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#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,

#477449 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 18 April 2015 - 06:37 AM

Special thanks to Adrian at Microphonics on ebay.co.uk supplied me with an Audio Test CD containing various sine-wave tones
I required a 1 kHz test tone recorded at 0 dB to calibrate the JL Audio XD400/4 full range amp,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...m/290992900278

Not only that;
When i contacted Adrian through eBay to ask if he knew where i could get my hands on a 50Hz Sine Wave tone Recorded at 0db on CD to calibrate the JL Audio XD300/1 Mono amplifier he was also able to supply it on a separate CD
Top man indeed as its almost impossible to find.


Note: never insert a cd with 50Hz at 0db in to a full range speaker as ive been told it will blow instantly,
This is why its normally only available at -20db,
However it is OK to use on a sub or mono amp setup as long as the full range are disconnected.

#477111 Mightycarmods Build Thread: Gramps 11 Second Car

Posted by Lenny on 17 April 2015 - 02:31 AM

What paint job were they thinking of doing to old Gramps?

See Episode 11 & 12 they discuss the paint and choose the colour,

#476478 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 15 April 2015 - 12:20 AM

I quite like these http://www.rotashop.co.uk/rota-grid-17-75-4x108mm-et45-white-single-rim_p22453095.htm not sure about them on my car though 

Look good ive saw them fitted to Glanza's and look pretty good in terms of fitting them to a small hatchback car,

#476440 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Lenny on 14 April 2015 - 09:50 PM

I got a new key :)
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Got a quote for cutting and programming, all in, £75. That sound reasonable?
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

Sweet :)
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#476336 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 14 April 2015 - 06:38 PM

I'll have a look at the wheels you've both mentioned soon, I've solved the speaker I think..those sh155y connectors on the door loom!

I've got some gold crimp spade terminals for sale as part of a bundle if there any use,
I've packaged everything up as on parcel though so would have to take all,

Rota do some nice Green alloys sell individual alloys can easily fit same in spare wheel if desired,
Lighter 15" wheel is equivilent to a 13" in terms of unsprung mass with the benifits of extra grip and stability being bigger.

Also i never realised how much bass was at the start of Chicane - Salt Water
Until i listened to it on the new sound system,
Have a listen on yours mate set the bass to around +7 and speakers to around +4 lol feel it in your chest

#476262 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 14 April 2015 - 02:17 PM

All the mods have been transferred already! Except the polybushes and the wheels (of which one Is slightly bent.. possibly repairable.. I've got my eye on some wolfsport)
I hate the original wheels! I've got 6 at the minute! Haha (two from the old car got scrapped when I put the new ones on as they were knackered). They're 15"

if considering purchasing some aftermarket alloys,
Have a look at Rota there a UK based manufacturer of light weight alloys

#476173 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 14 April 2015 - 12:33 AM

Christ Lenny havent been on here for a while but im in awe of the job you have undertaken. You must have the patience of a saint to do that yourself, I know I wouldn't have the balls to take a job like that on.
Fair play to ya lad, your attention to detail amazes me

Hi John,
Thanks very much for your kind words mate,
Ive been planning this stage of the build since October 2014 it has been quite stressful at times fearing the outcome and that my next move would be a failure particularly when drilling holes in the carpeted MDF panel had the hole been off id have had to build another from scratch but thankfully it has all worked out as planned,
The only disappointing part now is that its all over :lol:
It has been a very enjoyable process its the planning and fitting i enjoy most its great to have the forum especially at this point to share the ideas, interest and to recap on the memories of the build.

#476089 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 13 April 2015 - 09:02 PM

Called them up and he was asking for 130 for the rear bumper. It's in very good nick from the pictures. Also, if I were to get the rear spoiler and side skirts, he said it cost 400. I didn't try to haggle with him and I think he might take less if I was there offering him cash on the spot.
What do you think? Worth it or not? Also, there's a guy around the Midlands who mentioned he had a Zs front bumper that needs a bit of work and he is asking for 40 for it!

Hard to say as i havent saw its condition but it should be fine if your having it sprayed cant really go wrong at that price,
Standard rear bumper in primer grey without brackets is 190
The front lip is a steal of a price at 30 when are you collecting it?
I sold mine to the UK for 175GBP

#475995 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 13 April 2015 - 06:22 PM

#475994 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Lenny on 13 April 2015 - 06:20 PM

Thats a perfect match Jamie looks awsome mate,
You should consider doing the light browe.

#475938 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 13 April 2015 - 03:34 PM

Did you buy the Sound deadening btw? 

No i give it some thought before going to purchase and decided not to bother,

How's the flip down monitor coming up?
I agree with you about the hybrid turbo. A lot of money for a diminishing return in power gains. 

I've gotta get in touch with a few company's next month which specialise in fitting roof monitors and find out which one is willing to fit without supplying the flip down themselves,
Hopefully have it fitted by the end of May,
Could have done with it past week I've spent 18 hours on the road bring kids on day trip holidays,

I've also gotta source a CD with:
A sine-wave test tone recorded at 0 dB reference level in the frequency in 50 Hz
A separate track with the same sine-wave test tone recorded at 0 dB reference level in the frequency 1 kHz
In order to calibrate the amplifiers along with the use of my multimeter,
I am aware there may be various apps and MP3's available to download for this however it must be on CD as i need to set all equaliser settings and faders to zero in order to calibrate both the amplifiers input sensitivity in order to gain maximum output aswell as set the maximum output limits to match the limits of the speakers resulting in zero distortion and zero risk of blowing anything with full range of volume control.

The way this works is:
Disconnect speaker output cables from the amplifier,
Connect multimeter probes to the speaker outputs on the amplifier,
Set the Multimeter to display to Hz or KHz depending on what your tuning.
Insert CD to headunit,
Set all equaliser and enhancers to zero aswell as faders to centre,
Play the specific track while viewing multimeter display,
Adjust amplifier sensitivity screw until the multimeter display reading matches the input reading in Hz or kHz

Next is to set the ohms,
Change multimeter reading to AC voltage,
Adjust the amplifier gains wheel to achieve the correct level of AC voltage output which corresponds to the voltage level stated in the user manual in order to achieve the correct ohms to match the speakers.

I've managed to source a supplier of the sine-wave 1 kHz test tone recorded at 0 dB
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item43c08748b6
However I'm still in search of the 50 Hz sine-wave test tone recorded at 0 dB

Once this is done i can then use the pioneer self calibrating mic to allow the headunit use its digital equaliser settings to calibrate the speakers within the self preset perimeters.

#475170 Jinjoh's Mk2.5

Posted by Lenny on 11 April 2015 - 11:58 AM

Night shots are looking good,

#475112 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 11 April 2015 - 08:48 AM

Lenny, that shake you to the core bass you feel is highly addictive. You don't even have to crank the volume that loud to feel it. I reckon, given that your amp is putting out more power than mine, you have hit the sweet spot for that subwoofer. Are you going to put the sound deadening material in the future or just leave it out? I know you have concerns about weight, but in my car with 1.5 pack of the Silent Coat in on 4 doors, trunk and bonnet, there was no noticeable drop in performance or mpg. It does reduce the ambient noise level in the car and make the mid bass more prominent. 

I'm leaving out the sound deadening altogether mate the MDF cavity panel along with the sub enclosure has helped to reduce road noise and the tweeters are pretty good at drowning out even the engine noise when I'm in the car on my own :lol:

My project is now complete except for the 10" flip down monitor and bumpers change later in the year there's nothing cost effective left remaining to do,
By that i mean the only modification left is a Hybrid turbo, only costs 1,200euro exc. Fitting is great,
However it would require fuel injector upgrade to 110bhp jets, kevlar clutch upgrade, rear disc brake conversion, Intercooler upgrade and potentially pin&tooth of gear box cogs,
Overall potentially 4,000euro expense for a 25-30bhp increase in performance, not worth the spend on that in my opinion.

#474878 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 10 April 2015 - 08:58 AM

Today was not such a good day :(
I came home for lunch and our childminder was heading out with my son in her car. She was trying to avoid another kid playing around the area and reversed into my rear bumper from the side. Damage was done and the bumper is bent inwards. I don't think it's worth trying to repair it as it just won't be back to normal being made out of plastic.
So, this leaves me with 2 options:
1. Get a used black bumper from the breakers and fit it in the car. Be happy with the fact that it's a direct replacement and will fit. 
2. Put into place what I been wanting to do for ages: Find a whole Zetec S bodykit set from the breakers, respray it and fit it in my car. As luck would have it, there is a Blue Ford Focus Zetec S being dismantled 1.5hr away from my house. I have emailed them to see if they still have the parts and what condition are they in. The Focus in question seems to have suffered engine fire damage from the pictures but can't be sure until I get confirmation and pictures. 
Lots might be happening to the car next week after not doing anything for a while :)

Id change the childminder or fit some reverse sensors on there car before fitting the zetecS kit mate,
As bad as it was, would be a hell of alot worse had it been the zetecS kit.