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#348285 Dumb Valve

Posted by Dave-2912 on 28 March 2014 - 09:29 AM

This would give the noise you are after but I implore you not to get one....




Many people would laugh... I would be one of them.

#338590 Zetec S 1.0 Vs Fiesta St-2

Posted by Dave-2912 on 04 March 2014 - 10:39 AM

Ignore that last guy who comment




#311166 Dump Valve 1 Litre Ecobost Fiesta

Posted by Dave-2912 on 12 December 2013 - 01:03 PM


Do you know if the induction kit will affect your warranty?? 


Only if something goes wrong... ;)


See the 'Exclusions' section:





"Ford is not responsible for any repair or replacement that is required as a direct result of:...

  • Unauthorised modifications of the vehicle or its components"


And they could argue that any engine damage has been caused by an induction kit.


E.g. Unsatisfactory filtration of air entering the engine or inproper airflow making the engine run rich/lean. Increased power (even though minor) leading to increased wear.


I'm sure the law says they have to be able to prove the link between a modification and the failure but I wouldn't like to try arguing with Ford's lawyers...

#300417 Fitting Hids

Posted by Dave-2912 on 28 October 2013 - 08:43 PM


Nice one bro, it's always good seeing it directly from gov.uk rather than another car club site. saved it to my favourites this time :D


Just to add to my previous reply, points are given for this offence btw hence the reason why i am retrofitting HID the correct way with washers and self leveling



No bother.


I had a quick look at your build thread after your earlier post. Nice to see someone doing the HID thing properly!

#300408 Fitting Hids

Posted by Dave-2912 on 28 October 2013 - 08:14 PM

I would not bother arguing this point Welshy. It's already set in stone and def on a gov.uk site i've seen it before just can't find it.

Look no further:

Link 2 of the download information sheets section is the one you're after.
Its what I already linked to in my previous post. :)

#300147 Fitting Hids

Posted by Dave-2912 on 28 October 2013 - 08:11 AM

How many HID threads does one forum need??? It's second only to 'Which bulbs do I need for <insert location>.

The OP didn't even ask about the legality (which always end up being the talking point).


well that simply isnt true. you can retro fit HID's as long as the output and beam pattern are set correctly they will pass and MOT as plenty of people I know have done. As for washers and self levellers...if your car came out of the factory with them or you have retro fitted them they must work, however they are not required to be fitted,



Welshy, some of what you say is true but levellers and washers are still required to be fitted aftermarket (along with a new headlight housing). Its just that the MOT doesn't check for them...




I agree that MOT stations WILL generally pass a car with HIDs. I haven't tried it but their test requirements in this area are so wooly that they would have no choice to pass what is an illegal mod.


The MOT information which relates to this:



The important bit is "Vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) or LED dipped beam headlamps may be fitted with headlamp washers and a suspension or headlamp self levelling system." The wording "MAY be fitted" insinuates that these items do not need to be in place so I can understand why HID conversions get through an MOT.



The MOT guidelines are not the bible of roadworthyness though. The Department for Transport clearly state that fitting HID lamps aftermarket is illegal without also:

- Changing the headlight enclosure for one designed for HIDs.

- Fitting self levelling to the headlights or suspension.

- Fitting headlight washers.


See Link:



The headlamp housing must be changed because of the way that the light is produced by HID lamps. Have a look at this website:


It explains why retrofit HIDs should not be judged soley on the beam pattern cut-off. (I suspect this is what the MOT test looks for?)



The MOT test is therefore not doing it's job in keeping vehicles roadworthy but it's something we all have to live with until the government gets its act together. The police are not guided soley by the MOT rules so if you come across a clued-up copper, you might still have a problem.


Insurance companies agreeing to insure HID conversions only serves to muddy the waters even further. So an MOT pass does not mean HID lights are legal to use but you will probably get away with it.

#299442 Fitting Hids

Posted by Dave-2912 on 25 October 2013 - 11:10 AM

you will look sweet cruising the road HID replica fogs


Just a word of warning about driving with fog lights on...


When I was 18 I was pulled over and got fined £30 for driving with my fog lights on when it wasn't foggy.

So the lights wont 'look so sweet' if you are pulled over by the police. :)

#298475 Problems New Fiesta

Posted by Dave-2912 on 21 October 2013 - 07:35 PM

Hi im new on here so i hope someone can help, i have a Fiesta Titanium ecoboost , i have rain sensors fitted but they don't seem to work it was raining today & they didn't come on , i switched to manual i have activated it on the settings along with the auto lighting they work ok but not the wipers , any ideas ??

I have the autowipers and to be honest, its a pretty poor system. The autowipers in my last car were so much better. Just make sure you have turned the wheel on the stalk so that the marker is to the top. This will set them to maximum sensitivity.

#298033 Just completed customer survey

Posted by Dave-2912 on 19 October 2013 - 10:48 PM

Before I signed the form to say i would say i was completly satisfied I asked the salesman for some new car mats, he then went and got me some otherwise I would have got nothing.

Sounds like a good bit of spontaneous blackmail!

#297900 St-2 Mpg?

Posted by Dave-2912 on 19 October 2013 - 07:40 AM

Thanks, would you say driving the ST gently (to achieve 40ish mpg) is likely to still be quicker than hammering the 1.0 123bhp and getting roughly the same mpg?





This comparison ^ is starting to go out with the realms of common sense.



What do you mean by "gently" for a start? Gently to me would mean barely any throttle to get up to speed slowly and doing 60-65mph on motorways / national speed limit roads. "Hammering the 1.0" to my mind would be full throttle starts, hard acceleration to get up to speed and 80-90mph on motorways. In this case I have no doubt the ST would probably get BETTER fuel economy than the 1.0T. So when you ask which would be "quicker" in the stated conditions, the answer is probably the ZS. Both in terms of 0-62 and your chosen cruising speed. But it’s a totally ridiculous comparison!



Driven the same (which is the only meaningful comparison) I have no doubt the ZS would better the ST's fuel consumption by at least 10mpg.



You sound like you are trying to find arguments to justify buying an ST (or maybe trying to find justification for SWMBO???)



Be under no illusion... If you buy the ST you will not drive it 'gently' everywhere to get good mpg.

#291632 Mk? And Wheels?

Posted by Dave-2912 on 21 September 2013 - 09:57 PM

Welcome and congrats for passing your test, Patrick.


I'm no expert when it comes to wheels but I believe you have to consider such things as PCD and offset to determine whether a wheel will be the correct fitment for your car.


From a quick google search, this link gives a basic explaination:



I'm sure someone who knows more will be along to comment soon.

#290040 What Have You Done With Your Car Today?

Posted by Dave-2912 on 14 September 2013 - 01:21 AM

I took my Z4 for its first service even though its gonna be traded in for my new ZS in a couple of weeks. Thankfully it didn't cost me anything except a morning off work. One thing I will miss about BMW is the level of customer service... I was booked in for a "while you wait" service and from giving the dealer the keys to getting back into my fully serviced and valleted car only took 70min. Never experienced such quick and efficient service with any previous brand.

Looking forward to my Fiesta's arrival at the end of the month though. :-)

#290039 Zetec S 1.0 Vs Fiesta St-2

Posted by Dave-2912 on 14 September 2013 - 12:59 AM

So, I've forgotten to update you all, I'm sorry!
I bought an ST-2, delivery date is 2nd November :-)
Will keep you all updated, thanks very much for the kind words everyone, means a lot that everyone took interest!

Congrats Kyle. I think you made the right decision.

Just make sure you take it easy and enjoy having such a decent car at 17. Im sure you know most 17 year olds can't afford an ST, so just having one is cool enough. You don't have to show off when driving it to look cool. Be safe, take care and be proud of what you have achieved. You'll feel like a right !Removed! if you crash it. Trust me, I've been there!

#289587 What Have You Done With Your Car Today?

Posted by Dave-2912 on 11 September 2013 - 07:37 PM



Not done anything today but played around in Photoshop and painted the calipers red and changed the alloy colour to gunmetal :)






Gunmetal wheels on a black car are a great shout. Do it!

#289486 New Car

Posted by Dave-2912 on 11 September 2013 - 12:28 PM



Think they are standard on the Titanium but I have ordered some scuff plates today:




Why they are not standard on the Zetec S is beyond me :(





Got the Ford ones as part of the deal on my last ZS and the new one. Same as these I think:



Pretty poor that they still arent standard though. I see them as pretty essential on a 3 door car.

Could so easily be scratched by someone careless squeezing into the back.


Gave a friend of a friend a lift once and instead of stepping straight into the back she stood on the door sill first. I think because she was so... rotund and inflexible. I soon let the fatty know I wasn't happy with her. :lol: