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#16 Stoney871

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 11:25 PM

I have a spare garage door (Mk2 version with ashtray insert and lighter socket) in the same grey as the standard console colour or there's an RS carbon one on ebay right now-

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4aca7bb77e

 

This seller comes up with RS carbon bits on a regular basis and is a good source-

 

http://myworld.ebay....=p2047675.l2559

 

I have carbon steering wheel trims that look pretty tidy-

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4169de9588

 

There's a very well priced Sony MP3 (Gen3) standard radio on ebay right now exactly the same spec as the one I fitted, well worth the money-

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4d13e46aeb

 

My fitting guide lists everything you need for the fitting of a Gen3 radio to a MK2 Focus (fitting brackets and MK2.5 fascia are a must).

 

http://www.fordowner...r-a-mk25-radio/

 

If you are looking at an aftermarket radio you need the relevant fitting kit (double or single din fascia, aerial adaptor, loom adaptor, steering controls interface, fascia spacers, shallow cage (the dash is sometimes too shallow for standard cages so getting one with an inverted V shaped rear or a cage about 10 - 20mm shallower than standard is a good idea).

 

This kind of kit (ensure the patch cable is correct for whichever radio you look for)

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item5d449d8852

 

The speakers in a Focus are riveted into the door plates so will need drilling out, it's easy to rivet new speakers or adaptor rings into the plates.

Speaker sizes are I believe 7" for front and rear doors, for aftermarket ones you'll need adaptor rings and a wire adaptor to change the standard plug connectors to bayonet fittings found on most aftermarket speakers-

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item232f2653c6

 

 

Good quality 3M di-noc carbon wrap with the fine channels on the rear to allow bubble free application is best.

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c3370a37b

 

 

 

As for the mirrors, you need the mirron caps designed for the indicator type mirrors and the lights themselves, the mirrors available with the indicators already fitted have a different plug on them so would be a pain to wire, Brigante http://www.fordowner...34566-brigante/ has fitted his own indicators so can advise you on wiring and fitting (IIRC he bought indicator mirrors and grafted parts to the original mirrors, (the standard mirrors have the space for the indicators to go into but no wiring to patch into).

 

With the wheels, I'd go for 17" which will mean the speedo settings will not need recalibrating, if you go for 18" they will fill the arches better but the speedo will read slightly lower than true speed and a rack limiter kit is needed on the front to avoid the wheels hitting the arches when the wheels are turned.

 

ST kit, front and rear bumpers are a straight fit as long as you accept that the rear will look a bit uneven unless you fit a double exhaust (whether functional or mock), the side skirts are the same as in a Zetec S kit, ensure you get the fitting kit with them, if you can't find the kit I can give you the parts numbers for that. 

Spoiler is a straight swap but the wiring plugs are different for the brake light so a quick bit of cutting and splicing is requires, Brigante can advise on that again, just use my fitting guide for spoilers for the main job-

 

http://www.fordowner...mk2-mk25-focus/


Edited by Stoney871, 16 October 2013 - 11:27 PM.
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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

Hi Stoney, is it worth buying carbon facia for £60? And ashtray for £50? That's the reserve on both :-( How much will you be selling your ashtray for?

And again thank you so much for the above. Going through it one by one.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:10 PM

was thinking of this http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3381d53af1

 

what you reckon? and i will need parts right?



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:45 PM

The carbon fascia is £280 and the carbon ashtray £110 from Ford so that is a very good price.

 

To fit that radio you definitely need the newer oval fascia and the mounting brackets as per my fitting guide (they take 5-7 days to come from Ford's central parts supply to your local dealers parts counter).

Don't forget the screws as I have shown.

That radio will fit right in and you have plenty of extras to play with, you get the GPS antenna and all wiring with it and will only need to connect the handbrake sensor for the DVD to play (unless you can find a patch to allow it to work on the move, [against the law though] )

 

For reference only-

 

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a31961789

 

I do not condone using a car mounted DVD player on the move, this item just saves having to fiddle around looking for the right wire in your car.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

does this mean if i buy that facia it wont work with the system am looking at? :(



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:01 PM

If the fascia is an oval one then it will.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:03 PM

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4aca7bba74

 

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 12:13 AM

The Sony stereo, is it ipod compatible and does it need a wire connected from the back? Also the bluetooth works for phone and would I need external mic?

Many thanks in advance (again)

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 10:58 PM

Stoney, where do I order the ford parts from for the stereo upgrade?

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 12:35 AM

You'll need to get the adapter brackets from a Ford dealers parts desk.
I've never found them on ebay or suchlike.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:03 PM

Stoney, trying to install the ashtray now. Do I need to break the existing lighting from the back or it snaps off from the head?

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 08:13 PM

If you are referring to the black ring holding the lighter socket into the original position then there's two ways.
First is to push in two plastic lugs inside the socket itself which are a right pain to get to or snap the empty tube on the side of the black ring off with pliers and pish the whole lot through from back to front.
I'f try the lugs first, if you have a thin bladed screwdriver push each lug out in turn making sure you force the lugs hard enough to permanently unhook them then slide the socket out forwards.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:27 PM

Managed to finally do, broke the black ring and scratched the lighter lol. But finally done. :-) now need to wait for a Fascia...

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:30 PM

Here is how it looks so far.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 10:30 PM

Still looking for a carbon fibre one?
I'll keep watch for you too.

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