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

Yesterday, 07:03 AM

nice upgrades to braking system lenny

Cheers mate,
can smell them when exiting the car as still bedding in lol

Although there bedding in at present; there's not a huge difference in stopping performance but they look great the stopping performance may increase over stock as they bed in properly,
I'm expecting to feel an increase as they are EBC GreenStuff pads.

Ford give the car a very detailed check yesterday timing belt is due in 30,000km there's an oil washer leak on oil pump, front passenger lower arm bushing is deteriorated rear lower bushings need replacing two,
Single mass flywheel is starting to squeak on hill starts too mainly result of remapping as it's a weak spot in stock performance anyway.
so I've got alot of bits to work through in the coming months and grateful of the health check report Ford supplied which has highlighted these issues now preventing bigger problems down the road.

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

08 October 2015 - 06:16 PM

Got the most out of last set of pads anyway lol
see report I'm feeling so Money Supermarket got 170,000km on first factory fitted set of brake pads 😀


Here's the new brakes and pads ford kindly fitted for me today, 👍
Very happy 




Feels alot better now and delighted with my new found Ford Dealership will return again soon.
Gave me free air freshener and everything ☺
gonna miss the orange glow from old set 😀

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

08 October 2015 - 01:13 PM

Continuing on from purchase of parts on page: 87
Link: http://www.fordowner...-2015/?p=507289

I finally got around to booking it in for a well needed service.
So the focus is in garage today having a routine service aswell as the cross drilled and grooved brake discs fitted along with EBC GreenStuff pads and the Goodridge stainless braided brake lines ☺

looking forward to collecting later today will look sweet!
I'll upload some pictures tonight👍

In Topic: Focus Tdci Upgrades

26 September 2015 - 09:37 AM

Thanks for the help mAte, I decided to just put 17" on my focus because it is lighter and 18" is not advisable in my country bec of road condition.

17's are a good compromise in every aspect,

Because the bigger the rim is; the heavier it becomes
This weight is known as "unsprung mass"
Unsprung mass is made up of all rotating parts outside of the drive shaft.
So bigger brake discs, bigger alloy rims all contribute to a slight reduction in the ease of take off most noticeable on hill starts.

The positives of bigger rims is the reduction in tyre side wall,
The replacement of rubber with alloy makes handling much better on cornering and high speed as there's no squatting or wabble in the tyre compared to 15 or 16"
Bigger rims make the suspension work harder so lowering springs and big rims make the car push hard on the road resulting in optimum driving performance.

I've fitted 18x8 ST rims with eibach 35mm Lowering Springs and it handles really well can almost Scandinavian drift if pushed hard enough on roundabouts can control a slight rear slip.

But overall I'd fit 17" rather than 18"

The 18's cost me 270euro every 6-8 months replacing tyres,
135euro each

The contribution of unsprung mass is a bit noticeable in Diesel engines as well.

The turning radius of the 8" wide wheels means taking wide angle turns when driving around small roundabouts or driving in multi story car parks.
However the positive side of 8" wide rims is the stability at high speed the experience feels the same driving at 60mph on 16's
when driving at 140mph on 18x8 there's no wabble like the 16's would at that speed.

I bought my 18's from Ford purchasing one per month cost me 475 euro per corner
the look great but cost a fortune to keep tyres on compared to 17" I wouldn't get the money worth if I was to sell them and go for 17s myself so I'm going to stick with them but if I was buying again I'd go for 17's

In Topic: Focus Tdci Upgrades

25 September 2015 - 08:27 PM

Quick enquiry guys, if I put a 225/45/17 in my focus and decided to lower it, will there be a fender rub? Thank you.

no it's only when fitting 18" which are 8" wide
17" wheels are generally 7.5" wide so you will be fine.