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#106 GSM

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

Great guide guys with so much information.......I am thinking of fitting a set of these but am also thinking of putting a inline switch in to the system to turn them off if needs be.
Has anyone done this or knows how to do it?
My thoughts at the moment are a small round toggle switch out of the way near the steering coloum?

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The live for the system is connected to the live for the reverse light. In other words, the system is only "on" when you engage reverse gear - it's not on all the time (would be no need for that unless you wanted a precise measure of just how far up your !Removed! that Audi is!).

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:50 AM

The live for the system is connected to the live for the reverse light. In other words, the system is only "on" when you engage reverse gear - it's not on all the time (would be no need for that unless you wanted a precise measure of just how far up your !Removed! that Audi is!).


Thanks .... I understand that live is live when reverse is selected but I also pull a small trailer from time to time and would like to turn them off? Just wondered if anybody had done it?
I suppose I could always pull the wire off for the beeper when I connect the trailer.
But was hoping to put a small switch up front somewhere.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 10:17 AM

Anyone know if the 'Sea Grey' colour on the ebay auction linked to in the guide is a good match for Ford's 'Sea Grey' on the 08 onwards focus?

How does this unit compare to the OEM parking sensor system? No one mentions it, so I assume its expensive/not available from Ford?

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:39 PM

Thanks .... I understand that live is live when reverse is selected but I also pull a small trailer from time to time and would like to turn them off? Just wondered if anybody had done it?
I suppose I could always pull the wire off for the beeper when I connect the trailer.
But was hoping to put a small switch up front somewhere.

Cheers in advance

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Very easy to put a switch between the reverse unit , simple two wires from rear of the car to the front or even leave the switch in the back for when you attach the trailer

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:40 PM

The sensors i had fitted were great and the visual aid also worked very good , ford OEM is just a bleeper.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

The sensors i had fitted were great and the visual aid also worked very good , ford OEM is just a bleeper.


Cheers Preee.... your focus is moondust silver right? Does that mean you put moondust silver sensors (as stated in the ebay link) on your moondust silver car?

I'm just trying to judge which colour to go for on my sea grey focus.... sea grey being the obvious choice, but it looks slightly lighter.

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 04:51 PM

Cheers Preee.... your focus is moondust silver right? Does that mean you put moondust silver sensors (as stated in the ebay link) on your moondust silver car?

I'm just trying to judge which colour to go for on my sea grey focus.... sea grey being the obvious choice, but it looks slightly lighter.


Yes i used the Silver on my (Old Focus) , it was moondust , the sensors were just classed as silver but the match was near perfect , as they are quite small it should not be too bad , but you can't tell from pictures , at the very least you could either go for a set that are paint matched properly or spray them yourself it's its a bad colour match.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:18 PM

I've just bought a set of these with the little crescent moon display box. Going to try fitting them to my mk2 1.6 sport soon, I'll let you guys know how it goes with the live wire placement, whether it's on the right hand side or not. Great info btw!



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:51 PM

Would a dremmel 3000 be powerful enough for cutting the bumper holes? 



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:53 PM

Would a dremmel 3000 be powerful enough for cutting the bumper holes? 


Bumper is just pretty thin plastic... an ASDA Smart Price drill will do the job.

I take it your kit came with the necessary drill piece?



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

Haha fair enough :P Yeah it did, I bought this kit - http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Was only £8.99 so hopefully cheap and cheerful, not quite sure where I'm going to mount the distance display unit yet though.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:15 PM

Haha fair enough :P Yeah it did, I bought this kit - http://www.amazon.co...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

Was only £8.99 so hopefully cheap and cheerful, not quite sure where I'm going to mount the distance display unit yet though.

Make sure you don't slip with the Drill :) , nowhere on the dash  , thats why i place the display by the mirror



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:22 PM

I'll try Preee! Yeah the mirror would be good but I have the crescent shaped unit. So I would have to actually stick it to the top of the mirror I guess?

 

Also would these scotchlocks do? I haven't soldered in years and I was never very good at it then haha

 

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:24 PM

I'll try Preee! Yeah the mirror would be good but I have the crescent shaped unit. So I would have to actually stick it to the top of the mirror I guess?

 

Also would these scotchlocks do? I haven't soldered in years and I was never very good at it then haha

 

http://uk.rs-online....minals/1017582/


I'd suggest buying a set of crimping connectors and a crimping tool. Much better alternative to soldering than scotch locks imo.

Provide stronger more reliable connections, less likely to break than scotch locks, and won't destroy your wires. Some poorly manufactured scotch locks cut your wires in half eventually.



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Posted 02 March 2013 - 07:35 PM

Ah good idea, how would I go about crimping the 3 wires together though? I assume I would have to snip the reverse power wire, bare the two ends, crimp them and crimp the power wire for the sensor box, whats the best way of connecting them all afterwards?

 

Or could I snip the reverse power wire and crimp them into the 1 connector?



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