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#16 Hassen

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:46 PM

Regarding the AUX , what i did to my Nephew's was removed glove box , and then removed the AUX , then fed his cable through a hole in the back of his Ashtray chubby hole and connected it to the AUX , that way he could close the garage door on the Ash tray and hide his cable.


Nice. Might consider that if I get a bit of time and the weather gets better. Sounds like a very slick way to disguise where the Aux input is and retain functionality. Any chance of any pictures of the end result?

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:09 AM

Nice. Might consider that if I get a bit of time and the weather gets better. Sounds like a very slick way to disguise where the Aux input is and retain functionality. Any chance of any pictures of the end result?

Thanks

Great idea for us non smokers!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:27 AM

The aux cable through the ashtray area worksa treat.
I did it myself when I fitted my tray a few months back.
I use a Griffin charger/controller for my iPod and the cable is ideally placed to plug straight into the controller and looks very tidy.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:28 AM

Green Cotton filter is being shipped and should be fitted some time this week. Will update you on how I find it compared to the K&N filter.

Definitely thinking of the remap now after the airfilter is in and also trying to convince my father in law to get his 90bhp Ford Focus Style to be remapped. Any suggestions about exhausts? I don't have a big budget and want to keep the spending to a minimum as most of my budget went towards purchasing the car. I know nothing about them as in what diameter the tubes need to be to fit etc. I found this online and quite like it. Would it fit my Focus without making it ridiculously loud and still getting a better performance than the standard exhaust with the remap and the air filter? Will probably get it done at Souhan after your recommendation

http://www.adverts.i...exhaust/2147277

Thanks for the tip about the Aux. Did it and worked a treat. Looks much better than driving around with the glovebox open and stuff falling out at every bend lol

And, damn those 20 inch wheels look slick. Unsure about ride quality with such big wheels and myself prefer having 17 inch wheels with the added comfort on the lovely irish roads we have around the midlands lol


No problem
Regarding the back box it won't fit your focus because it is designed to replace the rear silencer back box of the car.
And the design of the focus exhaust system has the back box fitted in front of the rear axle with a pipe leading over the rear axle to the underside of the rear bumper.
Diesel engines don't get loud and raspy. They get low and grumble like an impreza
A 2.5" internal bore pipe is recommended for performance.
And a single exit system would be around 300-450 from souhans depending on what grade of steel you choose but contact Darren at souhans to confirm pricing.
You would require a 2.5" pipe with flange to bolt on to the flexi pipe that leads from the dpf
A high flow back box
Then another 3feet of 2.5" pipe welded to the back box
Followed by a tip of your choice.

It will take around a month for the DPF to clear allowing the higher pressure to flow and sound.
Here is what mine now sounds like:



No sound difference when driving at any consistant speeds.
Just growels when you accelerate to overtake or pick up speed.

But no petrol exhaust parts are compatable with diesel.
The silincers are a completly different design inside to achieve the results.

Regarding the 20" alloys mate
I won't be fitting them neither for the same reason with the roads. Best leave them on jeeps but would look bad !Removed! lol
Maybe fit 19" at the most next summer.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:13 PM

The aux cable through the ashtray area worksa treat.
I did it myself when I fitted my tray a few months back.
I use a Griffin charger/controller for my iPod and the cable is ideally placed to plug straight into the controller and looks very tidy.



Cool. Something to keep in mind next. Don't need the Griffin Ipod thing as I don't use an Ipod, so will just use the 3.5mm cable. Cheers

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:17 AM

No problem
Regarding the back box it won't fit your focus because it is designed to replace the rear silencer back box of the car.
And the design of the focus exhaust system has the back box fitted in front of the rear axle with a pipe leading over the rear axle to the underside of the rear bumper.
Diesel engines don't get loud and raspy. They get low and grumble like an impreza
A 2.5" internal bore pipe is recommended for performance.
And a single exit system would be around 300-450 from souhans depending on what grade of steel you choose but contact Darren at souhans to confirm pricing.
You would require a 2.5" pipe with flange to bolt on to the flexi pipe that leads from the dpf
A high flow back box
Then another 3feet of 2.5" pipe welded to the back box
Followed by a tip of your choice.

It will take around a month for the DPF to clear allowing the higher pressure to flow and sound.
Here is what mine now sounds like:

https://www.youtube....be_gdata_player

No sound difference when driving at any consistant speeds.
Just growels when you accelerate to overtake or pick up speed.

But no petrol exhaust parts are compatable with diesel.
The silincers are a completly different design inside to achieve the results.

Regarding the 20" alloys mate
I won't be fitting them neither for the same reason with the roads. Best leave them on jeeps but would look bad !Removed! lol
Maybe fit 19" at the most next summer.



Thanks for all the info about the exhausts Lenny. I will get in touch with Souhan and see what they can do for me. Maybe they might be able to do a deal for a remap and high flow exhaust together.

Also, I received the Green Cotton filter in the post today. Was so excited to fit it that I went out in the cold at 9pm, armed with a head mounted torch from my wife's camping gear and your tutorial to get it fitted. Not much of a problem with the right tools and 20 min total tinkering time. Thanks a million for the guide as it saved me all the trouble of finding bolts and how to get the filter in. My paper filter inside the box was bent as well. I wonder what the Ford dealers do to bend them!
Didn't get a chance to drive the car yet but I am sure it will be responsive and better. The filter will pay for itself by saving me more diesel as was the case with the K&N filter in my old car. I also bought another one for my father in law's Focus 1.6TDCI as a christmas gift.
Will have to get him to drive my car after the remap :D

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 12:40 AM

Cool. Something to keep in mind next. Don't need the Griffin Ipod thing as I don't use an Ipod, so will just use the 3.5mm cable. Cheers

The style of cable i used was this one-
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2575e81fe0

If you use the original Aux connector you'll find two things-
1. To remove the socket from the glove box you have to destroy it as the socket locks together and is impossible to remove without a bit of butchering.
2. If you remove just the cable from the back of the socket there is only a block connector which is a faff to cut off and rewire.
Far better to just pull the radio forward, unplug the original aux c-block and tape it out of the way then replace it with the one i have linked to.

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The existing aux connector is where the green one is in the photo.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 10:15 PM

The style of cable i used was this one-
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2575e81fe0

If you use the original Aux connector you'll find two things-
1. To remove the socket from the glove box you have to destroy it as the socket locks together and is impossible to remove without a bit of butchering.
2. If you remove just the cable from the back of the socket there is only a block connector which is a faff to cut off and rewire.
Far better to just pull the radio forward, unplug the original aux c-block and tape it out of the way then replace it with the one i have linked to.

Posted Image
The existing aux connector is where the green one is in the photo.



Thanks for that as it's exactly what I wanted to do with a new cable that I can re-route anywhere I wanted as I find the cable dangling from the glovebox a bit annoying.
I reckon it's something I can tackle myself by taking off the trim, bringing the stereo forward and hooking up the new cable.

Cheers

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:23 PM

Just make sure you have your radio code before removal.
Seeing as your car is a 2.5 you don't have the 12v socket hole in the cubbyhole, but you can loosen the heater dials and the demister switch panels a bit on one side and slide the cable down behind them to come out just above the cubby.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 12:07 AM

Just make sure you have your radio code before removal.
Seeing as your car is a 2.5 you don't have the 12v socket hole in the cubbyhole, but you can loosen the heater dials and the demister switch panels a bit on one side and slide the cable down behind them to come out just above the cubby.


That's what I was thinking of doing without the need to drill holes and butcher the dash.

My car was an English import into Ireland and as a result, I don't think I have the radio code. Would it be available through a normal Ford Dealer or what would be the proper way to get the radio code for my unit.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 02:35 AM

No problem
Regarding the back box it won't fit your focus because it is designed to replace the rear silencer back box of the car.
And the design of the focus exhaust system has the back box fitted in front of the rear axle with a pipe leading over the rear axle to the underside of the rear bumper.
Diesel engines don't get loud and raspy. They get low and grumble like an impreza
A 2.5" internal bore pipe is recommended for performance.
And a single exit system would be around 300-450 from souhans depending on what grade of steel you choose but contact Darren at souhans to confirm pricing.
You would require a 2.5" pipe with flange to bolt on to the flexi pipe that leads from the dpf
A high flow back box
Then another 3feet of 2.5" pipe welded to the back box
Followed by a tip of your choice.

It will take around a month for the DPF to clear allowing the higher pressure to flow and sound.
Here is what mine now sounds like:

https://www.youtube....be_gdata_player

No sound difference when driving at any consistant speeds.
Just growels when you accelerate to overtake or pick up speed.

But no petrol exhaust parts are compatable with diesel.
The silincers are a completly different design inside to achieve the results.

Regarding the 20" alloys mate
I won't be fitting them neither for the same reason with the roads. Best leave them on jeeps but would look bad !Removed! lol
Maybe fit 19" at the most next summer.


Exellent info on the exhaust - to get the best benifit from the 2.5" system, ideally the entire syetem should be (at least) that diameter, right from the manifold to the tip,and if, say the downpipe is smaller(eg 2-1/4") or any other part of the exhaust system, its liable to "hold it back"

The cat and or DPF is liable to be restrictive, some tuners/ fitters offer replacements for that as well (stainless steel decat/ DPF removal) with an electronic DPF delete in software and a "custom" remap, as a package deal - this is likely to give better improvements in power

The car will not fail a 2012 UK MOT with a decat/ DPF delete - only particulates are measured on a diesel (for now, anyway)

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:22 PM

Exellent info on the exhaust - to get the best benifit from the 2.5" system, ideally the entire syetem should be (at least) that diameter, right from the manifold to the tip,and if, say the downpipe is smaller(eg 2-1/4") or any other part of the exhaust system, its liable to "hold it back"

The cat and or DPF is liable to be restrictive, some tuners/ fitters offer replacements for that as well (stainless steel decat/ DPF removal) with an electronic DPF delete in software and a "custom" remap, as a package deal - this is likely to give better improvements in power

The car will not fail a 2012 UK MOT with a decat/ DPF delete - only particulates are measured on a diesel (for now, anyway)



That's good to know now as I was totally clueless about exhaust systems.
Quick question and it might not be a straight forward one: Is getting a performance exhaust worth the extra money? Or shall I just get the car remap and be happy with that. What I am trying to decide on is, how much of a difference, on a day to day driving basis be between the two options. I think this is going to be tough to justify lol

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:24 AM

i agree, a bluefin/ remap or digital tuning box would probably give yo an extra 20 - 30HP (bluefin claim 21Hp and 37Nm increase)

Even a complete 2-1/2" exhaust system with decat and DPF delete is unlikely to see as much gain as that, with + 10HP being more realistic (depends on the car etc)

But the freer-flowing exhaust helps reduce frottle lag, improve pick-up and throttle response (on a tupbo car - the reduction in back-pressure can help the turbine spool/ spin up quicker) and can improve the MPG a little

If you were to replace a perfectly good exhaust with a custom ss exhaust, yes, it would be tough to justify, but if you wait till your exhaust needs replaced anyway, upgrading it to a stainless system makes more sense (same goes for brakes/ clutches etc- upgrading them when the old ones wear out) - a stainless system shoulkd last for years and should increase the value/ desirability of the car as well

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:45 PM

i agree,
If you were to replace a perfectly good exhaust with a custom ss exhaust, yes, it would be tough to justify, but if you wait till your exhaust needs replaced anyway, upgrading it to a stainless system makes more sense

Now you sound like my farther when he saw my exhaust upgrade,
"Nice exhaust, what was wrong with the original system?"
I was thinking "nothing thats probablly why souhans kept it lmao"

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:37 PM

i agree, a bluefin/ remap or digital tuning box would probably give yo an extra 20 - 30HP (bluefin claim 21Hp and 37Nm increase)

Even a complete 2-1/2" exhaust system with decat and DPF delete is unlikely to see as much gain as that, with + 10HP being more realistic (depends on the car etc)

But the freer-flowing exhaust helps reduce frottle lag, improve pick-up and throttle response (on a tupbo car - the reduction in back-pressure can help the turbine spool/ spin up quicker) and can improve the MPG a little

If you were to replace a perfectly good exhaust with a custom ss exhaust, yes, it would be tough to justify, but if you wait till your exhaust needs replaced anyway, upgrading it to a stainless system makes more sense (same goes for brakes/ clutches etc- upgrading them when the old ones wear out) - a stainless system shoulkd last for years and should increase the value/ desirability of the car as well



That makes perfect sense and what I was doing on my previous car. Replace worn out parts with better upgrades as required. That is totally justifiable I think.

Intrigued about Bluefin. Anyone has any experience about it and how to do it? I was under the impression that it could be used again in time a different car and you could just buy another map specific for another car. Any thoughts and how cost effective is it?

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