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#444484 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 13 January 2015 - 08:05 PM

I've been looking at inverters but the prices are so high for true 1300w ones (well, 1500w so there's some headroom) I may or may not have made the holder for the pods the right size to fit the back of the rear seats...

Tell the truth you know you made it the exact size to fit,
Id purchase a 1500w and bring it to Fordfair :)
Pimpins Back yo!!

#444478 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 13 January 2015 - 07:45 PM

Cortisone in the spine....... Ouch
Hope it helps Lenny I'm not a bit jealous of that

Thanks Phil,
Well i got up this morning at 05:30 the whole family did :rolleyes: all piled into the focus and drove to Dublin for an appointment at 08:30

Now the back condition began to improve at end of November, still a low pain in the nerve but no sciatic so I've been off the medication since then,
Well one the odd time its sore after a days work but the walking 7 miles per week helped,
I figured the injection would finish it off,

So i went in and waiting room was me 29yrs old and rest were elderly men aged 80-90yrs old i was like WTF i must be bad,

Got called in,
Told em the story,
He says "wont give you the injection yet, go keep doing what your doing as your helping the condition yourself I'm very impressed"

Said " do a bit more labour in work, if you get hurt, phone us and we give you injection within 24hrs,
If pain doesn't get worse then phone us in April and we will sign you off the clinic"

Fingers crossed things continue to improve as the condition had me crippled from 1st May to 31st November and was something i found very difficult to accept given the fact its prevented me doing my job and hobby aswell as some family tasks.

I was dreading the injection myself but considering you can only have three of these injections in to the same nerve in your lifetime,
I can understand why he doesn't want to administer just yet.

I may return after sound deadening the focus but would be worth it.

#444411 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 13 January 2015 - 03:44 PM

So down to bad weather & darkness falling early today's project was to drink as much coffee as possible & make a storage rack for my tassimo! Felt strange to be making something out of MDF that's not for the car!
attachicon.gifImageUploadedByFord OC1421159477.703242.jpg
So far that's what I've got... Need to make another shelf out of 6mm MDF and complete the top of the frame out of 9mm MDF. Then in sealing it & spraying it some fancy "wood textured paint" just to see what it's like! If I don't like it then I'll just scrape it off and paint if black :D

Looking good mate,
I can see this leading to a Tasimo install to the Fiesta at some stage :)
Starting to feel im missing the taste because Coffee's not my cup of Tea atall.

#444305 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 13 January 2015 - 07:51 AM

Boy racers don't go to the trouble and effort to install Focal and JL audio components. They get the biggest 12 inch sub with the biggest peak power output and stick it in the boot to rattle the neighbourhood lol.
Your car is definitely NOT boy racer. Much more enthusiast car. Btw, I meant to say to you that you should think about putting it in the next Uk Ford Fair coz I think that once it's all done, it will make others realise the potential of this car  :)

+1 Totally agree with all of the above :) had a 15" myself ten years ago :lol:

#444303 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 13 January 2015 - 07:37 AM

Just keeps getting better with all the attention to smallest detail for the top professional finish!
I am learning from you Lenny lol keep up the good stuff

 Thanks Very much mate I've planned it out and sourced suppliers last September/October then searched again with the model number for the cheapest price as i had the funds to purchase that particular item, so far in doing this method and communicating with suppliers I've saved £400 off to total of the overall install so i suppose i can't complain about having to purchase additional cable @ £70,

The current plan is piecing together all the parts before 22nd May,
That's the deadline as I've booked off work from 22nd May - 02nd June this is when the car interior will be stripped to the metal,
Sound deadening materials applied throughout and all cables routed prior to piecing it all back together.

This is my second time performing a full sound upgrade in to a car,
My first car a 3 door starlet had:
15" and two 8"subs, set of 4" and 6x9's I've learned from installing it how to be a bit tidier.

This is my first time using sound deadening materials,
My inspiration has been "Hassan" and "Mr.Spock"
Having saw there build threads aswell as having been in Hassan's sound proofed focus "riding Shotgun" hearing the tight bass from the JL sub in the custom enclosure made me miss the sound i once had myself,
So since then I've been working on bringing it to my own focus aswell as putting my own tweaks on things.
Here's a link to Hassan's install:
Mr. Spock's:

I've built two of those carpeted MDF cavity panels as there was enough materials left over from creating my own,
If anyone's interested in it £15 Shipping and Donations welcome but not essential as its cost me nothing but time, since i had to purchase the same amount of materials to create my own panel.

Very neat and professional looking. A tad bit OCD re the colours of the wire, but I think we are all like that when it comes to the car  :P
Lenny, the flat speaker wires are the business. I like how when routing them, they fit in a very small gap and makes life much easier. Plus, they look awesome!

I agree mate tad OCD but more importantly its compliant with HSA (Health&Safety) because the cable will be carrying a negative feed best to keep the polarity colour coding correct to avoid mixup throughout the lifespan of the car.
Plus I've come way to far across past five years to start cutting corners on the build.
Perhaps i can sell the 3 metres of red 4AWG on eBay for the cost of 2 metres brown 4AWG recuperate the cost that way,
RECI would be proud of my efforts :) (Register of Electrical Contractors of Ireland) :lol:
Totally agree regarding the FlatFlex mate its revolutionary; that's 4 cores per plug,
12 cores in total feeding to the panel, had FlatFlex not existed that collection of cables alone would be 1" square clump.
However thanks to FlatFlex technology its less than half an inch with even better sound quality copper inside aswell as being very manoeuvrable.

Next Update will be last week of the Month :)
On my way to Hospital now for a Cortisone injection in to the nerve between L4 & L5 Vertebra in my lower spine owww Yeah!!

#443947 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 10:17 PM

Glad to hear I made the right choice in keeping the badge! I fitted a new rear badge today aswell! As the old one had got water inside and gone all funny

Thats acid from all the cans of dutch Gold in the Soliva of all the Vauxhall drivers in your area the scum spitting on your superior blue oval badge wrecked it.

#443945 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 10:10 PM

Yeah, guess your right there......just need to get the missus in a good mood, might get away with springs but no the whole kit as I've still got to get the Escort painted. :)

The springs can be got for 140-150 pounds mate Fordpartsuk.com
Different springs for petrol and diesel,
They raise the front and lower the rear seriously i couldn't fit my foot under the TripleRcomposites front splitter before lowering,
But i could even wiggle my toes under it once lowered :)

#443941 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 10:05 PM

Keep the badge......after all it says "Ford". What more do you want. :D

Blue oval illumination :)

#443934 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 09:45 PM

A friend just suggested debadging the front grill but im not sure what i think of it. Ive mocked this up on photoshop. I'd never do it as it looks abit plain but just wondering what you guys think of it :)
attachicon.gifcar debadged.png

If it was a Vauxhall id say YES!!

But no mate looks wrong with out the badge,
You really need to get yourself some new friends kieran :lol:

#443928 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 09:10 PM

Continuing on from Page: 65 of this thread where i completed the boot cavity panel.
link: http://www.fordowner...10-2015/page-65
And my Custom 10" Sub enclosure & amplifier panel install Guide link here:

I Took a few hours today to open up the two vibe slick 4AWG amplifier wiring kits and the 8AWG kit to piece a few looms required for the installation.
Figured by preparing them in advance it will maximise efficiency time in the last week of May.
As all i gotta do is pick them out of the box and bring them to the car.
Also should any issues arise its much better to resolve them now rather than struggling on the week.

Started off with one of the Vibe FastPlug's and the remote sensor feed,


Using an Allen key opened the fastener,


Inserted sensor feed and clamped it tight


Both ends done now with plenty of excess,

The sensor feed on both amps will be spliced together and fed as one single feed to the headunit enabling the amps to power on/off along with the headunit.


Now all previous installs I've done have been using 8 gauge cable,
This is my first time using 4 gauge cable and its massive :lol: could run a kitchen cooker with the stuff.

See image below;
8AWG on the left and 4AWG on the right



I didn't have a wire strippers big enough to strip the insulation so i had to pare it with a Stanley blade,

In the image below you can see ive prepared the Mono Amp install kit as much as possible,


It's missing two things:
4AWG Earth feed from FastPlug to Amplifier.
4AWG Positive feed from Fuse to FastPlug connection.

The kit comes supplied with 5 metres of positive feed, however the location i have planned to fit the mono Amp requires a length of 7 metres to work comfortably.

That's first item on shopping list:
7 metre length of red 4AWG cable

Next problem it the length of the earth feed provided is only 1 metre not enough for me to cut some off and use to bridge the gap between FastPlug and the amp which brings me to the second item required on the shopping list :)

2 metre length of brown 4AWG cable
To patch the gap on both FastPlug's between Amp and connector.

I have around 2.5 Metres of positive 4 gauge cable but it's red and i need brown so I'm not using it :lol: going for brown to keep things proper.

In image below:
Both kits are now prepared as much as possible,
Mono amp wiring on top
4 Channel amp wiring on bottom
They just need fused positive feeds from battery and earth patch cables


Follow this i moved on to the Vibe FlatFlex 16 AWG speaker cable.
This stuff really lives up to the name here it is next to a roll of 19mm tape; look how flat it is :)


Initially i was thinking "how an i gonna strip this stuff"
But i used a snips cutting it on the flat then pulling,
I then saw the core is barrel centre which is awsome :)
The sleeve is flat but copper is circular inside.


Each Vibe Slick amplifier installation kit comes supplied with 10 Metres of FlatFlex in the form of two 5 metre lengths,
Since i bought three kits i ended up with 30 metres plus i purchased an additional roll of 10 metres just to be sure to be sure.



I then made up the looms to go from the 4 channel Amp in the boot compartment to each of the four doors attaching 5 metres of FlatFlex to each connection.

Firstly two 1.5 metre length four core connections which will wire in to the 4 channel amplifier permanently and mount to the rear of the MDF panel



I've put female connection on the rear speaker outputs from the amplifier.
Male connection on the front speaker outputs from the amplifier.

There's two reasons i done this:
To prevent error of fitting front to rear when connecting at later date following panel removal.
Its impossible to mix them up.

I've got an additional female socket carrying 50W feeds directly from the headunit.
Thi_ socket will remain in the car when/if the custom boot panel needs removing to fold down seat making room for cargo.
Simply unplug front speakers feed from the amplifier and plug directly in to the feed coming from the headunit's internal 50w source :)

Labeled the ends of all cables and ensured all polarity matched up correctly.


There all labeled and ready to go :)
5 metres allocated to each door run and 5 metres left on the roll to run a double core feed from Mono Amplifier to the Sub.


A good days work finished.

Just gotta order 7 metre length of Vibe 4AWG red cable
And 2 metre length of Vibe 4AWG Negative cable to complete the looms and there's a blooming surprise :rolleyes: it ain't coming cheap

Positive 4AWG:

Negative 4AWG:

This now is a perfect example why people fit 0 gauge from battery to boot compartment then T off two 4 gauge feeds.
Because then you never exceed the standard 5 metre lengths which kits provide, meaning you don't get stung like myself now having to purchase a bespoke 7 metre 4AWG positve to reach the rear drivers side quarter boot panel to powerva Mono Amp.
:rolleyes: too late to turn back now, and i suppose there is cheaper 4 gauge on the market but the rest of the wiring kit is from Vibe so ill eh "keep the vibes" as Scooter usedto say back in 94

Having prepared the looms takes a lot of thinking out of fitting on the week of installation by just following the labels.


#443927 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 09:09 PM

Rockford Fosgate make quality products. I have my 4 channel amp from them and it rocks. Sadly they don't seem to be as widely available here as they are in the USA. I reckon that the kit would be a lot tidier and easier to fit. I myself with the 2 vibe kits should have considered the option you mentioned. In the end for me I did it in steps, so having two wires from the battery was the easier option. 

It's too late for me to purchase the Rockford Fosgate Dual Amplifier installation kit aswell but we achieve exactly the same results as we are with two 4AWG kits.

I still have my capacitor and still debating whether to fit it back in but I know already that the mono amp would benefit from it. I have noticed that if I have the car running and put on the front and rear windscreen heaters, the power is sapped from the car. I reckon having 2 amps in the car does have a drain on the battery. Speaking of which, any recommendations for a new battery? My one is ok at the moment but it's starting to show signs of aging. 

There's a Bosh S range or something its called,
Log on to Bosch battery website choose your car then the premium spec battery from them has a better capacity and available from Halfords whom will also fit it for you with your 15% Discount Card :)
Also don't leave your old battery with Halfords, Google search for your local scrappy and they will pay you for it ;) every little helps

The heated windscreen always zaps power when using it as it draws 40amps that's 20 for each half of the screen.

I plan on looking in to fitting what they call "the big three upgrade"
See videos on YouTube,
Upgrade the earth feeds from altanator to battery, engine block to battery and chassis to battery all done in either 4 or 0 gauge cable.

With the regards to the sound deadening, I think I will have to wait till spring/summer time to get it done myself. I reckon if I start saving now then I can afford a weekend to get it all done. 2 days to strip the car, apply Silent coat and then the Dodo Liner would do the trick. Realistically it will have to be when we move in the new house as there will be my new covered garage there  :P

sounds awesome a man Cave, gotta get yourself a mini bar and dart board to go in it aswell.

As for the Red Bull decal, reckon it will look ace. And the tablets look cool. Just remember that kids figure out how to use them very quickly and have a passcode for the Play store as my little one bought stuff on it twice already. Also, have a parental lock on it for adult content as it's far too easy to access by mistake. The tablets would come in handy for long car journeys. No need for a flip down screen then and they each have their own  :)

Ah it's not connected to Wi-Fi unless were downloading games for them no worries,
Probably no need for a flip down aswell but it looks good mate :lol:

#443750 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 10:58 AM

#443747 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 10:37 AM

I must say.. They don't realise how lucky they are to have Ed on their side.. He's a great mechanic with simple cheap solutions where they're appropriate but the know how to carry out practically any work you could think of! Then there's mike.. The man who pronounces every word as 1 syllable! I'm all for accent & lazy speech (being from Yorkshire) but he takes it to a whole new level! I often skip the first 5 minutes of the episode if I'm catching up online as he irritates me.. Then I'm zoned out watching it till the end :)
Have you watched any of their "trading up" episodes? Not too sure wether I like it or not.. All seems abit plotless
I've stopped using twitter almost entirely as all it seems to be used for us for Celebs to hurl abuse at eachother

Ed should have made a run for it while mike was on the plane,
Don't know how edd holds his tongue sometimes lol

I used to watch it a lot but now it just makes me miss my Levin lol
And mike does my head in.
I've been watching street outlaws on Discovery Turbo gotta love the farm truck :)
They go "fishing" basically stick a pizza delivery sign on the roof of the truck and ask random car enthusiasts to race for money then smoke em because the farm trucks a sleeper

#443735 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 09:51 AM

I heard the 500 to 0.5 aswell but as there wasn't much difference in price I went for the 2 farad capacitor :)
It had one + connection, one - & one remote on & it's secured in the boot! Good idea with running cables to both amps as I could do it with plenty of power headroom (assuming it's an honest measurement by BOSS and not a "peak" or some other misleading reading :)

Boss capacitors are highly regarded as "true fared" capacitors if it says 2.0 its more likely to be 2.1
I once had a vibe 2.0 :lol: bought it for a little 8AWG 250w Fusion Encounter mono amplifier back in 2006 before i got myself educated in the field of car audio,
One thing ill say about the 2 fared and higher in make sure you "tie that kangaroo down sport" that's one heavy projectile destination the front of the car in the unfortunate event of having an accident,
But anyways it had two positive outputs which led me to assume all 2.0 Fared capacitors had.

I was considering purchasing a 0AWG kit now to run from battery to boot then T off two 4AWG vibe slick kits from that because the vibe kits come with only 5 metres positive cable; I'm not sure that's going to be long enough to reach from battery to where i want the amps to be positioned,

However when i take in to consideration the cost of purchasing a 0AWG kit aswell as a fused 0AWG to two 4AWG outputs splitter,
The overall cost is 50-60 Pounds

So I'm going to measure up later today, if the existing length isn't long enough then ill purchase a replacement longer length of 4AWG cable to replace it rather than going for an additional 0AWG kit because i already have two inline fuse adaptors and crimp terminals prepared for 4AWG
It's available at 4.75 per metre works out alot cheaper than fitting a 0AWG kit at this stage.
However if i was purchasing my wiring all over again id purchase this kit instead of the three vibe kits:
Doesn't work out any cheaper but would be a slightly tidier way of installation beneath the surface.

Tablets are the way to go, especially android (I say this whilst posting off an iPad!) but yeah.. Even jail broke I find my iPad limited, android tablets thinking about swapping.. easier to print from too!
I've never been lucky enough to purchase from DMB myself as they stopped making Gel badges before I had chance to order.. Gutted! Still haven't decided where to buy from instead.. Got a few different places! I considered a "doming resin" kit off the bay for about £15 but decided against it

I bought my Daughters a 9" Android tablet for Christmas to play games on instead of my phone, surprisingly cheap on eBay, i recommend formatting prior to use encase its being remotely monitored for bank information which would explain the cheap price,
But once formatted your good to go and they do actually ship from within the UK see link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131343376922
I only use it for games but the quality is exceptional for the price.

#443707 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 11 January 2015 - 01:55 AM

Must be honest.. I'm more into wheeler dealers (quest/discovery channel)  B) It's where I first found out about hydrodipping too!
Im trading in fogs for fogs with freshly painted trim & fog surround! hide all those nasty scratches :) I'll see what they say! even more excited now!

Im interested in all those shows aswell,
But mike Brewer oh Jesus, :rolleyes: i joined the guy on Twitter as im a fan of the show, but i soon found out why he's so fat
The guy posts tweet after tweet i had to remove him from my following list as he was clogging up my phone with horses 5h1te lad.