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Lenny

"taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

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Hi all, 

Below is my Build thread containing images of my Ford from its first day of purchase in 2010 right up to early 2016 when the project was complete.

Grab a cup of tea its picture heavy.

Purchase in 2010

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First mod: Titanium spec front lower grill

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Colour code rear view mirror

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Then the hard winter in 2010/2011 called for use of snow chains,

Looked Good imo but ESP didn't help.

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Later in january 2011 it was Snow more lol

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Custom ZetecS rear seat cover

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ST/ZetecS rear spoiler

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Club Membership

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CreeQ5 reverse bulb

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Custom climate control knobs

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l.e.d glove box light

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Laser cut brushed stainless vent surrounds and glove box plate,

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Mist type windscreen washer jets

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Additional boot light

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The build was then put on hold due to loss of occupation in late 2011

Resulted in the focus being put in storage for five months, while keeping partners car on the road,

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Five long months later, we were back on the road :) and onwards with the build.

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l.e.d cup holder illumination

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Illuminated ignition ring

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Fitted illuminating switch in dash pocket to power cup holder l.e.d aswell as illuminate the pocket worked well as it also illuminates the dash pocket.

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Removed rear badge to fit brake light badge surround, also got in touch with DMB Graphics for a custom orderd "Focus" badge overlay ;)

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Fitted Genuine Ford LHD Reverse light housing to use as a clear fog light unit with second reverse light also fitted.

Later updated with an "auto-off" drl relay fitted to the rear fog light wiring loom,

So as if the rear fog light is switched ON

And the car is put in to reverse,

The "auto-off" relay will switch off the rear fog light while reverse is active, then switch the fog back on when driving forwards or in neutral.

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Retro Fitted ST/RS dash pod with custom fitted ford racing boost gauge and oil pressure,

Then fitted a drl auto dimmer relay,

The gauges illuminate 100% during the day, then auto dim to 50% at night to reduce glare aswell as blend in with the standard dash illumination functionality's very happy with results on this.

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Took some figuring out on how to fit the gauges to sit correctly, but got there in the end,

Cut two pods and bolted togeather, then positioned in perspex wrapped in matt black vynil

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Upgrade from standard Ford 6000CD to Ford Premium Sony 6Cd Stereo,

Sounds much better and stores more music

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Changed heater vents to titanium spec with brushed chrome plates enhances the interior a bit more.

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Fitted 12V socket in boot, the loom is already there in all spec focus 05-11 just require the 12v socket and an earth feed.

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Fitted custom built rear footwell lighting and "bird bath" illumination

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Fitted Cree H11 front fog bulbs 6000k match the parking bulbs nicely.

Straight swap from standard H11 bulbs.

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Fitted drl fog light surround units,

Mounted control boxs to rear of battery box out of view, and switch to dash pocket just encase I ever need to drive with them off.

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Fitted Genuine Focus Zetec S body kit imported from fordpartsuk.com as the zetecS is not available to purchase in Ireland.

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Fitted some custom built zetecS/ST mud flaps to protect the body these were worth every penny, still as new today.

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Re-badged the rear to go with the new style.

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Fitted Custom Built Piper 2.5" T304 stainless steel DPF back duplex exhaust with twin 4" oval tips,

Green performance induction filter and remap to 120bhp 278nm Torque,

Very Happy!!

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ST primed bonnet lip and Custom built TriplrRcomposites ZetecS front Splitter supplied in Gloss black.

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Got the bonnet lip colour coded aswell as the engine bay covers, also fitted upper and lower zetecS grills having them sprayed gloss black along with the fog surrounds,

The results were better than expected.

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Purchased some black headlights to replace the chrome ones made a huge difference to the shape,

Fitted them with Osram Night Breaker H1 and H7 aswell as some black housed 6000kelvin T10 parking bulbs, highly recommend the Osram Nightbreaker bulbs,

Before fitting the black headlights I left them in body shop to get the browe line colour coded,

Looks much better imo and keeping the chrome units in storage for MOT purposes encase they don't like the painted browe.

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When purchasing the focus a requested the full size 16" spare wheel pack,

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I've now removed this as I'm soon fitting some 18" rims and got a good deal on AA roadside assistance,

Purchased a spare tyre well pad filler from a mk1 RS focus to fill the empty space in the boot floor much lighter than a full steel spare.

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Painted front calipers with halfords red caliper paint and rear drums silver hammerite smooth finish.

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Next modifications are:

Lowering springs, adjustable rear camber bolts, steering limiter kit and 18" ST3 rims,

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Hey Lenny , haha nice thread m8 , i think you should take it all off and start again :)

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Car looks sweet Lenny, you've done a great job there mate!!! :)

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Hey Lenny , haha nice thread m8 , i think you should take it all off and start again :)

Sssppffffffff!!!

Hot tea all over me computer lol

Considering an St front end with tripleRcomposites front splitter, but id lose the drl's and quite possibly my missus lol

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cars come a long way since you bought it thats for sure mate

excellent work

it's about time you had a build thread lol

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Looking Great Lenny! What engine you got fella? I'd have thought you'd see more than 120bhp with a remap if u got the 1.6tdci 110...

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On Saturday, March 09, 2013 at 10:12 PM, TDCiST said:

Looking Great Lenny! What engine you got fella? I'd have thought you'd see more than 120bhp with a remap if u got the 1.6tdci 110...

Thanks dave,

My engine and injectors. Are the same as you in the 1.6TDCi

But my model was a 90ps so I've gotta upgrade to 110ps turbo to get over 120 lol

The little 90ps turbo is almost turning blue it's blowing as hard as he safely can lol

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Good thread - keep up the good work!

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Ah you have the 90ps version! Explains it all!

Yeah the 110 turbo will help massively

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Ah you have the 90ps version! Explains it all!

Yeah the 110 turbo will help massively

I don't think the 110 was an option over here,

It was , 1.6TDCi focus (90ps) and no 1.6TDCi fiesta's just the 1.4TDCi

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Does that mean you don't have a DPF also??

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On Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 10:23 AM, TDCiST said:

Does that mean you don't have a DPF also??

No still got a dpf 👇

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Excellent post, and congratulations for all your hard work.

Mods are always a matter of personal taste, what's most important to me is that they are done properly - by which I mean no bodge jobs held on with cable ties - and you have certainly done quality work on your car, and you should be proud of the results!

Well done :-)

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Excellent post, and congratulations for all your hard work.

Mods are always a matter of personal taste, what's most important to me is that they are done properly - by which I mean no bodge jobs held on with cable ties - and you have certainly done quality work on your car, and you should be proud of the results!

Well done :-)

Thanks Dave,

Its been a long enjoyable journey, minus the two trips to the doctors surgery lol

Id do it all again in a hearbeat very enjoyable and I was lucky the st pod turned out 90% ok lol that was a ball clenching 11 hours of cutting and cups of tea,

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some very nice and intriguing mods, especially the second reverse light

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some very nice and intriguing mods, especially the second reverse light

Thanks Vince mate,

I've created a Guide on fitting the second reverse light in to a clear unit,

The Dremil style crafting tool is king for this type of modification aswell as cutting the dash,

Here is the Guide:

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/29347-guide-fitting-second-reverse-light-ford-focus-mk2-mk25/#entry158997

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looks well good lenny!! ST front bumper with them wheels on would look soooooooo good! just buy it!! :) i want a splitter for my bumper dident even know you could get one fot the ST bumper!

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Very nice work mate,,,,, its addictive modification isn't it lol. I look at my car and think I haven't done much to it, but when you sit back and think of everything you have done over a period of time it all adds up :unsure: . What strut kit did you use for the bonnet mate, I like the look of that :)

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Car is a credit to you mate, wish I had the balls to do some of them mods

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looks well good lenny!! ST front bumper with them wheels on would look soooooooo good! just buy it!! :) i want a splitter for my bumper dident even know you could get one fot the ST bumper!

Maybe next spring mate lol

I'm still lovin the Drl fog surrounds, if I fit the ST bumper I'll lose the Drl's

TripleRcomposites manufacture a gloss black splitter for the ST too, email Kevin and tell him lenny from fordownersclub.com sent you: triplercomposites@live.co.uk

Very nice work mate,,,,, its addictive modification isn't it lol. I look at my car and think I haven't done much to it, but when you sit back and think of everything you have done over a period of time it all adds up :unsure: . What strut kit did you use for the bonnet mate, I like the look of that :)

Yes it is very addictive, id love to be content just to have a basic car for driving, no modifications and could just park it anywhere no worry,

The bonnet strut kit is model specific, see my guide and links here:

http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/38121-guide-fitting-bonnet-damper-strut-kit-focus-mk2-mk25/

Car is a credit to you mate, wish I had the balls to do some of them mods

Thanks Pete,

Their not as hard as they look mate,

Key to all of them is take your time, and when cutting holes, cut a small hole then bore it out to the required size constantly stopping and trail fitment, this way you never cut too big and get a good fit,

Thanks for the comments guys,

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Crikey Lenny, when you put it in a thread like that you cant half see the difference! well done, and all your guides are a credit to you and a bonus for the forum. However, I still have to tell you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!!!! you have given me far too many idea's that I have pictured on my car, but I cant afford to do them - and now I am depressed and hate my car :p so thanks for that ;)

Only kidding, love you really ;) :p

As has been said, if only I had the cahoonas to do half the bits that you have done, I would be amazed!

I just want you to know that I may now have to sell my remaining kidney and come on a roadtrip and pay for your time with beers and more beers and just go crazy on my motor :p

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Crikey Lenny, when you put it in a thread like that you cant half see the difference! well done, and all your guides are a credit to you and a bonus for the forum. However, I still have to tell you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you!!!! you have given me far too many idea's that I have pictured on my car, but I cant afford to do them - and now I am depressed and hate my car :p so thanks for that ;)

Only kidding, love you really ;) :p

As has been said, if only I had the cahoonas to do half the bits that you have done, I would be amazed!

I just want you to know that I may now have to sell my remaining kidney and come on a roadtrip and pay for your time with beers and more beers and just go crazy on my motor :p

lol thanks jeeb,

Many sacrafices have been made in the course of modification including beer, I ain't had a pint since 25th December but I'll celebrate when the wheels are on and lowerd,

I admire you for modding but not going crazy on the motor, the resistance I don't have personally as you can see on page 1 lol

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lol, the not going crazy is purely down to lack of funds ;) given half a chance I would have spent thousands on it thus far! or at least, I would have bought a better model and then modded it :p

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Don my cap Lenny the car looks great, fair play to ya it's great seeing all theses mods I'm looking forward to seeing the new alloys and springs.

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