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#449898 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on Today, 01:06 PM

Me too Lenny......hate sitting and waiting lol :)

I know the feeling :)
Had to do it with my own remap, lowering, exhaust and dpf removal, four seperate days

#449894 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Today, 12:58 PM

Update on progress:
DMB got back to me with an image of my print for the capacitor:


Looking Sweet yo!!

#449830 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on Today, 07:34 AM

Yes mate, here you go. :)http://www.halfords....1&storeId=10001
And review from Whichhttp://www.which.co....eadlight-bulbs/

Thanks mate

#449828 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Today, 07:25 AM

I used to work for a motocross shop.. Who print custom graphics. I could ask them for a quote for you?


Maybe try some of the print shops in Dublin who do wraps?

Ah ill leave it for the moment guys,
Ill maybe wait until i have it all installed, then come back to fitting the vinyl decal encase it gets scratched or somthing in the installation process,
Main thing i suppose is; i know what i want done with it and the size, just a matter of sourcing someone willing edit it to size and press the print button on there machine, if you could enquire for a quote Kieran that would be great.

Ive been making progress on the brackets;
The JL AUDIO XD300/1v2 Amp is 180mm (7.1") long,
So I've purchase two aluminium strips:
Width: 1/2" (12.7mm)
Height: 1/4" (6.35mm)
Length: 500mm (19.7")
Quantity: 2
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281354092811

Better to have too much length than too little was only a few penny's in the difference between choosing 400mm (15.8") or 500mm (19.7") lengths,

The 45° downward slope will be 190mm (7.5")
This leaves me with 310mm (12.2") length to create a nice "C" shape bend followed by 190mm (7.5") straights for bolting through the boot panel with some 1/2" large diameter M6 washers assisting grip on the inside of the panel.

I'm thinking ill use some of the excess 9mm MDF (left over from the amp cavity panel install) to create a small square section around:
180mm x 143mm would provide a nice spread of the amplifiers weight.
Securing with two M6 bolts on each aluminium bracket; through the plastic boot panel and the 9mm MDF followed by securing with 1/2" washer and a lock nut.
No chance of them ever ripping through the plastic.

Only problem left to solve on this is;
Forming a nice equal "C" shape bend on the aluminium lengths,
Ill drill them out and marked up then ask the guys in work to bend them for m3 using a vice, hammer and 1.5" pipe.

#449700 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 07:06 PM

They'll look good mate! Decent price aswell if they've got a decent edge on them! :)

Never thought about the edge,
Could always file it down or somthing,
There's a maintenance workshop in well work lol with a team of 8 dedicated members,
Had them weld a Random Cat for the Levin, they may oblige by bending these strips for me and smoothing the edges so as i don't tare an articular vein and bleed out :lol: sorry was doing First Aid Refresher course last Monday :rolleyes:

Agreed, Ebay is brilliant for getting random things like that rather than looking around in the shops. Best bit of it all, it's open 24/7! Just don't drink and Ebay  :P

+1 alcohol and ebay Auction never mix :lol:
Speaking od drunk ideas have you saw this:

Only P.I.T.A. im experiencing now is DMB giving me the Polar shoulder with providing me payment details to begin processing the capacitor decal, those guys used to be awesome service, ford must have badly beat them up after they stopped printing custom ford badges seem reluctant now to print RedBull label.
Where else can i get it printed?
I've searched google but prices are up around 30 GBP.

#449647 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 04:49 PM

Looking at the manual for my 500/1d it says not to mount upside down.. I should've told you! Sorry :(
Personally I'd go for mounting it 45* :) and if it's on brackets and it takes a knock, the brackets will take the force!
The capacitor will look great when it's finished! :)

I hold you solely responsible Kieran :lol: nah id still have bought the XD300 had i known this,

Personally I'd go for mounting it 45* :) and if it's on brackets and it takes a knock, the brackets will take the force!
The capacitor will look great when it's finished! :)

Kinky :lol: Thanks mate,All i can say; eBay is fantastic!
Found some 1" wide 1.5mm thick Aluminium Strips available in choice of lengths,
These strips 400mm long, gradual "C" shape bent to a "7" Shape 45 degree bracket would look proper Ace with the aluminium amp bolted on :) 200mm mounting surface for amp
see link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/271465566241

#449586 Check It Out: Glitter Bomb Via Post

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 12:39 PM

Just found this site linked on Twitter :lol:

Quote Review "Excellent, had one shipped to my husband, he opened it just before he was going to work, it destroyed his cloths so he had to change, leaving him late for work and now he may be getting fired LOL"


#449564 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 10:09 AM

Keep me posted about the Bosch battery and at that price, it's a great deal!  

 Will do mate,
Ill be purchasing the battery on 12th Feb,
They do delivery in the Dublin area for free, i initially thought "Ok ill parcel motel it from Finglas" but the battery is 17kg :lol: so ill drop up meet&greet.

Dancing like Marty and Moog: We were just watching a bit of Kei to The City and they were both dancing in a carpark in Japan.

Kei to the city is an excellent documentary movie, DriftWorks also made a video about the other side of drift scene in Japan showing those whom risk it all on open motorway drifting for cash :lol: nothing text book when drifting in random moving traffic in a over chipped Silvia.
Its not as good as kei to the city or half as legal as mighty car mods stuff but still worth viewing.
Here's a link: """"

I had a look at the Baby Elegance website. Interesting stuff but I think we are covered. This new baby will prob end up using what the old baby had lol.

Our last travel system was a three wheeler, had pneumatic tyres and constantly getting punctures so went for the baby elegance has run flats :lol: MotherCare in Carrickmines were asking 750 just for a tubular frame of buggy nothing else.
We got our full travel system all in for 570 including Iso fix base 8n local TopLine store.

That Red Bull vinyl looks ace. I can so see this with the capacitor installed in your car and people asking "What's that for?" with the wires sticking out  :)

thanks mate,
Its gonna be horizontally fitted under the drivers side boot panel,
It will be rotated in such a way that only the digital display and face of the RedBull print will be visible :)
The three 4 AWG cables will exit at rear; out of view.

I've encountered a new problem with the install, regarding the XD300/1 Mono Amp :rolleyes:
I had planned to bolt it upside down on the underside of the drivers side panel:

However; when reading the supplied instruction manual is states "mounting this amplifier upside down is strongly discouraged"
Due to the heat sink being on top, fitting upside down would drive more heat in to the amp.
Never easy is it :lol:
Glad to have found this out now in advance before fitting time,

So I'm back in the R&D lab thinking of ways to make this happen in the same location.

Must be minimum 1.5" clearance between top of amp and the panel,
I've come up with two ideas last night,
Purchase four 2" bolts with 8 nuts,
Bolt through the amp then to the underside of the panel this will allow it to be in the upright position along with the gap,
Fit some black heat shrink sleeving to disguise the bolts.
Make up two metal brackets bent like a number 7
Bolt top of the 7 to underside of the panel,
Bolt amp to the legs of the 7
Resulting in the amp being mounted at 45 degrees under the panel.

#449505 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 12:09 AM

Have you got a link for these Jamie mate,
I've been bionically driving around since the end of November my Osram Cool blue H7 fitted in January and blown by November

#449330 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 January 2015 - 12:55 PM

Further Update:
Dmb.uk.com have taken on the printing of tge redbull wrap for the 1.0 Fared Capacitor :)
Cheers Dave


#449328 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 January 2015 - 12:31 PM

It's all starting to take shape now. You must have been like a kid on Christmas morning when the deliveries came. I totally agree with you when it comes to JL Audio products. I have the same sub as you and an older model mono amp. Btw, was the sub grill expensive? I might be tempted to get one to protect it as the pram keeps hitting the sub when it's the boot.

Here's a link mate fast shipping too:

The Irish company "Baby elegance" manufacture the "Beep Twist" travel systems fold flat and fit in the boot compartment with around 3" of a gap between the frame and the sub enclosure,
But it would make contact if you enthusiastically took a right turn :)
Here's the website: http://www.babyelega...ages/999-bundle
I was dancing like Moog at the Dyno when collecting the parcels mate was epic.
Was nervous at casting out so much line before i caught the salmon but now he's in the bag I'm feeling pretty Euphoric yo!! :)

I've also sourced a supplier of Bosch S4 007 battery's for 85 inc. VAT ill keep you updated on this if it comes through successfully next month. Halfords were 140

#449275 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 January 2015 - 12:00 AM

You totally have to see if you can get hold of a JL Beast sticker for the back if the car.

:lol: does look promissing but id fear advertising to thieves, thankfully i dont live in a rough area but you never know where you'll end up parking tomorrow.

Now that the Connects2 Digital 1.0 Fared capacitor has arrived i decided to measure it up and source a supplier for the RedBull can styled vinyl wrap to put on it.

Two ways to measure the size of wrap required,

You could use a Vernon callipers and perform some calculations:



If you missed the special offer that Thursday in Aldi and don't have a Vernon Callipers you can go the easier route; by using an A4 sheet of paper, ruler and pen.


Lay the capacitor on top of the paper and wrap it around until there is a small gap between start & finish of the sheet then mark this location with a pen:



Once marked out,
Remove the sheet of paper from the capacitor and cut the A4 page in a straight line along where you've marked it with pen.


Measure the size of this sheet height and width,
As you can see in the image below mine is:
Height: 21.0cm
Width: 23.5cm


Ill update with a brief fitting guide when i source a company willing to take on the task of printing.


#449273 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 27 January 2015 - 11:57 PM

#449270 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 27 January 2015 - 11:50 PM

January Update:
Ow Yes Progress has been made :)
I've finally gotten my eBay watch list down to one single page for first time in five years!

ParcelMotel have been a Godsend in assisting with reducing the overall cost of this months update; I've had all of the items shipped from sellers within the UK to ParcelMotel in Northern Ireland for Free,
ParcelMotel have received and shipped all of these items to my local collection point for a total cost of 27.42
Whats up with that!! :)

Now if you're upgrading your speakers or considering installing a Sub;
JL Audio are top quality Car Audio Manufacturers,
There's no better UK supplier of JL Audio than FastCarAudio on eBay
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=p2047675.l2559

There prices are the lowest in Europe for JL Audio Equipment and Next Day Delivery within the UK is Free and Tracked via Reputable Couriers FedEx and UPS.

If like me you live in southern Ireland; sign up to ParcelMotel and avail of free UK shipping. :)


Don't be fooled by low priced items shipping from America on eBay.com The Customs in all EU Countries will fleece you with import taxes when any Item from the USA reaches the shore trust me it costs more in the long run, even if the item is declared to be a Gift or imported to an American Company ;)
Shipping from the US in to Europe is not like shipping from Asia where customs charges can be avoided.

These guys at FastCarAudio are UK based suppliers at lower than UK prices.
I've saved over £75 on this combined purchase from FastCarAudio compared to purchasing the same four JL Audio items from ANY of there European competitors. Yes £75.00!!! Less than RRP.

I'm absolutely delighted to be physically holding these items in my hand's :) this purchase has been the most expensive single online transaction I've ever made to date and that's with a Discount from the seller due to me purchasing all four items at once.
well worth every penny.

Here's direct links to items purchased:
JL AUDIO 10W0V3-4 10" 300RMS Sub:
JL AUDIO XD400/4v2 CLASS D 400 RMS 4 Channel Amp:
JL AUDIO SGRU-10 Sub Grill

Now here's some picture's of each item and what's in the box's



1 Channel 300 Watt Mono Amp:





10" 300 Watt Sub:









4 Channel 400 watt full range Amp:





JL AUDIO SGRU-10 Sub Grill



The sub grill by JL Audio slots directly on to the sub,
No need to drill holes in the enclosure or any brackets,
Great protection.

Ive really gotta compliment JL Audio Class D amplifiers,
These aluminium cased amps are tiny in physical size while producing high audio power,
Class D consume much less power comparing to Class A/B amps,
The D have built in technoligy which regulates and semi shuts down the amp when its not required,
This means less heat is produced and less power consumed,
JL are one of the first Car Audio manufacturers to bring this Class D style of amplifier to the car audio scene.

Next item purchased was from RadioWorld the same supplier of the custom sub enclosure saw on page: 46 of this build thread, link to page 46: http://www.fordowner...-2015/?p=422667
This time they supplied me with the following items:
7 Metres of Vibe 4AWG Positive FlatLine power cable, (sold per metre)
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...ar/251113035519



The FlatLine power cable is part of the new FlatFlex range of cables available from Vibe,
This wasnt a selling factor for me on this occasion i just required a 7 metre length of vibe 4 gauge cable and this flatline type was only available.

Here it is compared to standard 4AWG


The reason i required a 7 metre length is because my choice of location for the Mono Amp is under the drivers side boot panel; and the 5 metre length supplied with the vibe slick kit isn't long enough to reach this desired area:


Next item also from RadioWorld was again 2 Metres of Vibe 4AWG Negative feed cable, same "FlatLine" design as the positive; only difference is the colour of sleeving symbolises Negative current (Sold Per Metre)
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261070670815



While with RadioWorld i decided to purchase the "AutoLeads SAK-1518" Focus Rear Door Speaker adaptor kit; which i also had in my watch list bookmarked to purchase from there store,
This was the last item sourced through there store that i required and purchasing now saved money on group shipping as it was shipped in part parcel with the cables through ParcelMotel.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261082740273


Next item to arrive was from CarAudioWarehouse these guys were the cheapest supplier of "AutoLeads SAK-1517" Focus front door aftermarket speaker adaptor kit.
Since i had purchased the rear kit, figured i should purchase the fronts now to have that adaptor category of things complete rather than trying to remember which ones i had left to purchase at a later date.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/181322863877


these adaptors came with some screws aswell as some OEM connection to Aftermarket speaker loom adaptors from Connects2; i wont be using the loom adaptors though, as ill be running thicker Vibe 16AWG replacement lines to each door.

Next item to arrive was from WheelsNbitsltd. these guys were the cheapest supplier of the "Connects2" 1.0 Fared Capacitor.
Connects2 are a highly regarded global supplier of high quality model specific to aftermarket car audio adaptor looms, reverse cameras, aux adaptors for OEM headunit's and there capacitors are an extension of there quality range.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121530999151




Nice three digit blue illuminated display capable of displaying two forms of decimal point and gold plated clamp down posts,


I'm surprised to say; its considerably light compared to the Vibe 3.0 Fared i had in a previous install, This Capacitor is only 1Kg and lighter is great because it means less impact on MPG with no sacrifice to audio quality.
For those whom don't know what this item is;
A capacitor is like a reservoir for electrical power,
It stores a quantity of power which is available to the amplifier at a much faster flow rate than the stand alone battery can supply it;
This will be fitted to filter the positive cable feeding to the 300W Mono Amplifier, resulting in the sub never lacking in punch or missing a beat.

Now since the Amplifiers are Class D they consume much less constant power than there predecessors so fitting a 1 fared capacitor is more than sufficient for any Amplifier up to an output of 1000W.

I plan to get this Connects2 1.0 Fared capacitors cylindrical shape measured up myself then contact some printing companys to have a Redbull Can style Vinyl wrap printed for it, more progress on this coming soon.

Next item to arrive was "20 x Ford Door Card Clips"
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/390599381190


These are for use in replacing any that are broken when removing the door cards.

Next item to arrive was from ACC4U these guys were cheapest supplier of the "VIBE GB41 banana plugs"
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140459071440



These will fit to the ends of the amplified Vibe 13AWG FlatBass Audio cable that connects in to the binding posts at the rear of the sub enclosure coming from the Mono amp resulting in a clean easy to remove connection, in the event the sub enclosure ever needs to be removed.

Second item purchased from ACC4U then is two sets of "Vibe RT4 4 AWG Gauge Gold Crimp Ring Terminals"
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...s-/140891628755


Although the Vibe Slick 4AWG kits came with pre-crimped ends on the cables, i require another four ring terminals in order to fit the 1.0 Fared Capacitor so here they are.

Final purchase's of the Month now and yet to arrive from China are:

The "Pioneer Unofficial Auxiliary patch cable" to allow connection of the previously installed 3.5mm Phono jack in the arm rest to the rear of the Headunit.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/250863767479


I say Unofficial because its not the Genuine article :rolleyes:
Pioneer do Manufacture the same loom called a "Pioneer CD-RM10" however it retails at around £35.00 bit pricey just for a cable that its only purpose for me is to enable the 3.5mm AUX port fitted in the centre console to function.
So I've settled for a Replica item from China instead, nobody's going to see it inside the dash anyway. :)
These guy's wouldn't ship directly to Ireland from China so i had to have it shipped through Parcel Motel :rolleyes:

I'm also awaiting delivery of two Hole-Saw drill bits from China shipping directly to drill the MDF panel and install the previously purchased 19 & 22mm plastic ring inserts to protect the cables feeding the 4 channel Amp.
19.5mm Hole-Saw

25.0mm Hole-Saw

Link to seller of previously purchased 19 & 25mm plastic inserts:

That's January's purchase update now complete.
Thanks for viewing,
And special thanks to the guys FastCarAudio i highly recommend there business and i will be in touch to deal again very Soon,

Respect to the Man in the Night line Van delivered everything to my collection point in excellent condition.

#449076 How did you find the Ford Owners Club?

Posted by Lenny on 27 January 2015 - 11:21 AM

Can't remember but it's amazing. :)
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

If only people would say the same thing, the morning after been drugged with Rohypnol :)