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#438724 Got My Focus Remapped Today

Posted by Lenny on 22 December 2014 - 01:13 PM

Thanks Lenny, MFK Autocare is actually who remapped the car for me. I told them I would be up to their location in Westmeath in the New Year to get my DPF removed at some point. Do you know do they have a rolling road at their own garage?
I actually blanked my EGR valve about 2 weeks ago using your guide (very good write up by the way!) but I didn't notice any difference with the car after doing it (maybe the EGR wasn't in bad condition in the first place?) I forgot to tell Mathew I had the EGR blanked until after he had mapped and he said that's a pity because he would of mapped it slightly different knowing that.
I also have a K & N air filter fitted two weeks ago aswell.
I'm assumimg that if I get the DPF removed the car will need to be remapped again?...Would the DPF have any effect on turbo lag do you know?
A few cars ago I had a 1.9TDI 130bhp Passat and it seemed to have absolutely no turbo lag whatsoever which made it extremely easy to drive...I know it's a different car and different engine but hoping to reduce the lag as much as possible

Matthew is sound fella, remapped my focus aswell as dpf removal,
They have some awesome stuff at the workshop


But no rolling road,
There is a remote stretch outside the workshop though :)

Removing the dpf will increase performance as the increased gas flow will allow the turbo to spool quicker,

You should have felt a small increase in power after blanking egr, seems your dpf is pretty clogged,
You should see a great deal of difference once removed.

They will remap it again after removing the dpf so you can remind him of the egr being blanked then too.

The cost for dpf removal includes remap so there's no hidden surprises,
I found them very professional, i wouldn't let anyone work on my focus,
I drove 106km to have those specific guys work there magic,
And again 148km to Souhan.ie to have them fit the exhaust.

If you don't mind me asking, how much did the remap cost in the end? In a few months time, I will email them to get a quote for remap+dpf removal. I will take out the tuning box then and probably sell it. 

Cant put a price on perfection mate Tell em lenny sent ya, ;)

#438666 My Ford Focus Mk2 Tdci

Posted by Lenny on 22 December 2014 - 09:24 AM

smd blue dash conversion done :), and st glove box and vents

Looking good mate,
Didn't realise the ST had that bit of chrome on the handle looks good.
The airvents make a nice upgrade too.

St front brakes

Keep us posted on these aswell mate what's required to fit and if they are a straight swap.

Also what size Torx is required to remove the seats?
Im sound deadening in spring and need to remove my seats but i don't have a Torx big enough and need to purchase.

#438657 Focus 1.6 Tdci Loss Of Power

Posted by Lenny on 22 December 2014 - 08:12 AM

Having a strange problem with my Mk2.5 Focus 1.6 TDCI.
Of recent I find that if I accelerate heavily the car doesn't seem to pick up speed properly, this isn't always the case however it's only sometimes.
Last week for about 4 days the car didn't have the power it's supposed to and could be a bit jerky at times but not terrible either.
I drove a 100 mile trip out the motorway last Friday and on the way up car again had reduced power, seemed heavy at times and I noticed the fans stayed on for a minute after I turned off the engine.
Drove home then on the Sunday and since then the car seems back to its regular self.
This happens every few weeks and I don't know what to put it down to. Dash isn't displaying any fault codes either.
Any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated 

Hi David,
It sounds like the dpf is becoming blocked.
This results in the egr recirculating more dirt than usual,
Which will give flat spots as the dirt gets recirculated.

First thing id do is blank the egr see guide: http://www.fordowner...-16tdci-engine/

After blanking id purchase a bottle of diptane fuel additive to help clear the dpf.

On the next oil change,
Purchase a can of Wynne's engine flush and put it in before draining the oil to help flush out carbon from turbo feed pipe.




After this id be looking in to having the dpf internally removed to eliminate reoccurrence of the issue.
MFK Autocare done my dpf and i highly recommend there service for a factory looking finish,
Looks like it was never touched which is exactly what you need for future nct testing, the chamber needs to be visually present.
See there website:

You may also like to upgrade the induction filter to a K&N57s or Green Cotton see guide:

Also visually inspect the top of your fuel injectors for signs of leaking,

Common problems with the 1.6TDCi is turbo failure due to blocked dpf, carbon blocking turbo oil feed pipe caused by egr valve recirculating carbon contaminating the oil,
And separate common issue is fuel injector leaking.

If egr is blanked and dpf gutted your car will be trouble free for much longer,
Text book turbo failure is at 90-110k
I've blanked egr, gutted dpf, remapped 35bhp increase, 2.5" exhaust and now at 195k on factory turbo.
Preventative measures save money.

#438651 Got My Focus Remapped Today

Posted by Lenny on 22 December 2014 - 07:37 AM

450NM torque, jesus that must be fun to drive :)
When I'm paid in the new year I'm going to get my DPF removed as being at 104,000miles it's well past it's life expectancy of 75,000miles and although I unclogged it a bit the other day I feel it's inevitable really. 
Removing the DPF would definitely help the turbo breath better aswell.
Kye do you have any turbo lag after getting your Focus remapped? The torque comes in quicked for me since the remap but there's still a small lag which I was hoping to get rid of 

If you blank the EGR value it helps eliminate the turbo lag as the flow through the exhaust will be increased,
See my guide:

When getting the DPF removed if you plan on keeping the car for a few years; id avoid places which replace the chamber with a straight pipe.
MFK offer a nationwide service,
They will cut open the chamber on the factory weld,
Remove the dpf from inside,
Weld the chamber back up and refit,
So when the NCT rules come in that DPF is part of visual inspection you wont get caught out.

They done mine over two years ago and my emissions are now lower than a stock model :lol: according to NCT report.

After dpf removal, remapping and egr blanking,

I recommend fitting a 2.5" cat back Diesel exhaust, cost around 250-300 custom built in T304 Stainless steel including back box and tip from somewhere like Souhan.ie
Or TRW Performance:

After this there's the K&N57s induction kit fits straight on to 1.6TDCi 2008-2011 air box

And an ST intercooler is a straight swap upgrade too.

#438496 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 21 December 2014 - 06:45 PM

Take it off Take it off :lol:

#438442 Guide: Fitting Dual Camera Dvr System Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5

Posted by Lenny on 21 December 2014 - 02:32 PM

Nice, records well during the day, Can you make out reg plates ok though or is that youtube compression getting in the way? im on a small tablet just now so it could just be me...

Im on a 2.5" android phone mate,
Transferred the card from DVR to phone then upload via YouTube app :)
I haven't got a laptop but when you pause and zoom in you can read reg pretty good,
Both videos of same trip are up now,

It does well at night too,
But ive currently only the passenger dipped beam light in operation so im doing alright to see at night myself never mind the cameras :lol:
Ill upload night video at later date.

#438433 Guide: Fitting Dual Camera Dvr System Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5

Posted by Lenny on 21 December 2014 - 12:53 PM

#438405 Guide: Fitting Dual Camera Dvr System Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5

Posted by Lenny on 21 December 2014 - 11:01 AM

Guide: Stealth Dual Camera DVR system Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5

I've post this information in my build thread but figured it would work quite as a guide aswell considering the quality of the kit is exceptional.

Shopping list:
DVR System:
TF/Micro SD CaHrd 32Gb:
Piggy back fuse adaptor:
USB Socket kit:
Suction cup disc:
Super Steel Glue:
PVC Tape:
8.4mm Ring Crimp Terminal:

Where possible the above items have been purchased from the same supplier to save money on shipping,
AutoStar are top supplier of automotive electrical equipment my number one supplier throughout all my guides quality guaranteed.

The USB socket kit I've chosen has two sockets,
So if like me you have a TomTom Satnav,
You may wish to purchase this USB cable to power your Satnav from the USB socket aswell freeing up the 12V socket in the centre console:

The goal is to mount the 3.5" DVR unit hidden inside the glovebox mounted on its suction cup arm,
It can be flipped down if required.

It will be powered by the USB socket which is also mounted inside the glovebox and power is provided by the piggy back fuse adaptor pluged in to a 12v ignition feed.

The DVR unit also has its own internal rechargeable battery just the same as a Satnav,
It can be set to wake up and record if movement is detected outside of the vehicle when the car is parked, without draining the car battery,

The system automatically begins to record when power is provided from ignition,

It can also take still photo images on command.

The video quality is 720P HD
The unit records two separate videos in full screen for both front and rear camera.

The cameras themselves are quite discreet and following this installation guide will provide optimum stealth results.

So here's the DVR system and whats in the box:







Rear Camera:


Front Camera:


Standard 12V to USB supply:



Screen mount:


Now to get fitting,

Open glovebox,

Remove several screws

Slide out glove box
Bring to table or work bench.
At this point we need the glue and suction cup disc:



Mount the suction cup bracket from the DVR to the suction cup base and trial fit,


As you can see the roof of the glovebox isn't flush smooth,


I first trimmed down the suction cup base in a bid to obtain complete flush contact between base and roof:


Quick trial fit and still not 100%



[img]http://i575.photobuc... main chassis.

Using some PVC tape; attach end of loom to a hard length of grass strimmer line or cable makes it easier to fish through the Goose neck.

When through the Goose neck,

Gently remove the rubber seal from around the boot door,

Route cable with attached plastic line;
Out from between roof lining and roof of the car until all is through.

Next remove the parcel shelf for temporary storage,

Remove the two torx screws securing the side panel.

Next using a flat head screwdriver;
Remove plastic grommets in C pillar panels revealing some Philips head screws.

Remove these screws to allow s
Refit parcel shelf
Close boot door,

Rear camera now fitted inside 35% tint, not even visible from outside :)



Now installing the USB socket kit:


I had initially planned to mount it on the top rear section of the glovebox opposite the vent,


On physical trial fit though; there's not enough space back there to allow it fit,

Best alternative option was the upper right corner of the glovebox.



I haven't got the required size of hole-saw to drill it,
So I've used the bracket as a template for cutting it out with a dremil;


Quick trial fit inserting it in backwards for trial purposes,
Don't worry about rough edges because there's a lip on the socket covers it from view as you can see in images below;




Now fitting snug,
Time to remove and insert the correct way around.

Prior to putting on the securing plastic ring.



Looking very tidy inside the glovebox :)




Installing USB cable,

I had this 1.5M USB cable that came with my TomTom Satnav back in 2010 so I've chosen to use it for this installation because it has a 90 Degree fitting that works quite well with the design of flip down DVR.


I didn't like the idea of trailing the USB cable inside the glovebox as it looks untidy and liability of getting caught up in things,

So i cut out a small section in the top of the glovebox allowing the small plug pass through,


When the cable is through;
Plug in the USB to the socket,
Create a comfortable elbow on the cable inside the glovebox.



Patch inside area of the hole using PVC tape,

Then mix up a small bit of Super Steel to patch up the hole from outside the glovebox,


The PVC tape on the inside will hold the glue while it sets hard filling the gap :)
Tape can be removed after 20 minutes of applying the glue.

I then masked up sections of the usb cable,
Prior to applying some more Super Steel weld,
Then removing tape after 20 minutes,
Bonding the cable to the glovebox nicely.





Looks tidy and wont get caught in anything.
When completed and dry,
Bring glovebox back to the car

Ensure positive and negative feeds are correctly identified and attached to the USB socket:


Earth feed:
With the glovebox still removed; look inside the area to see a bolt securing a crimped ring terminal earth feed:


Remove bolt and cut the earth feed to the desired length followed by crimping on a replacement ring terminal:
Loop ring terminal on to bolt just like a washer and insert bolt back in to place.






Flip down passenger fuse box,

Fish positive feed from socket down to the fuse board area and obtain the piggy back adaptor:


Cut the positive feed to desired length,


Strip terminal and crimp on the piggy back adaptor.

Remove fuse from the USB power supply kit loom and insert it in to top socket of the piggyback adaptor:



With glovebox work now complete,
Route cables from both cameras in through to DVR unit,
Plug in camera feeds following the power feed.


Still folds up hidden out of direct view and obstruction :)

Secure all 7 screws and return all items to glovebox;


Final task now is fitting the piggy back fuse to a switched ignition live feed in the passenger footwell fuse board.

Ive gotta edit this section as i study Haynes manual in search of a switched live fuse location on the board.
Unplug fuse: F100
Insert this fuse in to piggy back adaptor,
Insert piggyback in to original fuse location in slot F100

Ill also insert images of removing panels and insert them among the text.

The DVR unit can then be flipped up and locked,
Now hidden from view and no obstruction to the standard operation of the glovebox.
It records automatically no need to touch it :)


Working on this guide across the next few days guys,
I've gotta back fill with images but we will get there by New Years day :)

Thanks for viewing my guide,
See my other guides linked on my Profile page.

#438297 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 December 2014 - 08:27 PM

Firstly Lenny and Vicki I apologise for not been on and keeping up with your situation with the little one, really happy he is Ok and home, also glad you seem to be on the mend big lad lol. Hope you all have a top Christmas and new year.
Lenny will you ever stop modding that car, I doubt it so keep up the good work.
Stay safe, well under the thumb its the only way mate.  :P

Hi George,
Happy Christmas and New Years mate,
I got your email few weeks back but as you can see things were fairly busy and moral was on a rollercoaster,

Modding is on hold now until next month but no sign of stopping just yet lol

#438263 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 December 2014 - 05:33 PM

€10 per pulse to see Santa Claus today,
If you have a pulse they charge 10 euro,
Cost me €30 euro for one picture!!
I told em he better follow through with the list or ill be sorting him out 30 quid!!
Then the obese Bastille says " ill bring you those red socks you wanted daddy"

So now; not only am i down 30 euro but ive also gotta source and purchase a pair of red socks to produce on Christmas day, because that obese prick said he would bring em to me.

Talk about landing you in a situation.

I left shaking my fist back at em...
Love does not describe how i feel..

Got my hair cut for 9euro!! And for that i got to sit for 20 minutes.
Vicki says "i was gonna ask em to give you the snip instead of socks"


#438138 Ford Focus Mk2.5 Build

Posted by Lenny on 20 December 2014 - 09:46 AM

Alternative option:
I've painted my brows on like your grandma,
Mask up the factory line that's scribed in the lens of the headlights.



#438094 Jump Sarting Vehicle Using Jump Leads

Posted by Lenny on 19 December 2014 - 10:14 PM

#437678 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Lenny on 18 December 2014 - 10:00 AM

Nice, make sure and get some pics up when they're on.
I'll be getting pics up this weekend of my new spoiler :) and clean car providing the rain/hail/sleet/snow stays away !
Sent from my iPhone 5s.

Santa beat me up then stole my wallet in the waiting area of A&E at Hospital :lol:
Highly recommend using some bathroom silicone around the bolt and clip holes on the boot panel before fitting the st spoiler,
A common problem is leaks in this area,
So applying silicone is preventative maintenance,
Any colour will do as it won't be saw, i done mine at the time too.

#437538 Focus Titanium Mk2.5 Build Diary Has Started...

Posted by Lenny on 17 December 2014 - 07:16 PM

Exhaust looks excellent mate,
They made a nice job on the spliting of the pipes should get equal levels of steam exiting on frosty mornings,
Is it silenced or straight through?

#437479 How To Fit New Front Lower Grill On Mk2.5 Focus

Posted by Lenny on 17 December 2014 - 04:08 PM

If i remove the chrome trim which is broken already will the zetec S grill fit straight in?

Chrome wont fit the zetecS grill, but the zetecS grill will fit standard bumper,
Straight swap