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#532905 Quick Question On Fitting Mud Flaps To A Focus

Posted by Lenny on 19 October 2015 - 05:35 PM

existing screw points are fine got them on mine

+1 existing holes,
Genuine work well and look great on standard focus.

Alternatively if your reading this and your model is an ST, ZetecS or RS with a body kit fitted then Ford dont manufacture mud flaps to fit body kitted models,
see Guide here for custom flaps,
Have mine fitted four years now still 100%
Link: http://www.fordowner...s-focus-zetecs/

#532178 What Do You Reckon This Is?

Posted by Lenny on 16 October 2015 - 11:39 AM

Thanks for the advice Lenny, I think I'll be ordering those then as I've noticed it starting to happen on the other side and with the evenings drawing in I'll be using my lights a lot more often.
I'm thinking of replacing the entire lamp as when I wash it, it gets condensation on the inside as well. I think the integrity is compromised somehow. Plus it's one of those things, it's only a small mark on the light but I can't help staring at it and it's doing my head in.
Problem is won't they make my mainbeam look yellowish in comparison? Do you have any recommendations for matching mainbeam bulbs that are easy to install? Then I can upgrade the whole lot at once.

I would be the same mate it would bug me too.

I've fitted Cree H11 Fog light bulbs so at dusk I cruise with parking and fogs on all looks 6000k white.
This is Cree H11 led fog lights but picture was taken with standard parking bulbs non led 





I have Osram NightBreaker Plus fitted in
H7 dipped beam
H1 High beam
there a nice white light I'm very happy with the configuration,
The Cree fogs are not the brightest in terms of putting light on the road, but they match the parking lights perfectly and look just like HID

"Pictures of lights coming now"

I'll also upload dash cam footage of lights at night when driving

#532147 What Do You Reckon This Is?

Posted by Lenny on 16 October 2015 - 11:04 AM

Heat damage from the bulbs ?
Are they standard bulbs ?

+1 mate
standard gas filled bulbs get mighty hot,
I recommend led but not regular led because the resistors get hot and fry the led chip.
these metal cased leds are currently lasting me four years
the metal casing acts like a heat sink,
black sleeve
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281214995706

Chrome sleeve
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...sd=281214995706



Size comparison: 




Nicely hidden thanks to coloured metal casing


In regards fixing the lens;
You could mask up headlight units and spray the Brower line like mine,





#532138 Battery Advice

Posted by Lenny on 16 October 2015 - 10:48 AM

Hi folks I own a 2007 Ford Focus 1.8 tdci . Basically the battery is not holding a charge very well( its the original battery from new) I've been looking at a Varta battery 74ah http://www.ebay.co.u...7&ul_noapp=true but the original battery is 80ah . Will the 6ah make any difference? Hope someone can help

best battery for your Ford is a Bosch S4 007
Same battery for 1.6TDCi 1.8TDCi and 2.0TDCi focus engines, guranteed 12.4v minimum supply and I've noticed more stable mpg from it too,
I also run alot of accessories in the car with no problems,
Two amps, wifi router, tv tuner, 10" monitor, two dash cams, Sat nav and phone charger, front&rear footwell lighting, projector puddle lights, and ambient lighting.
All no problems 👍

The battery is a Bosch S4
And the model of it is 007





#531472 Looking To Do Some Small Mods

Posted by Lenny on 13 October 2015 - 05:27 PM

Maybe go for the euro look? 15s (dub), lowered. . . there's a panel you can buy to replace where the rear wiper goes (if u don't think you need it) will clean the back up abit. remove badges and stuff?

I've removed my rear wiper before summer; using RainEx kit to repellent works well


#531334 Looking To Do Some Small Mods

Posted by Lenny on 13 October 2015 - 11:20 AM

Great, I think I'll look more into the light related mods for now. Am currently at uni with the car parked on the road so no driveway to do more detailed stuff.
I found these for sale on the forum and they look pretty sweet for the price. Can't say I've heard of the brand though:
My steels are of mixed wear so wouldn't be phased by getting alloys now.
Which plastics are you referring to MPX?

I feared you would suggest 17's

When fitting bigger alloys your effectively replacing tyre side wall with a bigger rim, this makes the car much more stable at high speeds and cornering when combined with lowered suspension

However bigger rims contribute to "unsprung mass"
This is the term given to describe the overall weight which is carried outside of the chassis.

The lower unsprung mass the easier the wheels are to rotate and build up speed.

Fitting bigger alloys or bigger brakes contributes to the level of unsprung mass which has a negative effect on performance.
now if your engine is putting out 120bhp or above;
Then 17's aren't going be be that noticeable in reducing rolling 0-60 or performance
but on a 1.2 you would notice it as car would become sluggish and clutch would wear prematurely.

Ideally fit 15" at the most.
check out RotaShop.co.UK
for a set of Rota alloys there known to be light weight as well as some nice options for hatch vehicles

#530922 Exhaust For Tdci

Posted by Lenny on 12 October 2015 - 09:26 AM

I was looking on ebay and found a twin exhaust system for a reasonable price i think, similar to an st style and was wondering if it would fit on my Focus mk2 1.8 tdci? it looks like it would but might need a bit of adjusting etc. any help would be appreciated  :)

Hi Ollie,
Welcome to the forum,
The above exhaust system will fit all focus from 2005-2011 as it's all the same chassis just different body panels.

These duplex exhausts are designed to hang from focus ST exhaust hangers,

Holes have been pre-drilled in the chassis by ford on the production line; to support these brackets on both sides of the car.

the brackets and rubber hangers are available from Ford for under 30 pounds for all four items.





Now the duplex exhaust you have linked above is a good aesthetic upgrade it looks the part.
But it doesn't specify wheater it is designed for petrol or diesel engines.

The muffler in a petrol exhaust is different to the one in a diesel, 
Fitting a petrol muffler to a diesel can damage the turbo by restricting exhaust flow causing heat build up and cavitation.

The above duplex exhaust is designed to replace the stock 1.75" exhaust system from the rear silencer back and is manufactured from mild steel which has been powder coated.
Stone chips will perforate the coating causing blistering and rust.
Overall it will last five years at the most but if you don't plan on owning the car in five years time then it's a good bang for buck item that looks the part.

However for a bit more money; 
You can upgrade to a wider diameter Diesel 2.5" full cat back duplex exhaust custom manufactured in T304 Aircraft Stainless Steel.
This exhaust will outlive every other part of the car.
Shipped from PiperPerformance in the UK straight swap. 





Choice of tips including ST replica, 
I chose Oval tips to match the Ford badge on the boot panel; 


The duplex can be purchased from Piper performance website but I purchased mine 50 pounds cheaper through Zen Sports in the UK, there also available through eBay 
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331380231845 

Piper have used wind tunnel technology to perfect the duplex split resulting in equal levels of steam exiting both tail pipes as saw on winter mornings 


#530614 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 11 October 2015 - 08:18 AM

Hi Lenny,
You sound a knowledgable guy, try this problem I have with my very annoying Focus 2.0 TDCI!
After a run between 2k&3k revs the engine is jerky, not all the time as if I throttle up it goes but is in the background. My local rip off garage has over the last 12 months replaced: Fuel rail, Injectors, Glow plugs, Removed EGR and thorough clean, leak off hoses, Pump to fuel rail hose, Removed DPF and remap (more power but still got the jerks), Battery, Alternator, Intercooler hose, Inlet manifold, Throttle body, MAF, Several fuel filters & Camshaft sensor
Well that's all mate, any ideas what is causing this !Removed! jerky drive. All engine mounts are ok all I can see is air bubbles in filter to pump hose????
When it goes jerky it sounds a little like a phut phut noise from engine as if tie missing, COULD this be air building up? But from where?
Hokus Focus

Hi Tony,
Sorry to say; I have no idea what could be causing this,
All symptomatic items have been changed,
Perhaps it's the fuel pump but reluctant myself to suggest further investment unless guaranteed it's the solution.
An ecu remap would change the running characteristics of the engine perhaps try that or speak to a local tuning company they will have alot of diagnostic equipment to hand to monitor the engine perhaps catch the problem on graph and diagnose.
If it was mine I'd try that next mate,
I wouldn't throw in towel at it because one diagnosed it will be almost new considering all parts that have been already replaced.

#530087 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 09 October 2015 - 07:03 AM

nice upgrades to braking system lenny

Cheers mate,
can smell them when exiting the car as still bedding in lol

Although there bedding in at present; there's not a huge difference in stopping performance but they look great the stopping performance may increase over stock as they bed in properly,
I'm expecting to feel an increase as they are EBC GreenStuff pads.

Ford give the car a very detailed check yesterday timing belt is due in 30,000km there's an oil washer leak on oil pump, front passenger lower arm bushing is deteriorated rear lower bushings need replacing two,
Single mass flywheel is starting to squeak on hill starts too mainly result of remapping as it's a weak spot in stock performance anyway.
so I've got alot of bits to work through in the coming months and grateful of the health check report Ford supplied which has highlighted these issues now preventing bigger problems down the road.

#529992 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2015 - 06:16 PM

Got the most out of last set of pads anyway lol
see report I'm feeling so Money Supermarket got 170,000km on first factory fitted set of brake pads 😀


Here's the new brakes and pads ford kindly fitted for me today, 👍
Very happy 




Feels alot better now and delighted with my new found Ford Dealership will return again soon.
Gave me free air freshener and everything ☺
gonna miss the orange glow from old set 😀

#529912 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2015 - 01:13 PM

Continuing on from purchase of parts on page: 87
Link: http://www.fordowner...-2015/?p=507289

I finally got around to booking it in for a well needed service.
So the focus is in garage today having a routine service aswell as the cross drilled and grooved brake discs fitted along with EBC GreenStuff pads and the Goodridge stainless braided brake lines ☺

looking forward to collecting later today will look sweet!
I'll upload some pictures tonight👍

#526601 Focus Tdci Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 26 September 2015 - 09:37 AM

Thanks for the help mAte, I decided to just put 17" on my focus because it is lighter and 18" is not advisable in my country bec of road condition.

17's are a good compromise in every aspect,

Because the bigger the rim is; the heavier it becomes
This weight is known as "unsprung mass"
Unsprung mass is made up of all rotating parts outside of the drive shaft.
So bigger brake discs, bigger alloy rims all contribute to a slight reduction in the ease of take off most noticeable on hill starts.

The positives of bigger rims is the reduction in tyre side wall,
The replacement of rubber with alloy makes handling much better on cornering and high speed as there's no squatting or wabble in the tyre compared to 15 or 16"
Bigger rims make the suspension work harder so lowering springs and big rims make the car push hard on the road resulting in optimum driving performance.

I've fitted 18x8 ST rims with eibach 35mm Lowering Springs and it handles really well can almost Scandinavian drift if pushed hard enough on roundabouts can control a slight rear slip.

But overall I'd fit 17" rather than 18"

The 18's cost me 270euro every 6-8 months replacing tyres,
135euro each

The contribution of unsprung mass is a bit noticeable in Diesel engines as well.

The turning radius of the 8" wide wheels means taking wide angle turns when driving around small roundabouts or driving in multi story car parks.
However the positive side of 8" wide rims is the stability at high speed the experience feels the same driving at 60mph on 16's
when driving at 140mph on 18x8 there's no wabble like the 16's would at that speed.

I bought my 18's from Ford purchasing one per month cost me 475 euro per corner
the look great but cost a fortune to keep tyres on compared to 17" I wouldn't get the money worth if I was to sell them and go for 17s myself so I'm going to stick with them but if I was buying again I'd go for 17's

#526489 Focus Tdci Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 25 September 2015 - 08:27 PM

Quick enquiry guys, if I put a 225/45/17 in my focus and decided to lower it, will there be a fender rub? Thank you.

no it's only when fitting 18" which are 8" wide
17" wheels are generally 7.5" wide so you will be fine.

#524487 Info On A Couple Of Mods

Posted by Lenny on 19 September 2015 - 09:11 AM

Cheers for the CC unit link. Looks good, i shall buy it from there as soon as im ready to install =]
Don't know if i'm really having a brain !Removed! but I have installed that ELMConfig, but my pc is refusing to open :S.
Don't suppose you have any experience with telematics (black) boxes? I want to remove mine as its been disabled.

I normally send out the modified ELM327 for a shipping fee of 10GBP which covers the shipping to the person as well as a self addressed return envelope.

In cases where the individual is new to the forum I charge an additional security fee of 20GBP which is fully refunded on receiving the returned item.

Total would be 30GBP via PayPal with 20GBP being refunded when returned.

So if you get the software up and running and you would like to borrow the modified ELM327 that's been tried and tested many times.

Let me know

#523762 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 16 September 2015 - 08:18 PM

I had to have a similar repair done a few years ago now..
I remember I got in it one morning over winter and put the heaters on full and it cracked in the repair.. I had a new window fitted for free the same day..

I think you've done the best thing to be honest,, if it does go then odds are it will be on the repair and you get a free window,, if doesn't and stays good then again your onto a winner

Cheers mate,
I do love Win/Win Situations I've been encountering a few of them lately in different scenarios 👍

Cars a beaut by the way.. You should be very proud of it..

Thanks very much,
It has absorbed every spare penny from past five years it's come a long way all makes it worthwhile when other people appreciate it too.