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#452276 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 09:45 PM

That was very nice of them to do that for you. Maybe just to name their business to get them some good advertising for free. It's always nice to see good people in trades.
I didn't get what you were trying to do until I saw the bracket shape. Powder coated, they will look ace and will not rust. Colour match the mdf panels as well.

 Thank_ mate, the MDF for this will be sitting inside the boot panel to add some thickness to the plastic,
Its not going to be visible when fitted, its just somthing for th3 bolts to grip on the opposite side of the plastic and spread the weight of the amp.

Getting there Lenny, my photobucket is doing that too....had to just attach my pics. :)

Thanks mate,
Raging about photobucket, ill edit them tomorrow when they sort it out.

#452242 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 07:49 PM

Is it really that cheap? :o
I thought it'd cost a fortune!

depends on the size of the item i suppose,
Got the brackets drilled now, didnt realise the mounting holes for the amp are only 5mm
I orderd M6 yesterday and i need M5 now :rolleyes:

For some reason photobucket is playing up too all images showing in a negative red tint form :rolleyes:


#452220 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 06:52 PM

Looking good Lenny!!! Nice of the lad not to charge you! Even nicer of you to buy him a pint! Haha :)
If it was me I'd just spray it with hammerite :)

+1 i knew him to see from being in and out of work, couldnt take them for nothing either,
I was just about to agree with you on the hammerite until i found this place: http://www.ecoblast.ie/
Since the brackets are going to be half hidden inside the panel and under the amp; last thing i want is them to start rusting so i think powder coating would be the ultimate protection alsong as the M6 bolts go through the holes after being coated.
Shouldnt cost that much to have them coated perhaps much the same cost as a can of hammerite.

#452215 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 06:32 PM

My mate Dave in work tried bending an excess section of the aluminium this morning in a vice with hammer and it snapped,

So he give me back both strips with the template wire and told me to stop off at LMH Engineering on the way home from work,
They have a 2 Ton pneumatic press which would bend the aluminium,

So i called in on route home,
They put it in the press, got down to 80 degree bend and SNAP!!

The lad apologised for it breaking i was like dude its cool i wanted it that shape no big deal it broke,

So he then went back to the workshop and made me up two brackets in 3mm mild steel the exact shape I'm looking for and refused to charge me a cent,
So i give him the price of a Pint.

Here they are:



Its gonna sit under the panel above the drivers side wheel arch like this:


Next step,
Mark it up and drill the holes,

Meanwhile I'm on two minds as to coating it,
Powder coating or hammerite spray it in an aluminium grey colour.

Im gonna cut two slits in the plastic boot panel so as the top section of these brackets are inside the panel,

Four bolts up through the plastic panel through 9mm MDF then the steel brackets followed by penny washers and lock nuts,

Ive orderd some black Allen head M6 x 20 bolts to secure the amp, these bolts look the same as those fitted to the amps by JL Audio,
Also ordered some M6 plastic caps to cover the nut&bolt at rear of the brackets :)

#452191 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 05:10 PM

Lowerd on some 16" Green Rota alloys would look good

#452176 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 04:42 PM

Also, another plus of blanking the EGR is that the lag that is usually present in 1st gear will be gone. 
I would love to see a C-Max modified with rims, lowered and bodykit! 

Coilovers on 19" ST style rims, blacked out windows
Cruise Max :lol:

#452143 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 01:02 PM

Me too, hope it's dry when I get home tonight. :)

bring home a sheet of cardboard just encase its raining,

#452097 Dash Cams

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 09:56 AM

Hi guys was thinking about getting a dash cam, can anyone recommend a decent one to get.

Ive created a guide on fitting a dual camera kit may be of interest:

#452032 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 06 February 2015 - 05:55 AM

#452005 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 February 2015 - 11:36 PM

I was offered an apprenticeship with ford before I got my current job... I've gotta be honest. After learning what everybody thinks of them I'm glad I didn't bother! Haha

I suppose in there defence to be fair;
Every business is out to make money, they have a certain level of income to achieve every month or there overheads will pull the plug,
Also if your an apprentice and you need to be trained on replacing brake discs,
The next car that comes in that door is getting new discs and this guys gonna train you
You may ask " what car is it"
Response "we dont know yet but its getting them anyway"
Love for the game soon goes out the window when the emphasis is on achieving monthly finances to guarantee yourself a bonus in your wages for achieving targets.

#451996 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 February 2015 - 11:20 PM

Hope it's sorted with the alignment Lenny and it doesn't happen again as that doesn't look safe.
You decided on what tyres you getting? Sticking with the same or a different set?

  Sticking with AVON ZV5 cant fault them at all excellent grip especially in wet conditions.

Shower of feckers, I wouldnt let ford do anything like that for me. Theres only one place in town that i will only ever buy tyres and get the alignment done as i know they do a top job. You know theyre good when the local BMW dealer sends their cars over to be done.
Just on a side note, did you fit front camber bolts?

no mate i read up on adjustable camber kits at the time and the advice was you only need a front caster kit if fitting coilovers where the shock becomes more angled.
The eibach springs raise the front of the car by 20mm and drop the rear by 40mm so only rear wheel camber becomes excessive.
Id never go back to ford again,
Tried to charge me 28 euro for a rear wiper blade that time too.
I had just completed the guide on wiper change a few months previous so the wiper was 100%
Saw him try to charge an elderly couple 90 euro for new discs and pads on an SMax because they were rusty lol
Quick burst on the motorway would clean that.
I once thought because I'm an enthusiast my local ford dealer will see me rite lol no he will ride you even harder while admiring the modifications.

I defo won't be getting valentines pressie now

Cant be gettin a baby every year :lol: thankfully im working nights that week.
Dont worry theres always the EuroSaver menu in McDonnalds luv ;) ill have a BigMac Meal cheers :)

#451985 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 05 February 2015 - 11:04 PM

I have no DPF (perhaps all 90PS with no DPF version) Will it generate more smoke ? Have you any experience with this? Will it hold the Euro emission values? 

Ive had a ceramic dp: removed, egr blanked, green cotton induction filter, 2.5" dual exit exhaust, remapped to 125bhp went for MOT test and the carbon emissions are lower than a standard focus,
I reckon blanking the egr has had significant help in reducing carbon emissions as gasses dont recirculate.

#451968 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 February 2015 - 10:45 PM

Lenny man, lucky escape there buddy! The tyres wouldn't have lasted any longer I reckon. Do you know how many miles/km you got on that set?
So, excuse my ignorance, but does it mean that running negative camber wears out one side of the tyre quicker? Just wondering for myself now if/when I do lower the car with rear camber. 
The Red Bull graphics turned out really well. Looks totally OEM. Can't wait to see it all in the car  :)

Thanks mate,
Not sure exactly what milage i got on them mate but its between 50-60,000km :lol: fitted them in May 2012 ill be sued for Neglect but they looked alright from the outside.

Any sort of negative camber presses down on the inside wall of the tyre causing excessive wear of that area compared to the rest of the tyre,

After lowering your car it is strongly advised that your car is laser aligned to correct camber,

One would assume when a Ford garage prints "laser tracking alignment" on an Invoice after lowering your car on ford supplied springs.
This ment that they had carried out some physical work to correctly align the camber.
However the images above prove they never did,

Yes thats what happens Hassen, i have the same problem with my tyres at the moment and my car isnt lowered yet. Im not too fussed though as the tyres are on the car over two years now.
Does the camber bolts not eliminate your camber issues Lenny?

They were supposed to have been correctly aligned by Ford well the guy with the spur boots billed me for it anyways :lol:
But ive made arrangements to have it laser aligned at the local tyre place after they fit the new tyres.
But yeah mate the adjustable bolts give more presicion on adjusting the camber which makes it even more annoying that this has happend since it was ford themselves whom fitted the eibach adjustable camber bolts and lowering springs.

#451921 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 05 February 2015 - 09:41 PM

Hi Lenny!
I have a Ford C-Max 2007 1.6 TDCI 90HP with 155.000km. Can I fit this blanking plate on my C-max and will be any fault codes ? And one more question: Should i clean the EGR before blanking? 
Now no fault codes and no engine faults, but sometimes when starting the rpm is changing, and in gear 4 sometimes falling the power... PLS help me. I bought that blanking plate from ebay, but i'm afraid now from fit it, cause Ford service said it will kill engine. 
Thx! : Xturics

In any case EGR is always best blanked,
Its the active EGR and DPF that are killing your engine,

Fit the blanking plate mate same engine as saw in this guide,
No error as result,
No need to clean before blanking as theres no advantage,
Do clean air inlet hose from airbox to turbo if desired with hot water only. No detergents as they will harden the rubber causing splits,
Ensure its dry prior to refitting.
Also upgrade induction filter to Green Cotton filter,
And if you live in Ireland and have 400 euro contact MFK for DPF removal before it kills your turbo.
They cut open the dpf remove internals and seal it back up looks like it was never touched keeps nct happy and lower emissions

Also use Wynnes engine flush on next oil change,
Ford dont want you to blank egr because the active egr is slowly killin) your turbo which will make them money replacing mate.

#451913 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 February 2015 - 09:19 PM

Capacitor looks cool! :D
And naughty you lol......Should always check across the full width of the tyre. :)

Thanks Jamie mate,
lol i never feel my tyres obviously :rolleyes: replaced two front last September surly getting value out of tge rears,
Might swap left to right while the negative camber is in play; get another 6,000 miles on them :lol: