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#514532 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 12:48 PM

We're making plans to import you for a day or two Leonard... Once a dates announced for Ford fair 2016, get booking your Leave ;)

Awesome mate, 
I plan to be there next year, 
Just gotta get the front and rear bumpers changed to ST then it's done. Considering a 3M Gloss White wrap with black roof and mirrors but not sure if it's worth the spend as I'd be looking to colour the alloys then as well maybe just change bumpers and done.

Ahaha.. Do you live in Northern Ireland? If so all you need is photo ID to fly into the UK or drive. You don't need a passport. I'd try rally up with you if you drove and had time!

No I'm down in Co.Wexford 
If I do drive over to the UK I'll make it known on here first and meet up with a few members if possible but definitely at fordfair 2016. 

#514523 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 12:33 PM

Way ahead of you buddy. I've got them both downloaded and I about know them word for word lol. Should be pretty straight forward. Quite looking forward to getting those done to be fair. Been looking for some RS lights for a long time and one of the guys on here was selling a set down the road from me. Couldn't let them go. I am abroad at the moment so will pick them up the day I get back.
You should go travelling buddy. It's good fun. I'd wait until your youngest was about 2-3 before venturing too far. Need to make sure you have a nice break.

nah I'm just talking about a few days somewhere lol
probably over to UK on ferry to pick up an ST interior then home again or something :)
I've three kids and a mortgage I think that is enough to get enrolled on Interpol :lol: I couldn't go missing for more than one pay day or a lot of people would be tracking me down like a dog...
and I dont mean like your neighbours puppy thats jumped the fence i mean like a stray dog foaming at the mouth with rabies lmao :lol:

#514518 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 12:18 PM

Well I've got to pick up some RS lights for the rear and fit then on Wednesday. So theres another afternoon of playing on the car.
I looked at the dewipering but don't know about stripping functionality that's all. It does look better and evens the rear out but can't work out if I'd miss my wiper if I did it. The sparco strap looks good though.
I've got your guide downloaded for the 12v boot install though. £8 sounds a fair cost for that functionality

RS tail lights are an excellent modification mate, some sivatec offset pin indicator bulbs would look great in them too.
See Guide here: http://www.fordowner...its-focus-mk25/

It's worth fitting the 12V socket in the boot at the same time because you will have the panel off anyway for fitting the tail lights.
The boot socket has come in very handy for charging my phone while shopping or plugging in the car WiFi router it's at a much more convenient location rather than reaching in to the glovebox or centre console just open the boot door and its there.
12V Boot socket fitting Guide:

Forgot to mention.. Also adding the plug and cabelling so that I'll have dual reverse lights a usable rear fog too.

yes that modification is one of my favourites really has the wow factor :)
I reversed in to a parking spot outside a glass walled petrol station last night around 22:30 next to a stock black mk2 focus and the dual 55w 6000k white reverse bulbs drew some attention.
Dual reverse light guide:

#514512 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 11:56 AM

Very very true. It took 3-4 months to justify that the head unit I fitted was the right one for me. So impressed with it now and works a dream!
Got a couple of smaller mods this month, just to keep it ticking along but think externally its about there. Just humming and arring about braking and suspension.

im now wishing i took longer to do some things during the build as im now back on my feet following hip fracture,
returning to work on monday to commence light duties office work for 5 weeks prior to full occupation again which is awesome but ive no hobby left;
theres nothing for me to do with the car,
im now looking at passport and holiday maybe October lol never been out of Ireland in my life,
perhaps become the new Steven Fry and travel the World :lol:
Your focus looks great,
two other external well one external and one semi external mods you may also consider I done last May are:

Progress Update:
I've completed the rear De-Wiper mod on the focus and created Guide here: http://www.fordowner...e-1#entry483277
Pretty happy with results, IMG_20150626_092805_zps3hc0qksr_edit_143
While i had the inner boot panel removed i took the opportunity to fit the SPARCO Tow strap as a boot grab handle today aswell,
see fitting Guide for this item: http://www.fordowner...-mk25/?p=482009 IMG_20150806_154250_zpsapxdb4wd_edit_143

#514510 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 11:43 AM

Newbie question, I have a 1.6 tdci zetec cmax, 2005 with no Dpf fitted. Recently bought the car, 151,000 miles. Runs well so far, no lights or codes.
Would I see a improvement or benefit on fitting a blank, and would I need a reset or mod to stop any errors?
Thanks everyone!
Devon UK

Hi Alistair welcome to the forum,
You would definitely benefit from blanking the egr valve,
No errors will show up,
Your mpg will increase,
Turbo lag reduced,
And your turbo will last longer than expected,
I recommend using the oil flush on next service as linked above as well as induction filter when funds allow too.

#514505 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 11:34 AM

An alternative if you've deep pockets is Terraclean :)
Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Tapatalk

TerraClean is an alternative option to flush through the dpf instead of AtomEX MultiClean
However TerraClean won't clean out your oil sump.
the TerraClean processes only cleans out the fuel rail injector system, exhaust and most thougherly your pockets :)

#514493 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 11:07 AM

Hi my name is Vasilis from greece .You have a very nice forum!!!
I have focus 1.6 tdci 2005 109 kw and have fitted a blanking plate in a working egr valve following the detailed guide you have without problems.
  Ever since,  when my car is getting warm in normal temperature i am expirising jutter in idle and after long drives is getting more and more difficult to start from stopping and the sound is like my car is choking. I made the plate myself from stainlless steel and thickness is about 1.5 mm. 
Can you please help me 

Blanking the EGR has no negative impacts atall.
What condition is the dpf in ?
The symptoms of choking would indicate restricted flow of either:
Or outward waste gasses,

Now the fact these symptoms arose after blanking the EGR valve would point towards the dpf chamber is restricted.
The active EGR before blanking would have recirculated up to 20% of the waste gasses back in to the induction
this would disguise the restricted dpf because pressure flowing through the exhaust would be reduced
where now after blanking; pressure flowing through the dpf is 100% waste gasses as it should be,
But if dpf is becoming restricted with carbon then this creates back pressure which left untreated will kill your turbo and had you not blanked the egr it would have caked up your oil sump.

ultimately I recommend gutting the dpf chamber and having it remapped with the empty chamber back in place.


However a cheaper alternative would be to try some fuel additives,
Some AtomEX MultiCleaner would clean the fuel tank right through to the exhaust,
Available here: http://www.xadoirela...&products_id=26



Put in tank along with 40litres fuel,
Take on motorway for 10minutes in 3rd Gear then 10 minutes in 4th Gear to help clear the dpf
it needs consistent heat and pressure to unblock the dpf.
For optimum results change fuel filter after additives.
Keep away from Redex products as they strip oil from parts causing excessive wear, AtomEx cleans and protects with a micro ceramic layer to fill minor scratches and cavitation

Second thing is upgrade your induction filter to Green Cotton induction or K&N
see guide: http://www.fordowner...-fitting-guide/

Because after blanking the egr valve:
the engine now sucks in 100% clean air rather than 80% air and 20% gasses
the demand for air is now increased so a smoother flowing filter is best and lasts 80,000km longer than the stock filter.

Finally then to flush out the carbon from the engine oil I recommend AtomEX EngineFlush as linked in the guide on page 1
it will remove the carbon from oil sump caused by the once active EGR.
link: http://www.xadoirela...&products_id=10



#514489 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 10:46 AM

Think that will probably be the best way to be honest. Might as well bin the male to female ends and just crimp them together. Be tidier I suppose. Got to first get some headrests and then choose my screens. Might have to be a spanned project as the misses won't approve else.

some projects are best dragged out over six months as you find better ways of doing things along the way,
My entertainment upgrade took eight months to piece together but in that time the end results were improved by better planning.

#514469 Jinjoh's Mk2.5

Posted by Lenny on 22 August 2015 - 09:34 AM

So today I got the exhaust fitted, I'm very happy with how it turned out and sounds great!!
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looks great Sam,
Nice and shiny,
I can't wait for the launch control Flame video ;)

#513701 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 19 August 2015 - 07:49 PM

Abroad at the moment so can't see it unfortunately. Good to get some recognition for all the hard work you put it. Will message you soon about that mic as I'm coming to end of my abroad stint. Been investigating a rear display for my car. Quite fancy headrest screens though.

Cheers James,
The Pioneer self calibration mic. Is enclosed in a self addressed return envelope inside a blank envelope ready for shipping :)
Headrest monitors would be much the same principal to install almost easier than a roof mount monitor because it involves the removal of less parts.
Generally just swapping of complete headrests and piggyback fuse in to ignition live in passenger fuse board adding a switch to drivers side OBD pocket if desired

#513660 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 19 August 2015 - 05:48 PM

So my motorcraft battery finally packed in after surviving being ran dry before I bought the car, then surviving a crash, and then being abused consantly by my ICE.
I've taken the plunge and ordered this powerhouse. Should be here tomorrow :)

Ooh a Bosch S5
The only power supply better than that battery is to plug the car straight in to the Grid :lol:
Excellent purchase you will see optimum fuel efficency aswell as sound output.

Have you upgrade the battery to body earth cable to 4AWG or 0AWG this will optimise return
Also fit some NGK Irridium spark plugs when possible,
And a 4AWG cable from earth on battery to the body of the altinator.
All good.

#513632 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 19 August 2015 - 04:31 PM

Magazine interview is now live :)


#513423 Led Fog Light Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 18 August 2015 - 08:09 PM

Just got back from holiday to be greeted by a car with a car with a flat battery turned out the dab radio areial amp had been left on and drained it.

Get yourself a "mini blade piggyback fuse adaptor"
Wire the positive of the Dab aerial amp to the piggyback adaptor,
Plug it in to fuse F100 in passenger footwell fuse board,
It will operate only when key is in the ignition from then onwards

#513383 Egr Blanking

Posted by Lenny on 18 August 2015 - 06:34 PM

Hi guys does anyone know how much it costs, about, to blank off the egr valve on a 2007 cmax 1.6 tdci in a garage. I'm thinking of getting this done and I'm not very mechanically minded to do it myself. I was thinking of getting it Terra cleaned but I don't want to pay for that if its going to be false economy.


See my 1.6TDCi EGR blanking guide here:

Also TerraClean would be worth doing however i dont believe the TerraClean process does anything to the engine oil sump contents,
I recommend using the AtomEx TotalFlush as saw in the EGR blanking guide to eliminate carbon deposits caused by the once active egr valve.
Link: http://www.xadoirela...&products_id=10


If spending a few quid and planning to keep the vehicle for a few years you may consider DPF internal removal instead of TerraClean in order to prolong the life of the turbo and avoid a bill of replacing a blocked dpf in the future.


AtomEx MultiClean for Diesel is also a great product for flushing through the fuel system,
Much cheaper than the TerraClean process with proven results unlike Redex it doesnt strip oil from parts,
AtomEx cleans and coats small imperfections with a thin ceramic protective coating.
Link: http://www.xadoirela...&products_id=26


Considering the pound is very strong against the euro at present; its much cheaper to purchase above items from Xado Ireland rather than Xado UK save yourself over 10 pounds :)

After blanking the EGR valve you may also consider upgrading the induction filter to a Green Cotton Performance filter,

Because after blanking the egr; the engine sucks in up to 20% more clean air rather than waste gasses.

A smoother flowing filter provides the air at a faster rate as required which in turn increases your MPG, reduces turbo lag and lasts much longer than a stock filter before requiring change/replacement
Link to Guide discussion and discount code,
i believe your model takes a panel filter select correct model on the website linked here: http://www.fordowner...-fitting-guide/


#513322 Why A Dashcam Is A Very Good Idea

Posted by Lenny on 18 August 2015 - 03:54 PM

Guide fitting discreet dual camera system to Ford Focus 2005 - 2011
Link: http://www.fordowner...-mk25/?p=438442