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#430700 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 23 November 2014 - 03:29 AM

Have had this item in my watch list for the past week thought id give it a mention on here too,

Its basically three led's in one,
And monitors the voltage of your car battery,
Its remains green until voltage drops below 12.0V

then it turns yellow until voltage drops below 11.5V
Then it turns red for anything lower.

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Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...sd=191393771437
I had considered purchasing one and fitting to the ST gauge pod bottom centre between the two gauges,

Since ill be fitting two amps to th3 car in spring, there will be a heavy drain on the battery; if listening to the stereo with the engine off,

So having this warning indicator visible on the dash would in theory give early warning of battery drain, leaving enough time to start the engine saving the occupants from becoming immobilised due to a drained battery.


#430699 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 23 November 2014 - 03:25 AM

Have had this item in my watch list for the past week thought id give it a mention on here too,

Its basically three led's in one,
And monitors the voltage of your car battery,
Its remains green until voltage drops below 12.0V

then it turns yellow until voltage drops below 11.5V
Then it turns red for anything lower.

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Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...sd=191393771437
I had considered purchasing one and fitting to the ST gauge pod bottom centre between the two gauges,

Since ill be fitting two amps to th3 car in spring, there will be a heavy drain on the battery; if listening to the stereo with the engine off,

So having this warning indicator visible on the dash would in theory give early warning of battery drain, leaving enough time to start the engine saving the occupants from becoming immobilised due to a drained battery.


#430677 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 November 2014 - 11:49 PM

Great read through the progress Lenny. Christmas definitely came early for you :)
That headunit is class. I was just reading through it's specs and it's well worth the money, just for the sound quality. Like you said, it already sounds awesome through the stock speakers. Imagine how they will sound once you get the upgraded ones and a sub to match it. 
 
Must have been good fun today working on the car again. I reckon it was all worth the effort. Looks like your plan is well under way and soon enough it will all be sorted. 
 
Looking forward to the progress and the future updates :)

p.s: How did you manage to get the time off from baby duties? :P

  
Thanks mate,
Ive gone a bit overboard on budget but it is the last time ill be stripping the interior,
And ive managed to cut costs on many of the other items by selling existing parts,
I agree and cant wait to purchase and install speakers,
The remaining Shopping list is still unchanged but ive found a package deal consisting of the planned JL Audion amp but its with two sets of JL C2's front set are components so aiming for that in Febuary :) finish it off nicely,
See link to package deal:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
That's the most expensive purchase remaining on the list so if i save for it between now and February its all down hill after that,

I started a thread recently regarding the premium uk spec focus and RS models having a dedicated pocket inside the centre console for audio devices:
http://www.fordowner...-do-they-exist/
Had planned to purchase the Genuine Ford parts and retro fit; but later found out that the original ford design was built before the new iPhone's as result the arm rest wont close if an iPhone is in the pocket :rolleyes:

I've found an alternative which i hope will fit instead,
Will suit my requirements
See link: http://go.redirectin...mid=14733&xtz=0
Going to measure it tomorrow seeking a communal finger crossing people :)

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EDIT: Continuation of the phone storage later in the thread can be viewed via shortcut link here:
http://www.fordowner...-2015/?p=431121

Ow and i could have done with a bit of help from my son today,
I showed him the headunit and told him it would be his for cruising when he's older lol
Joys of breastfeeding is i cant do nothing for her except house dutys and looking after the udder two :lol: see what i did there

Go careful with your back Lenny! You've got the Santa outfit to squeeze into in a few weeks!

:lol: no more ho's for me lol im in enough trouble now,
Id be more like "bad santa" classic movie that


#430670 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 November 2014 - 10:54 PM

Cage looks alright lol......fitted worse in the past, soon straighten out. ;)
Good progress Lenny. :)

:lol: it was brand new two weeks ago,
Live and learn i suppose, never expected the pioneer cage not to fit when the headunit did,
I just didnt want to have to git the copper tabs on either side to slot in to the cage thats why i opted for the pioneer cage then it didn't fit after butchering out the existing lol
Ill get a replacement on the way,
Worst of living in Ireland is i cant pick one up local or in Halfords gotta import from Uk


#430662 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 November 2014 - 10:12 PM

Looking good mate, love my Pioneer head unit. :)

Cheers Jamie there good quality sound IMO and the AVH-X8600 ticked all the boxes for me,

Aw what a day it has been,
Removed centre console,

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Removed the 12V socket

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Taped over loom plug:

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Bored out oval hole to fit the Apple plug through then sealed around it silicone, i put some PVC tape on the inside to leave a smooth flush surface once dried tomorrow,
A glue gun would have been better but not an item id likely use twice,
Results now;
Apple connect, USB and 3.5mm Auxiliary ports all available inside the centre console arm rest. :)

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I've left the carpet out of it for tonight in order to allow the silicone vent,
I'll remove tape and refit carpet tomorrow, seems crazy sealing around one hole when there's clearly two in the floor of it but that's how its designed to be and don't want the cable to fall back through the hole.

Moving on from this i used a plastic rod of strimmer line and some PVC tape to assist phishing cables from drivers footwell to the rear of the headunit,

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Ended up doing them one by one as the bulk was too big,
Id been lost without the plastic length to phish them through with.

All cables in place from centre console,
I then unpackaged the reverse camera and ill explain more about it in a moment but only retrieved cable for now,
Run it in at the same time.

I then encountered my first error of the day :rolleyes:
The Aux input on the AVH-X5600 is RCA
However the AUX input on the AVH-X8600 is a 3.5mm plug
So i require Pioneer CD-RM10

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To enable function of the 3.5mm AUX.

I didn't bother installing the Amplifier's RCA cables at this point or the remote power cable to amps,

When all cables were phished in i unwrapped the headunit and half slid it in to place,

Powered up and it sounds awesome on the stock speakers,

I then had the idea to remove the existing cage Autoleads DFPK-103that came with the aftermarket headunit install kit,
And fit the cage that came with the pioneer,

Big mistake. :(

Had to bend up the Autoleads cage to remove it:

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Offered up the Pioneer cage and its too big :lol: doesn't fit the slot,
So I'm still rolling with no headunit until i get my hands on a replacement cage from Autoleads.

Still i soldiered on with progress and installed the reverse camera:

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Cant recommend this model of reverse camera design enough its so easy to fit its unbelievable.

Has a custom plug and socket mid loom making it small and easy to route through the grommets:

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The video plug has an internal feed taken from reverse positive to connect with the reverse sensor feed on the headunit loom:

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I routed both ends of the loom through to the roof lining inside the boot door and joined them together:
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Then had to cut the head off the boot handle loom:

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Strip the ends and crimp on the replacement unit:

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Reverse camera now fully installed,
Quick check of function with headunit held in my hand and thankfully the camera is working aswell as the boot handle.

Few white lines across the screen but that may be due to me earthing the camera to the reverse light loom instead of the body of the car,

Not sure but ill get it sorted,

End results of today;
Good progress made on the install,
Shame about the cage and RCA connectors,
I don't understand why pioneer don't just stick with RCA or 3.5mm phono AUX port period...
Instead of changing on every unit.

Overall I'm going to be a further 50 quid out of pocket to achieve results that were assumed to have been already achievable by dark today.

That's Reality in full HD people!!
Two Tramadol and a bowl of soup,
Nerve in my back is dancin but it was well worth it.


#430469 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 November 2014 - 09:03 AM

Update:
Last update on progress for remainder of 2014 this one guy's,

First off id like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year, drive safely double braking distance and arrive alive,

I will remain logged on to the forum throughout the festivities but this is the final update of progress on the build thread until January.

So here we go,
It seems no matter how much you plan an upgrade list there's always something ends up getting unused and perhaps resold because in the process of the build; you've spotted somthing slightly better suited to your requirements.

Well when purchasing the reverse camera i searched eBay for two weeks examining each model and spec prior to purchasing what i felt at the time was the best for me,

I had found one for the Mk3 focus which replaces the boot handle incorporating the camera inside the replacement.

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Sadly though; it was too wide to fit the Mk2.5 model so i couldn't purchase, :( was genuinely disappointed.

Instead i settled for one of these universal units from China for 9.75GBP with Free Shipping.

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My plan as discussed on page 42 of this Thread was to replicate the camera ford are now fitting to the Mk7.5 Fiesta as saw here:

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I had intended on going ahead with this plan
until a number of weeks ago;
i was browsing through the range of available items on Dynamicsounds.co.uk and came across the initial reverse camera design and it was built for the Mk2.5 model :)
See link to highly recommend seller:
http://www.dynamicso...iew-camera.html

I immediately listed the previously purchased universal camera on eBay auction which sold a number of weeks ago.
Its now replaced with a better suited unit which requires absolutely no alignment or drilling its exactly the sort of design i like to see; a straight swap upgrade which is incorporated to original build design taking ford and making it better and for me that's part of what its all about :)

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Looking good with the pre crimped terminals,

That's it from me for 2014 its been a fantastic year in progress both within the build aswell as the growth of the forum.
Remembering the first ever FordOwnersClub Ireland meet took place in early September of this year looking forward to being a bigger turn out next year,

And the release of the Halfords Discount card has saved us all a fortune on both sides of the water.

As for this build thread;
Things are set to continue in 2015
Stay tuned for the remaining delivery's for the sound install recommencing in January - April,

Weather permitting then in May the car is coming off the road for seven days as its going to be stripped out, sound proofed and all the items installed, normal fella would do it in three - four days but having degenerate disc in my lumber spine I'm not really fit to be at it at all but this is my last hurrah and stripping the interior hence why I've packed every possible interior mod in to the plan.

There will be an update report at the end of each day during installation.
Followed by a front end replacement mid year to tidy things up see link:
ST Front kit:
http://www.ebay.co.u...redirect=mobile

I'm not sure weather that listing is actually a good offer yet,
I'm going to check local dealership for prices aswell prior to purchasing.


#430464 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 22 November 2014 - 08:55 AM

Christmas Update:
Very excited about today's update, :)
I've long awaited for this arrival from the North Pole and all i can say is; Santa Claus has really brought the ICE this year y'all :)
As some of you already know from previous posts and the shopping list; my initial choice of headunit was the Pioneer AVH-5600BT see link to highly recommended seller:
http://www.dynamicso...-bluetooth.html
It is a very well specked unit with every feature one expects from a modern day headunit and comes at a very reasonable price,

The only problem i encountered with it suiting my needs was it only has one USB socket,
Now one is generally enough for most "normal people" so allow me to explain in more detail:

Okay so Vicki has an iPhone 4S and quite a bit of music on it, she drives the car 50% of the time as result i added the Pioneer CA-IW.201S to the list,

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It connects to the media port & the USB at rear of headunit.

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I personally don't have an iPhone, I've never had an iPhone nor any description of Apple device,
I personally prefer Windows and Android,
As result i bought the USB/3.5mm AUX input for myself to replace the 12V socket in the centre console as saw below:

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I had planned on routing the X5600BT's USB socket in to the glovebox aswell as routing both the iPhone cable and Aux port USB to that location where they could be plugged & swapped as required,
However there was one issue with this and a potential error,

1. Its messy, and ugh "settling for second best and knowing best is available"
Not exactly an upgrade spending that kind of money its gotta be right not second best or tolerating.

2. Potential error as the media link would be constantly connected at the rear of the headunit while the USB source would be streaming from an Android device 50% of the time this may create an error and never work in practice.

I re-examined the range that Pioneer had to offer and found the Pioneer AVH-X8600BT to be more suited to my requirements for a little more money.
See link:
http://www.dynamicso...usb-stereo.html

Overall there's no cosmetic differences between the
Pioneer AVH-X5600BT
&
Pioneer AVH-X8600BT
on appearance they look identical,
There both 50wx4 which is irrelevant in my case anyways as ill be using the three sets of RCA's to feed two dedicated Amplifier's
There's lots of technical jargon in the difference alright between the two but main differences between them is the additional USB port, HDMI port, and detachable screen.

Purchasing this headunit instead of the proposed Pioneer AVH-X5600BT guaranteed 100% seamless compatibility with both Apple and Android devices
without the need to be plugging and unplugging cables behind the dash
because part of an upgrade is to make life more convenient rite? :)

Results now are:
In the centre console there is a dedicated plug for Apple Devices

The 12v socket is replaced with a USB & 3.5mm AUX input,

All are constantly connected to the headunit capable of playing any device while keeping it safe and hidden inside the armrest compartment.

It's still compatable with the Pioneer CZX-5497A - Auto EQ Mic aswell
Which we discussed on page 45 of this thread,
Also arrived today along with the headunit :)

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ill be using it to self calibrate once speakers have been upgraded in May 2015.
So without further adieu here's some pictures of the new headunit :)
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More pictures later when i calm myself down :)


#430345 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 07:57 PM

Sorry to go off topic but Lenny, I got some parts for you and let me know when you want me to drop them over or post it :)

No problem cheers mate I've got an item for you aswell
Shir cheapest option i suppose if we send them from one parcel motel collection point to another
Will be cheaper than shipping,
Im in no hurry to recieve though mate im not going at it until May


#430338 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 07:47 PM

Christmas seems to be putting everyone's projects on hold! :(
I'll be honest.. I've been put off cleaning my car... I deep clean everything as often as I can but the little bits I'm just so unmotivated... The previous owner has left a very... Herbal smell in the car which I cannot shift. I've gone through several bottles of febreze, it's had a new odour filter but I just can't shift the smell! As soon as I can shift the smell then I'll spend just as much time cleaning as I do driving!

Ive got the last three updates of 2014 coming tomorrow and Monday,
Cant sleep with excitement one of tomorrow's updates is -32°C straight from North pole :) I've really been a good boy and treated myself quite generously this Christmas season.
Ill resume progress then in January,
I may purchase some kit from Dave at AutoStar electronics next month but thats all just some piggy back fuse adaptors, cables and tape nothing sexy


#430336 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 07:43 PM

 
I try my best but like yourself, I have now a nasty liquid stain on my front passenger seat made by a bottle of juice. I shall not name the culprit :P
My little one knows not to make a mess in the car as he like the Focus I think as much as I do. The other day he goes to me while driving "Dada", pause, "I like your Focus sometimes" Little messer :P
 
I hope you get your club orange disaster sorted. Any ideas on how to remove the stain from my front seat? I was thinking hot soapy water with Fairy Liquid and a soft sponge.

Applying water only spreads out to become a bigger map stain mate,
Id live with it for a bit,
Then some dry day rent out a Rug Doctor give the interior a good going over:
See my guide: http://www.fordowner...g-car-interior/

Vicki doesn't know it yet but she will be renting it out of next months Children's Allowance :lol:


#430328 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 07:26 PM

Oh and the link to the LED strip. That will definitely come in handy as the one pad of LEDs is not enough at the moment to illuminate the whole boot. Where does the LED strip get the power from?
 
Lenny, you are too kind. I try my best to keep it clean. Hard at times with a 3 year old boy :P

Its a credto you keeping it in showroom condition mate,
I dont let my lot eat in the car although it says it on the rear window :lol: vicki ruins it though and lets them do whatever
Spilt a bottle of club orange on front passenger seat today caused ripples of the rock pools off the coast of conamara ;) when i discovered the spill


#430316 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 06:53 PM

Hats of to you for the cleanliness of the inside of the amp! Your car must be spotless!

+1 I've been inside it and it is indeed spotless.

I think I'm going to get two more of the 90* RCA connectors so I can basically hide the actual cable inside the side if the amp :) http://pages.ebay.co...id=301102174139

Sounds good mate pardon the pun :lol:
Thanks for sharing the link too.

I've ordered these ready for the Focal's once I order them :) attachicon.gifImageUploadedByFord OC1416594573.995533.jpg

Nice one mate,
I highly recommend fitting some DEI boom Matt cups to them prior to fitting speakers: http://www.ebay.ie/i...984.m1438.l2649

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#430304 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 06:33 PM

+1
Nice upgrade with the led strip lighting,
And those 90 degree RCA elbows really tidy things up square might go for those myself looks much cleaner mate.


#430297 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 06:19 PM

In Ford related News:
The Final three build thread progress updates of 2014
will be post on here in the next 3 days
Looking forward to this myself will have difficulty sleeping tonight tomorrow's update is gonna be -32°C straight from North Pole :)

Two on Saturday (tomorrow)
One on Monday 24th November


#430166 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 21 November 2014 - 08:49 AM

Cheers mate, I'm happy with the way it's turned out.....just in two minds what to do next. :)

perhaps spray calipers and paint spacer sections with hammerite smooth finish silver