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#421128 Dash Cam Mounting - Mk2/2.5 Focus

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 05:50 PM

Not just dash cams, I'm fussy about a lot of things...probably doesn't help that I have OCD lol.
Not fussed by clothes though, £4 jeans from Tesco ftw haha. :lol:

:o Friend....

:) im exactly the same,
Car looks mint and i look like im stealing it lol
Im not in to cloths much, i search the pile of odd sizes, same brands just cheaper.
Im ocd too i like everything to be seamless and factory looking no cables on display,
Im also very perticurlar with shoes,
And grease i absolutely hate grease, id eat a fry but no grase on the plate drives me up the wall lol

#420800 Boost Gauge

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2014 - 06:08 PM

Thanks mate.. but the picture is a bit small :-)

Your images are displaying now,
I have edit one here,
Fit nipple to left side
On the straight of the metal elbow


#420792 Boost Gauge

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2014 - 05:54 PM

So, i have post a new Picture. Hope you can see it, because the other Pictures was upload via Tabatalk.

Ah yes i can see now :)
If you could fit a barbed nipple to the bottom left side of the elbow,
This would be best location away from direct head and obstruction
I will edit a picture now to show you where i mean.

Ive linked an example of barbed nipple in post above.

#420766 Dash Cam Mounting - Mk2/2.5 Focus

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2014 - 04:20 PM

Ive searched for days mate and im defo going for this one:

Like you i dont want the world to seemy dash cam,

Im mounting the DVR inside the roof of the glovebox,
So open glovebox door and flip down the dvr,

It comes with two small cameras but only need to use one if that's all you want to use,
As discreet as possible.
With the evidence on memory storage safely hidden away from access


#420639 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2014 - 08:54 AM

Customised centre console

Considering starting to work at this after the sound system is complete june/july 2015.

Have an idea to remove the stereo surround and lower panel that houses the window heater switches,

Plan is to smooth over the hole for factory hazard lights switch,


Drill a new circular hole instead in the same location and flush fit a custom brushed aluminium button:


Same then for the heated windscreen and rear window heater buttons,
Purchase another two blacks, fit them to panel creating four blanks then fill the lines,
Sand smooth,
Drill two holes for flush fit custom switches,

Front heated windscreen replaced with frost icon as its only used in ice:
Led are changeable to red matching interior,

Rear demister button:


Perhaps get this one to work aswell,
Ill route an extra cable while doing the camera just encase:


When all is filled, sanded smooth and drilled for switches,
Id have the panels hydro dipped in carbon print for a seamless finish,

I reckon these brushed aluminium switches will tie in nicely with the already fitted custom climate controls, stock gear gator surround and stock 12v socket.

A/C button
Recirculation button
Will remain stock, but other three will be custom fitted, wiring will be simple cut off factory plug, crimp on female spades, then plug in to new button using Haynes manual for reference.

Overall i reckon 100-150 pounds would cover the project start to finish,

Purchase the panels from a mk2.5 in the breakers so progress wont take away from the regular operation of the car,

Will be July next year before i get to this one,
What you guys reckon?

#420617 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2014 - 06:55 AM

They do red ones too ;)

:o that's one serious bulb,
Id settle for cree Q5 in the red since its just for signal purposes,
Gotta upgrade to two of those 80watt cree lmao the future is bright, B)
Great find there clive. added to watch list for next year

#420615 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2014 - 06:45 AM

That looks cool! I think it does something similar as what my AV receiver does i.e measure the distances of the speakers from the mic, then calibrate them in order for the driver to hear them at their best. I just had a look at the pictures you put up and as I suspected, my headunit, which is the AVHx2500BT model doesn't support the calibration. It is a very nifty feature to have and I think Mr_Spock's headunit had something similar. 
I myself personally like to fiddle with the knobs until I get a sound that feels good to my ears. I used these sound files to spend about 1hr tuning the sound in my car to my personal taste. It's a free torrent of files that were made for tuning sound systems. If there is any issues with me linking the files on this particular website, Mods, please let me know as from what I gather, this is under free license :) **Link to be Updated**
Might be handy to have this as well Lenny if you don't want to buy the Mic to eq your system. From my experience with my AV receiver when I used the mic to calibrate it, it was a good starting point and then i tweaked it to my taste. Might be the same for your car :)

Ill definitely give the software you used a run on the system aswell mate, I've heard your system and it fantastic sound, base and everything is just right ill try all possible to recreate that in my own focus, last sub i had was a 15" fusion and always overpowered the rest of the car,
Air freshener used to blow to the windscreen from the rear view mirror, i never bothered to tune it and assumed at the time that's how they are,
But i saw and heard your system the bass is just right and tight,
People said before 10" subs are better than 12or15" at the time when i had my 15" i was thinking no way how could 10" speaker be better than a 15"
But it really is,
The smaller speaker is capable of tighter bursts of heavy base just where its needed in the song,
Unlike 15" where it cant keep up with short tight bursts, ends up sounding like distortion,

Heres me first car with install,
Fusion encounter 15" Sub
Fusion Reactor 6x9 custom raised to clear the sub enclosure,
Boxed 6.5" components,
Up front then were 4" fusion reactor 2-way,
All looking very boy racer and was just pure noise,
Learned from that definitely tuning this system like yours,




Most IP's block access to that site due to it being on an illegal server.
It would be better if you could Dropbox the file.

Thanks very much for inside ifo on this one mate,
We wouldn't know that how do you get info like that or is it through work you know this?

Thanks for the heads up. I will upload it to my Dropbox account and post the link here so that everyone can have access to it. I found the files on it very helpful and they were all recorded at a high bit rate.

Thanks mate,
Ill download it from drop box when you get it transferred,

Happy with that. :)

There are similar things available for setting up recording studios and has "filtered down" to PA systems, venues, theatre's etc. I have some special software designed for recording studio control rooms/ nerfield monitors, it can even give a plot of the room characteristics, showing problems like standing waves etc -  I've got an omnidirectional electrostatic mic that was designed for measurement that i use for recording (no use to you as its not calibrated to your head unit and its a balanced xlr  socket ) 
Looks like a simple dynamic mic probably omni-directional, (the eq will be calibrated/ compensated for that mic) the reason it is put on the drivers headrest is so that the eq is adjusted for that position, it will compensate for "room" acoustics as well as the deficiencies/ tonal balance of the speakers - if you change anything like a speaker it would need to be re-done - it will set it for a "natural" balance which may not be to your listening taste but might give you a good starting point or improve sound if your settings are out a fair bit
the ones for home cinema may be for setting the correct rear speaker delay on surround-sound systems, depending on your listening position - which is a different thing 

Sounds good mate,
It did say after calibration the equaliser setting be be "flat" allowing further adjustment there after, ties in with what you were saying there,
I never heard of anything like this before, and surly didn't expect to have this type of technology in the price bracket of the chosen head unit.
Thanks for info mate,

#420612 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2014 - 05:48 AM

Which bulb did you go for?


The one you gave me the link for. :D

Share the wealth guys what's the link?
They look brighter than regular cree Q5 are they?

#420502 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 18 October 2014 - 08:23 PM

Looks excellent mate,
Look forward to an update when interior bits arrive, :)

#420443 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 18 October 2014 - 05:37 PM

Looks excellent mate,
Bet you can't wait until it gets dark,
Have you any plans for dual reverse?

#420308 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 18 October 2014 - 03:31 AM

Research and planning,

Earlier on last week we discussed the minor/only issue with having the 4 channel amp removable,

The problem is:
All audio signal from headunit travels via RCA cable to an amp then from the amp to the speakers,

The 4 Channel amplifier will be mounted on a removable panel designed to be removed if bigger cargo space is required and seats need folding flat,

When the 4ch amp is removed there wont be any sound to the speakers,
Just the permanent fitted sub,

I've acknowledged this minor technical difficulty earlier in the thread but at that point had not concluded a solid plan around this,

If i was to power the front speakers from the headunits internal 50w amp through one feed
Power the same speaker with a cable from the 280w 4ch at the same time this would blow the head unit,

Initial plan then was to run two feeds to the front speakers,
One from head unit,
One from amp on MDF panel,

The feed from head unit would be separated by spade connectors under the glovebox,
So when the 4ch amp was absent from the car,
I can plug spades together thus powering front speakers from headunit.

The only big potential hazard with this plan was;
If i forgot to disconnect from the head unit again before returning the 4ch amp,
So i scrapped that plan as its too much risk of error.

There needed to be a setup that couldn't physically be both ways at the same time, because this setup needs to fit in with every day living where other matters distract the mind,
Removal and fitting needs to be 100% error proof as its easy to forget when doing unusual jobs that speakers are wired two ways.

So without further adieu here's the permanent plan of action:

The mdf sheet ill be in the boot compartment as saw in image:


Now fold down rear seat to access cavity area between the MDF sheet and rear seat:


Contained here are the vibe Vibe FastPlug which connects
Signal ON/Off from stereo
To the amplifier

There will also be two plug/sockets for the audio cables feeding to speakers from the amplifier,


See link:
Each connector has four cores,
Plug 1
Feed to Front speakers
Socket 2
Feed to rear speakers
New vibe flatflex will be run to all speakers from these male connectors.

Now at the rear of the stereo i will cut the cables feeding from iso loom to front speakers,
Splice a new flatflex feed to these run it to the rear seat fitting one of those 4 core sockets on the end of it,
Thats front speaker feeds directly from stereo in same type connection socket.

An audio feed output from the head units internal amp is lying in the boot terminated in a female socket keeping the terminals insulated,

When the boot space needs expanding,
Unplug from amp and plug in to this female socket instead to run front speakers directly from headunit.
Completely fail safe not possible to double feed the line,
Saves a little weight on cable too as only one feed runs to each speaker.

The modification now fits in with every day living,
simple 2 minute process
Open doors,
Fold down seats,
Unplug connections from amp,
Plug in headunit feed,
Remove panel through door and store somewhere safe.
Really looking forward to installation

#420106 Guide: Fitting Mist Washer Jets To Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5 Pdf.

Posted by Lenny on 17 October 2014 - 08:04 AM

This Guide is now available to download in PDF format see link:


Attached File  Guide Fitting Ford Mist type jets to Mk2& Mk2.5 Focus 2005 - 2011.pdf   656.5KB   12 downloads 

#420066 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 16 October 2014 - 10:49 PM

15 euro despatched to uk via tracked courier,
just print label,
scan it in yourself at parcel motel and put it in the cabinet,


My eldest daughter was with mevat the time and thought there was a large diameter vacuum pipe under the ground which shuttled the item to another cabinet close to the recipient :lol: kids are great, i explained the boys in the van would be around later to sort it out.

#420055 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 16 October 2014 - 09:57 PM

I love it when a plan comes together. Like I said, Christmas coming early for you! And Parcel Motel is a godsend for us here in Ireland. Saves so much on postage! Plus, it's always exciting going to go pick it up from the motel. When that door opens, its ridiculous :P
You seem to have the parts coming along nicely. I like how the mock ups turn up. They make a lot more sense now and I like how all of the amps are lined up and you can't see the wires.  An option, just in case the mono amp doesn't fit in the location you chose, you could always mount it on the other side of the 4 channel amp on the MDF. It would be nice to have some symmetry in your setup. Blame the OCD in me :)
Any thoughts about the speakers yet?

True mate ive been using eBay that much ive changed my ebay id to Mr.Cha-ching being first name cha last name ching :lol:
People might confuse me with a Chinese millionaire lol mr. cha-ching baby!!
Thanks for all the info on focal speakers mate but im gonna stick with the full JL audio package plan will be sufficient for my listening, its good quality for the price,
Not as good as the focal but then not as expensive,
The list I've created there seems to be good value for money so I'm happy with that better than initial plan and still around initial plan price.
I've no access to overtime anymore so i cant go over budget on this,
Also while on the subject of price,
I logged on to Caraudiodirect.co.uk and planned the entire sound system upgrade from there site and had intended to purchase from them aswell,
But prior to purchasing anything id search it on ebay,
Its come to a point where every single item on the list is cheaper purchasing from shop_ through ebay.co.uk and shipping with parcel Motel compared to Caraudiodirect.co.uk
For example Caraudiodirect wanted 150GBP to supply and deliver the custom focus sub enclosure,
Ebay wanted 75gbp for same sub enclosure, free shipping to parcel Motel, then 6 euro/4GBP to have parcel Motel drop it to my local collection point,
Saving me 70 GBP on that purchase alone,
Another one is the 4ch amp its 35GBP cheaper from dynamic sounds on eBay.co.uk excluding delivery compared to Caraudiodirect,
They are great for displaying info on the items but rip off on price,
View on there site purchase on ebay, momoth savings to be had.

#420046 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 16 October 2014 - 09:26 PM

As items sell on eBay I'm recycling the funds back in to purchasing the replacement parts,

And thanks to Hassan whom told me about parcel Motel,
Ive been able to spend less on shipping and more on parts,
All of today's deliveries cost me 6 euro shipping :) 6 euro,

First time using parcel Motel to receive some items and its much like the Crystal maze show used to be on channel 4 in the 90's
They text me today informing me that there was a delivery awaiting collection and provided a password.
After work i went to the collection point,
Entered the password then suddenly BOOM!!
A random locker door burst open allowing me access to the delivery inside,
Must admit feeling like a lab rat when the door opened and found myself racing towards it,
Cant stop that feeling though its there design lol

Seriously what could be better than parcel motel.
Perhaps your boss presenting you with your delivery in work?
I dunno but seriously 6 quid for all shipped from uk.. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!!!!!


So here we go:
Steering stalk control from a mk2 focus without voice button,
Won this for 99p :lol: free shipping, unbelievable it actually arrived,


Now fitted and working 100% replacing the stalk with voice control button, which is listed on eBay and ready for despatch.

3.5mm AUX port splitter arrived:


Focus Mk2 Double Din aftermarket stereo fitting kit arrived:


Double Din sized stereo surround


ISO conversion loom from ford fitting to aftermarket:


Sony/pioneer steering stalk patch lead:

Aerial adaptor plug and ford stereo removal keys, not required on mk2.5 model but perhaps required for aftermarket stereo:


Double Din aftermarket cage and sponge supports:



That's today's delivery all ready for stereo which is planed for mid to end of November all going well.

Custom 10" sub enclosure is on route expecting arrival by mid next week, once delivered i can get a final trial fit on the mdf panel prior to nailing and glueing the four pieces of the panel together,

Stopped off in DIY store today picked up some 17mm nails, Gorilla Glue said to be perfect stuff for MDF bonding, and of course a sanding block to smooth off the edges,


Ford Sony Stereo and facelift stereo surround now securely packaged and prepared for despatch to Newcastle.
Weight: 5kg
Height: 16"
Length: 15"
Width: 15"



Plan is coming together nicely,
Done a little Photoshop of boot install plans too:


Or perhaps use the JL audio speaker grills to reduce weight on the panel or create more space in the cavity for the fastplug connector by fitting 6.5" speaker spacers and use the grills supplied with speakers to cover the holes.
Would also allow more sound and air flow in to cavity area:


That's all for now more updates next week when the sub enclosure arrives,

Sorry Lenny just seen your query - I was able to route all the cables through the boot umbilical section without having to cut the end off the phono cable :) just as well as I'd already had to cut and rejoin it for routing through the grommet for the tailgate finisher to tailgate and would have been a pain trying to do that again in situ on the car with the headliner partially dropped etc.
Still took me ages to route the cable through to the dash as I went along the floor trying to follow the main loom routing as much as possible. After lots of trial and error I now know how to dismantle most of the interior trim panels, and have a nice neat cable installation which nobody will ever see  :rolleyes:

Thanks mate ill be hounding you via Pm when it comes time to strip out the car and roof lining especially.

The C2s have silk dome tweeters which helps smooth out the higher frequencies and sound a lot nicer than other component sets at this price point.
To just throw another idea at you, I would recommend reading up and maybe thinking about the Focal PS165 as a component set for the fronts. They are a little bit cheaper/around the same price than the JL Audio C2s and sound a bit different. I had a chance to hear them and they do sound very good. They are very similar to my sets of Focal 165KR and the PS165 run at 80W rms @4ohms. You might need to rethink of an amplifier for them and that would be a drawback as you would need something in the 80-100W rms(or more) x 4 range as an amp. But, the upside is that, it would have a lot more headroom and the Focal sound is somewhat different to others. It can be quite addictive as I found out! If you can find a dealer in Ireland, do give them a listen as you might just like it :)
Have a look at the reviews on Amazon. The cheapest place I found them was on www.ebay.fr (France ebay) as they are a french company. I had my heart set on them for a very long while and in the end got lucky getting my set for cost price pretty much. http://www.amazon.co...rds=focal ps165

thanks for all the info mate but im gonna stick with the full JL audio package plan will be sufficient for my listening, its good quality for the price,
Not as good as the focal but then not as expensive,
The list I've created there seems to be good value for money so I'm happy with that better than initial plan and still around initial plan price.
I've no access to overtime anymore so i cant go over budget on this,

Offer still stands mate. Will bring it along with me next time we meet up. It would be a good thing it gets some use as I don't want it to freeze up :)

 no thanks I'm very happy with the current application

Oh I bet you feel like it's Christmas already there with the parts arriving :P

more like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, its great to be progressing through the list but realistically none of its any use now until the head unit arrives then the build begins to take shape and you start to get bang for buck,
But right now its just piecing together the foundations not much fun to be had just sign for delivery and store it.