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#392754 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 03:55 PM

Yep, one each side - didn't want to risk unbalancing the car at all!! :D
I might even (stress MIGHT get a few bits to help me give the car a damned good clean inside and out...the Council have surface dressed a lot of roads round town :()
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ouch Tar gets everywhere :(

#392727 Should We Trust Garages?

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 02:57 PM

I wouldn't trust a ford dealer thats for sure,
Ive had various issues with them breaking two parts on me and then billing me for the replacements
But they are a franchise business you can expect to be fleeced they use our wallets as a ladder to keep them on top.

It takes time to find a good reliable mechanic,
Theres atleast four here where i live but i travel 92miles to one guy i would trust with a kidney transplant aswell as my oil changes i know im in good hands and he specializes in custom exhausts, hes a mechanic aswell and has a passion for his job,
Cares about the motor more than the cash.

#392580 Anyone Know Anyone Who Can Do Custom Exhaust

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 01:47 AM

I want to fit twin pipes to my st bumper and steaight through with possible decat to my 1.6 tdci focus but struggling to find a good place to do it will travel for right price, also would a st exhaust fot my car been offer a straight through catback could I get that welded on mine I know ill ned a hook for rear can I get one from ford
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Here are the exhaust hangers you require from ford:

2 x FINIS 1385618
1 x FINIS 1380393
1 x FINIS 1380395
Purchased from Fordpartsuk.com


They are ST exhaust hangers,
However the ST exhaust wont fit your focus because you have a tyre well and the ST doesn't have this,
As result your looking for a "duplex exhaust"
You need a 2.5" like this built up:



Now regarding decat i wouldn't recommend it for MOT purposes you would be supposed to have a dpf, id have the dpf internals removed from the chamber this will increase performance and exhaust tone,
But i recommend keeping the catalyst section in place to baffle the tone giving the impression the dpf has not been touched, but again its your car and entirely your decision.

Piper Performance Exhausts manufacture an off the shelf direct fit T304 2.5" stainless steel duplex fits from the 2.5" flexi back to tip,



Cheapest supplier of this off the shelf kit is RudeRacing.co.uk where i purchased mine: http://www.ruderacin...fm0b6r7&x=0&y=0

Surprised there over £50 cheaper than purchasing directly from Piper.


However I'm sure you could shave another £150 off there price if you're not going to be fitting any mufflers,
Hopefully these images will assist you when emailing various exhaust manufacturers in your area.
If you require any further images just ask.


#392551 Headlights

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 11:41 PM

just got car back from repiarers ,and once again they have put a chrome inner headlight on instead of black.i did warn them not to.they recon they cant get a black style one ,ive seen them about.but they recon they have been superseeded by the chrome ones.do fords still sell the black ones

I dont want to cause any upset or annoyance,

However here is my theroy,

The body repair shop is/has processing/processed an invoice to the insurance company with the price of a brand new replacement headlight for your car aswell as labour costs, paint and whatever else was required bulbs etc.
Now what the body shop done was: go to a scrap yard or get on the phone to a contact whom provided them with a headlight from a breakers yard from a ford focus to fit to your car.
They make double the profit from the insurance company claiming to have paid ford service desk top dollar for your replacement headlight.

How do i come to this conclusion you may ask?
Well if you write down your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) found on windscreen under passenger wiper
go to your local or any ford service parts desk,
show them the VIN and request a CHROME headlight,

Ford will say No "the vin number only displays black headlights for that particular vehicle"
I know this because i went to ford with my VIN wanting to purchase black headlights and they could not provide me with those parts because they were not coming up on the system as an available part for my particular vehicle,
This is exactly why i purchased my own copy of ford parts software at the time enabling me to access parts overview and obtain specific part numbers without using a VIN number i could then walk in to ford and request a specific part from a premium model enabling me to upgrade my spec outside of VIN control.

All body shops cash in on insurances,
Only advise i can give you is to "go through the channels"
Phone your insurance company and inform them of the cosmetic differences which also affect the resale value since it is visible from Google Earth that the headlights are different, surly it is the companys intention to replace what has been lost in \ like for like bases and not using parts from a breakers yard, because had the body repair specialists contaced ford with the Vehicles VIN the correct parts would have been supplied and fitted however this is clearly not the case and as a loyal customer i would advise you not to pay for the repair work until the issue of the incorrect headlight can be resolved.

This excludes you from getting involved in any sort of confrontation with the body shop as it is the insurance companies dutie to insure there customers are 100% satisfied and taken care of.

If i was you though id be goin all out Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction Style on his A.SS
Quick search on Ford Uk shows they are most definitely still stocking both headlights.



#392522 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 10:22 PM

Cheers Lenny.......think I might do it, not gets drl's though. Thinking about Zetec s grills. :)
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zetecS grills are nice mate, may be a placebo effect in my mind but i think i may have gained slight increase in torque from fitting the zetecS lower grill due to the side louvers shape seems to focus the mass air flow more towards the intercooler giving it greater pressure through its fins,
Not talking anything like the sensation after EGR blanking but a minor increase,
Again as ive said could be all in my mind, just took car for a short sprint after fitting the grills at the time and imagined torque to be a little better,

#392493 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 09:22 PM

Rofl. Yea, that Tradol is getting to ya head now. Maybe go have a little snooze or something :P

think im turning in to Murdock from the A-Team

#392476 Interior Light.....

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 09:01 PM

It was £17 and pennies...couldn't believe it...what a chuffing ripoff!! :)
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#392466 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 08:47 PM

#392460 Interior Light.....

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 08:41 PM

I got it for £32 plus postage from eBay. It's got a tiny scratch on the switch and was a bit grotty, but has cleaned up ok....and a damn sight cheaper than new. What do you think the plastic surround cost me new from Ford?
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good deal you got there,
As for the surround im guessing £25 upwards mate if i had a laptop i could tell you as i have a copy of Ecat on hard drive shows all parts and prices,
Easy for sourcing part numbers for parts that aren't fitted to my vehicle as standard,
Because when you go in to ford they ask for your VIN when they enter your VIN it only displays parts for your specific model leaving it difficult to purchase higher speced models parts,
so i had my own copy of Ecat resulting in me going in requesting specific part numbers no more "computer says No" :lol:
You got a great deal there though mate,
I recommend AutoStar on ebay.co.uk top supplier of automotive cables and connectors,
Theres a link on the forum here somewhere to download Ecat aswell if interested in a copy for yourself.

#392452 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 08:21 PM

Lenny, can you imagine going to the Halford check out till and saying "Will ya scan my Ford discount card...it's at the back of my neck!" :P
The Bacardi Bat? Really? WHY?!!! lol

if Halfords in Dundalk Co.Louth was the only halfords store left in Ireland there so ignorent id get the Barcode tatooed on the rear of my testicular sack,
Let them scan that huh :lol:

Regarding the bat i dunno man,
I drank alot of Bacardi in those days and figured if my speech became severely impared due to the excessive consumption, i could just point to the tattoo on my arm and thumbs up to the bar man :lol:

#392416 How Do I Know If Overboost Is Working?

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 07:50 PM

This is starting to sound like the new rules of Formula one Racing

#392405 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 07:37 PM

Weirdly enough, in my younger days, I had the thought of getting a barcode tattoo at the back of my neck :P

good job you held off on the idea because now you'll have one that functions aswell as looking good man :lol: im just havin a laugh, dont mean any harm, tattoo thing popped in to my head because there for life just like the halfords discount, id almost get it done myself though, ive currently three tattoos but when i was 17 i wanted the Bacardi bat tattoo on my arm.

#392400 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

Awesome about the card being for life. Well worth it, just for the sticker :P
Yea, just watched Lend us a ride Mighty Car Mods and it's quite fun. Different definitely but still fun to watch. 5 more episodes over the coming weeks. Roll on the next one :)

ill refund you the £10 subscription fee if you get a tattoo of your unique halfords discount Barcode :lol:

#392385 My Focus Zetec S Mk2.5 (In Progress)

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 06:56 PM

Yeah don't worry I've put copper grease on the hub and bolts, I work in a car garage so I've got plenty of it for all wheels aha just thinking hammerite will just give it a nice clean surface and will stop any rust in the future then apply grease over top
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ah rite didnt know you had applied it already or your occupation mate,
Hammerite lasts pretty well too, done mine four years ago and still on there, should exceed the life of the discs,
When i change discs in going to coat the rim of the new ones stop them flaking at the top aswell.

#392379 My Focus Zetec S Mk2.5 (In Progress)

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 06:39 PM

Might have to do that cause sometimes it's a b**ch to remove the wheels after not being off for a long time
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for that problem you need to apply some copper grease to the face of the hub and the bolts mate,
See the brown on the face of my hub in the picture,
Thats not rust, its copper grease,
Pick up a tube at your local Halfords or stop off at local tyre plaxe they can jack up your car and do all 4 wheels for very little money,
Prevents the wheel bonding to the hub, ford are notorious for not applying copper grease to wheels :rolleyes: