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#459573 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on Today, 12:23 PM

Hate to say it .. but my headlights have been destroyed and my rear lights, left hand doors are creased, front passenger wheel is hanging off and well.. it's not worth repairing :(
On the lookout for a new fezzy

If you could get another without telling the insurance you would be much better off in the long run,
What mark are you going for ?
A 1.6TDCi Mk6.5 ZetecS would be a good option as its much the same power as the 1.4 petrol before remapping,
Being diesel cheaper to run and probably same price on insurance,
More mods available too.

#459365 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 07:00 PM

Christ you are doing well. You ever use the brake? :D I have to change my discs because they were slightly pitted on the back according to the MOT and wishbones. Gonna order these I think
Do you know how to find the thread size on the lower control arms by any chance? Not sure which one I need http://www.mister-au...18302_g273.html
Should suffice I hope...

Nah handbrake and 2nd Gear lol think im on 2nd set of pads to be honest,
And i think there gone on inside but somthing slows the car when i press the brake pedal so all good,
Perhaps log on to micksgarage.com and enter your reg then study the part specs it may give you the desired information.

#459316 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 04:29 PM

Aah! I thought it was a shammy leather as a makeshift wiper!

It is now..... :lol: thats a great idea

#459234 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 12:59 PM

Thanks for putting up the guide on installing the screen mate.
Your truly building the ultimate ride! Every time I look your adding something new it's brilliant :D

No prob mate, ill edit it to create a more detailed guide when fitting it soon,
The same link will remain valid.
Might aswell put it all in at the one time while the car is stripped,
I'm also fitting waterproof push button under each of the wing mirrors routing cables from then to rear doors,
Plan is to shave rear door handles and fit pop solenoids,
When car is unlocked press button on underside of wing mirror to open rear door on that side :)
Push button:
Solenoid kit:
15 Amp cable:

#459164 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 08:54 AM

Awesome read through the latest. When you putting it all in? May or you gonna start sooner?

Thanks mate,
It's looking like it's going to be some week in June weather permitting,

don't want to rush anything or be under pressure when doing the installation process, for me that's the most therapeutic part which I enjoy the most; installing and writing about the process,

I really don't know what I'm going to do when it's all been installed :lol: ill have nothing to plan or obstacles to overcome the end results are just another trophy on the shelve it's the doing I enjoy more than the done.
I've not completed the shopping list yet, I've gotta get some more Vibe 4AWG Flatflex, small sheet of MDF, waterproof push button switches, all the soundproofing materials, four more packs of Velcro, braided cable sleeving, Mono Amp brackets powder coated, big three 0AWG upgrade cable kit, aswell as some masking tape to keep all screws in panels after I remove them.
I've also gotta take some time this weekend to lay everything out and go through the fitting in my head in order to find out if I'm missing anything that I'm going to need at the time of fitting as I definitely don't want to purchase any "Just encase i need it" items and at the same time don't want to be stuck for something on the week of installation.


Nice update Lenny.......how come your a month ahead of everyone lol? Could I have the winning lotto numbers please. :D

Lmao :lol: ah it's just the way things panned out mate,

I got a a pain in my.

storing progress updates in the draft folder of my email on the phone,

I had planned to hold off until Sunday to post the March update but I was worried something may happen to the update while being stored on my phone in the draft folder so I played safe and updated early.
I write the detail and insert links in my spare time then insert the images as the items arrive, then when the update is close to completion or complete I upload it.
There won't be another purchase update now until April as previously mentioned I'm taking some time out to recap on progress ensure all is as it should be and nothing has been over saw as I hate purchasing in error and got stung badly in this area with the bolts having purchased the wrong size three times cost me dearly in Parcel Motel aswell as the shop having purchased three separate times due to my own bad planning, Sir Alan Sugar would have me horse drawn and quartered for such a school boy error.


That's gunna look great when it's in mate, your gunna be a busy man getting everything in but will be well worth it.
How does the screen attach to the roof?

Thanks very much David,
Regarding how it mounts; I've decided to create the fitting guide thread a little early and posted my response in there,
I figured by doing this then editing the linked thread at a later date when fitting.
This link will remain valid and perhaps help others whom may be reading this via Google at a later date bearing the same question as yourself.
So here's a link to the fitting guide thread which is not yet complete but holds the answer to your question mate: http://www.fordowner...focus-mk2-mk25/


That is one awesome car!! Miss my 59plate focus TDCi now

Thanks very much Saul,
The focus responds well to the mods as it looks great to begin with, sorry to hear your missing a previously owned motor, I know how that feels miss my Toyota Levin BZR from time to time,
Was a 1.6 VTi Twin-Cam Naturally aspirated 175bhp motor, still have the driver's seat in the house and plan to eventually have some 2.5" stainless exhaust piping mandrel bent C shape to create some legs turning it in to a house chair :)

#459161 Guide: Fitting 10" Hd Flip Down Roof Monitor Dvd To Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 08:47 AM

Ill be working on this guide across the next few months will be complete in May/June as part of my overall install plans.
im just posting this information now because a fellow member asked me about fitting to the roof lining on a post in my build thread,
so i decided to create the the guide thread early in order to keep all relevant guide links valid in the future.

Heres the 10" HD flip down DVD player:
Link to supplier: http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT




Most American videos on YouTube will show cutting a large hole in the roof lining like this:


This in my opinion weakens the structure of the roof lining,
The unit Ive purchased has a banking plate to fit inside the roof lining,
I wont cut out the roof lining to fit it in there,
Instead ill take an additional 20 minutes of my time to remove the roof lining which I will show you how to do aswell,
Line up the four M6 holes and drill them out in the centre of the roof lining to grip the screen unit to the plate o the opposite side of the roof lining no need to cut a huge hole.
Just a single 19mm hole then to route the cables through.



All coming soon.

#459056 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 26 February 2015 - 09:26 PM

I know. I don't think I seen many of these lists in car manuals before. It could just be that I've never had to look before. 
I have another question Osram Nightbreaker Plus or Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited Plus are these the same or different I can't tell I'm currently looking on ebay.
Have you got all the lights you listed fitted? If yes do you have a link to a picture?

Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited Plus would be the latest model,
Heres a picture of everything except high beam:




Cree reverseve and fog:





Silvatec bulb in socket,
Standard bulb removed,


Before silvatec:


After Silvatec:


I hope these images provide more of an insight than i had prior to purchasing any of them myself :)

#459040 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 26 February 2015 - 09:07 PM

March Purchase Update:
First item this month purchased from Garage.ie via Twitter was the Bosch S3 007 Car Battery Upgrade,

"insert image when arrives"

In my opinion the Bosch S3 is the best upgrade battery if your running a few electrical accessories,
Managed to strike a great deal on this one at only 90 inc.VAT@23%

Next item was purchased from "UpayNplay" supplied me with a XTRONS 10" HD Roof mount Flip down screen for the rear seat passengers.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331346924847








Nice little oval badge on rear of flip down screen as saw in above image,
Going to contact DMB or GelBadges.com to have a blue ford badge printed in the same size to cover it B)


Push chrome square to release screen then manually fold it down,

All other buttons are touch sensitive


Very happy with this purchase, would have been ideal if it was available in a shade of grey to match the roof lining but when you consider that being a problem well it isn't a big one to be fair and the colours close enough :lol:
I had considered fitting headrest monitors instead but i have a few issues with them; in regards to routing cables through the seats, different material on headrests (if purchasing those with screens built in) also most of the headrest screens are "direct view" much like ATM machines the person sitting to the left or right of the screen cant see anything at all,
15" is also available but i think this 10" is sufficient not too small and not too much on the roof neither.

So I'm all in favour of the flip down screen mounted in the centre of the roof lining in front of the rear courtesy light being a 10" screen it adds to the discreet wow factor aswell :) cant be seen unless its flipped down or your sitting in the back.
This unit has a built in DVD player, HDMi input, RCA line input/output 10" HD Screen, FM Transmitter, touch screen buttons, auto dimming screen and low standby consumption,

Next item to arrive was from "RockBottom_Car_Audio" supplied me with a Vortex V-507 5 Metre 6 Channel Professional Automotive RCA Phono Cable
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251569332924





This cable is the highest quality 6 Channel RCA cable i could find which is not a mass bulk of cable,
Because this line will be routed to connect the 10" rear flip down to the headunit,
3 RCA - Video output from Headunit to 10" screen,
3 RCA - Video output from 10" Screen to headunit.
Its also brought to the market by Connects2


Each channel of this cable is manufactured identical to the other, it doesn't need to be yellow in colour to carry a video signal the colours are there for reference purposes only.

Final purchase of this month then was from "AutoStar"
Supplied me with the following items:
6 Metres 15Amp Cable
(Sold per 1 Metre, Qty:4 = 4 Metres)

This will be used to route power from an ignition positive feed to the flip down screen.


4 Metres 10Amp Cable
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item27bd5915eb
(Sold per 2 Metre Qty:2 = 4Metres)


A single Core (black line) of this will be used to route an interior light positive feed from an interior back light feed to the flip down screen allowing the screen to automatically dim at night when parking lights are activated.

Mini Blade Piggy Back Fuse
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a14b1c2ff


This item will be used to connect the screens positive power feed to an ignition live source in the passenger footwell fuse board.
The only cables left to address on the screen then is the courtesy light feeds; they can be spliced in to the neighbouring interior light so there is no need to purchase additional cable for those.

Final item from AutoStar would have been a 12V rocker switch to filter the power feeding to the flip down,
Fit the switch to the drivers footwell allowing power to be cut off to the flip down for various reasons that the driver may require to stop the screen in the rear from function.

However I've already got a 12v rocker switch fitted in this location from the time i had the drl's fitted see picture:


Final purchase of the month was from fellow forum member "JC600"
Supplied me with a PlayStation 2 in excellent condition aswell as a load of great games,



Ow yes; this will be fitted to the focus via a 12Volt DC to 8.5Volt DC adaptor
See link: http://www.powerstream.com/dc-ps2.htm
3Metre RCA cable
See link:
to entertain back seat passengers on long journeys via the 10" flip down monitor.


Again special thanks to Parcel Motel again this month for
delivering all of these items efficiently and in one piece no loss or damage to


I’m sure the processing staff in Parcel Motel Antrim are
cursing my name as they process them through there system,

so as a token of my gratitude to the process staff at Parcel Motel in the Antrim Depot; I took it upon myself to log on to eBay and have a Chocolate bar hamper sent to the
processing staff at parcel motel in Antrim along with a cover letter expressing my gratitude to the people operating below and outside of the office.


They have saved me well over 200GBP in the piecing together of this build and for that they deserve some thanks.


Here’s a link to the seller of the hampers I highly
recommend this service aswell as Parcel Motel: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121481345726

I just hope Parcel Motel don’t forward me on the empty
box of wrappers with a thank you note as that will cost me another 4.50 euro


That's this months purchase update complete guys and thanks for reading :)

#458085 Focus Titanium Mk2.5 Build Diary Has Started...

Posted by Lenny on 24 February 2015 - 11:08 AM

I have rainsport 2's on the back.still like new.

how many miles do you get before the plastic wrap wears off?

#457851 Playstation 2 In The Car, Should I Fit?

Posted by Lenny on 23 February 2015 - 07:22 PM

Nice haul there! I gave mine away to a friend with about 100 or more games! They are still good fun. Hope the children like their new console and leave you to drive in peace on long journeys  :)
If I were to have games in my car in the future, I would do something a bit different and have a Raspberry Pi, running Android and wireless bluetooth controllers. That way, any game in the Play Store for Android would be available to load onto the Raspberry Pi. Just a thought. 

Sounds good mate,
Easily add a 3G router to the glovebox for online browsing

#457835 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 23 February 2015 - 06:32 PM

Short Progress Update:
The M5 x 40 black Allen Head bolts Have arrived today from Demon Motorsport on eBay
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151211574998


as i mentioned in a previous post;
I initially purchased the wrong length of these and as result I was unable to complete the mounting of the 4 Channel Amplifier to the Carpeted MDF Panel,
Thankfully the 4 Channel Amp and panel is now complete thanks to their arrival.

Aluminium 8mm Bushes fitted like washers to bolts between amplifier and carpet allowing for maximum air flow,
The cavity panel is now fully complete.



Fitted M5 Stainless Nylon Insert lock nuts followed by plastic M5 Dome head cap to head of bolt which prevents risk of cutting in to cables



Quick trial fit in the car :)
Ill fit the brushed aluminium panel to the amp at a later date when its been permanently fitted.





Fantastic Start to the week :)

#457717 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 23 February 2015 - 10:03 AM

Been considering what to use the old phone for as it's not in a resell able state...
Girlfriend suggested taking advantage of the fact that iPhones have half decent GPS..
Just been having a browse at Sim only, data only tariffs... About £20 a year.
Thoughts on hiding the phone wired into a switched live so it charges when the ignitions on.. Then having it there ready to be tracked via "find my iphone" If the car gets robbed

If your Pioneer headunit supports Apple CarPlay,
It will mirror the phone screen ;)

#457459 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 22 February 2015 - 02:09 PM

Hmmm.... I'd say an inch, inch & a half? Pushing it at two but if I did that I would force myself to slam it!
As for the phone situation.. HTC One M8 Coming tomorrow :D

Experement with some cardboard and a stanley blade mate,
Then yes deffo gotta slam it on some 15" green rotas

#457383 Help Hard-Wiring Dashcam

Posted by Lenny on 22 February 2015 - 10:27 AM

3 amp will be fine, I think that's the lowest size blade fuse you can get.

Found some 1 amp
Good for bridging gaps between brain cells i suppose :) dunno anything else that has such a low draw of current.

1 amp Mini Fuse:

2 Amp Mini fuse:

#457368 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 22 February 2015 - 09:39 AM

Somebody's just mentioned that the arches are rolled from the factory?
If so, does that mean I can't abuse them with that tool?

That statement is true if you watch "how its made" you will see the whole car is rolled out of metal by the factory :lol:
Theres nothing to stop them being rolled out further which creates a bigger arch.