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GoldenLeaf
I have just become the owner of a 2006 Ford Focus LX Mk2 1.8 TDCI, and I am thrilled :D I am not looking to spend too much money on this car, £1500 max, but hopefully not even that much. If anyone has any suggestions of mods they think could look nice, or any tips for the future mods I wish to do, please let me know in this thread.

Current list of things I wish to do:

- New bulbs (sidelights, dipped and full beam)
- Smaller aerial
- Alloy wheels
- Tinted windows (rear and back sides)
- Maybe Mk2.5 spoiler and rear bumper
Only cosmetic really, no performance upgrades.

So I have attached some photos of my Focus as stock, just incase you guys don't know what a Focus looks like :P



Isn't she a beauty?!
GoldenLeaf
My new bulbs came today! Here's some photos I took of them:



Thanks to some helpful advise from a few on the members on here who helped me pick these bulbs. Let's hope they are nice, bright and BLUEish.

I will be fitting them tomorrow and will take before and after photos, so look out for them :)
Stoney871
Good effort there mate.
Use me and Brigante as inspirations if you want.
Plenty to do from our signature pictures if you find anything that takes your fancy.
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1351105143' post='213408']
Good effort there mate.
Use me and Brigante as inspirations if you want.
Plenty to do from our signature pictures if you find anything that takes your fancy.
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Thanks man, the inspiration for the bulbs has already come from you and the idea of maybe getting new spoiler and rear bumper from Charlie :)

Like my newly created sig? :P
Brigante
So the inspiration for the bulbs never came from me? :( I had em before Clive did lol
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Brigante' timestamp='1351106085' post='213418']
So the inspiration for the bulbs never came from me? :( I had em before Clive did lol
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Oh >.< Sorry it might have done I can't be 100% now, why do you have to put doubt in my mind :P
Stoney871
I trained Charlie too well, he's pre-empting my ones now.
Jedi skills in him strong are they. ;)
Lenny
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1351105143' post='213408']
Good effort there mate.
Use me and Brigante as inspirations if you want.
Plenty to do from our signature pictures if you find anything that takes your fancy.
[/quote]
.+1
Welcome to the forum, and nice colour focus
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Lenny' timestamp='1351155942' post='213529']
.+1
Welcome to the forum, and nice colour focus
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Thanks Lenny, you have a real nice looking focus too man.
Lenny
[quote name='GoldenLeaf' timestamp='1351157151' post='213538']
Thanks Lenny, you have a real nice looking focus too man.
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Thanks mate,
Its a style model on the log book. Converted to a Zs by myself Has become an addiction month by month lol
GoldenLeaf
So I fitted the new Osram Cool Blue Intense bulbs the other day and this is the before and after shots.



I think they look pretty nice. They give a lot better colour than the stock bulbs, however I am not sure whether the main beams throw out as much light as the stock. Could be that they are more precise? I am talking more about the spread of the light.

Looking back now, I should have probably taken a photo from the drivers seat of the before an after.

I have some more photos which I may upload later.
Preee
Welcome to FOC , nice looking car you have ;)
Jackx
Nice car mate! I used to have a 2006 MK2 1.8TDCI. Brilliant car, and 45-50mpg! Unfortunately, had too many miles on the clock and needed alot of work!

I did a few mods, body coloured the plastics, st replica alloys, mk2.5 rear lights. rear tints, mk2.5 zetec seats (trust me will transform the interior), mk2.5 stereo. Could post up some pics if you want.

I miss my focus! anyone wanna swap a mk7 fiesta for a mk2.5 focus? aha.
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Preee' timestamp='1351531618' post='214292']
Welcome to FOC , nice looking car you have ;)
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Thanks man. You've got quite a beast of a car yourself. Focus MK3 looks pretty sharp!
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Jackx' timestamp='1351532237' post='214295']
Nice car mate! I used to have a 2006 MK2 1.8TDCI. Brilliant car, and 45-50mpg! Unfortunately, had too many miles on the clock and needed alot of work!

I did a few mods, body coloured the plastics, st replica alloys, mk2.5 rear lights. rear tints, mk2.5 zetec seats (trust me will transform the interior), mk2.5 stereo. Could post up some pics if you want.

I miss my focus! anyone wanna swap a mk7 fiesta for a mk2.5 focus? aha.
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Thanks :D Yeah it does get pretty good MPG. That's a shame about yours :/ How many miles did it have when you bought it?
Yeah that would be awesome if you could upload some photos, I'd be very interested in seeing them :)
GoldenLeaf
So I have been looking at getting a muffler tip for my focus, but am not quite sure which one to go for here are a couple I have been looking at.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CHROME-EXHAUST-TAILPIPE-TIP-TRIM-END-MUFFLER-FINISHER-FORD-FOCUS-ESTATE-ZETEC-/130674740699?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item1e6cd24ddb"]1[/url]
[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CHROME-EXHAUST-TAILPIPE-TIP-TRIM-END-MUFFLER-FINISHER-FORD-FOCUS-ESTATE-ZETEC-/200738148408?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item2ebced1038"]2[/url]

Though with these ones I am not sure how it will sick out, whether it will stick out straight or point towards the floor. They have a slight angle but I'm not sure if it's enough.

I saw someone had posted [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Focus-Stainless-bolt-on-rolled-angle-cut-slanted-oval-exhaust-muffler-tip-pipe-/140700741261?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D3250562002082918979%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D4%26sd%3D160749482670%26"]this one[/url] somewhere on this forum, it has more of an angle so it may sit straighter, but it costs a silly amount. Any ideas guys?

P.s I wish my front lights were bluer now :(
.Ryan
Looking good mate, I'm a huge fan of discreet mods. I'm also after an exhaust tip, and looking at it I'm going to need an angled one also for my Zetec S, just not sure which will fit niceley.
gforce
Not too keen on link number two, but the other two aren't bad. Is £19 a 'silly amount' for that last one?
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1352149997' post='215396']
Not too keen on link number two, but the other two aren't bad. Is £19 a 'silly amount' for that last one?
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It's the postage that is the silly amount.

Do you think the ones you think look good will sit nicely, or just face the floor?
gforce
Ah right enough! Sorry, I didn't notice that, new ebay layout and all!

Hard to tell really how they'll look until you see them fitted. Came across this though which may be of interest to you...it's a genuine Focus MS Design tail pipe. Would probably come up nice with a bit of polish and elbow grease!

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-MK2-TWIN-STAINLESS-TAIL-PIPE-/271078897334?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3f1d8fb6b6"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-MK2-TWIN-STAINLESS-TAIL-PIPE-/271078897334?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3f1d8fb6b6[/url]
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='gforce' timestamp='1352213397' post='215501']
Ah right enough! Sorry, I didn't notice that, new ebay layout and all!

Hard to tell really how they'll look until you see them fitted. Came across this though which may be of interest to you...it's a genuine Focus MS Design tail pipe. Would probably come up nice with a bit of polish and elbow grease!

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-MK2-TWIN-STAINLESS-TAIL-PIPE-/271078897334?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3f1d8fb6b6"]http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3f1d8fb6b6[/url]
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Yeah, nice find thanks. Something like that would look nice on my car I think, though there would be a few things I would need to ask a mechanic I suppose, as I know nothing about these things. First is, will it fit my car as my car hasn't got a cut out for a tailpipe. How much it would cost to weld it on and will it alter the sound of the exhaust.
vinnyvangough
Get a full backbox rather than the tip. A custom exhaust place can recommend one to give you a certain sound too
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='vinnyvangough' timestamp='1352236515' post='215578']
Get a full backbox rather than the tip. A custom exhaust place can recommend one to give you a certain sound too
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No, no, I seem to have been misunderstood. I am only looking to slightly enhance my exhaust, and I thought an easy and inexpensive way to do that was by buying just a bolt-on tip. I am not looking to replace any part of the exhaust. Neither do I want to change the sound of my exhaust. I like how my car sounds currently, it is nice and quiet in the cabin, so I can hear my music clearly :)
Stoney871
As diesel exhausts on Ford's seen to always turn down at the end the best ones to get are ones that are angled.
Adding a straight tip runs the risk of it being too long and hitting the ground/speed bumps etc.
Try something like this-
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=370586712131
gforce
Not sure about fitting in terms of pipe diameters and that, would be worth asking about, but if that is indeed a genuine Ford MS Design tip, then it should just sit below the bumper anyway, so you wouldn't need a cut-out or anything.
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1352269001' post='215620']
As diesel exhausts on Ford's seen to always turn down at the end the best ones to get are ones that are angled.
Adding a straight tip runs the risk of it being too long and hitting the ground/speed bumps etc.
Try something like this-
[url="http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=370586712131"]http://pages.ebay.co...id=370586712131[/url]
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Yeah that's more like what I am after, thanks Clive.
Stoney871
;)
GoldenLeaf
Anyone know what bulb type I need to replace the one in my boot?

Getting [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1x-Blue-Interior-Courtesy-Light-LED-F6-264-42mm-Festoon-Upgrade-Bulb-/350619815254?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item51a291cd56"]this one[/url] for my courtesy light. Do you all think this will be decent?
Stoney871
The bulb you need is a w5w, also known as a T10 or wedge.
Try this one-

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=140758962598

It fits into the lens on the light fixture and replaces the standard bulb.
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1352497848' post='216050']
The bulb you need is a w5w, also known as a T10 or wedge.
Try this one-

[url="http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=140758962598"]http://pages.ebay.co...id=140758962598[/url]

It fits into the lens on the light fixture and replaces the standard bulb.
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Right, would [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/4-X-7-LED-HID-XENON-WHITE-501-T10-W5W-SIDELIGHT-NUMBER-PLATE-INTERIOR-BULBS-/220986447355?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item3373d195fb"]this[/url] work also? Or do you think the one you linked would look better/ would be brighter?

While I'm asking about bulbs, do you know if the courtesy light bulb I link is the right one? and what bulb do I need to replace the number plate light?
Stoney871
The number plate lights on a Mk2 are 38mm festoon and standard Mk2 courtesy lights are the same.
The bulbs you linked are ok'ish for footwell's but crap for boot lights.
The one I linked to will fit flush into the boot light lens and plug into the socket using the T10 adaptor included in the pack.
The light spread will be good and not wasted lighting up the inside of the boot trim as it will all be directed down.
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1352503431' post='216064']
The number plate lights on a Mk2 are 38mm festoon and standard Mk2 courtesy lights are the same.
The bulbs you linked are ok'ish for footwell's but crap for boot lights.
The one I linked to will fit flush into the boot light lens and plug into the socket using the T10 adaptor included in the pack.
The light spread will be good and not wasted lighting up the inside of the boot trim as it will all be directed down.
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Ah cool. As always thanks for your helpful input, Clive :D Is your car still running well, after the repair job, from the motorbike incident? I just read through that thread, you sure did have some back luck :P
Stoney871
The car's running like a dream, no problems at all.
Still hanging on for the Insurance company to get back to me, they sure do take their bloomin' time.
Stoney871
This is what i mean about the boot light, got the listing wrong, it's actually a 12 LED panel that fits exactly; sorry for the misinformation.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-12-LED-SMD-Panel-T10-Dome-BA9S-Festoon-Car-Light-Lamp-Bulb-12V-Adapter-New-/120843648923?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item1c22d7bf9b"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-12-LED-SMD-Panel-T10-Dome-BA9S-Festoon-Car-Light-Lamp-Bulb-12V-Adapter-New-/120843648923?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item1c22d7bf9b[/url]

[IMG]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Phone%20Uploads/DSC_0032.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Phone%20Uploads/DSC_0033.jpg[/IMG]
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1352508621' post='216073']
The car's running like a dream, no problems at all.
Still hanging on for the Insurance company to get back to me, they sure do take their bloomin' time.
[/quote]

[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1352508910' post='216075']
This is what i mean about the boot light, got the listing wrong, it's actually a 12 LED panel that fits exactly; sorry for the misinformation.

[url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/White-12-LED-SMD-Panel-T10-Dome-BA9S-Festoon-Car-Light-Lamp-Bulb-12V-Adapter-New-/120843648923?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item1c22d7bf9b"]http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c22d7bf9b[/url]

[img]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Phone%20Uploads/DSC_0032.jpg[/img]

[img]http://i1130.photobucket.com/albums/m522/stoney871/Phone%20Uploads/DSC_0033.jpg[/img]
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Ah yeah crappy insurance companies, who are you with? Glad all is well with your car.

Oh that's was close I was just about to order them :P Thanks for letting me know, I will order them now. Thanks for the pics also, very helpful :)
GoldenLeaf
Ordered 2x white 38mm festoon and 1x blue 38mm festoon and then also the 12 led panel :) £11 not too bad
Stoney871
Make sure you post pics of the results.
GoldenLeaf
[quote name='Stoney871' timestamp='1352513280' post='216082']
Make sure you post pics of the results.
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Will do ;)
GoldenLeaf
Well I have just bought [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330379335700?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2648"]this[/url] for I am not very happy with my Osram cool blue intense H7 bulbs. I went for the 8000k, should be nice and blue, but not so much that I get pulled :P. I don't really know what to do for the H1s, cos HIDs take a while to warm up so HIDs wouldn't be much good at flashing at people. May just stick with the halogens for now...
GoldenLeaf
I have succeeded in a couple of small mods...

First, I have changed my old aerial, which was like 75cm long, for a [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/200602211356?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649"]5.5cm long aerial[/url]:



Isn't it as cute as a button lol :P It really is rather tiny though.

Second I have changed my reg bulbs for some white leds, [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271079458283?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649"]38mm festoons [/url]



The blue 38mm festoon bulb I bought to replace my courtesy light bulb didn't seem to fit too well (naughty advice from Clive, tut tut! :P), I did manage to get it in by bending the clips slightly. When in the door position, with doors closed 4 of the leds would glow slightly, and when the doors were open it lit up normally. Was odd. But that bulb blew and managed to blow the fuse for the courtesy light at the same time, so I have got the seller to send me a new bulb and have replaced the fuse. Stuck with the old bulb for now, till the new one arrives, which is a 42mm this time, which is the same length as the original.

Fun times

On an update, I have just received my HID I ordered :D Just need to fit them with some help from a friend now.

Well that's it for now.


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