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#482624 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 May 2015 - 12:33 AM

Short Video of TV Tuner function is now on YouTube:

#482567 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Lenny on 04 May 2015 - 08:19 PM

Bit of a Retro Monday
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#482560 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 04 May 2015 - 08:10 PM

This track is one of my all time favourites,
Released way back in 1994 by UltraSonic whom later called themselves public Domain in 2001
The track "Obcession" has some great lyrics and has now once again been released by its creator D.J M.C and UK resident Mr. Mallorca Lee
Still sounds fresh today and ill be giving it plenty of volume on route to work tonite,

#482410 Drivers Door Card Removal

Posted by Lenny on 04 May 2015 - 12:33 PM

Hi there I have a 2008 focus can anyone help me on how to remove the drivers door trim

See my guide here: http://www.fordowner...12-front-doors/

My full list of guides can be viewed on my profile page:

Or if your using the forum App follow this link:

#482283 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 May 2015 - 09:39 PM

I probably will buddy. It is either one of these of one of the new AVIC series .. Depends how much bonus I get from work so see how it goes, if its as good as work make out I'll go for an AVIC.
Was the stem hard to wire in?

No was alot easier than it looks mate,
I purchased the full conversion kit from dynamic sounds which came with a steering stalk adaptor and the iso block cable,
I later removed the iso block and hard wired the system using male and female crimp spades,
I done this to reduce bulk at rear of the headunit as ive got 13 RCA plugs in there aswell as three USB connections and the regular cables.

Best way to hard wire is to plug in the iso block that comes with the kit,
Then one by one,
Snip a cable then its corrisponding mate on the opposite side,
Put female spades on the car loom side
And male spades on the headunit side.
When done should look somthing like this :lol:
No big plastic box



Eliminated all of this from rear of headunit:


Haynes manual also helped diagnose cables feeding to front and rear speakers as i cut them here and spliced in feeds from the amplifier to the speakers,

Then run a feed from the headunit front speaker output to a plug in th3 boot,
So when amplifier panel is removed i can plug speakers in to this feed to continue listening via the headunits internal 50w supply.

I've got some of the NFS games already and my favourite, Half-Life. I'll pick up GT4 in my local Cex probably for 50p lol

+1 isn't it mad to see games like that going so cheap now,
Yet back nine years ago people were queuing outside of GameStop at 1am paying 60 quid to get it having put there name down six months previous,
Makes ya wonder Whats it all about.
I'm big fan of the Need For Speed
I have 1,2,3 and Most Wanted thanks to Jamie (JC600) only one im missing is "Black Edition"
Gotta love the dump valve tone lol sounds better than the diesel,

#482266 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 May 2015 - 09:00 PM

Man, you are dangerous lol.
I was just going to have the ps in the glove box all connected up then have the power connected to the 12v in the arm rest.
Obviously only plugged in when I need it. Just flip the glove box down when i want to play.
Might look at those controller extenders.
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

Sounds good mate, that would be tidy and only live when you want it to be while retaining stealth stock appearance.
Get yourself GranTurismo 4 as it has the Mk2 Focus in the game :)
Drive a focus in your focus,
Here's the seller of the joypad extensions link: http://www.ebay.ie/itm/191002378266



Hey Lenny .. I'm looking at buying the same radio as you. Only just noticed re-reading the thread its the one I want. Been looking for an android auto one.
Only thing is yours doesn't seem to meet the surrounding bezel.. Is this the case or camera shot? Also have you wired up the stem controls?

Thanks mate,
Its a Pioneer AVH-8600BT
i had the surround off in a few photos as i had just been removing the headunit,
See fitting guide here for finished item pictures:

I've also got the self calibrating mic,
If you would like a loan of it to best calibrate your equaliser settings once installed in your focus as its not somthing you would use very often.

Cheapest supplier of the headunit was Dynamic Sounds in London a staggering 250 euro cheaper than Halfords Ireland last November lol
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#482242 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 May 2015 - 08:16 PM

Damn you Lenny. Just read through your whole thread again, now you've got me bidding on PS2s !!!
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

:lol: my bad
Just to add the Tv tuner has an RCA input with 3 video outputs,
Makes it easier to install dual items because the Playstation comes in on the TV's AV input
Then the video outputs can be sent to three different screens displaying both TV stations and the Playstation.

I recommend the joypad extension cables aswell mate,
This allows permanent plug in to the playstation2
Then a socket is fitted under the drivers and passenger seats,
Plug in joypad when required :)
There linked in a previous page mate.

Also recommend the WiFi Router,
Gives the car its very own WiFi HotSpot :)
Great for streaming Spotifi without affecting your monthly data allowance,
Some cars have Twin Turbo's mines got 4G

#482018 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 May 2015 - 09:11 AM

Great update! Good to hear you haven't given up working on the car just yet! Have you got a link to the tuner you purchased?

Thanks Kieran mate,
My new project is doing the house lol
Started with the sons room; new floor, paint, insulated back of radiator ready for the cover to arrive.




The DVB-T unit is an Xtrons FV006
I bought mine from a seller on ebay but Xtrons are having a bank holiday weekend sale with 10% off using Discount Code: MAY10

Link: http://xtrons.co.uk/...ceiver-box.html

Forgot to mention; the tuner box can remain completely hidden,
The kit comes complete with a wired iR Infra-Red pod receiver around the size of a Bluetooth mic,
Receives signal from remote control and sends it to the tuner wherever it may be hidden :)

I've also taken the time to fit the Xtrons CR108HD 10" HD flip down monitor in the rear,
See Guide: http://www.fordowner...-mk25/?p=459161




#481992 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 May 2015 - 08:04 AM

Been somewhat allergic to the car for a while after spending the four days doing the install,
Meaning when i encountered some issues i didn't have the time/patience to solve them at the time,

In the past few weeks the thought of attempting to solve it give me such headache anytime i would consider going at it again,

The problems in question were:

1. TV signal fuzzy and distorted in AUX port to Headunit.

2. Red line on RCA Cable to rear speaker not carrying signal from headunit to amplifier.

3. Sourcing the correct positioning of both glass mount aerials of the DVB Tuner.

I had purchased the replacement Vibe RCA cable in Halfords two weeks ago as part of a 8AWG amplifier install kit as saw on page: of the build,
But i hadn't fitted it yet,

yesterday evening i went back to the car,
Removed the headunit and replaced the defective RCA cable,
With all four speakers now functioning i was able to allow the system self calibrate the equaliser without any errors.

The next issue to solve was the fuzzy signal from the DVB Tuner to the headunit,
The initial connection to the headunit was via this Pioneer AUX input cable:


I've since removed this AUX input because it picked up a lot of electrical noise which was reflected in the form of a fuzzy screen.

I plugged the DVB cable directly in to an AV input on the headunit which resulted in a perfect signal no interference :)

I then proceeded to connect the two amplified glass mount aerials to the DVB Tuner,
Put one temporarily on the passenger side of the dashboard,
And the other on the roof next to the boot spoiler,

Quick scan for channels and it came up with 12 TV stations and DAB Radio channels :)



Also displays 1080P Full HD


Subtitles option:



Here's a video of operation:


I've gotta order a 32GB USB Memory Key on ebay,
With this plugged in to the DVB tuner in enables the ability to pause and record live broadcasts,

The Tuner is wired to ignition live aswell as direct battery feed, this enables the unit to wake up and record a programme while the car is parked meaning you never miss a thing.

I then went to mount the aerials inside the car but lost all signal,

It seems the tinted windows and the element in the heated windscreen are blocking all signals from passing through,

So I'm now in search for two 25db amplified aerials,
Preferably one that will replace the existing FM radio aerial, look much the same as it but deliver both signals,
I dont want to add another mast aerial as ill begin to look like the black maria as saw here :lol: double aerial and side blue strobe Woop! Woop!


Summary now:

1. Source replacement Amplified DVB aerials.

2. Fit the Xtrrons CR108HD 10" Flip down monitor.

#481746 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 02 May 2015 - 05:30 AM

Got the new bumper fitted today. Took about  2hr for the guys to do it as the bolts were all rusted and gave a lot of grief. Excellent job though as it looks spot on. Some pictures
Bumper off. The metal bar is badly rusted there and I couldn't believe how bad it was for a nearly 5 year old car!IMAG2415_zpsvmeziktw.jpg

Your crash bar is an aftermarket one with removable tow bar,
Judging by the corner welds and rust id say it was custom made to be fair,
The original crash barrier is powder coated black and doesn't have welds as its designed to absorb impact or of course a tow bar centre,


As saw in my guide here:

If concerned you could always have it sandblast and powder coated at ecoblast.ie



In other news, I have been researching the option of going active on my current speakers and ditching the rear speakers completely. The general plan would be to get the Audison Bit Ten and then use the Rockford Fosgate amp to drive the 2 tweeters and 2 mids at the front of the car in an active setup. 
I reckon with the above in place, that will extract the best sound quality from the whole system. Only problem is that I reckon the Audison Bit Ten is not easy to setup and I don't have any experience with it. Along with that, if I were to bring it to a car audio installer, they would need to be familiar with it to make full use of it's capabilities and maybe they would need to have a rTA for fine tuning. Finding it difficult to find any installer around here that would be familiar with it.
Any thoughts or is this not worth the money/hassle? 

I reckon its not worth the spend since your existing headunit already has an adjustable equaliser, fader and your amps have frequency input cut off filters,
Id spend 20-25 on the pioneer calibration mic,





This allows your compatable headunit to calibrate itself as best possible to suit the acoustic shape of the car,
The frequency inputs on the amps allow you to send anything below for example 50hz to the sub only,
Then another level to rear speakers and the higher to front speakers,

I think eliminating the rear speakers completely is madness to be fair,
Fitting a highly adjustable equaliser and then eliminating two speakers goes against reason.

If the 4 channel amp frequency inputs are set correctly it enables categorisation of sounds,
Meaning the front speakers play one level of tones while rear speakers play a different level of tones and the sub doing the bass tones,
All coming together to create the overall track,

Just my view on it.

#481289 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 30 April 2015 - 02:06 PM

Thanks for the info Lenny. With regards to speakers, if I were to get rear speakers, I would stick with the Focal in the same range to keep things homogenous.
So today I got a chance in the evening to use the multimeter to calibrate the amplifiers and speakers. I bought it from Woodies and kinda annoyed that the battery supplied with it was out of date and dead. Thankfully I had a spare one at home. 
Used the multimeter as directed off a Youtube video to set the gains for my 2 amplifiers. The JL Audio JX250/1 needed 26.5V and the Rockford Fosgate P100X4D required 24.5V. Whole process took me about 30min as it was dark and taking out the wires connected to the speakers was fiddly. 
The results are discernable to my ear. I can push the volume louder without the whole system distorting and as a result the sound is clearer. Also, I realised that the amp gain was too high for both the JL Audio and the Rockford Fosgate and in the long term might damage them.
Overall, I am quite happy to have spent the time to get it tuned properly. I have a 2-3hr round trip tomorrow and will report back with the results.

It is amazing the difference calibration makes aswell as safety it provides knowing the Ohm's are matching the speakers.
Well worth the fumble mate ;)
Can now safely get maximum output from your speakers without distortion or popping.

#481254 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 30 April 2015 - 12:07 PM

Cheers for the info about setting up the amp with the multimeter. Got mine done today and no more distortion. Happy days :)

Cheers mate,
It is amazing the difference it makes aswell as safety knowing the Ohm's are matching the speakers.
Can now safely get maximum output from your speakers without distortion or popping.

#480874 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 29 April 2015 - 10:58 AM

#480767 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 29 April 2015 - 05:53 AM

How are you proceeding with your rear door install Lenny? You going to drill holes to put the tweeters?

Im great thanks,
My build is complete
I fitted two sets of JL Audio C3 650 in my focus,
The JL C3 have a unique ability to convert from component to coaxial speakers giving the same results in both fitments,

Page 79 of my build link: http://www.fordowner...-2015/?p=469406

So i didn't see any purpose in drilling the door cards personally as i retain the power of a component system within the same space.

Best price on JL Audio Products in the UK is from sound evo
Link: http://www.soundevo.co.uk

There also trading as "FastCarAudio" on ebay see link:
Tell em lenny from FordOwnersClub.com recommended.

I still didn't get a chance to do the sine wave test. I did mess about with the settings on the amp earlier on today and I also was testing out the rear speakers. The Vibe speakers sound quality is quite "muddy" as compared to the front Focals. There's no clarity in the high frequencies and the mid bass is not pleasant to my ear. When I put them on, it really makes the whole system sound muffled or muddy. I just had to turn them down very low. 
Still very tempted to get another set of Focal 165KR or 165KRC for the rears :)

Highly recommend doing the sine-wave calibration to ensure the amplifier is putting out the correct Ohm level to the speakers prior to spending too much time tuning equalisers just my two pence of info there.

#480466 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 28 April 2015 - 11:52 AM

I will be putting rear speakers in when I do my build. I am also putting components in. I found these on eBay so it looks stock when I install.
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Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC

Your existing door cards should have the cross hair location for drilling these holes in your existing door cards,

Yunii, I reckon the rear led lights are awesome. I am holding back on any visual upgrades for now and focussing on getting the car to drive and sound just the way I want to. 

Did you get the sinewave test going on the amps yet mate?