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Brigante
not much of an update but i've kinda had some bad news

just got an email about me head lights saying that they arent in stock and that they have no idea when they will be. even though they took me money n appear to of charged me for delivery twice.

so now i'm about 160quid out of pocket with no idea when they'll eventually turn up :angry:
Stoney871
Get a full refund mate.
gforce
Absolutely hate when this happens! Happened me last week, all be it on a far smaller scale for a ten pound pollen filter, but really grates my cheese when they advertise stuff, take your money, then a few days later tell you it aint in stock. It's like a short-term loan service but we buyers can't apply the scandalous interest rates!

Hope it gets sorted for you soon mate. Maybe even push for a partial refund for the inconvenience if you're happy enough to wait another while for them.
GSM
Happened to me last week with a £150 hifi. They took 5 days just to tell me my order wasn't in stock and wouldn't be until the end of February. Told them I needed it NOW for some [u]fake[/u] event I made up and tried to get them to come down in price on the next model up that WAS in stock.

They weren't having it, just cancelled my order, and the annoying thing is that because the order was cancelled, I couldn't even leave them bad feedback!
gforce
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1359975106' post='232973']
... and the annoying thing is that because the order was cancelled, I couldn't even leave them bad feedback!
[/quote]

Exactly mate! It's happened me a few times and it makes my blood boil. I gave the seller a bit of a mouthful about how disappointing and unprofessional it is blah blah blah, but they can be as smug as they like knowing we can't leave the dreaded negative feedback anyway!
Brigante
it is properly annoying. was supposed to be my little treat. treated my Missus to a nexus 7 and myself to these. she got her nexus the next day and all i get is this email

Dear Mr/Ms Charles Brigante,


We unfortunately don't have good news for you. We are still waiting upon supply of the items below which you have placed on order.

[b]These are the following items which have not currently reached us:[/b]
[font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"][b]Qty.[/b][/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"][b]Description[/b][/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"][b]Unit Price[/b][/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"][b]Total Price[/b][/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"][b]MwSt[/b][/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"]1[/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"]FKFSFO023 Scheinwerfer Angel Eyes Set für Ford Focus Bj. 05- schwarz[/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"]151,58 EUR[/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"]151,58 EUR[/color][/size][/font] [font="Arial,Verdana,Helvetica"][size="1"][color="#000000"]19%[/color][/size][/font]


We are working hard on contacting our suppliers so that they can provide us with the items which are not in stock. And thus are waiting for a response back from them as to whether or not they can fulfill our order requirements as we have you as a customer waiting on items.
When we get a sufficient answer from them then we will get back in contact with you. Thus there is no need to contact us further as we already have your order query at hand.

We do extremely apologize for the inconvenience caused! Once the outstanding items have been received by us then we can immediately send your goods out for you. Before this we can't do anything.

Unless if you want to cancel the outstanding items from your order then you can do so through your online "live" account section. Then when the items have been cancelled you will get an email notifying you of the cancellation. And then our finance department will get a similar email at the same time notifying them that they need to refund you, which means that there will be no further need for you to get in touch with us.

[u]Some items are in stock and reserved for you, if you trigger a partial delivery in your online "live" account section to "NOW" option then the in stock items will be sent out for you.[/u]

[u]Just for your overview below are your order details:[/u] eShop Order number: date of receipt of your order: [b]29.01.2013 18:46:59[/b] You have selected the following payment method: [b]PayPal[/b] You have selected the following terms of delivery: [b]DHL[/b]
The order is scheduled for delivery to the following address:
[b]Charles Brigante
Nottingham
Großbritannien[/b]

[size="5"]NEW: "LIVE" account - get all the information you need on your order with live updates![/size]

You generally can view your order status "live" through your online live account section. You'll see the missing items as an example were you can initiate either a partial delivery were you send out the items in stock and leave the non stock items on back order.
Or alternatively another way is you can cancel the items which are not in stock so that the money is sent back to you and the rest of the items will be dispatched out for you.
These are just two things which you can do in your shop. We have really a lot more cool functions which are can take a look at such as obtaining tracking numbers and much much more….
So why not simply log onto your account and view all of these amazing, easy to use functions.

We hope that you enjoy shopping with us and wish you all the best in the future!

Sincerely,
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Brigante
really not looking good for me lights now :angry:

got an email saying they'll be in stock in around 10 days

so when/if i finally receive em, it'll be getting on for about a month after i paid for em :angry: :angry: :angry: :angry:
TDCiST
To be fair... FK Automtive have been around for years and I generally only hear good things about them.

Suppliers are suppliers unfortunately... We et this at work, where we order things thn get told its not in, try running a theatre with no ice creams lol!! It's carnage!!
GSM
I'd definitely be asking for a partial refund to make it worth your while.

Best case scenario, they give you it. Worst case scenario, they don't. Worth a shot.
Stoney871
What a pain in the rear.
I guess you'll not be recommending the company to the Forum then?
Brigante
As tdcist says, fk is supposed to be a well known established company which is why i thought it would be ok buying from them.

i know its a supplier issue, but if they dont have the product in stock i dont think they should be taking peoples money until it is, especially when they literally dont have a clue when they will be getting more stock in.

also trying to work out how i've been charged double for delivery. thought its supposed to be 10quid but ive been charged 20


as it stands i cant say id recommend em no
Preee
Yes agreed they should refund the money until they have the parts in stock , annoying that they hold your money while they get the parts in.
GSM
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1360170992' post='233678']
As tdcist says, fk is supposed to be a well known established company which is why i thought it would be ok buying from them.

i know its a supplier issue, but if they dont have the product in stock i dont think they should be taking peoples money until it is, especially when they literally dont have a clue when they will be getting more stock in.

also trying to work out how i've been charged double for delivery. thought its supposed to be 10quid but ive been charged 20


as it stands i cant say id recommend em no
[/quote]

Did you buy them a single set, or two individual headlamps? Might explain the double delivery charge if the latter is the case.
Brigante
[quote name='GSM' timestamp='1360171309' post='233681']
Did you buy them a single set, or two individual headlamps? Might explain the double delivery charge if the latter is the case.
[/quote]

a single set mate. though they come in 2 separate boxes it doesn't say anything about charging double
Brigante
Oh yeah, I'll soon resume hydro dipping as I have now sourced myself a better quality carbon print that actually looks like carbon fibre lol

Not the best photo but this is what the print looks like

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/photo1.jpg[/IMG]

It will be darker than this when dipped as I'll be using a darker base colour

If I get round to it I'll start re-dipping my interior tomorrow

Also thinking about dipping the grill and fog surrounds

Also gonna do under the bonnet


Will look proper quality when I'm done
Brigante
Well this is the latest on my new headlights...


[color=#2A2A2A][font=sans-serif][size=3]Dear Mr/Ms Charles Brigante,[/size][/font][/color]

[color=#2A2A2A][size=3]We're really sorry. It is always not yet managed to organize the outstanding products. Unfortunately we are dependent on the supplier and you can be assured that we are trying our best to get the outstanding items from our suppliers so we can complete your order. It is definitely not our intention to offend you or be put off with dealing from us, but it may so happen from time to time when we have over 1,000,000 products in stock we can make an error.[/size][/color]

[b]Please may you wait a few days. And if we are not able to obtain the goods within 14 Days then we will have to unfortuantly cancel the outstanding items from your order, due to us not being able to fulfill your order requirements, as we could not get the relevant stock from our suppliers in time for you, apologies! Our suggestion: Is that if you if you do not want the items then you can log onto your "live" online account and cancel the outstanding items from your order. Or you can trigger a partial delivery so that the in stock items can be sent out and the not in stock current items will be placed on back order for 14 days.[/b]



Don't look like I'll be getting them at all
Brigante
Finally starting to get somewhere with me long awaited headlights

They was dispatched from doichland on monday and according to dhl are now currently at gatwick

So with any luck i'll have em in a day or two


Better be worth the bloody wait



Hopefully photos will follow shortly after being fitted once i've finally got me hands on em
Brigante
Right ladies n gentle folk


The day is finally among us and after a very.. very very.. very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very long wait..

My new headlights have finally made they're way from doichland


After hearing a knock at the door from dhl man I bolted downstairs to be greeted by a box big enough to comfortably fit a mangled body or two in ;)

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/DSC_0292.jpg[/IMG]

And inside that box was smaller box

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/DSC_0293.jpg[/IMG]

And inside that box was two smaller boxes

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/DSC_0294.jpg[/IMG]

And finally upon opening these boxes I find this

[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/DSC_0295.jpg[/IMG]

Shrink wrap removed and I am left with this thing of beauty :wub: :wub: :wub:
[IMG]http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii487/therealbrigante/DSC_0297.jpg[/IMG]


Immediate thoughts are they look bloody sexy and they quality seems decent enough so far


Sadly I'm gonna have to hold off on fitting them for a little while longer as I've gotta dart off to birmingham shortly

But once there I'll set about fitting them n hopefully follow up with some sexy night shots of em in action later tonight

Watch this space
GSM

So where's these night shots then?!

Brigante

sorry mate been neglecting me own thread cause it aint had many views lately lol

 

heres a load of photos

 

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Brigante

tonight i seem to be having an issue with a bit of steam
 
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either the back aint clicked in properly (its tight)
 
or me breather tubes i glued on aint working

Brigante

not really a mod but i've just got myself one of these in case of emergencies

 

 

 

seems quite a good piece of kit for the price n quite rugged too

 

it'll jump start your car, inflate your tyres

 

 

got a 12v supply to charge your phone etc

 

 

and it's got a decent ish led work/emergency light on it too

 

 

 

anyone else got one of these?

Brigante

oh yeah, since getting black head lights, the rear clusters are winding me up being clear

 

so i've been looking at either these

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Focus-Mk2-05-08-Techno-Black-LED-rear-lights-/170972944508?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item27cec8187c

 

or maybe these as replacements

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Focus-Mk2-2005-on-smoked-black-LED-rear-lights-/250867802928?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&fits=Car+Make%3AFord|Model%3AFocus&hash=item3a68e2e330

 

 

whats everyone reckon?

 

 

also, the front ends really annoying me now. gonna be a while till i can fit an st front bumper (if i ever do) so for now i'm thinking about colour coding the fog surrounds, and getting rid of the chrome of the grill. either colour code panther black or maybe even carbon dip if i get round to it.

 

 

comments welcome

 

 

also if anyone can recommend me some small ish mods to crack on with that'll be great

gforce

Looks a good piece of kit alright mate, was it expensive? Let's hope you never need to use it much!  I had to get a battery charger recently for work for charging 12V deep cycle batteries. Couple of my sites struggled through winter to get a full recharge through the solar panel, so got one of these chargers and an extra few batteries so I can always keep charged ones installed. Anyway...

 

I'd def go with the black rears mate, really like them myself. Think on your black motor they'd be a must too over the chrome ones...you have your fog/reverse fly-eyed too don't you? Mind you, if you can get a deal off Sal on his then go for it, haha!

 

Bit of colour coding on the front end would make a massive difference too. And an MS design front bumper valance would also be a good compromise over a full ST bumper, but they can be hard to come by!

Brigante

only cost 30quid i think mate n it appears to do everything so its a great thing to keep in the boot. but like you say i hope i never actually have to use it lol

 

 

which of the 2 sets of black rear clusters do you think looks best mate? think i'm siding slightly towards the techno ones as i'm not sure if the smoked ones look dark enough going by the listing photo. but as you say sal's got some going so i may get em off him, really wanna see them exact ones fitted thoughso i can make a proper judgment

 

yes mate i've got the rear fog/reverse lights fly eyed. i did have the rear clusters fly eyed but i had to remove it the other day when i cleaned the car. its supposed to be durable n hard wearing, n even removable n reusable.. it isn't <_<

 

there was a load of little bits missing where it hadn't weathered well so it didnt look very good n just looked messy. ended up removing the lights again n bring them inside cause its really sticky stuff n wouldnt come off easy. took ages removing it all in little bits

 

still got it on the reverse lights though cause i aint got round to removing it. but what i may do is buy some black rear clusters n fly eye the third brake light too. may fly eye the front fogs

 

 

i'm contemplating whether to buy some new front bumper moulding that are already primed n spray em black so i can still drive round with the original ones fitted while the new ones dry. or just spray my own. really wanna spray the grill but it'll have to be when i'm not planning on using the car for a day or 2

gforce

Ah sorry mate, I just took a quick glance at the photos and thought the first ones were black and second set chrome, didn't read that they were smoked. In that case, either would look well, but I still think the darker ones would be nicest. I know what you mean about wanting to see them fitted though, any luck through Google images or anything?

 

That's a pity about the fly-eye. I had to remove tint-glue from my rear windows and windscreen recently, horrible job.

 

I should finally be getting my ST kit on in the next fortnight mate, I was gonna try and salvage any of the smaller parts off the old bumpers and let them dispose of the bumpers themselves. Was gonna take off the front and rear bumper valances, rear plastic insert, fog surrounds and grille. Was thinking someone could have them on the cheap to have a stab at colour coding if you're interested.

Brigante

aint had much luck on looking for photos on google

 

jammy git on the st kit mate. i'd love to finish mine off but talking over a grand maybe 2 of parts so i dunno if its worth it on a high mileage car. it only cost me 2.7k in the first place

 

 

how much would you want for the old grill then mate? maybe the fog surrounds too. theres been plenty of grills going on ebay but i aint paying them prices for em

Brigante

was looking forward to a productive day today and was planning on getting some carbon dipping done, but i seem to be having problems with the new dipping film i've got and it doesnt wanna float on the water properly

 

 

so instead i decided to colour code my grill. for now i just sprayed the chrome but i may end up spraying the inside as well

 

 

it's hard to tell from the photo cause the poor lighting makes it look a bit poo

 

but its actually panther black finished off with a high gloss lacquer. its got a nice smooth covering to it and does look like a professional job. really pleased with it

 

 

i was gonna also do the bumper mouldings/fog surrounds but i couldn't get hold of a flexible plastic primer

TDCiST

looking great mate!

 

I did this to my mk1.5 focus grille. looked completely different!

Brigante

Nice one mate, does look loads better n the chrome was really annoying me

 

Also since posting this photo I've been back in the garage and sprayed the rest of it lol so it's currently outside drying

gforce

how much would you want for the old grill then mate? maybe the fog surrounds too. theres been plenty of grills going on ebay but i aint paying them prices for em

 

Sorry mate, didn't see this post at all in my New Content... wouldn't be lookin much at all, just postage covered really if the parts were any good to anyone on here.

 

Looks like you're sorted now anyway though having gone ahead with the spraying. Looks a good job on the grille, will be good to see pics of the front end with the colour coded bits on and black lights.

Brigante

how much do you think postage would be for the lot any way mate? may still take em off you

gforce

Honestly wouldn't know pal. I posted a Mondeo grille one time, think it was £10.50. I'd say these bits might be a bit heavier, but couldn't be much and would be similar dimensions.

 

Sure I'll let you know what parts I end up with and take it from there. As said, could be a couple of weeks yet anyway so I'll keep you informed.

Brigante

Heres the sprayed grill fitted anyway

 

 

Missus don't like it n proffered the chrome

 

But I think it looks loads better and butches up the front end loads

 

Now I just need to get round to spraying the fog surrounds n it'll be lookin a lot more stealthy n go nicely with the head lights

GSM

Heres the sprayed grill fitted anyway

 

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Missus don't like it n proffered the chrome

 

But I think it looks loads better and butches up the front end loads

 

Now I just need to get round to spraying the fog surrounds n it'll be lookin a lot more stealthy n go nicely with the head lights

 

Hmm, not sure how I feel about it... I like the chrome. Just looks like a lower trim level now that gets the plastic grill instead of the chrome.

Also, your car's beginning to look like a black and white picture of itself! No blue badge and now no chrome lol. Just smoke your indicators and it'll look like a silent movie Focus!

Brigante

Hmm, not sure how I feel about it... I like the chrome. Just looks like a lower trim level now that gets the plastic grill instead of the chrome.

Also, your car's beginning to look like a black and white picture of itself! No blue badge and now no chrome lol. Just smoke your indicators and it'll look like a silent movie Focus!

 

lmao shows how much i know, i didnt even know the chrome was a higher spec related thing, just thought chrome was standard on the grills but i just looked up the lx on autotrader n your right mate

 

 

i dunno, ever since i got the black head lights the chrome grill just didn't look right to me. fair enough when i had the stock head light units. i've still got the chrome around me badge though  ;)

Gavc
Looking good mate! :)
Lenny

 

 


Looks good,
I think these browes would go nicely on the headlights make a subtle difference,
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-MK2-EYEBROWS-EYELIDS-KIT-LIGHT-EYE-BROWS-ST-RS-/261138231265?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3ccd0d2fe1
Gavc
+1 Lenny
gforce

I like it too. I was aware there's a black plastic grille available on lower spec, think I might have mentioned earlier about trying to pick up one of those to colour code, but sure the chrome ones aren't worth much anyway it seems.

 

I think in person you can prob see better that it's colour coded, but I agree with you that it suits better with the new headlights. You've dibs on my chrome grille anyway once it's available so you can always revert back if/when you fancied.

Brigante

Not really a mod but today my genuine ford wiper blades turned up and my god what a difference they make

 

I can actually see where I'm going in the rain now without being blinded by smear marks

Lenny

Not really a mod but today my genuine ford wiper blades turned up and my god what a difference they make
 
I can actually see where I'm going in the rain now without being blinded by smear marks

Ford wipers are expensive mate,
I've fittted bosh ones as result,
Top respect for keeping it blue oval
Brigante

Ford wipers are expensive mate,
I've fittted bosh ones as result,
Top respect for keeping it blue oval


Was gonna get bosch blades but i liked the idea of the wear indicator on the genuine ford. Was 23quid posted for the front blades. How much would bosch of been mate?
Lenny

Was gonna get bosch blades but i liked the idea of the wear indicator on the genuine ford. Was 23quid posted for the front blades. How much would bosch of been mate?


That's cheaper than I thought mate,
I bought front and rear bosh for 38 pounds last year
Brigante

I bought front and rear bosh for 38 pounds last year


That is expensive mate, it would of only been 30-32quid if i bought front n rear i think.

How much is bosch front only wipers?
gforce

I stuck a £3 16inch aero blade from Asda on the rear, well chuffed with it! Think it looks neater and wipes much better. Grabbed a 26 and 18 for the front at the same time just cos they were 3quid each but haven't fitted these yet, think my own are ok at the min.

 

Where's the wear indicator you're on about Charlie, just so I can check if my current ones have it? Not sure if they're genuine Ford or not as they've been on it since I got it and I've never looked closely.

Brigante

I stuck a £3 16inch aero blade from Asda on the rear, well chuffed with it! Think it looks neater and wipes much better. Grabbed a 26 and 18 for the front at the same time just cos they were 3quid each but haven't fitted these yet, think my own are ok at the min.
 
Where's the wear indicator you're on about Charlie, just so I can check if my current ones have it? Not sure if they're genuine Ford or not as they've been on it since I got it and I've never looked closely.


If they genuine ford they'll have a big ford logo on the ends of em mate. The wear indicator is a small black circle in the middle of the blade on the top side so you'll be able to see it from inside the car. I'd go out n take a photo but its a bit dark lol. Basically it will gradually turn yellow
bahnstormer

You've been busy haven't you? :lol:.  Looking good though.  Just so you're aware, the RS exhaust doesn't fit the cutouts in an ST bumper, the tail pipes are further apart on the RS :)

WAZ91

Right..............DAMN YOU ALL!

 

0 work has been completed today as a result of finding this thread :P

 

Brigante fantastic work on the car you have got soooo much done looks brill!

 

I have a few questions however, how do you Hydro dip? It looks nicer than wrap and when you sprayed did you use standered spray paint?

 

I have a week off soon so im tring to get everything together to blast through it.

Brigante

Right..............DAMN YOU ALL!

 

0 work has been completed today as a result of finding this thread :P

 

Brigante fantastic work on the car you have got soooo much done looks brill!

 

I have a few questions however, how do you Hydro dip? It looks nicer than wrap and when you sprayed did you use standered spray paint?

 

I have a week off soon so im tring to get everything together to blast through it.

this threads old now dude lol my new ones in the build diary section

 

hydro dippings a horrible job to do but theres plenty of videos on youtube about it

 

basically you have a roll of film that you cut to size and tape the edges

 

you then float it on water for a minute before spraying it with activator

 

the activator dissolves the glue and the print liquifies and floats on the water

 

you then dip your item into the print

 

 

you need to use acrylic based spray paints from halfords etc

 

its a really hard thing to get right though and theres so many factors that go into it, and if just one goes wrong, the whole thing goes wrong

 

some things that can go wrong are; water too cold, water too hot, too much tape, not enough tape, too much activator, not enough activator, activator clogs and blurts out, not enough soak time, too much soak time, air bubbles from not floating properly, dipping at the wrong angle. the list goes on theres that much that can go wrong lol and thats just the actual dipping

 

before you dip you need to sand, prime and base coat the item, then after base coating you need to wait 20min before dipping, wait too long n it'll dry too much

 

then after dipping you need to wash the goo off, but if you wash too hard or too soon the print will come straight off, then after its dry you need to build up layers of clear coat



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