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Lenny

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#507519 Where Do You Work? To Afford This :p

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 06:48 PM

I'm a Pharmaceutical manufacturing and production Operator in the human health division.

basically I'm a highly over paid scoop monkey :lol:


#507415 Speaker Recommendation

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 09:59 AM

Ah thanks. I've seen a few on eBay, always worth getting rid of stuff on there for a few quid, but I can imagine it is a bit of a hassle too for something almost worthless.
 
I don't quite get your clothes peg method - would a clothes peg even provide enough grip? Plus if they're on the inside, how do I get them out after the speaker is mounted and blocking the hole?

Push the bolt through to the inside the the door,
Opposite way from the way you done the front,

Could use blu-tak either,
Just to hold the bolt in place while you slide on the speaker,
Then secure down with one nut on each.

Head of bolt is inside the door pointing out at you


#507355 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on Yesterday, 12:39 AM

I'm thinking yellow!
Update;
Arrived home at 23:30 tonight and decided it would be a good time to level the headlights off ready for Sunday as the passenger side sits lower than the drivers side.
I grabbed the tools, switched the ignition on and turned on the headlights.
5 minutes later I had adjusted both headlights, they're both now slightly higher and level.
I then went to start the engine to "top up' the battery. Flat as a !Removed!!
In the end I had to grab the card for the trusty Renault and pull it from behind the car to level with and jump start it. Took it for a good blast around some country roads (careful on the corners after last time ;) ) and recharged the battery. The headlights are truly amazing now, if I do say so myself. I'm VERY satisfied with the projector install. The battery on the other hand.. not so much!
Also. I spoke to Mitch from inspired automotive yesterday and I've arranged for a set of Inspired Automotive centre caps to be delivered on Friday! I was also expecting a large "teaminspired" windscreen vinyl too but he's having to get some more printed after UltimateDubs! So that's to come in the near future.
Thanks to yunii for sourcing me a mk3 mondeo auto dimming rear view mirror. Cost me £18 with p&p and should be with me for the 4th August.. which I'm pleased to say, I'm not at work till 4pm so I should have time to install! (It's only 2 wires... 3 once I can be motivated to extend the 12v reverse switched from the headunit).

Cant go wrong with a Bosch S4 battery if your looking to change for somthing that can handle accessories such as your mono amp,
Just so happens to be the same colour as your fiesta aswell :)
Not sure which code of Bosch S4 you would require but it will be listed on there website.
Also ensure your cable between the earth terminal and the body of the car is 4AWG or bigger for optimum efficiency.


#507349 Ford Focus Mk2.5 Build

Posted by Lenny on 29 July 2015 - 11:04 PM

Myself and lenny were also lucky enough yo discover the vast array of connectors and cables that Pioneer headunits have to offer!
Especially when you're running the RCAs for front, rear & sub it's crazy

+1
Ive added two amps a DVB-TV tuner, playstation 2 and 10" roof monitor to mine just adds to the headache of fitting it all in but its capable of playing a movie in the back while doing another task in the front tis awesome.
I have the Pioneer self calibrating microphone if you would like a loan of it PM me address details,
It customises the headunits equaliser settings to optimise audio output from your headunit within your specific vehicle,
Plugs in to the front,
Mount on headrest
Evacuate vehicle for 5 minutes while it calibrates itself.
Link: http://www.fordowner...-2015/?p=434325
The AVH-X8600BT is an awesome headunit excellent purchase mate.
Log on to pioneer website aswell.
There's a software update available for free,
Link: http://www.pioneer.e...600BT/page.html
Download it to memory key and plug in to SLOT:01 to update the firmware From
Version: 1.030000
To
Version: 1.070400


#507341 Speaker Recommendation

Posted by Lenny on 29 July 2015 - 10:47 PM

Small update. (I say that now, but turns out this is kind of a long post! Sorry!)
 
I've determined the rear driver side speaker problem was in fact the speaker. So as a temporary workaround, I came up with a bizarre, but somewhat working solution that wouldn't involve un-riveting. I de-coned one of the no longer used factory front speakers, as well as the non-functional rear speaker, and then in a very rudimentary way, spliced the functional front cone onto the still riveted rear coneless basket.
 
Problem: front voice coil is much thicker than rear voice coil, so it doesn't really slot into the rear speaker's magnet properly. Plus the rear speaker I guess is coaxial so there's probably some other stuff going on in there preventing the front coil from slotting in. However, at least I'm getting some sound for now.
 
So my ultimate idea (sticking to my plan of keeping the rear speakers factory, since they seem pretty awesome at bass, which is all I want from the rear) is to get a replacement factory speaker for the rear door, drill out the existing one, and then swap them out. However since I am really not inclined to take the inner door panel off, there isn't any way for me to mount the replacement factory speaker back on (without using rivets)... or is there?
 
I came up with an idea in my head. Once I have access to the rear speaker hole after drilling out the dud speaker, I will run a bolt through the back of the inner panel, in towards the car. Then with one nut and washer, secure the bolt onto the inner panel. Do the same for the other two nuts and bolts until I have three secured bolt ends sticking out into the car. This should provide a mounting point for the factory speaker, then just use a second nut for each bolt on top of the speaker bracket. And as for a gap created by the first nut between the speaker mount and door panel, I plan to fill that with two or three layers or draught excluder foam to create a nice tight seal (before actually bolting the speaker on, so it's a nice tight squeeze).
 
I know it's definitely not an elegant solution, but I can't see any faults with it... can you guys?

Cant see any problem with this plan mate,
Id use cloths pegs to grip the bolts in place,
Then only one nut to secure the speaker down,
Grip bolt wilt a pliers and tighten nut with a spanner
Resulting in zero gap.

Im genuinly gutted now i binned a full set of factory speakers last March as i never thought they would be of use to anyone,
I could have sent em over to you.


#507310 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 29 July 2015 - 09:26 PM




#507307 Eve, It's Time For A Face Lift (mk2 Focus Zetec Climate 2.0)

Posted by Lenny on 29 July 2015 - 09:13 PM

Some more pics...
 
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It's going to take a while to get used to the blueness! The finish is good, but it looks a little too civilised at the moment... black wheels should hopefully go some way to sorting that out.
 
It's quite dusty as it's been parked outside on an industrial estate all day so needs a clean. I was also advised that I should give it a wax. I guess it's time to head to Halfords with my new discount card to exploit their 3 for 2 offer on cleaning products!


Wow the wrap looks awesome mate,
Looks just like paint even on the front lower grill and everything looks perfect.


#507289 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 29 July 2015 - 08:01 PM

Update:
The time has come around again for the car to have a full service done on it,

As result; this update is mainly the replacing of worn out service items,
as parts need replacing I'm upgrading to premium aftermarket alternatives where possible; this way you get the most value from the existing stock parts prior to upgrading resulting in most value for money.

First item to arrive this month was from eBay seller: "ClickAMotorPart" supplied me with a set of COMLINE 278mm Drilled & Grooved Front Brake Discs complete with some Mintex front brake pads:

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These Sport Brakes are the quickest and easiest way to upgrade the current OE braking performance to greatly improve response without fitting bigger brakes which cost alot more and contributing to "Un Sprung Mass"
The sports discs offer less brake fade during heavy breaking thanks to there combination of grooves and holes allowing the gasses and heat to channel away faster and easier allowing for longer stopping performance.

Please Note:
The discs vary in size on the 1.6TDCi Focus,
the link here is for 278MM BRAKE DISCS (NOT 300MM)
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300847032462

Check sellers store for the 300MM size Disc if required these are 278MM Discs featured,

In order to find out "what size are my discs"
Remove the wheel and measure the disc at longest point from tip to tip as saw below:

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Prior to having these fitted by a professional mechanic;
I've purchased a spray can of Hammerite Smooth Finish Silver paint, roll of masking tape and some Halfords Paint Preparation wipes to clean the surface of the disc prior to applying paint,

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I masked up the main surface of the discs aswell as the hub face area and spray painted the spacer sections of the discs to prevent rust and keep them silver for a lot longer when fitted.
I've masked up the hub face area because when fitting the Discs; copper grease is applied to the hub face in order to prevent the alloy wheel from bonding to the hub when the disc becomes hot.

Painting at a table is one of the few jobs i can do at present due to fracture,
Its nice to be doing somthing a bit productive again and somewhat preventative maintenance ;)

NOTE:
All brake discs have a film of oil applied to them to protect from rusting when in storage,
Since I'm not fitting them yet I've masked up the disc area that i don't want to paint; prior to using the Halfords pain preparation wipes to ensure i don't remove the protective oil from an area that wont be protected prior to fitment on the car.

Here's the area before prep wipes,
Quite oily,
i also used some cotton buds to remove oil from the ring crevice

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Left for 20 minutes to dry and here it is ready for paint:

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Spray painted left again for drying,

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Both back in there box's now ready for fitting :)

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Now the Mintex pads (Part Number: MDB2634)
That came with the cross drilled & Grooved discs are slightly better than stock pads,
However having spoken to two local mechanics whom have had this type of setup themselves on there own cars;

They both advised me that these acquired Mintex pads would wear out quite quickly when fitted with these discs,
They both recommended i purchase some EBC GreenStuff pads (Part number: DP21524)
Which would be a much better match for the upgrade discs providing a 15% increase in braking performance over stock with lower carbon deposit on the rims,

I searched eBay and Google with the EBC GreenStuff part number "DP21524" and found them available cheapest purchasing directly from EBC brake shop.com
Link: http://www.ebcbrakes...4_p23484186.htm
Some eBay sellers advertise cheaper but charge more for shipping making them more expensive in the end :rolleyes:

The EBC shop is straight from factory with free UK shipping and here they are ready for fitting along with the discs with thanks to ParcelMotel:

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Next item to arrive this month was from eBay seller "mrsilicone"
Supplied me with a set of Goodridge Stainless Steel Braided Brake lines in my colour of choice "ow yes" Canary Yellow :)
Fitment is for All Ford Focus MKII inc. C-Max same lines for rear discs and rear drums on the Mk2 & Mk2.5
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351373191753

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While in the process of upgrading the brake discs and pads to uprated aftermarket replacements;
I figured the factory fitted rubber brake lines are the only remaining weak spot in any stock automotive braking system that should be addressed while the other associated parts are being swapped out at the same time.
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The standard braking system consists of a brake fluid resivour that feeds fluid to a brake master cylinder,
The Cylinder is controlled by of course the brake pedal and in todays motors an ESP module aswell,
The brake master cylinder feeds the brake fluid through the esp control module via hard steel pipes continuing then via individual pipes to each wheel arch of the car,
These pipes are completely solid mandrel bent non flexible lines capable of handling high pressure and heat inside without any expansion or deterioration in performance,
As standard a flexible rubber brake line then bridges the gap between each of these hard pipe's and the brake drum or brake caliper on each hub,
Due to moving parts it is impossible to have a complete hard pipe system.

Standard factory fit brake lines are simply rubber hoses which serve there purpose quite well in carrying brake fluid to the pistons inside the caliper; but the integrity of the rubber can weaken and expand like a baloon under heavy or brisk repetitive braking especially when the brake fluid and brakes discs heat up;
This expansion within the hose reduces the amount of end pressure that finally pushes the brake pads on to the brake discs thus reducing braking performance on say for example the 4th close cut bend of a brisk country road, with standard brake lines the stopping performance wouldnt be quite as powerful as once was on first or second bend.

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Braided brake lines are a Teflon hose inside woven strands of stainless steel which eliminates any room for hose expansion what so ever forcing all pressure to be applied where its supposed to be and needed most: inside the pistons behind the brake pads pressing them against the disc.

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The coloured sleeve is fitted over the braided hose to give it some aesthetic pleasure aswell as protect the stainless Steel strands from scuffing off any other metal part on the hub.

So why choose yellow?
Well i had a choice of carbon print, blue, lime green, red, black, white, orange, pink, yellow or glow in the dark green.
If this was my mother-in-laws car; id have chosen the glow in the dark lines for sure :lol:
Save any guess work when snipping in the dark they would be glowing ;)
Here's a link to the Glow in the Dark version: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161672761660

I personally chose yellow because I've got a Mountune badge on the rear of the car and as of yet; nothing from Mountune in the car,
Also they will be a nice math next to PowerFlex bushes when the time comes for existing bushes to be changed out.

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The yellow brake lines are a good match to the badge, although they wont really be visible from the kerb side at all only when tyre removed or car is on a ramp,
The difference will be felt in braking efficiency much like a remap for the brake pedal; more power for less effort on the pedal.

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Next item to arrive was from eBay seller "ProdigyMotorSport"
Supplied me with the mighty K&N 57S 4000 Performance Induction Kit,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151572141725

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I have been against K&N in the past as saw in my guide here: http://www.fordowner...-fitting-guide/
At the time of fitting & creating the guide; Green Cotton Performance was the leading product and still are in terms of a straight swap upgrade which does improve performance & MPG for under 60 pounds.
I'm now at a stage where my Green Induction filter needs a clean or replacement,

Rather than purchase a cleaning kit i figured id purchase a replacement filter altogether.
On researching today's market i found K&N have created what they call the 57s-4000 which consists of a larger than stock induction filter, 
Its so much larger; K&N have manufactured and supplied a bigger induction hosing lid to case the mother :)

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The filter itself also has a top side port consists of an inverted cone style filter inside the cylinderfilter set inside the main cylinder and capped inside which draws more cold air in through the side of the box,

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The blue arrow in the image below shows the black blanking cap which is at the top of the inside cone,

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The pink inverted cone filter saw in the images above; is a separate filter from the main cylinder, it does not symbolise the depth of the main cylinder these are two separate filters on the cylinder.

This side port can also be closed off using supplied plug for winter months when its better to have more restricted flow of cold air in diesel engines because diesel wax's in freezing conditions.

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Now fitted to the focus replacing the stock lid.

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I will post a personal review on the performance increase gained by this filter at a later date when I'm capable of driving again myself.

Thanks to Vicki for fitting the filter to the focus under my instruction.

Next service item to arrive was from eBay seller "ultimatecareparts"
Supplied me with a pair of Michelin Stealth Hybrid Wiper blades,
In sizes 19" and 22"
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400536365770

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I normally religiously fit Bosch Aero wiper blades and have done prior to the last two service intervals (cheaper than Ford and last longer),
Bosch Blades have been excellent quality however I've made the mistake of purchasing these Michelin Stealth Hybrid Wiper Blades this time around as i thought they looked nice and they have Received "Auto Express Product of The Year Award 2014"

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Sadly guys: I dont recommend these Michelin Stealth Hybrid blades for the focus now atall,
They come with dozens of model specific clips to fit various wiper arm styles,
The adaptor which fits the focus is too thin thus allowing for a bit of movement in the blade and you can see a section of the support bolt is exposed,

Nothing Stealth about them atall the fitment couldn't look any more aftermarket to be fair :lol:
This set of Michelin Blades are now in my Recycle wheelie bin where i hope they will be taken and reformed in to somthing half decent to be honest :/

Anyway,
With regards to fitting wipers in general most people probably leave this job to the Dealership or Garage to change the wipers as part of the service,
However you can save yourself up to 35.00 euro by purchasing and fitting them yourself prior to having the car serviced at a dealership or garage cut out the middle man,
See my Guide Changing Wiper Blades Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5
Link: http://www.fordowner...focus-mk2-mk25/

I strongly recommend Bosch wiper blades as always.
Purchased a set from Micksgarage.ie and replaced the front wipers no messing around with Bosch.

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I'll be having the fuel filter changed by Ford as part of a service in the coming weeks,
I wanted to make the most value out of the upcoming fuel filter change by sourcing a cleaning product that would flush all dirt and contaminates through from the fuel tank and lines to the existing fuel filter prior to having it changed.

I spoke to a few mechanics via Twitter asking them what product is best for the job without stripping oil from the engine like RedEx does,
They recommended i use this Fuel additive from XADO Ireland said to be "The Business"
link: http://www.xadoirela...&products_id=26

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It looks like two bottles but its actually one bottle and a screw on spout,
I must say the stuff looks quality and to my surprise; the bottle is made from aluminium :o not the usual plastic construction,
Would make a great sugar dispenser when empty lol spout and everything.
Ill have it put in the tank just before filling up with 50ltrs of Diesel then have the filter changed as part of service in coming weeks.

Next item to arrive was from CrudePerformance.co.uk supplied a 25mm Custom Built Oil Catch Tank Kit for the 1.6TDCi Engine,

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This 25mm Oil Catch Tank kit
Link: http://www.nbstyling...k/store/?pID=23
Prevents oil vapours from the crank case recirculating and condensing in the induction chamber,
I recommend fitting one of these just as much as fitting an EGR blanking plate because they both prevent contamination to the induction air being drawn in to the combustion chamber,

The oil catch tank wont directly increase driving performance like blanking the EGR Valve does; but it will play a significant part in prolonging turbo life aswell as improving intercooler efficiency by preventing any further oil from condensing and filling the intercooler which reduces its cooling performance.

Choice of piping colours: Red, Black or Blue.

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This item will also help prolong turbo life by catching the engine oil and vapours being expelled from the rocker cover crank case,
Condensing them in the pot where they can be gathered and drained instead of recirculating in to the induction chamber,

It will be a while before im able to fit this item myself but when i do; ill be following this great detailed guide by Darren (DEE_82) when fitting,
Link: http://www.fordowner...nstall-16-tdci/

Having watched the recent MightyCarMods Video (See Video Below)
ill also be fitting a clean scouring pads as saw in the picture below; inside the oil catch tank to assist in the condensing of oil vapours by creating a greater amount of contact surfaces within the container.


#507256 1.6 Tdci Dpf Delete

Posted by Lenny on 29 July 2015 - 06:33 PM

Ok well thanks very much for all the information ☺ highly appreciated! As I say mines not causing any problems yet cars currently on 66k so hopefully the ceramic dpf will last a long time yet. I'm currently working on an oil catch for the crankcase breather and a few other engine bits

Bought my 1.6TDCi breather tank from these guys, just as important as blanking the egr valve in my opinion:
http://www.nbstyling...k/store/?pID=23


#507042 1.6 Tdci Dpf Delete

Posted by Lenny on 28 July 2015 - 09:29 PM

Ive got a ceramic, well had a ceramic,
Got it cut open on the factory weld,
DPF section chissel out then weld back up and refitted,
MoT can inspect it all they want, ive also blanked egr and my emissions are lower than stock according to the MOT report :lol:
Im in Ireland though so i cant recommend a company close to you.


#506849 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 28 July 2015 - 02:20 PM

Lenny, can you recommend anywhere for part worn tyres as I need 205 50 R17 and it's kinda hard to come across part worn here.

Try local tyre places family run businesses,
Place at traffic lights on the N2 just past turn off for Tayto park may be able to supply,
Its not worth traveling too far to get em either mate,
Maybe price four 16" steel rims then your guranteed to be able to get part worn tyres for around 35 euro each
16" are most common,
17" uses to be very common with toyota avensis, nissan almera, primera, mitsubishi lancer, renault laguna, all 17"
But most are 16" now more efficent with less road noise.
Maybe worth fitting 16" for the few months i dunno mate.


#506820 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 28 July 2015 - 12:02 PM

That's a good plan as I will be going through tyres at a quicker rate soon. Always good to get discounts, whatever the amount. And yea, no point in shelling for new tyres for me from now on or I won't be able to run the car. Also, there is still the remote possibility of me upgrading to a different car in the near future.
Got roadside assistance for free as part of servicing the car regularly at the Ford garage. Works within Europe which is kinda cool. I should probably ditch the spare tyre and get a can like you did at this stage. Any weight saving will be good.

+1
The can's of Holtz tyre weld can be purchased from Tesco get points back on purchase,
Or use halfords discount card to get 15% off whichever is cheaper,
Bare in mind the cans look identical but there different sizes,
You will need a can which covers 17" and above,
They start with 13"-16" sized can.

Final word then,
Always good to carry a spare H7 bulb in the glovebox as its 60 euro on the spot fine if driving with only one,

This stuff is also awesome for keeping rain off windscreen,
See the rain drops run off glass like asteroids :lol:

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Sparco shoes also make a difference,
Designed for driving they have curved heals and pointed toes,
Very comfortable and flexible had a pair for many years.


#506815 Green Cotton Air Filter Worth It?

Posted by Lenny on 28 July 2015 - 11:41 AM

Thank you, would blanking the egr valve cause any problems?

No not at all no errors nothing,
An active egr causes heaps of problems due to oil contamination leading to turbo failure,
I recommend blanking then oil flushing as saw in guide,
It will give you a slight performance increase aswell as increased mpg,
Fitting the green filter further enhances this by providing more air to the mix rather than its current state which is recirculating waste gasses


#506809 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 28 July 2015 - 11:13 AM

That's some very useful information there guys. Thanks a million.
Next issue: deciding what tyre to go for? I need a few options as they might have them in stock. So far I got:
1. Avon ZV5
2. Toyo Proxes Cf2
3. Hankook Ventus Prime 2
Any others I should consider? Needs to be fuel efficient, quiet and good grip in wet and dry conditions. Doesn't need to be a sports tyre but that would be a bonus. Needs to have a good lifespan e.g 20000 miles of motorway driving.

Michelin Primacey tyres were stock from ford efficent tyres,
Avons are fantastic in every way except fuel efficency


#506782 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 28 July 2015 - 08:35 AM

I didn't know that bit about the 3 year expiry. Good to know. Cheers Lenny. Gonna ring around today to find out if they have a pair in stock. I would normally get new tyres but funds are low at the moment with house renovation. Every little helps☺

yeah its 3 or 5 years came in to effect two years ago as i remember my mother having to purchase a brand new spare wheel,
Easier to fit a can of foam.