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#419126 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 14 October 2014 - 02:29 AM

That whole post made me chuckle coz I know how your OCD tendencies goes into overdrive leave out the little details. It's what makes all your mods that little bit extra special. I would definitely agree with you with the colour coding for the rear camera. It would actually drive me mad as well even though I would not see it. 

:lol: on the topic of OCD aren't people with the condition never content with achieving a self satisfying level of standard on anything so they keep at it constantly altering the end result of the same thing, im happy with the camera once it blends in really lol
And crazy as it sounds going to the body shop to have the camera colour coded will be much cheaper than doing it myself,
Here's the price list from the time i colour coded the rear view mirror never again y'all:

Harris Masking Tape 25mmx25m 3.99
Halfords Enamel Gray Primer 9.49
Halfords Ford Moondust Silver 8.49
Halfords Enamel Clear Lacquer 9.49
Halfords Paint Preparation Wipes 5.68
3M sandblaster Extra Fine P400 Flexible Pads 8.49
Total Cost 45.63

Quote extracted from thread: http://www.fordowner...ror/?pid=125448
i reckon it will be around 20- 25 to have it professionally done and no excess materials lying around the place, i might leave the rear view mirror in aswell to take the enphasis off the camera alone,
Ill explain the badly matched colour of the rear view mirror needs fixing and while he's at the mirror could he colour code the camera sorted :)

The magnetic trays are really handy. Love the Lidl specials. Their tools are always good value and I could spend hours in there, without getting any groceries :P

+1 no Groceries :)
I've got a box of assorted screws also picked up in lidl few months ago has sone self tapping screws much the same size as those too thanks for the measurements,

#418990 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 13 October 2014 - 06:02 PM

While having my lunch break in work there was a lidl brochure on the table so i had a quick browse through it and spotted they had some magnetic trays of offer today for less than 3 euro per pack in various sizes,
Those of you whom followed my guides will know that i always use a coke bottle to store all nuts and bolts when taking things apart,


As result i had to stop by the nearest lidl store on the way home from work and pick up some of these very useful trays.
The magnets inside are surprisingly strong and the trays themselves are Stainless steel.

When i got home from work then there was a small parcel at the door,


it was the reverse camera that i ordered on eBay last week arrived at last :)


Here's what's in the box:


The leaflet on the left says:
"Thank you for purchased"
"please give 100% feedback, if no happy we make happy"
Unfortunately they didn't include an address for that factory :lol: id send Vicki over 1st Class Registered,
She's like a bag of Wiesel's these days y'all,

Instructions are not much:


However there's a very detailed fitting guide for the focus 2005-2011 found here thanks to my old mate Charlie:
I plan to surface mount the camera here:

However I'm considering holding off on fitting it for a while,
I have an urge to bring it to the body shop and have it colour coded prior to fitting :)
Such a small item yes i know lol
But if colour coded; when mounted it will look almost identical to the ford factory fitted camera supplied on the new fiesta:

If i go ahead and fit it without colour coding it would always irritate me lol
I'm sure body shop will think I'm crazy asking them to mix up colour just for that,
But the Halfords stuff doesn't match as good.

#418724 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 12 October 2014 - 08:22 PM

Rockford Fosgate Punch 1000X4D initial impressions:
So, had the amp installed for a few days and got a chance to tweak the sound to my liking. My first impression when plugging it in was "Wow! the Focal speakers have come truly alive!" It was not a lot louder but the clarity was clearly discernible. The tweeters were very distinct and the woofers up front were a lot more dynamic that before and the mid bass was well and truly part of the sound now. Before, it was there but not as prominent as now. I had to mess about with the gain to find the right balance for the front speakers and the sub. It was not that difficult and I managed to get them to stop clipping. I wish I had one of those SMD devices to do so accurately but for now my ears will have to do. 
I was not expecting a big difference after changing to the new amp but I was pleasantly surprised. I guess feeding adequate power to the speakers really do make a difference. 
Next, I plan on making a short 1080p video and hoping to capture the sound quality of the whole system.

Sounds like you got a great deal there mate,
It's casing suits the rest of the setup much better aswell,
Looking forward to seeing the video when you get the time.

#418713 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 12 October 2014 - 08:03 PM

Hiya Lenny.
I had to read this out a few times before getting my head round it. I am slow. Apologies lol.
I have had a couple of thoughts as well for your install:
1. Any particular reason that you want the amp to be removable? You mentioned that you wanted it for the boot space when you flatten the seats. But, I reckon that your 2 amps might be able to be mounted upside down, like in Mr_Spock's build neatly underside where you were thinking for the mono amp. that way, all cables are neatly routed to it and you can still access it for tweaking the parameters if needed. I am asking this as you mentioned the sub enclosure will be permanently in the car. The JL Audio website should have the dimensions of both amplifiers if you want to measure that space in the car to see if it will fit. 

Sorry I'm really missing a laptop rite now to enable me draw an image of what i mean, very difficult to describe this sort of thing in words,
The mono amp for the sub will fit under the drivers side boot panel nice idea,
Means it can stay permanently in place,
However the two amps wont fit under the same side,
Mr.Spock has one fitted under each side, and the custom enclosure will be consuming the space on passenger side,
So ill mount the 4 channel to an MDF panel behind the rear seat.
Basically if folding down the seats i could be carrying anything even a lawnmower I've never yet but should it need transporting,
Id plastic line the boot with a plastic sheet but the amp would be at risk of getting scratched if permanently mounted to the rear of the seat.
So to best guard agenst all possibly i need it to be removable away from potential harm.

2.One other option that we have not considered is that, with the 4 channel amplifier, it doesn't need to be close to the subwoofer. You could have it mounted inside the cabin if you wanted. e.g Under the front seats or even where you used to have your spare tyre. You could have a very tidy install of the 2 amps in the tyre well with all the cables out of sight. It would have the advantage of keeping all your boot space nearly as the enclosure take a very small amount of it 
The reason I am thinking of alternatives is that, the amplifier will get hot with prolonged use and you need good airflow to it to keep it functioning well. With your idea of the mounting position, if I gather correctly, will be enclosed or not? Just my thoughts about it as I reckon it might be a pain to get it in and out when you need the boot space with the kids etc.

There's no level space under the front seats,
The rear heater vents, footwell lighting aswell as the factory chassis support beam it wouldn't fit mate,
My plan is to surface mount the amp, same way you mounted yours in the boot,
Except mine will be mounted to an elevated sheet of MDF,
Still vertical position like yours but the cables go in behind the mdf to a 15cm cavity,

*****this Photoshop was added laterbin thread so i edited this section to insert helps display plan*****

Your plan will definitely not cost much and will be a fun project to do at the same time. You have thought it through with the weight etc as well. Thankfully the sub enclosure isn't that heavy. It was lighter than my old 10" sub with its box! I think it's well worth the money. 
With regards to the custom cut pieces, I reckon they would look very nice when illuminated. Would definitely be the icing on top of the cake then. If you are going down that route, also consider making it in fiberglass and painting it as that would be even better for the amp rack :)

Thanks mate,
Ive no plans for fitting any laser cut parts or vents personally i was just putting some links and ideas out there for others whom may be interested,
Fibreglass can work out very well but its not really the style I'm after plus i don't have the enclosed space such as a garage to work with the stuff and leave it to dry etc.
Then risk of splitting it with too much bass :lol:
Nice idea but nah the MDF and carpet is good enough for me.
Cheers as always i appreciate your input mate.

#418529 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 12 October 2014 - 09:56 AM

When the sub enclosure is purchased i can commence creating the panel for mounting amps,

I need to find out the size of the gap between the custom sub enclosure and the back seat see between the two red arrows:

Once i know the size say for example its 30mm between sub box and back seat,

Ill purchase a sheet of MDF at 15mm
Then cut a strip of MDF:
14" tall by 2" wide
Stick it to the back side of the sheet making it 30mm

Do this on both sides of the sheet thus creating a 150mm cavity between the MDF sheet and rear seat.


Plan is:
Mount the amplifier's on to the sheet of MDF nut&bolt through the sheet,

Fish all cables inside the cavity,
Terminated with vibe FastPlug.
Drill holes in relevant corresponding locations where the amp needs a cable,
So there's no cables visible, just 90 degree elbows of cable coming through the MDF in to the amplifier.

Drill a further series of small holes in the MDF sheet to allow sound travel through it aswell as making it lighter.

Once drilled and all marked out,
Remove amplifier's and coat the sheet of MDF with matching carpet using a spray can of fabric glue and carpet.

For a seamless finish,
That's the plan in theory anyway.

Since i want my system to be easily removable in the event of needing to fold down the rear seat:

The custom sub enclosure will be a permanent staying in the car fixture even with the back seat folded down so it seems a shame to have to remove its mono amplifier in such events.

Considering the mono amp is smaller than the 4 channel,
I have the idea of fitting it upside down on the boot panel just like Mr.Spock but using nut&bolt with 15mm sized washers inside the panel to expand the grip surface it will never tare out of the plastic panel,


If it fits in this location it can remain permanent in the car along with the custom sub enclosure,

So it is only the 4 channel amplifier that requires mounting to a carpeted MDF platform at rear of seats.

Now there's a few possible errors may occur in the theory we can easily overcome should they arise,

If there is only 15mm or less of a gap between the sub enclosure and the rear seat.
We can measure the gap between the rear seat and boot walls when closed,


Whatever size that happens to be,
Can get some MDF to fit the size for gripping purposes,
Then step it out creating a bigger cavity where it enters the boot space end result will be the same,

Another option it to create a half rear seat cavity same method using MDF and stepping it out to create a cavity for cables,
However securing it to the rear of the seat using 4 reward facing bolts with butterfly nuts,

Bolts facing toward the boot fixed permanent with a locking nut inside the cavity,
On goes the MDF panel then secured with butterfly nuts,
Would be lighter option same result.


Finally removal,
Well its too far to reach in and remove it from the boot door,
Removal will be easier to open the rear doors,
Fold down the seats to reveal the cavity where the Vibe FastPlug can be disconnected and lift out the panel through the back door.

Shouldn't cost more than 50 euro for the carpet, glue, MDF and fixings, results would appear very OEM but still easily removable in under 3 minutes.

Looking forward to doing the MDF part, i love woodwork and custom creation very therapeutic indeed.

Can even style it up with a shiny vent mainly used for custom computer towers.

Even some led's inseted behind the grill and spliced in to the boot light feed so they would illuminate only when boot door is open,

Again just putting the ideas out there in the event others may be interested.
Led's and grill wouldn't be my cuppa but still possible and allow more sound flow.

This guy has a CNC machine set up to laser cut brushed stainless steel in various designs,
Ive purchased a focus glovebox strip from him before top quality,
He's a nice guy too open to accepting custom ideas will work with you on ideas,
Maybe an option for anyone seeking a custom laser cut design to create a vent on an enclosure or amp support panel.

Example of his work:

#418493 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 12 October 2014 - 08:06 AM

Dunno why I didn't get any updates on this feed for a few days and had to catch up on my reading. 
The speaker wire will come in handy and the extra you could always sell it like you said. The rest of the parts that will become redundant you might as well sell it to recoup some money. Those adaptors that you linked in look very slick and should make the whole setup more user friendly. I like how you are keeping everything in the armrest console. I was lazy with doing mine and just have the wires running out from the right lower corner of the main fascia. It kinda looks untidy but it's functional. I reckon with your plan, the whole thing will just look neat.

Thanks mate,
I've accidently unsubscribed myself from various threads before, however it automatically subscribes again when you submit a post,

I'm very OCD when it comes to cables mate, as you can see with all the mods i like to keep everything as OEM looking as possible,
In my opinion no function should be lost when performing an upgrade,

so with that in mind it makes sense to change the OEM glovebox AUX port for aftermarket unit that continues to function retaining the stock function as part of the upgrade, even though ill mainly be operating through the one in the centre console.

Voice control is however being sacrificed in the process of upgrading, as result I've changed the steering stalk control for one from a Mk2 which doesn't have the voice button on the stalk,
I've listed the voice stalk on eBay for those upgrading to the OEM Bluetooth voice control module better those to have it and use it,
Overall any buttons or sockets saw inside the car are purposeful and functional which keeps my inner self calm lol

Do you have an iPod btw that you plan on having music on? The Pioneer headunit will work brilliantly with it and you will be able to browse all your music stored on it while the iPod sits nicely in the armrest. I also have to say how good of a unit that Pioneer is in playing music. The amount of ports at  the back will make it very versatile. Good value for money I think.

i don't have an iPod mate i always was more in favour of Creative Zen and Android phones which communicated directly with windows media player rather than having to install iTunes software which mirrors all your WMA files to iTunes format instantly doubling the consumption of space on the computers hard drive :rolleyes:
But i suppose if you used iTunes from day one then you wont have a problem with windows media files,

Vicki has an iPhone 4S that i purchased for her two months ago,
I've noticed she's got quite a bit of music on it now,
Cant see myself moving to the isheep clan though i think there way over priced and too main stream for me.
I'll most likely plug in an 8GB memory stick with all my WMA files on it,
However i do plan to purchase the pioneer CA IW.201s cable for the iPhone which will allow Victoria full control of her iPhone using the head unit while keeping the phone hidden inside the armrest i believe it mirrors the screen of the iPhone.


I understand it uses the USB port at the rear of the stereo aswell as the (pioneer specific) media port to connect.
I had considered fitting a short length Y splitter to feed both iPhone cable and USB socket in the armrest,
But my fear is both could be connected to the stereo at the same time which would cause some virtual headache.

Best option i think is:
Run the supplied USB socket to the glovebox,
Run both USB plugs to the glove box aswell,
Then plug in either iPhone or USB socket as required to avoid both being connected at the same time which would be likely to happen.

#418349 Guide: Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5 Wiper Blade Change Pdf

Posted by Lenny on 11 October 2014 - 05:53 PM

I think it was about £2 more expensive to buy Ford wipers over Bosch for the front (from Eurocarparts).
Rear was considerably cheaper!!
I thought Vicki was supposed to be modelling these guides? Lol

The baby bump has gotten too big she couldn't reach the wipers sean :rolleyes:
Doing plasparis cast of it tomorrow lol

#418192 Guide: Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5 Wiper Blade Change Pdf

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 10:43 PM

Guide to changing wiper blades on ford focus 2005-2011 now available to download in PDF format below:

Attached File  Guide Wiper Blade Change Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5.pdf   399.47KB   157 downloads

#418187 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 10:04 PM

Sorry Lenny :(
Not going for the USB port on the heated screen panel?

No prob,
I got out of wrong side of the bed this morning and work are really doing my head in over my chronic back condition i apologize for venting off a bit at you guys.
Glad its friday get two days to relax and clear my head a bit.
They are a nice idea but i dont like having wires running around the dash i like to have everything tooked away and tidy,
The stereo is iPod and Android app compatable allowing full control via headunit so no need to have devices visible,
They can remain hidden at all times within the armrest.

Lenny, if you fancy 'disposing' of your 12V Socket out of the armrest console (what with your straight swap to a USB port an' all), I am still looking at installing one in my boot. ;) :D
Bagsies if its going.  :P

Sounds good to me mate,
I'll remove the centre arm rest socket tomorrow morning and despatch to you for 7 pounds to cover shipping and envelope,
Alternatively there available from ford for 10.59 shipped.

#418179 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 09:34 PM

Aux port discussion,
Mainly putting this information out there for those whom may be interested in following,

Ok since ill be going aftermarket stereo,
The stock Aux port socket fitted in the glovebox will become useless,

I like to keep everything as OEM as possible, so I've found this 3.5mm Socket which will replace the original ford designed unit while performing with the aftermarket unit.

Now since the aftermarket headunit has USB function i need to fit a USB port somewhere in the car,
I've decided to remove the stock 12v socket inside the centre arm rest and replace it with this USB/3.5mm jack AUX port straight swap:

Since the headunit only has one 3.5mm AUX socket input on the rear a 3.5mm Y splitter is required to allow both sockets become active:

However only one can be used at any time,
Overall it retains the OEM feature aswell as the option of USB connection inside the centre console,

#418126 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 07:01 PM

Ok this one was a bit of an impulse purchase, i sold a few items on eBay and had this item in the watch list to purchase,
Without checking the contents of the already purchased vibe amplifier installation kits i went and purchased 10m roll of vibe flatflex from uk it arrived today,
Pure cringe as it arrived today thinking ugh should have done a little more research prior to purchasing that one lol
You see each vibe amp wiring kit comes supplied with 5 metres of this vibe flat flex cable,
So I've now got 25 metres of the stuff :rolleyes: suppose i can always sell the excess onwards after installation is complete,

I've gotta run a feed of twin core flatflex from the boot compartment to each speaker in all four doors should definitely pass a day or two in the spring.
Still awaiting on the reverse camera to arrive, seller was supposed to be in Glasgow but the item is shipping from China,
As soon as it arrives i can begin installing it to the boot handle.

I've some research to do this weekend regarding the camera:
I'm hoping to have the cameras power feed connected to the reverse light positive aswell as its sensor feed,
Because i don't want to supply permanent power to the camera due to it being cheap China equipment i only want it to receive power when reversing is active,
I need to know if it will work if wired in this way or does it need constant supply of power.

In other news,

I've won a steering stalk control on eBay yesterday for 1 pound :)
Doesn't have the voice button on top which is exactly what i want,
Then 5 pound postage to my parcel motel address in northern Ireland,
Overall should be less than 10 pounds delivered to my local collection point,
Very pleased with that,
Managed to obtain a picture of the back of the stereo on google Images,
To see what it needs as i plan to only fit it once,
Ill fit the RCA's and camera inputs when fitting the stereo store them in glovebox area until im ready to strip out the car and route them to the boot compartment,

That's me more/less done then until late January ill continue to chip away at the shopping list,
Its all down hill after purchasing the head unit.
All other items are cheaper.

#417963 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 08:56 AM

Yeah sorry for that Lenny, its easy to get sidetracked and diverse during conversation.

No comment :lol: best response to end it i think :lol:

#417947 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 05:18 AM

Could almost start a new thread on led's as this has absolutely nothing to do with my build thread guys

#417661 Guide: Fitting Ford Rs Led Rear Light Units Focus Mk2.5 Pdf

Posted by Lenny on 09 October 2014 - 08:58 AM

Guide: Fitting Ford Rs Led Rear Light Units Focus Mk2.5 now available to download in PDF.

Attached File  Guide fitting RS tail lights Mk2.5 focus.pdf   2.29MB   55 downloads

#417557 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2014 - 07:46 PM

Oh dear Lenny if this is true I suggest you start earning your street cred back and return scooter for his refund. I have to admit, I would rather listen to a single gear scooter all day, any day of the week, over that interesting attempt at music he otherwise makes...

J'adore Hardcore :)