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#445616 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 18 January 2015 - 09:38 AM

#445613 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 18 January 2015 - 09:35 AM

My capacitor has a sensor feed but I think you may be onto something with it consuming too much power to stay charged!
If I were to fit a relay to the 4awg.. It'd have to be a beefy bit of kit wouldn't it? Or would it?

It would be a big enough item mate,
I've not ever saw one my next suggestion had you chosen that option would be to talk to Dave at AutoStar electronics on eBay and ask him if he could source or supply such item.
Email: Support@autostar.co.uk

I'll have to have a look! When are you planning on purchasing the 1 farad capacitor? :)

Thursday Morning :)

Atleast I can have a temporary "fix?" Until I decide what to do! The cold weather won't be helping the battery either! Poor thing!!

+1 i notice a drain on the fan blower when the heated windscreen is active,

Another bit of advise but not related to the issue:
Check the size of your battery earth cable which goes from battery to the body of the car,
It now should be the same size as your 4AWG cable or bigger,
Car Audio Enthusiasts in America also rant on about what they call "the big three upgrade"
See video from EXO this guy is the next MightyCarMods:

#445607 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 18 January 2015 - 09:13 AM

in that car setup you posted above, how many subs did you have? I see the box with the Fusion sub but there are 2 more? speakers on the side? Or small speakers? Plus the 2 on the rear parcel shelf and I am guessing 2 more in the front!

That was my first car and first audio setup,

In the boot compartment:
Had a 15" ported Fusion Encounter sub enclosure with attached 8AWG 300watt Amp.

6.5" MDF custom Sealed sub enclosures fitted with the sub speakers from a set of Fusion Encounter components, tweeters removed but crossovers in place to prevent highs being sent to the sub's.

Parcel shelf:
6X9" Fusion Reactor speakers,
Had some 35cm oval rings made up to raise the 6x9's in the parcel shelf preventing them from fouling on the sub enclosure in the boot.

The audio cabls for the parcel shelf was fished through black rubber door seal which was glued to the parcel shelf keeping it stealth looking,
Then terminated with an Autoleads 4 core plug/socket allowing full removal.

Up front:
Set of 4" coaxial Fusion Encounter fitted inside the dash in factory locations,

Later fitted the tweeters from the 6.5" components in to the doors at front of the handles.

Had a JVC single Din headunit (with bluetooth which was awful mic. Built in to headunit)
Bought everything from caraudiodirect.co.uk at the time but that was before discovering the great deals on ebay.

Overall through experimenting and testing with that ported system and having heard your sealed enclosure i now prefer a sealed sub enclosure rather than a ported.

Ported projects the sound out but base isn't tight its loud.

Sealed is lower than ported punchy and tight.

The size of the sub itself also makes a difference,
It depends on the type of music you listen to what size of sub you should purchase.

If you listen to Fast bass then an 8" is best because it can flex quite quickly to catch the next beat.

A 10" sub is a good all rounder

A 12" or 15" ported is better for R&B music where the beat is more Boom, Boom, Clap. Its capable of projecting far and wide but takes a few milliseconds more to flex.

#445593 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 18 January 2015 - 07:31 AM

I'll have a read of the forum & see what I can find about ford fair!
After comparing the audio quality& volume with & without the capacitor I've decided that for now I'm going to bypass it. I can do this easily as I have wired the vibe Fastplug male on car power feed & male on the capacitor feed to amp. This means I can just connect the female of the amp to the male plug of the car! Sorted!
Seem to be having problems with battery drain overnight.. I've had my battery tested and it's fine. I've unplugged both the amps & the cap and had no drain... As soon as the capacitor is connected there's a parasitic drain... Hmmm. I've tried discharging & recharging it to no avail
Any ideas?

there's a sensor feed input on most modern capacitors jut the same as those on the amps which shuts down the capacitor on ignition,
You may consider selling the capacitor for a 1fared which supports the sensor feed line and is more suited to your install.

Ill be purchasing a 1.0 Fared close to the end of this month,
If you would like to try it out and see if it solves your problem i can have it shipped to your address as i dont need it until March,
If it solves the problem you can either pay me for it in febuary or send it on to me and buy your own ill give you a UK address to ship it to in the event of shipping, just an idea :)
Heres the capacitor: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121530999151

Check your connections on the sensor feeds,
And check if the capacitor has a sensor feed input first,

I reckon by the capacitor being 2.0 fared its consuming too much power from the battery to maintain its optimum capacity,
Its optimum capacity is ready for an amp demanding 2000watts but your only running 500watts from it at full belt.

Another option is sourcing a relay for the 4AWG power line,
The relay would filter the line aswell as fit to a piggy back fuse on an ignition feed,
Results: the audio gets power only when the ignition is live,
This would save you unplugging the amps or changing the capacitor

#445449 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 17 January 2015 - 04:08 PM

I thought of your idea of having the 2 car side by side, with bluetooth paired playing the same song. Reckon we would scare the auld folks in the hotel with the bass!

having second thoughts on that idea mate, must be due to recently becoming a year older or somthing i dunno but i wont be cranking the tunes in public places from experience back when i was 19 see picture:


it gives off the wrong impression and generally attracts the Law :rolleyes: would be acceptable for a short duration at the Airside Retail Park where theres no hotel rooms or many static people around but i cant imagine the Hudson Bay being overly impressed or enthusiastic about a group of enthusiasts with a 2200w combined car audio outputof bass which would leave us all producing licence and insurance followed by life story beginning with the Dinosaurs,
And tell me why your telling me attitude from the cops.
I.e. ask you a question then ask it again while your half way through answering it.
I dont like drawing attention in general really to be honest.

And yea, no competition. I prefer friendly Ford get togethers we chat about cars.
Btw, off topic, have you guys seen the new Ford GT and Mustang from the auto show?!

Saw them in there own Relevant Topic Thread's
Ford GT link:

Ford Mustang link:

#445268 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 16 January 2015 - 07:33 PM

Lenny has the pictures of the meet linked in somewhere here. It was a fun day and if we get the weather again like last time, it will be good fun. Especially as Lenny should have the new sound system in the car and I'm looking forward to hearing it next to my car

Ah see now your becoming competitive :lol: i just want a friendly get together no Audiophile competitions
Your Focal 165KR's and Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X4D puts out 250W per Door
My JL will put out 75w per door that's only half your output but it satisfies my everyday requirements
I just want a friendly ford get together no competitions,

Here's the pictures of last years meet post on page:32 of this Thread:

#445147 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 16 January 2015 - 01:00 PM

I know what you mean with the Irish online sites. My personal experience is that I had no issues with Adverts so far. Done Deal is full of scammers. Never used Irish Gumtree to sell/buy stuff so far. 
As for the next Irish meet, I am totally in. Not much has changed with my car since the last meet and if things progressed, the only new mod will be the sound deadening which you can't really see lol. Would be awesome if we can start rallying the troops for the next meet. As for the venue, I second it. The Hudson Bay Hotel, is brilliant. I worked in Athlone for 1 year and know the place. Like you said, if they are happy with us in the car park, others can go in to have tea/coffee and food etc. Plus, if the children come along like last time, depending on weather, they can roam around and be entertained. 
Looking forward to the next Ford Owners Club Ireland meet  :)


Jaysus... I'll have to get me h0le in gear an get my auld hape cleaned up.... Not posting much lads but I'm in here almost daily...

Its just a bit of fun put faces to names and take a few photos of the cars

#444742 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 09:34 PM

Actually, being the impatient child that I am, I pulled the nose of my car into the garage and installed the lights lol
Peeing with rain and wind blowing a storm I persevered and got them in.
They look class, very pleased:
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The bulbs for the rings were a nightmare. Lots of swearing, my long narrow fingers didn't even help, took a layer of skin off to get the very corner ones changed.
I'll go and get them aligned tomorrow on my lunch.
One thing I noticed was the driver side light was a bit of a tight fit. Lots of fiddling to get right, sits about 1mm further than the passenger side one but only noticeable if you run your hand along the front of the light and wing. Can't see that affecting the beam pattern much but we'll see.
I'll get some daytime pics tomorrow.
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

Headlights look awsome mate,
Well worth the struggle changing the bulbs too

#444680 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 06:37 PM

Or all the frustrated girlfriends of corsa drivers rubbing themselves against a real car.

ugh snail trail :lol:

#444675 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 06:31 PM

How much is the kit with all shown in clip?
I was looking at Edge ones on ebay at £35 kit for fronts only or back .

there £190 per set mate and that's on Special :) if i bring my Granny in on first Tuesday of the month get pensioners discount, RRP. 230-250

#444656 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 05:41 PM

#444655 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 05:39 PM

Small change of plan regarding speaker choice,
My initial plan was a set of JL Audio C2 6.5" Components up front and a set of C2 Coaxial in the rear but having looked in to the versatility of the C3-650 ill be fitting two sets of those baby's instead,
Managed to source them at a descent price from a good uk supplier aswell all i need now is time and money :lol:
Here's a video of the JL Audio C3-650 and what makes them versatile

#444650 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 05:25 PM

Could you post up a pic of them Lenny? If it's what I need I'll have them off you?
EDIT: Do you have the little white clips that are needed for the screws to screw into also?
EDIT AGAIN: Never mind, I see that those clips are actually yellow and not needed.
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

Sorry just saw this message now mate :lol:
Well you have them now and they did come with the two white clips but as youve said the clips are present but surplus to requirements.

Thanks to Lenny for sending me the mounting brackets for my HU. All looks nice and tidy now.
Still haven't managed to get any proper pics of my ST spoiler fitted, the snow here is unbelievable. At least 8inches deep today, worse than yesterday !!
I took a couple of snowy snaps yesterday:
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My fiancé 's car:
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The postman dropped off a nice package today also while I was at work:
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Depo Halo/Devil/Angel eye headlights from FK Motorsport. I bought LEDs from ebay for the rings as advised by one of our many members here. (apologies, can't remember the name)
Looking forward to getting these on the car but have to wait for the snow to feck off first lol
That's all for now. Will keep you posted on the headlights.
Oh that reminds me, I got engaged over Xmas. Popped the question on Xmas morning. It's going to be an exciting year :) !
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

Congratulations on getting engaged mate that's fantastic news :)

Glad to be of assistance with the headunit brackets,
They were surplus to my requirements and I'm glad to see them live on within a focus.

Charlie brigante had a set of those lights fitted to his focus they look sweet,
I think alltronix.co.uk manufacture replacement 6000kelvin led bulbs to illuminate the rings,

A common issue with these aftermarket headlights is condensation build up inside,

This is due to them being stored in damp conditions within warehouses,
Then when there put to use the heat of the bulbs cause the moisture to condensate inside the sealed unit,

If this happens to yours;
Purchase some small silica gel bags from ebay,
Attach them to a piece of string and insert to each headlight.

The silica desiccant bags absorb moisture, so they will effectively mop up and seal in the condensation.
I once recommended this method to Charlie and it solved the problem for him, so should it arise you know what to do.

Also have you sealed around your Spoiler bolt holes with silicone?

We have no snow in the sunny south east, strong winds and rain, although cork and the west coast are coated white like you guys.

Once again Congratulations on getting engaged mate :)

#444630 Spot The Poor Vauxhall!

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 04:11 PM

The reason ford badges get wrecked is the acid from all the cans of Dutch Gold in the Saliva of all the Vauxhall drivers in your area
The scum are spitting on your superior blue oval badge corroding it.

#444597 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 14 January 2015 - 12:15 PM

Great to hear the back is doing better there Lenny and you didn't require the injection in the end. Hoping that by the start of May, you are fit and ready to get the sound deadening in the car. Bring on May  :)

 Thanks mate,
Hope it continues to improve and i dont need to go back fingers crossed,
And there's some exciting updates in the pipeline between now and May :)

Thanks for the kind words Lenny. Next time we meet up, you will have to listen to it with the newer amplifier. I must say as well that I was inspired and read up Mr_Spock's thread. It gave me the motivation to start my project and the way to do it as well. His setup is so clean and efficient. 
And I agree with you to not cut corners as the quality of the work is remarkable. Plus, when it comes to wiring, safety first as electricity is no joke. Reckon if you put it on Ebay, you might recoup some of the money back for the cables. Or try Adverts.ie

Adverts.ie from my experience with it id rather sell it for copper myself Boss!! Rather than giving out my contact details and address to someone whom would come for the bit of copper and come back for the stainless exhaust or possibly the whole car,
Its not worth bringing unwanted attention to my self, ebay is much easier i get the money they get the item,
No meets, no violin poor boy stories you want it you pay for it i ship it you get it, no snooping around or asking why i had it :lol: eff off!!
Guarantee if i advertise 2metres of 4 Gauge cable for sale on adverts ill get some guy wanting to collect it from my house,
Then looking to know why i had it, what i used it for, and when am i selling that too,
Then tell me his mother,brother,sister or son is on a life support machine but the HSE are switching it off and he really needs 2 metres of 4 gauge to assist him build his own machine in the car to allow him bring them home. So could i donate the 4 gauge to the cause so he can bring them to the beach..

the electricty has been cut in the house the government has provided him with mortgage free because he spent the dole money on drink and needs the 4 gauge for free to splice in to the Tram line.

Ya know what i mean ?
I hate DoneDeal, Gumtree and Adverts.ie now im sure there are lots of descent genuine people whom use these trading sites however i regret to say in all five transactions ive done 4 on adverts and 1 on donedeal ive not met them atall :)
Anyways rant over.

Now Speaking of us enthusiasts meeting;its 2015 and time for another forum meet,
In the past few months there's been a few more Irish members joining,
One of those members has been George from Athlone
Profile: http://www.fordowner...9-irishman1127/
We spoke about last years first meet which had a strong turn out considering it was first attempt
George apposed the Hodson bay hotel in Athlone to be a scenic central location situated on the side of Lough Ree should be a nice location for a meet.
Plenty of activities there for those of us whom have kids aswell,
The hotel doesn't have a problem with car enthusiast meets as George has informed me; BMW members get together there for meets on occasion.

Sounds all positive to me so hoping to see at least 6 members of the forum in attendance this year

However at present my focus isint looking all that presentable,
DRL Fog surrounds (SOLD)
ZetecS Front lip (SOLD)
TripleRcomposites Front Splitter (SOLD)
ZetecS Front Grills (SOLD)

Currently rolling stock bumper with stock grills and no fog surrounds lookin very sexy indeed.
My plan is fitting an ST front end i sold the items as buyers became interested,
As i know if i held off until ST bumper was fitted id find myself stuck with a ZetecS front end sitting around the house that nobody wants.
If the meet is in July/August i should have an ST front end sprayed up and fitted looking presentable once again. :)