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#526601 Focus Tdci Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 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

#526489 Focus Tdci Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 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.

#523762 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 08:18 PM

I had to have a similar repair done a few years ago now..
I remember I got in it one morning over winter and put the heaters on full and it cracked in the repair.. I had a new window fitted for free the same day..

I think you've done the best thing to be honest,, if it does go then odds are it will be on the repair and you get a free window,, if doesn't and stays good then again your onto a winner

Cheers mate,
I do love Win/Win Situations I've been encountering a few of them lately in different scenarios 👍

Cars a beaut by the way.. You should be very proud of it..

Thanks very much,
It has absorbed every spare penny from past five years it's come a long way all makes it worthwhile when other people appreciate it too.

#523663 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 07:27 PM

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on a serious note,
This website is the only place to purchase a Genuine Pivot Mega Razin Voltage Stabiliser
link: http://www.pivotraci...m/product/VS-ME

Replicas don't work,
Might aswell be strapping a 8 pack of sausages to the engine bay when fitting a replica,
All eBay stock is replica I can show comparison pictures to back this up but I won't hog your thread
I've documented this before in a dedicated thread with pictures.

#523652 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 07:17 PM

I've got a 2 farad capacitor in the boot although it's currently just sitting there so people can ask "what's that do?"
I may have to reconnect it. I've just had a look at the voltage stabilizers & peoople are saying they give up to 15bhp gains.. Hahaha
I'd buy one to save the alternator but I don't want the store owner thinking I believe that piece of marketing..
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maybe in a Nissan Leaf 😂
The car will run smoother and perfect spark every time maybe 3-5bhp but not 15 lol that's half a remap

#523629 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 06:54 PM

Alternatively you could fit a 1 Fared capacitor
and power the mono amp from it aswell as the heated seats,
Would cushion the demand from both.

I've wired the 10" screen to the 1 Fared capacitor along with the mono amp.


This prevents and drain in the event the screen is playing a DVD or alot of flashing images the capacitor can supply power at a faster rate while the battery fills up the capacitor in its own time.

It's like filling a barrel of water with a hose then taking buckets out of it.

Instead of waiting around using the hose to fill each bucket.

The capacitor is a resivour of power


#523620 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 06:28 PM

In no particular order
The deed is done. I have a lovely warm bottom
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maybe worth fitting a Razin voltage stabilizer kit not replica from eBay but an original from the Pivot website
This is like a capacitor for all electronics in the car making it easier on the altinator
considering your running heated seats now aswell as two amplifiers.
just a small bit of advice

#523469 New Bastuck Exhaust. Christmas Came Early!

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 12:30 PM

I could have opted for the a resonator(pre silencer) but it was extra. I think deleting the resonator and having a straight pipe like mine also increases performance slightly. Who knows

the Resonator is the same straight through pipe; difference is it has a lagging jacket on outside to absorb vibrations to reduce noise inside the car at the corresponding location under middle of front seats
had i got a petrol engine id be happy to listen to it but being a grumbling diesel i prefer to have the resonator fitted.

you should esquire about changing the catalyst for a 200cell this would get the most out of the new exhaust system as well flowing 50% more than the existing catalyst as well as keeping things road legal and MOT compliant.

#523389 New Bastuck Exhaust. Christmas Came Early!

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 06:33 AM

It was a complete exhaust system from bastuck fitting including VAT for the goods too is: £575.48. What you reckon in comparison to yous lenny?

cost much the same as the Piper Performance T304 2.5" system
except the Bastuck doesn't have a high flow pre silencer but then mine's a bit different being Diesel
overall the finished results look much the same 👍




#523335 New Bastuck Exhaust. Christmas Came Early!

Posted by Lenny on 15 September 2015 - 10:06 PM

Looking good mate,
How much did it cost in total including shipping and fitting?💷

#523333 An 06 Focus 1.6tdci Has A Dpf Doesn't It

Posted by Lenny on 15 September 2015 - 09:59 PM

Probably read this forum....

Fan of the show 😀📈

#523050 Guide Fitting Cruise Control Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5 And Ford C-Max

Posted by Lenny on 15 September 2015 - 09:59 AM

what is the difference between focus wheel with cruise control and a focus c max ????

none here's my focus factory fitted wheel with cruise control for reference

#523048 Reversing Camera On Front Not Rear

Posted by Lenny on 15 September 2015 - 09:56 AM

Hi guys I got a rear reversing camera coming which I am going to fit I was just wondering if anyone had fitted a camera to the front bumper which can be switched on and off either by switch or another way and linked to the same monitor that the rear cameras linked to but I don't want it to be on while driving any ideas or has anyone done it ( OR DO YOU THINK I COUKD LINK BOTH CAMERAS TO THE SAME MONITOR AT WHICH POINT THE FRONT CAMERA WILL STAY ON THE MONITOR (just turn monitor off) AND THEN SOON AS ITS IN REVERSE THE PICTURE CHANGES TO THE REAR ( turn monitor on)

Hi Chris, 
if the monitor is a single channel input then this would be possible via a small RCA 2-way splitter, 
ill source the link to where i bought mine on ebay very light weight and discreet I use it to change between PlayStation and TV Tuner in the car.
would require manually switching of video source. 
if the monitor is capable of accepting two video source inputs then you wouldn't need an RCA splitter just change the channels on the monitor. 

getting the monitor to display front view by default then automatically revert to reverse camera view when reverse gear is activated is really only possible if fitting both cameras to to a head unit. 

this way the front camera can be installed as an AUX input 
and the rear camera installed as just that; a rear camera. 

this method will allow you to listen to a cd or radio etc. all usual functions while displaying the front auxiliary view. 
then reverting to rear camera when reverse gear is activated. 

the front camera sensor feed must be connected to an ignition live feed in the engine bay fuse box via a mini piggy back fuse adapter and 10amp fuse to allow constant power while engine is live.

an alternative option would be to install a dual camera DVR dash cam system such as the kit ive installed in the guide here:

not only would it display but it also records. 

#522798 An 06 Focus 1.6tdci Has A Dpf Doesn't It

Posted by Lenny on 14 September 2015 - 05:44 PM

£750 is cheap - way too cheap - I wonder why ?

DPF alone is worth 800
I'm now hoping it has one 😀

#522797 An 06 Focus 1.6tdci Has A Dpf Doesn't It

Posted by Lenny on 14 September 2015 - 05:41 PM