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#478359 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 11:19 PM

Case looks very slick, professional and purposeful. Nice find. Will update when I tune the amps, hopefully over the weekend.

the cases are very cheap and great quality, supposed to be waterproof aswell but I'm not going to test that aspect lol it does well at protecting the cable from harm as its not something that's used much but still essential to have close by,

I have a second case in the post by accident,
I raised a claim with the seller last Tuesday as it hadn't arrived in the expected time frame,
He agreed to send me a second one if i closed the dispute,
I apposed to receive a refund then purchase again as this way i retain my purchasing rights should the second one not arrive i can again raise a claim,
But low and behold it arrived one week late,
So ill have one identical to the images in around five weeks if anyone wants it cost me nothing :lol:

Great to hear he is doing well Lenny :)

Thanks mate, was a life changing experience for both of us to be fair,
Your new baby must be arriving pretty soon now?

#478341 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 10:29 PM

Yeah they support mirror play.. Fancy full functionality but still so new ATM. How's the littleun?

He's made a fantastic recovery thanks five months old now he is,
Moved in to his cott there last month, he's full of smiles and giggles,
Getting teeth at present and full of Gab :)
His two older sisters keep him well entertained too, only Cry's when he's got wind or hungry,

#478299 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 08:42 PM

Cheers buddy. I'm looking for the AVH-4100NEX. So hard to get hold of outside America. I want android auto. Headunit looks superb though!!

This one is android compatable but also has Apple CarPlay enables reading and responding of text messages via your voice,
Aswell as navigation to locations upon request such as nearest KFC aswell as news weather updates etc.

#478212 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 05:12 PM

Check this out yo,
Who would have though Astra wing mirrors would fit the Nissan Puke :lol:


#478205 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 04:52 PM

The large storage box i purchased for the modified ELM327 has finally arrived from China,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/371275765091

Fits a treat :)





Thanks a million for the offer Lenny but it's cheap enough in Halfords to buy one with the discount card and keep it for future uses.
As for the test tones, found them online and will just stick them on a usb to use it. Will try to do this over the weekend and report on findings. I reckon it will make a discernable difference.
Quite funny what you were saying about the neighbours and music from your car. I normally blast it during the day and it gets the kids dancing around. It's great fun for all of us

No prob mate,
Multimeter is a handy tool to have,
I look forward to your review after the sine-wave calibration,

#478108 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 11:45 AM

After reading this, I am gonna get a multimeter and get that done over the weekend to keep me entertained. It will also make me learn something new. I found the manuals online for my 2 amps and the voltages suggested.
Would a cheap Ebay multimeter do the trick? I found the two tracks as uncompressed files online. That should be good enough I think to use for testing.

I bought my multimeter from china for 12 GBP,
If you want to PM me your PMID i can ship a lend of the cd's and multimeter to you tomorrow
Or if you would prefer to have your own there available in Argos fairly cheap aswell,

#478031 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 05:54 AM

Eh, what's that disclaimer banner? I have never seen that before. Is it new?

Its new at the very bottom of the forum pages on the desktop site,
Figured id put it in that post as i was complaining about the workmanship of a local ford dealership and the forum is an independent non biast community says Lenny whom has received two warnings on his profile :lol: ya know what i mean.. ROFL!!

Thanks a million for the info Lenny. I didn't think about the tower strut bushes and what you said makes perfect sense as it's a good time to change them with the maintenance work being carried out. I am pretty sure they need changing at this point with over 110k miles on the clock. I will check the Powerflex website.
As for the camber bolts, I remember what happened with your car and definitely getting them as well along with a laser alignment. Don't want a repeat of what happened to your rear tyres. 
With regards to the rims/tyres, I think I will keep the 17" ones for comforts sake and the fact that 18" tyres can be quite expensive. Looking forward to it all now :)

Think I got lucky there finding a seller for that price online and the mechanic here is genuine about his work. 

I agree mate,
I wish i had 17's when it comes to paying for new tyres 520 for four :lol: no donuts for me at that money that's for sure,

The tower strut bushes can also harden and crack with age, frost has a big impact because the metal chassis amplifies the cold and hot conditions on the rubber which is pressed between the chassis and the shock,

Sadly powerflex don't do tower strut bushes as far as I can see on their website. 

The stock part must be of sufficient standard then mate, if powerflex cant cash in on manufacturing anything they can prove is better than that particular stock part ,

I suppose wait until the B12 kit arrives, if it doesn't have them with the shocks then contact local ford or fordpartsuk.com to purchase some new ones,
Cant see them costing much,

#478030 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 20 April 2015 - 05:49 AM

Haha!! The local council aut to pay me for cleaning the street.. the road is on a slight gradient either side of my house so all the snow foam etc drags a lot of dirt off the road! Haha. It's gotten to the point that there's a visible difference in the right light..
The car + dirt is really sending me insane! After the swirl removal I'll probably seal it with either Shine & drive Finalise Pro, or carbon collective Paint. Then wrap it up in cotton wool and bubble wrap

Knowing the Council mate there more likely to blame you for blocking the drain or send out the EPA to test the water for traces of chemicals which would be contaminant to sea life :lol:

#478008 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 19 April 2015 - 11:24 PM

And now for the downside of today. I returned to the dirt car park to find the car covered in a thin but very visible layer of sand/mud/dust. Started to drive home and the rain started.. great! I thought, hopefully most of it will wash away courtousy of the wax. I was wrong :(
I was hoping for a lie in before work at 12 tomorrow.. looks like I'll be up washing the car now! I did have more pictures but they're refusing to upload

I think you deserve an "OCD clean" car decal for the above post mate ;)

#477989 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 19 April 2015 - 10:44 PM

I completely reset the amp when I recieved it as I was trying to find which channel was which! Haha, oops! I just set an approximate level whilst using it for the sub, Then once both amps where installed I had them done properly

Just a theory mate,
There's a significant increase in performance from performing today's alterations using the CD's and the Multimeter mate,

I highly recommend doing it and costs less than twenty quid for both items on eBay quite literally music to my ears ;)

#477975 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 19 April 2015 - 09:39 PM

nora lenny that is 1 mean set up there.... I would be in crap street with my neighbours...... they wont allow me to make any noise what so ever after 7pm..... :angry:

:lol: thanks Mart and good to hear from you again mate hope you and family are well,
Sorry to hear about your neighbours,
I barely took the time to get to know mine and i bought the house back in 2006 in the boom so paid twice as much as any of em for it and i have the youngest kids which were not asleep so they can phek off :lol:
I delayed the bass for as long as possible by choosing the single "Disciples - They Dont Know"

And i too was like "ow lord" when the bass dropped yo.

The neighbours have the odd house party's and verbal abuse sessions the odd time, i never complain about noise because like today i made some noise and i don't want them complaining, however had i ever pointed my finger when they were at fault I'm sure they would be out in retaliation,
But ya gotta live.

Another good track I've found recently is this remix of "Sugar and Cream - Space tripper"

#477925 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 19 April 2015 - 07:09 PM

Tuning update:
Manually Calibrating the Ω 0hms on the mono amplifier,


Were going for 4 Ω on the Mono
So i need to get 28.3V displaying on the multimeter by adjusting the input sensitivity,
That's a lot of voltage pulsing to the sub right there,

Started off by putting levelling the equaliser to "FLAT"


Then set the speaker level to zero


Followed by the signal source boost level to zero


And finally the audio level to 30


I then disconnected all audio feeding to the 4 channel amplifier


Disconnected the sub and connected the banana plugs to the multimeter so no speakers are connected at all,
Just the mono amp feeding to the multimeter,

I then went to set the "input sensitivity" screw on the Mono amplifier to zero, but it was already at zero level :o


I then started the engine and Inserted the 50Hz Sine-wave CD which was recorded at 0dB




Got back to the boot compartment and turned up the screw until the multimeter was displaying as close as possible to 28.3V AC

I say as close as possible because the tweak is so hyper sensitive its very easy to sneeze and have it displaying 47.2V :lol: took two hands to steady it but after two minutes of tweaking were game on :) 28.28V close enough



With the Mono amplifier now set for life,
Time to finally fit the aluminium cover and badge,



Quick change of tester plugs and change of Test CD,
Going to set the 4 channel now,


The four channel amp has two "input sensitivity" controls aswell as two frequency level controls,
This enables a range of configurations which can put all low bass in rear speakers only and all higher levels in front speakers aswell as leaving all bass to the sub alone etc.

The manual provides scenario examples in the back pages to help.




Just going to set both front and back sensitivity for 4 Ω which is what the speakers are rated at,
This will be a target reading of 17.4V on the amplifier speaker outputs,

Ill do more research and find out the best settings for the frequency filters prior to fitting the cover on this one,

Fronts set at 17.32V


Rear set at 17.34V


Ive removed the sine-wave CD,
Reconnected everything,
Put volume to level 15,
Put in a CD and my neighbour two doors down came out to have a look :lol: thats not the people next door, no the people after that yo!! and his cavity walls are pumped with insulation 5H1t the bed!! :lol:
Volume goes to 40 I've had it at 15 for two minutes and my ear drums are sore to be honest.
And were still only one speaker functioning in the back as ive not yet changed the RCA cable,

In other news,
Ive been to Halfords today,
Saved 2.50 on purchasing a Vibe 8AWG amplifier wiring kit using the forum discount card,
Cost 22.50euro


Obtained the replacement RCA cable from its packaging to replace the defective RCA that's currently feeding the rear speakers,


And ive sold the remainder of the kit on eBay :)


#477793 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 19 April 2015 - 09:57 AM

Just had a quick read of the reviews for the FK coilovers I was looking at. They're on sale at 108. 120 with p&p. Some reviews say they're fantastic for the price (rrp 210). Others say they're horrendous.. so do I go for adjustable coilovers or 30mm lowering springs for £80 or eibach springs for 120.
I'm not really fussed about comfort.. it's a first car (well.. 1st/2nd) so I've not really driven anything else.. I'm after the stance.. which these coilovers apparently have to offer
I don't fancy a full upgrade. It's either coilovers or lowering springs on the stock shocks. Want a drivable stance at a reasonable price


I have some independent knowledge id like to share with you mate,
Figured id introduce it this way so you don't feel I'm trying to steer you in any way or anything,

When fitting lowering springs,
You will need adjustable rear camber bolts to allow the rear wheels to be set correctly via laser alignment,

That's how lowering is done correctly meaning you get optimum performance aswell as no excessive tyre wear.

When fitting coilovers,
You need a front tower strut adjustable caster kit aswell as the adjustable rear camber kit, this allows adjustment of the front shock positioning to enable correct camber alignment at the lower than 35mm stance.
Via laser alignment,

Either spend it on the adjustable kits or spend it on tyres its going to be spent either way,
Cheapest in the long run is to spend it on camber kits,
Boy racers go for the looks, get featured in magazines then move on to the next car,
They don't keep it long enough to see the results,
If fitting the adjustable kits and laser aligned all will be 100% no problems,

If i was you,
Id go for adjustable coilovers,
Because i personally think; 35mm isn't low enough when your rolling 15" rims that entail a 55mm profile tyre,

Your ride height on 35mm springs would be more like a 50mm height,

If you fit adjustable coilovers you can set the ride height at 25mm for example,
This will give you 35mm stance in respect of the tyres and achieve the stance you want while still coping with speed ramps.

I'm not diminishing those rolling 15" or 16" wheels neither, the unsprung mass of anything bigger on a fiesta would wreck the clutch aswell as sacrifice performance,
They are what it needs,
I'm just saying how you can live with and work with it,

May also be worth checking out powerflex website link: https://www.powerflex.co.uk/

For some new bushes, be a good time to fit them when changing the shocks preventative maintenance.
That's just my two pence mate,
There's always going to be debate on lowering reviews as some people have no patience or care to slow down and expect everything now others understand what there doing and take the time to do it rite,
When you understand you appreciate the differences.
That's not a dig at anyone please no paranoia I'm just explaining the way reviews can be quite divide.

Ok you wont be able to take a speed ramp at 50 but you will be able to take a roundabout :)
Which is more fun?
Again I'm sure you would get 50/50 reviews

#477785 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 19 April 2015 - 09:08 AM

Starting to plan ahead a bit. I contacted the seller in Germany for the B12 kit and he mentioned that it will take 10-15 days to be delivered. 
Just double checking now. Will this fit my car? It does say so in the description but want to be 100% sure.http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
Mechanic quoted me 180-200 to fit it and do the tracking. If all goes well, car should be at the mechanics to fit front discs, pads, steel brake lines, rear anti roll bar, rear camber bolts and b12 suspension kit on the 9th May. I will book it in once all parts are ordered. 


Will handle like a different car will all those items fitted,
Don't forget to purchase some eibach adjustable rear camber bolts and have the wheels laser aligned when all fitted,

The existing rear camber bolts are spot welded to the rear shock to maintain there fixed position,
Garage will need to cut these off to release the main hub,

Then fit your eibach adjustable bolts,
Here's a link to the same supplier that i bough mine: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230625566464

That's a good price on fitting aswell,
Ford garage wanted 190 to fit mine then asked for 280 after they had fitted despite me having there initial quote in writing in my hand from the previous week with exactly the same guy, lol so i paid him 192euro at the time and i said "quote paid, plus two euro for yourself to purchase a cowboy hat in the euro shop on your way home today pal, i wont be back"

I then had to have laser tracking alignment to correct camber,
Ford had tried to bill me for this at the time but they don't have tracking equipment in the garage, and clearly it wasn't done when i ended up with rear tyres half worn on the inner side:


Anyways sorry I'm goin too far in to it now lol bottom line rear adjustable bolts mate, and laser tracking,

The B12 kit seems to lower the car evenly and at 30mm front and rear it will be 5mm lower than your existing ride height since yours is currently at the same ride height as mine which is lowered on eibach springs,

It states only diesel models,
This leads me to believe that yes it is the correct kit for your car as petrol springs are too soft for diesel models,
The kit doesn't claim to fit both petrol and diesel so i believe it is the correct kit plus the seller has included an encyclopaedia of specific information,

Good price for shocks and springs together as eibach springs alone as a kit are 190 euro its not that much more for the shocks aswell.

The whiteline rear sway bar also comes with some Polyurethane bushes from Powerflex,
It may be of interest to log on to there website and see what other bushes they stock such as tower strut bushes,

Your B12 kit may not come with those and its a good time to have them changed when your changing the shocks as they sandwich between the shock and the chassis.
Link: https://www.powerflex.co.uk/
Fitting cost would be the same as the part is a rquirement, better to change along with shock in my opinion as it will be more cost effective.

Your existing 17x7 wheels with 55mm profile are a good medium between unsprung mass performance and handling,
However if you were to upgrade to an 18x8 rim would have a 35mm profile tyre the car would stick to the road and pan harder on the corners eliminating all element of wabble as the tyres wouldn't squat being reinforced side wall.

#477600 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 18 April 2015 - 05:50 PM

You started running calibration yet?
After you posted the videos on how to set up with a multimeter, I am now tempted to do the same as I have had my system for a while and never did a proper calibration. Only did it by ear. Will await eagerly to hear how your tests turn out.

Not yet mate,
I was on nights this week,
Got up at 17:00 yesterday, went to work for 23:00 finished at 07:00 went to parcel motel collected delivery of the CD's
Home had shower & shave then mistakenly took Vicki to Dundrum for a shopping spree,
I'm just home now and awake for 25 hours lol
Three cans of Monster id be cheaper drinking petrol lol

Bottom line mate ill get at the calibration tomorrow,

From my understanding of what the JL Audio manual;
The CD calibration with multi metre ensures the amplifiers are taking in the correct lowest base levels of audio,
Result being any amplification the amp then gives will be of purpose,

With this done,
The next stage would be equaliser adjustment/calibration followed by fade adjustment and sound levelling,

I could be wrong mate,
I'm a complete amateur at this stuff but that's my understanding of what it says in the JL Audio manuals,

I think this method can also be used to set the optimum watt output to the speakers to ensure there not being fed more than they can handle,
Again though I'm not 100% but ill get to know soon,