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#31 georgen

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Posted 31 August 2013 - 03:20 PM

Well this afternoon I sorted the boot release switch, slight cheat as I fitted a new ford unit  :ph34r: , also fitted the new steering wheel. :)



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 06:58 AM

got any pics of the streering wheel



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 10:27 AM

Fitted



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Posted 01 September 2013 - 08:49 PM

Nice! Will let you know about Airbag swop!

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 06:58 AM

looking good



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 06:16 PM

Well today the tuning box I bought arrived so I looked at the destructions that came with it and the nice colour pictures and thought No that's not where the sensor is LOL. so before we start, if you thought fitting a egr blank was a nightmare don't attempt this, you will get frustrated and end up wasting your time taking stuff off your car only to refit it again.

 

So anyway the common rail plug I had to disconnect on my 1.6 tdci focus is located above the starter motor and beneath the egr valve so in a really easy place to get at....NOT. first I had to remove the bracket that goes around the fuel filter by removing the five bolts, you will need a 8mm socket for this, you then lift the fuel filter and prop to one side without disconnecting the pipes.

 

Now its time to locate the plug you have to disconect, the first picture below if you look at where the screw driver tip is the sensor is down there, on the second picture below I have moved the pipe holder and you can just see a bit red in the centre of the pic, this is the plug you have to disconnect.

 

Now the problem here is when you put your hand down and under the pipework you can feel the underneath of the plug but you cant get your fingers on top of the plug where you need to be to release the catch on the plug to remove, so I bent a piece of metal so I could hook the catch so when I pulled the plug catch released allowing the plug to unplug. I tried for about 10 minutes without this and couldn't do it, here is a pic of said bent metal.

 

It took about 2-3 attempts then it released.

 

Now the tuning box has two wire plugs one male and one female and there are black not highly visible red so I first put some blue tape around plug so when I want to remove it, I will be able to see it easier.

 

So of the two plugs from the tuning box one goes to the connector on the rail you have just removed the wiring plug from and the other goes into the wiring plug you have just removed, its as simple as that, you then secure it in a sheltered position using cable ties and refit what you have removed.

 

Took car for a spin it has more power and pulls smooth and consistent but does not give the gains the manufacturer claim, there is no smoke so for what I paid for it cant grumble and at least my clutch will last longer than it would have if it was an aggressive tuning box. 



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:56 AM

Looks like a nightmare to fit mate,
That fuel bracket has become your best buddy in recent times lol I've got a brand new from ford metal one of it, if you ever want it, says its part of the engine cover mounting, but I never fitted it, was stable enough without it.
I'll time you with a stop watch, you must be an expert at removing it by now ;)

Have you noticed an increase in MPG ?
Also your gains would increase with a Green Cotton induction filter fitted or similar type of free flow induction,
Not sure if you had one fitted yet or not.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 01:47 PM

Looks like a nightmare to fit mate,
That fuel bracket has become your best buddy in recent times lol I've got a brand new from ford metal one of it, if you ever want it, says its part of the engine cover mounting, but I never fitted it, was stable enough without it.
I'll time you with a stop watch, you must be an expert at removing it by now ;)

Have you noticed an increase in MPG ?
Also your gains would increase with a Green Cotton induction filter fitted or similar type of free flow induction,
Not sure if you had one fitted yet or not.

Box not been on long enough to tell mate but I've complained about there exaggerated claims and there dodgy installation guide, I have told them where it is located now so should help others down the line LOL,In reply to my complaint they have asked for the serial number so watch this space, I haven't got a performance filter yet but will get one when funds open up a bit as still trying to sell megane so her focus was funded with the only spare cash I had. on the bracket front it is a mount for the cover which I dont have but as I am used to removing now and refitting only takes a minute lol



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:46 PM

Try resetting the ECU - that can help the performance as the ECU will have "learnt" from when the 'box was not fitted, now that the box IS fitted once the ECU is reset the ECU will set the parameters (fuelling etc) for that  

 

Is the tuning box adjustable? does it have different settings/ maps etc? if you can turn it up you can usually get a bit more power out of it - i have simple techniques i can let you know about to set up the tuning box to optomise the power/ acceleration with the minimum amount of wasted fuel etc

 

As Lenny has said, the air filter often makes a noticable difference, on a turbo car it can help the engine respond quicker/ more power at low revs (especially before the turbo spools up) even a new, pattern filter (i can pick ones up for mine for £6) is better than a old, choked one,(when did you have yours last changed) and can improove MPG too

 

Ive been doing a lot of research on air filters recently and although the green cotton filter is expensive,(and usally more expensive than the K&N), it is better than the K&N, because 1 - the green colour means you can tell it is dirty, you can't so well on a K&N because the K&N filter material is black/ dark  2 - the green cotton filter uses a better method of bonding so there is less "bleed" onto the filter element, this, along with deeper pleats, results in a larger surface area (for a given filter size/ application), compared to a K&N or stock filter, which can increase airflow/ reduce  through the filter - the K&N and green cotton use a similar type of oiled cotton filter material, it flows better than a paper filter but does not filter as well (tiny dust particles can get through, especially when the filter is new) that is why i use a stock/ pattern filter but change it every 6 months/ 6k, but i have a cool air feed in the wing that picks up a lot of dust via an opening near the front/ left wheel, once i redesign/ relocate this to behind the grille i plan to fit a green cotton filter myself at some point (remember this is all "academic" if the filter itself is not the most restrictive part of the induction system- small tubes before the filter box may be more of a "bottleneck"- in that case you may as well fit a stock or pattern paper filter and change it frequently)  

 

the tuning box increases fuel so its important that the air is not restricted with an old/ clogged air filter      

 

Often with a tuning box it boosts the low- end and midrange torque - the performance improvement (on a diesel) can be very deceptive - you often don't notice yourself qoing quicker instead everything else seems slower - the torque/ power curve may now be diifferent and you may be quicker changing up at lower revs - eg 3.5k (to keep it in the torque) or using a gear higher than normal (eg, for overtaking) - i agree "they" often egzaggerate? power/ torque figures but would you have bought it if it claimed (for example) a 12HP  gain? (when all their competitors are making ridiculous claims and punters might buy one over another because it clains slightly more power? )

 

Thats a great tuning box fitting guide and you should copy it out as is and add it to the "guides" section   



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:14 PM

My air filter is a pattern one but new, I always service a car when i buy it even if its just being serviced, i am generally hard on cars but I do pamper them at service, the leon used to get £20 oil put in then dumped after 10 min running, then oil filter and long life synthetic oil put in but oil and filter changed every 6k, of course I wont go to that extreme with the focus diesel but it has got a decent oil in it. and was flushed first. dont like oiled filters as they tend to take Mafs out but do like ITG and pipercross ok too. the leon had a cold air feed and I used to find gravel in the airbox lol, with the focus 3.5 k is higher than i would normally change gear more high 2k-3k as its different with 90 bhp as opposed to 240ish bhp.  :blink:, the box isnt adjustable as in past if you can turn it up you will max it out  :D and as the old saying goes no smoke no poke  :P. they might not do anything but you never know, I bought a german one as my last box was german and spot on so we will see what happens. :unsure:



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:08 PM

My air filter is a pattern one but new, I always service a car when i buy it even if its just being serviced, i am generally hard on cars but I do pamper them at service, the leon used to get £20 oil put in then dumped after 10 min running, then oil filter and long life synthetic oil put in but oil and filter changed every 6k, of course I wont go to that extreme with the focus diesel but it has got a decent oil in it. and was flushed first. dont like oiled filters as they tend to take Mafs out but do like ITG and pipercross ok too. the leon had a cold air feed and I used to find gravel in the airbox lol, with the focus 3.5 k is higher than i would normally change gear more high 2k-3k as its different with 90 bhp as opposed to 240ish bhp.  :blink:, the box isnt adjustable as in past if you can turn it up you will max it out  :D and as the old saying goes no smoke no poke  :P. they might not do anything but you never know, I bought a german one as my last box was german and spot on so we will see what happens. :unsure:

There is some debate as to whether oiled cotton filters (Greeen Cotton, K&N etc) actually contaminate MAF sensors, K&N claim theirs do not, and it is only if they have been over-oiled (by the user, after cleaning) that this happens, (this was tested by K&N - so you can take it with a "pinch of salt")  my car does not have a MAF so it does not effect me anyway

 

Other filters like Pipercross etc (dry foam) cannot contaminate MAF sensors with oil off the filter element, and have been found to flow better than stock paper filters, but at the expense of filtration - thier seems to be a link between filtration efficiency and flow restriction within the filter and if you want a free- flowing filter you may have to compromise filtration efficiency (smaller particles of dust get through to contaminate the engine that would not get through a stock (paper) filter)

 

i could not find the power/ torrque curves/ plot for the 90HP 1.6, but here is the 110HP -

 

http://www.mybluefin...6tdci110bhp.pdf   

 

As you can see the peak power of the engine is at 4100rpm, so that is the best revs to change gear, for maximum acceleration, no point in revving it higher (than 4100rpm with the engine on the graph) "through the gears" or changing up earlier (at lower revs) (this is called "short shifting") - if you change up at 2k or 3k you are slowing the car down (unless your peak power is at 3k- which is unlikely)  

 

You will accelerate faster if you change up on your peak power - it is nothing to do with whether you have 90, 240, or 1000hp, but at what revs peak power is made  (on the engine (tdci 1.6/110) on the graph, its 4.1k)  

 

There is lots of misinformation about things like this on the net - for example, there were some "experts" :lol: on another forum  that thought they would accelerate faster if they missed out gears ("block" shifting) like 1st to 3rd to 5th, complete rubbish!   :lol:  :lol:  :lol:

 

It probably won't surprise you if i told you ive plotted the acceleration in every gear and set the boost, and all other settings, as well as the optimum speed and revs to change gear - on mine its 3.6k, (for now- and its a "low revving" 2.0L TDDI with stock turbo & injectors) if i changed at 2 or 3k, it would slow the car down - a lot. 2 or 3k is ok for "crousing" or economy, but if you want your car to "shift" - time your changes right  (changing at peak power)    



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:58 PM

I dont shift when i do because I think its the peak power, think its just getting used to diesel engines again, the tdci is a noisy bugger over 3k and at 90 bhp isnt going to set my world alight so whats the point. one thing I noticed is you class bhp as peak power but infact torque is the measurement that moves any mass from a to b, and it spikes at about 2400 rpm. bhp is nothing without torque, thats why theres diesels out there that worry some fit cars.



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:53 PM

Well got reply from box company today, they asked me to open it up and change settings from 4 to 3, I did this to no marked difference so I have reported back to them as asked.

here is what it looks like inside, all i need now is the complete list of settings.



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:40 PM

Well being bouncing a few e-mails back and forth about the tuning box, and found out, what ever one switch is on the other has to match, also each position up equates to 1.5% increase alternatively down is 1.5% aswell. apparently some cars are more/less sensitive than others so I have to play with settings and if I am still not happy they will gladly have a look at my unit for repair, replace or full refund so cant be any fairer than that.  



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Posted 16 September 2013 - 06:07 PM

I've just spotted you digital volt meter built in to the battery lid mate looks good,

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