve it n go from there.

I've seen it done somewhere else just trying to think where, think the bloke basically sanded it down n crudely stuck it to the new head units screen with double sided sticky pads.

One of the reasons i decided on the head unit i'm getting is it hasn't got a big volume knob sticking out it n it's face is pretty much flat so the dummy plate should fit nicely over the top of it without sticking out too far to make it look obvious.

Only thing is if anyone clocks the reverse camera it may be a give away.
Stoney871
I think you'll be fine.
Scrotes tend to look in the car rather than outside it.
Brigante
Dummy faceplate pretty much finished now.

Found some all purpose adhesive and stuck everything in place, but I may take it apart n redo it when I get some better glue. This stuff was a bit thick n messy for my liking but it'll do for now.

Just gotta get some sort of foam sheet to line the back of it to avoid scratching the new head unit.

Now I've just gotta wait till around this time next month when I'll actually have the new head unit so I can figure out the best way of mounting the plate.

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Brigante
Just realized the above photo is really blurry :wacko: I'll take a clear one shortly.


Just changed the above photo to a clearer one. Can see where even though I was being bloody careful, I managed to get some bloody glue on me thumb n take some of the paint off the AUX button <_<

I suppose it will just aid the faceplate in looking old and worn, Won't be seen up close anyway, just from the other side of the window.
Stoney871
Top job so far mate.
How about using some of that thin foam wrapping they usually put around new tv's or a foam mouse mat cut to fit?
Brigante
Was actually thinking about that mate. May have some of the foam wrap knocking about at the Missus's

Don't think I've got a spare mouse mat knockin about but would be ideal really
Brigante
May redo the gluing though I'm not entirely happy with it. Was a bit tricky to work with.

Oh yeah on a happy note, the Missus just informed me she's ordering my stereo as I type :D

Reverse park camera was ordered last week I think so is currently on the way from China

And she'll be ordering the stereo fitting kit next time she gets paid as there's no rush.
Stoney871
Lucky wee beggar. :D
Brigante
Lool ask your Missus to treat you to one for xmas ;) besides, you've got a sony, miles better than the thing I've been putting up with that doesn't even have an AUX button :o
Stoney871
:P
Brigante
When it comes around to fitting it i'll take plenty of photos so I can write up a guide on fitting everything and wiring in the camera.

Then I can also complete the dummy faceplate guide on best way of mounting it.
Lenny
The stereo face plate looks excellent mate,
In regards to softening the rear you could purchase a microfibre cloth in your local poundworld store and trim to size then glue to the inside of the face plate.
The reverse camera system will be fantastic too.
I'm looking forward to you getting it fitted too mate.
Brigante
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1351446146' post='214147']
The stereo face plate looks excellent mate,
In regards to softening the rear you could purchase a microfibre cloth in your local poundworld store and trim to size then glue to the inside of the face plate.
The reverse camera system will be fantastic too.
I'm looking forward to you getting it fitted too mate.
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Cheers mate. I'm still thinking about taking it back apart n re-gluing it with some better glue cause I'm not entirely happy with it.

But then it'll only be seen from a distance from outside the car so it should be alright n do the job nicely.

As for the microfibre cloth, I thought about it but would rather use summin a bit more sturdy n thicker. A mouse mat might actually be ideal so I'll have a mooch in Wilkinson or summin to see what I can get.

Lol tell me about it mate, it's horrible now knowing that she's ordered it n it'll be here soon but I'll have to wait till the 25th before I can fit it :unsure:
Brigante
Right ladies it's been delivered today :D

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But this is as close as I'm gonna get to it for now and I have to wait till the 25th of next month before I'm allowed it :unsure:
Stoney871
So close but yet so far. :P
.Ryan
How does the gearstick surround come off mate?
Brigante
[quote name='Rh1no' timestamp='1351634039' post='214578']
How does the gearstick surround come off mate?
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Being the 2.5, your gear surround is a bit more involved mate.

But if you have a quick through this page of Oxides thread:

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/36297-carbon-fibre-interior/page__hl__%20carbon%20%20wrap__st__15

He has a 2.5 same as yours and not long done this himself. So if you have a read it'll help you.

But quoting Clive:

The ashtray just clips into place under the demister panel and the gear surround on a 2.5 is glued to the upper console piece.
To remove the ashtray unit you'll need to remove the whole upper console piece.
On a mk2 you'd only need to unclip both parts of the gear surround.
I think for your model it's 4 screws at the rear and 2 bolts at the front and the footwell side panels need to come off too but they are one screw each under pop off covers.
Sorry it's more involved than on a mk2.
Haz93
You can get the gear stick suuround off without removing anything. Just got to know what to do. If you push the black leather bit down ( not very hard ) then there are two clips at the edge furthest from the stereo side which you have to hook with your finger to 'pop' out and it should come off then. If you mean the whole console, remove the handbrake gaiter ( good tug ) then there are two torx screws under the armrest and one under the cup holder mats. Then the console comes out with a tug. No need to remove anything else
Haz93
That stereo looks nice mate, bet you can't wait to get it fitted in :)

A stereo upgrade is what I would like to do but for an oval fitted one for the facelift you either got to have a Zenec and get ripped off or a cheap jap one and have it break on you. No in the middle unless the facia is changed to suit. Ah well

Gona be spending Xmas day with the family or fitting the stereo??:P
Stoney871
'Ho Ho Ho my arse, where's my torx screwdriver?' :P
Brigante
[quote name='Haz93' timestamp='1351671299' post='214604']
That stereo looks nice mate, bet you can't wait to get it fitted in :)

A stereo upgrade is what I would like to do but for an oval fitted one for the facelift you either got to have a Zenec and get ripped off or a cheap jap one and have it break on you. No in the middle unless the facia is changed to suit. Ah well

Gona be spending Xmas day with the family or fitting the stereo??:P
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Lol you know it mate. At the moment it's just sitting at the end of the bed looking all pretty teasing me :(

Only thing stopping me going mad is knowing I couldn't fit it if I was even allowed to cause the Missus needs to get the fitting kit first so I can actually get it to work in me car.

Mate you could get a stereo the same size as mine and the fitting kit would come with a fascia adapator that builds up it up from a square stereo to an oval shaped fascia. I'll link you to what I mean when I'm on the laptop

Lmao luckily mate I'm not waiting till xmas for it, its a bday present n me bday is exactly a month before xmas on the 25th november. But it's still pretty much a month away.
Brigante
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1351689119' post='214642']
'Ho Ho Ho my arse, where's my torx screwdriver?' :P
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Lmao that would be about right mate especially if I'm having xmas with the Missus family.
Brigante
[quote name='Haz93' timestamp='1351671299' post='214604']
That stereo looks nice mate, bet you can't wait to get it fitted in :)

A stereo upgrade is what I would like to do but for an oval fitted one for the facelift you either got to have a Zenec and get ripped off or a cheap jap one and have it break on you. No in the middle unless the facia is changed to suit. Ah well

Gona be spending Xmas day with the family or fitting the stereo?? :P
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Right mate for example, this is the fitting kit you would need:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Focus-Double-Din-Facia-Adaptor-Pioneer-Steering-Wheel-Interface-Stereo-kit-/400326351105?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item5d354f5901&clk_rvr_id=405537469255&afsrc=1

You can see it has a fascia adapter to build the square head unit up to your oval fascia
Lenny
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1351624578' post='214524']
Right ladies it's been delivered today :D

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But this is as close as I'm gonna get to it for now and I have to wait till the 25th of next month before I'm allowed it :unsure:
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24 days and 23 sleeps to go mate.
Brigante
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1351770017' post='214792']
24 days and 23 sleeps to go mate.
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Lool I'm counting em down mate. And my sleeps don't last long as it is.

Think the Missus is ordering the fitting kit end of next week.
Brigante
Started doing the fly eyes, but there was limited day light to take any decent photos <_<

Heres a few for now:

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(some how me number plate reflected on me bonnet :wacko:)

And to show the light still shines through:

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Stoney871
Not shabby at all ;)
Brigante
Looks it close up mate. Few creases about. Was a git of a job to do.
Lenny
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1352326408' post='215745']
Not shabby at all ;)
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+1 mate
Looks good on the black body.
Some day pictures please Brigante,
Brigante
As requested, here's some better photos. (excuse how depressingly dirty she is, it's down to adverse weather conditions and the Missus's drive way)

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Feel really ashamed now looking at it :( :unsure: :o

Really need to give her a valet before winters here.
Lenny
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1352386090' post='215813']
As requested, here's some better photos. (excuse how depressingly dirty she is, it's down to adverse weather conditions and the Missus's drive way)

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/2012-11-08141528-1.jpg[/IMG]

Feel really ashamed now looking at it :( :unsure: :o

Really need to give her a valet before winters here.
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Looks excellent mate,
Maybe yellow flyeye on the fogs to give some contrast,
But looks fantastic front and back, not too dark and not too light, just spot on perfect
Your focus is coming togeathdr nicely, rear looks very sporty, some flaps like the custom sets for the zetecs would fit a treat, protect body from dirt and also help finish the rear to look low and wide.
gforce
Agreed that it's lookin great! I know you're not 100% happy with the finish, but I'm sure any blemishes are only noticeable close up and will only annoy you as you'll know they are there. Those pics are pretty much the way people are gonna see it, at that distance if ya get me, so it looks spot on. You haven't done the rear fogs and upper brake light have you? Would finish the rear off a treat...along with two big pipes to fill those bumper cut-outs! Any plans for that?

Wouldn't be keen on going with yellow for the front fogs though. I know what Lenny's saying about adding a bit of contrast, but the yellow fogs aren't for me at all...just personal opinion obviously! Might have asked before but what are your ultimate plans for the front end? Think with the fly eye and your car in black that maybe that chrome grille isn't working, what you think? I'd be tempted to try pick up a black grille surround on the cheap (preferably colour coded but maybe standard black plastic) even just as a trial. Just a suggestion.
Brigante
Cheers lads

Mud flaps are definitely high up on the list, I'm already noticing the effects of not having them. Just gotta get funds together.

I need to get round to fly eyeing the rest of the lights. May have a go tonight but It's just getting the time. I'm already trying to get 2 more mods fitted but it's proving tricky lol.

Concerning the front, I've been wanting to colour code the grill n fog surrounds for a while now. I've already got all the paint ready, again its just a case of getting the time to do it. And I'm thinking whether theres much point as ultimately I'll be fitting an ST front bumper when funds allow.

Concerning the exhaust, I've been looking into fitting an RS exhaust cause I think I could make it work. Think I've sourced one and would just need the brackets. Again it just comes down to aquiring the funds to purchase everything which is hard when your applying for every job going and not getting nothing back.
gforce
Tough market at the minute alright mate, hopefully somethin comes up for you soon.

Think the rest of the lights will look well done, should be easy enough to do as well compared to the headlights and tail lights.

I was thinking the ST front was your aim. I had started gathering up grilles and that for mine but have sourced a complete bumper now at a good price so selling on my spare bits to get the cash for it! Think the colour coding would make a cracking difference, but would agree that there might not be much point if changing them anyway. Only thing is I suppose, they might fetch a few quid when you go to sell them as they'll be a nice mod for someone else but with the work already done.

Time and money mate, tell me about it! And weather/daylight aint helping these day either! Still haven't got round to the rear 12V supply in the boot :o

Have you looked into much about the exhausts then? I always thought the standard ST/RS ones wouldn't suit as that middle back box in them sits where we have the spare wheel well, no? I'm gonna wait til my bumper's on then take it to the exhaust centre and see what they can do to fill the holes. Would be happy with standard ST pipes if I thought the box fitted as they can be picked up pretty cheap.
Brigante
Yup it is tough mate.

I've just fly eyed the rest of the rear lights apart from the 3rd brake light for now so I'll up a few photos shortly. Just need to do the fogs n 3rd brake light soon n It'll be done.

How much did you get the complete ST front bumper for then? I may be interested in purchasing some part from you if the price is right.

Yup your right about the ST exhaust not fitting cause of the standard focus having a spare wheel well so the big back box would sit too low so thats a no go. But my thinking behind an RS exhaust, is that the RS back box is a fair bit shallower than the ST back box. So it wouldn't sit as low under the wheel well. And then the RS exhaust tips are a fair bit bigger than the ST tips, so these should make up for the back box sitting a bit low and fill the cut outs in the bumper.
Brigante
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Stoney871
That works a treat.
Nice one buddy.


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