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#450664 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 01 February 2015 - 08:30 PM

Wow, you certainly know your stuff! 
 
It's not going to be a cheap job, but I'll be looking into it and costing it up. 
 
With regards to dropping the back seats I do need to fold them down a few times a year so the MDF sheet might not work but I was thinking maybe cable ties/tidy as an alternative.

Happy to help mate,
Getting to an aftermarket stage isn't cheap but is necessary to be able to fit the good stuff,
You could build an MDF panel to span across the double seat meaning its still foldable in stock 60/40 style, while incorporating a 20mm cavity for cables.

There's also fish net cable sleeve looks good,
See link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item43b5e50b25
Some money can be saved in labour costs by routing some cables yourself,

You can also improve audio response by fitting these when fitting your speakers:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

I've got some brand new carpet and cable may be of interest if you do decide to go ahead with it,
Just saying no pressure or obligations i wasn't leeding up to it or anything it may help you though: http://www.fordowner...ade-items-sale/

I've planned my audio upgrade last September, I've been purchasing parts since then with the view of completion in may as you can see on my build thread.


#450648 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 01 February 2015 - 07:51 PM

Aah so they do remaps aswell? Ah Lenny. You really are the tuning devil! Haha
You're right about the Bumpy roads in Yorkshire Vicki. I'd say about 30% of roads aren't too bad! Others are cr4p! The scenery makes up for it though.. When it isn't chucking it down

Yeah the do remaps, exhausts, alloy wheels, oil changes and breakfast rolls, what more could you want they had to kick me out last time :)


#450646 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 01 February 2015 - 07:30 PM

C3 jl audio speakers are still able to be purchased through fastcaraudio just temporarily out of stock they were selling for 190 a set i think, discuss your order with him via message through ebay.

Anyways on to the speakers,
No problem not knowing the size because you will need some model specific aftermarket speaker adaptor kits, and these tell you the size :)
No need to remove door and meassure,

These kits also come with loom adaptors simply unplug stock and plug in aftermarket.

Front speaker kit:
http://www.ebay.co.u...22847290&rt=nc


Rear speaker kit:
http://www.ebay.co.u...322847290&rt=nc

So there we have it,
Front and rear aftermarket speaker size is 6.5"

That's all you need to upgrade to aftermarket,
Any questions happy to help.

With this setup you can still use your stock cross fade and balance control in the headunit


#450595 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 01 February 2015 - 05:46 PM

Looking at the TW3 10" 400w Sub it looks as though it maybe slim enough and they also do an enclosure (Although not custom).
 
See Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c4d746a56
 
When I see I am a novice I mean a complete novice I don't even know of everything I'd need for the sound system.....
 
If I was to get the above sub would this amp be the one you would recommend? 
 
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c4d4aaa29
 
Also with regards to the JL Audio C3's fastcaraudio only have the 6" in stock on ebay but I don't know what size the speakers are in the MK3 Focus and I'd need to change the Front & Rear speakers.

No problem mate,
In this case i can show you what you need and explain why you need it,

Thats a nice sub and enclosure,
You can save a bit of money by purchasing a 5 channel amp:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121555823451

This gives you four speaker outputs and one sub output all from the same amp,
Cheaper than buying two amps and only requires one 4 gauge power supply compared to two amps two supplys.

Or two seperates:

4 channel

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c4d4aaa29

Mono amp
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item1c4d26c65c
THis mono amp is 500w tune it down a bit so it dont blow your 400w sub or choose a 300w amp

Depends on how flexible you want your system to be in terms of folding down the back seat for extra storage space etc.

If you dont fold down the rear seat,
I recommend the 5 channel amp,

Make yourself a nice 9mm mdf panel with cavity at rear of seat,
Carpet it.
Mount the amp,
All cables hidden between panel and rear of seat.

If your not upgrading the headunit then you will need two of these to convert your speaker cables to RCA in order to plug in to the amp

http://www.ebay.co.u...292206082&rt=nc

If fitting a mono amp only,
Then its this one:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3c9a9fde02

You will then need a male-male rca cable to go from 4ch amp to the mono amp if fitting separate amps:

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item566323095f

So metaphorically speaking at this point you have your two amps or one 5 ch amp positioned in the boot compartment,

Your running stock headunit,
The amp only accepts RCA input,

You have two high level rca adaptors,

Fit one of these adaptors to your rear speaker outputs,

And the other to your front speaker outputs, .

You then need to run RCA cables down the drivers side of the car from these adaptors to the amp.

The next thing you need is power to the amp or amps,

4 gauge is recommended,
I personally recommend vibe,
So here's your 4 gauge power kit:
http://www.halfords....5&storeId=10001

If fitting two amps you will need two kits

Ok so in this kit is:
5 metre red power cable
1 metre brown earth cable
Inline fuse adaptor
5 metres speaker cable
5 metres signal cable,

The red cable needs to go from your battery in the engine,
Through rubber grommet,
Down passenger side of car in to your amp,

The inline fuse fits to rear of battery box in the engine bay,

With positive fitted,

Unbolt one of the rear seatbelts,
Fit earth ring cable like a washer and bolt down seat belt again.

Fit earth to amp.

Next is blue cable,
This is a sensor feed,
When it feels power it switches on your amp,
Switches the amp on/off with your ignition to save draining your battery.

Run this down passenger side from the amp to a piggy back fuse on to a fuse that comes live when engine is running.

Piggy back fuse:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a14b1c2ff

Next is the audio cable,

So you have cut off supply from the headunit to the speakers when you fitted the rca convertors.

Audio from the headunit is now going through rca adaptors and in to your amplifier,
You now need to get it from the amp in to your speakers,

So run four lines of this speaker cable from the amp,
Down the drivers side of the car and join them in to the factory lines feeding your speakers.

Run another line from amp to the sub,

Next is speaker upgrade im grabbin a cuppa be back in 5 minutes ;)


#450538 Guide: Fitting Aftermarket Headunit Mk2.5 Focus 2008-2011

Posted by Lenny on 01 February 2015 - 01:13 PM

Thanks for that Dee, il have a look. How did you fit the mic?
What was the quality of the mic like? I had a built in mic in my previous HU in the old car and always had to shout to be heard!!

+1 i had a JVC single DIN headunit before with built in mic. Complete scuttery 5hite,
External microphone plugs in like a headphone plug to an mp3 player,
Pull out the door seal route cable up the A pillar refit door seal.


#450469 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 01 February 2015 - 08:56 AM

This is going to be the tidiest electric install in Ireland. Mine is a total sea of wires, that I can't bring myself to tidy up as it's behind the back seat  :lol:

Each to there own mate i don't feel need to justify this is how i like to do it freedom of expressing individuality,
Perhaps I'm heavily OCD or fine attention to detail maybe both i dunno but feels pretty awesome i have to say :lol:
For me as a dedicated ford enthusiast five years now and modifying past nine years; its the attention to detail and planning and seeing the plan come to reality is what i enjoy the most, making it look factory fitted can at times be a challenge but its always part of my goal all it takes is a little extra time and planning to keep it looking OEM, for me if it doesn't look factory and i cant make it work i don't fit it, and I've not rejected any mod yet :)

Lenny I got some bits and bobs for you. Send me a pm with your address and I will post it over as these might come in handy soon.

No
its cool thanks I've bought 40 door card clips myself in the last update and I've got a dash panel removal kit on the way from Micksgarage.ie free shipping within Ireland brilliant,
Thanks for the offer but No I'm all planned out.

Also, do you think it's too early to start a thread for the Irish Meet for this year?

No need to ask me mate go ahead, earlier the better you organise it chance of gathering more people, I'm happy to arrive at the location same as everyone else on the day :)


#450461 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 01 February 2015 - 08:32 AM

I highly recommend JL audio equipment cheapest uk supplier is fastcaraudio on ebay.co.uk
They give discount on large purchases I've recently saved myself 70 GBP purchasing from them,
See link:
http://www.fordowner...0-2015/page-71
I dealt via PayPal saved 70 pounds over there eBay prices :)

JL audio C3's are a good component upgrade,
Vibe slick kits are great for wiring amps has all you need in the kit,
Go for 4 gauge kits sign up to forum premium membership and great a free lifetime 15% discount card for Halfords where you can purchase vibe kit.

Jl also have a new range of flat sub's suitable for 15ltr enclosures and producing over 300watts of bass,
Almost certain connects2 manufacture a wheel arch style enclosure for the mk3

Check this one out:
http://carsio.co.uk/...&product_id=686
Maybe a misprint as the description says mondeo,
The good thing about the mk3 focus is that its a world production car, identical shape all over the world so the mods should become freely available,

Here's what this guy thinks of his 8" sony sub from ford lmao


#450367 Focus Titanium Mk2.5 Build Diary Has Started...

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 09:03 PM

yes it is, whilst driving when it came on ,  although it didnt jerk /judder or feel any difference in drive.  i pulled in a garage & checked tyre pressure & realised rear tyre had only around 26 psi, it maybe less if the tyre was cold,i had been driving for 28 miles so warm.
yunii

Mine doesn't have the pressure sensor technology,
Felt vibrations on left side while driving,
Checked wheel 19PSI in a 35mm low profile tyre.
Not only that but my 18" rim is buckled,
Nice repair bill of 58 quid this week.


#450330 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 07:35 PM

Little bit further on with fitting things together today,

Unpackaged the 4Ch Amp to size it up on the panel:

IMG_20150131_152354_zpsaokbxsok_edit_142

Looks pretty discreet :)

I then positioned the cables with connectors on the opposite side:

IMG_20150131_153205_zpsg6iwwoz6_edit_142

Baring in mind the amplifier connections will be the opposite when mounted on the outside of th3 panel i.e left will be right for the connections passing through the panel.

Ive now screwed down the three connectors to the panel.

Left plug is: front speakers output from amplifier
Right socket is rear speakers output from amplifier
And of course the vibe socket is power and sensor feeds

IMG_20150131_162237_zpslcudiril.jpg

Im now waiting on the 19mm and 22mm hole saws to arrive from china enabling me to drill the corresponding holes,
Fit the grommets,
Mount the amp and fit the cables.
ALso awaiting 0.5metre RCA extension cables to return back in to stock on ebay shop to terminate them at rear of panel aswell,

When in normal operation it will look somthing like this:

IMG_20150131_161126_zpshsbdad6q_edit_142

The extra socket saw on the left is audio feed from the headunits internal amp,

IMG_20150131_161126_zpshsbdad6q_edit_142

This feed can be used to plug in the front speaker connection;
In the event the panel with amp needs removing and rear seat folded down,
The front speakers can be powered directly from the headunit :)
simply unplug from the panel and plug in to this socket instead if needing to remove the panel.

Ive also listed some excess items open to offers i dont like holding exces
http://www.fordowner...ade-items-sale/


#450214 Ford Focus Mk 2.5 - 2015 Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 12:30 PM

Lenny, sorry if I came across as someone who knows about these things!!
I'm a complete newbie and amateur when it comes to these things!
My focus is a 1.8 petrol.
What 7 inch screen did you go for? I'm thinking of buying something similar as the my sony gen2 is without bluetooth.
What do you think of something like this.....http://www.ebay.co.u...f13=80&ff14=108

No problem mate,
The S4 is a good upgrade for economy driving in petrol engines,
NGK iridium spark plugs would also go nicely,
Since your new ill say mate people don't like having there threads hijacked :)
Ill happily discuss aftermarket headunit install with you on this thread: http://www.fordowner...ocus-2008-2011/

Reverse camera fitting on this thread: http://www.fordowner...ocus-2008-2011/

And 10" sub installation on this thread: http://www.fordowner...ocus-2005-2011/

Just copy & paste your question over to that thread.
I recommend anything from pioneer, start at 250 with parrot bluetooth built in.
I've personally got the pioneer AVH-86000BT but I'm in the process of a 2.5k audio build since September.


#450194 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 10:59 AM

Even Honda drivers hate vauxhall


#450192 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 10:39 AM

Nice one Lenny. Did they say when they can get it back to you?

no i didn't ask but i don't need it until May, I'm guessing five days via Royal mail, DMB don't charge much for shipping to Ireland as its only a hard backed envelope,  

It's on the inner wing so won't get hot, back in the day lol.....we used cut the coke, beer cans etc and wrap them round. :)
Dave done my number plates, top job he does. :)

Excellent i didn't know that mate,
I just googled "RedBull can print" and the graphic came up, unfortunately its not in English think its German but it will do,
There was one in English but the silver sections were more white than proper silver,
If you can find a can print then Dave can print it :lol: see what i did there.... Can print it.

Anyways,
Asked the maintenance guys in work yesterday if they could bend these aluminium strips when they arrive,
They said they don't have the facility's to get identical bends on both strips,

They could blow torch it and bend, but may not bend accurately,
They recommend i consult there outsourced engineering contractor whom manufactures bespoke applications and ask if they can bend it,
They also advised that aluminium can be quite brittle when bending,

So ill enquire with the company when the strips arrive.

Ultimately the amp will be mounted in the desired position at 45 degrees,
It may not be these aluminium strips that's holding it there i may have to chose an alternative material.


#450184 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 10:07 AM

Nice.....but do you want me to get castrated lol :o

Ooh Suit you Sir, Suit you :lol:
Just tell her it takes time for the remap to fully take effect,
Then fit the hybrid turbo while shes in work lol


#450180 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 09:57 AM

Don't want to be a devil on your shoulder now mate but eh check these guys out:
http://store.trwperf...php?cPath=6_90


#450169 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by Lenny on 31 January 2015 - 09:33 AM

That's is ment to look like that mate it's been modded ! Look at the camber they have got on them treads ! Looks sweeeeet boss!! Brap
(that is how Corsa owners talk)
Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC

Id like to nominate Nathan to be our FordOwnersClub representative spokes person to the Vauxhall community as he speaks the lingo,
Perhaps together we can reform some of them and make the roads a safer place :) Bwap!!