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#416261 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 04 October 2014 - 06:21 PM

Next time the kids ask random questions at silly o'clock your answer should be- 'ask your mother' (then hide) ;)

And hide well :lol: your a brave man Clive,

Victoria was driving me to work at 06:35am last Monday morning,
She wss in the fast lane of the motorway,
A range rover comes quickly up behind and flashes the headlights for her to pull over in to left lane,
To my shock & aww Victoria rolls down window and puts her full length arm out displaying her two fingers towards the jeep passing us by,
All because the guy flashed his lights :rolleyes: perhaps he was late for work or needed to poo!
While the kids in the back ask: "daddy what's mammy doing? "
:lol: she blames the hormones but i dunno man :lol: im not getting involved atall might lose an ear


#416246 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 04 October 2014 - 05:32 PM

That's what I did and when it comes time to sell the car, I plan on just buying a cheap set of speakers to fit them in that space. You might get away by doing the same for the fronts if you want to. 

can't see myself selling the car anytime soon mate think ill go ahead with the adaptors for the front speakers keep the stock ones spare maybe stick em up on eBay to recycle some funds back in to the project.

Sunny day here. You planning on working on the car?

Nah mate haven't been working on the car at all,
The weather is fantastic today compared to the down pour we had throughout the night,

I've been up since 3am this morning nah Vicki didn't go in to labour yet,
One of the kids had a cough and woke up the other,
I went downstairs got them some juice,
They then wanted a Barbie dvd on,
I got back to sleep from 03:30-04:05am then got woken up by the kids informing me that the dvd was finished and "is it nearly morning time" so despite me putting on another dvd and requesting that they return to sleep they kept me awake by asking random questions every 3-5 minutes just as you would be nodding off again ugh torture lol
Wouldn't mind but there 5 and 7 years of age..
Don't usually wake up until 8am

Went down newsagents at 9am purchased bubble envelope and sent off the ford Bluetooth module via tracked mail,

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Then drove down to Halfords to be greeted by whom else but Leonard!!
I was like "dude WTF!!"
Anyways picked up some kit:

2 x 4AWG Vibe Slick Amp wiring kits
1 x Vibe fast plug connector
1 x 5ltr Ready mixed screen wash

Saved myself 13.61 euro today at Halfords thanks to the forum discount card :)

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Then spent the rest of the day going around looking at buggy's and car seat's

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Nah seriously the baby type of buggy and car seat's with isofix systems and that sort :lol:

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I'm home now and completely exhausted,
Going to put the parts in storage and go at it maybe after Christmas,

I've gotta figure out the final location for mounting the amps,
I'm thinking of creating an MDF sheet to span across the back of the rear seats,
Fill it with 4" whole saw cut outs,
Then wrap it in black carpet,
This will give the appearance of a full factory rear seat backing but provide a grid style mounting structure for the amplifier's to mount on to,
Being a sheet it can be easily unplugged via fastplug connection and lifted out if folding down of seats is required,

The holes will be hidden by the carpet covering aswell as allowing the base from the sub pass through,

So i need to finalise that theory before i begin to run the cables just to be 100% sure I'm putting them in the right location first time.


#416239 How Much Did You Save At Halfords

Posted by Lenny on 04 October 2014 - 05:18 PM

We keep going and Halford will go bankrupt. Lol

Not aslong as Vauxhall continue to manufacture Corsa's
The Ripspeed range will keep the wolf from the door at Halfords


#416145 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 October 2014 - 11:25 PM

Lenny, went through the list.
Only thing I am not sure is the spacers for the rear speakers. I hacked away my rear speakers and used the surrounds as mounts. They were identical to the front ones and the speakers fitted fine. The spacers you linked look quite shallow in depth and the speaker might not fit properly or hit the window glass when it's rolled down. Worth double checking before ordering them :)

Cool mate no worries,
Ill just hack out the existing rear speakers when the time comes to replace and use the existing surrounds save a few pounds on the process because the DEI boom mat can be put anywhere.


#416126 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 October 2014 - 09:19 PM

Thats the X8600bt tho the newest model!
Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC mobile app

 
Sorry mate,
Got mixed up between:
X5600bt
And
X8600bt
:rolleyes:
Lucky i don't work in a shop that sells them or id have just been sacked after seeing off one very happy customer paying for mid range and walking out with premium :lol:

I think going for something that will deliver in terms of sound is top of the list. Everything else for myself would be extra. Granted having all the toys like Bluetooth, iPod connectivity etc is just nice add ons.

+1
I think the fact that the stereo has a built in parrot Bluetooth system makes it easier to justify spending that bit more.
I like gadgets and wouldn't purchase a stereo that plays cassettes and CDs but i cant ever see myself having a stereo that doesn't play a CD seems wrong lol


Having spent the past 2-3 hours extensively researching the range of automotive reversing camera's

Even going out in complete down pour rain to measure the boot handle width on the mk2.5 only to find that it is considerably slimmer than the mk3 so unfortunately this reverse camera wont fit the mk2.5 as beautiful as it looks

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item5657215525

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Overall i declare this little unit to be the best on the market today in terms of comparability and night vision performance:

http://www.ebay.co.u...19667847&_rdc=1

However if like me you have dual cree 6000k led bulbs fitted on either side kicking out a combined 110watt bulb equivalent of light,
You don't really need the additional 4 LED's the above camera provides.
So I've purchased this one:
http://www.ebay.co.u...id=707790830408

Very discrete and affordable
Imitating the genuine ford reverse camera fitted to the mk7.5 fiesta as saw in image below of fords genuine camera:

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I think it will do the job quite nicely,
I am aware there are units available which replaces the reg plate light units,
They are nice but also very cheap from China, where quality assurance is not existent,
I'm quite confident that the unit i have purchased has originated from there too however:
The design I've purchased does not incorporate a registration light,
Meaning:
I only need to supply it with one power source,
I plan to run a positive feed from the reverse light feed to the positive feed on the camera,
This way the camera only becomes live while the car is in reverse,
This method doesn't guarantee the unit wont burst in to flames,
But it limits the time frame of such an event down to only while the car is in reverse gear is it in any way active.
Will kill a few hours of boredom figuring out how to run the wires in through the factory grommets prior to installing it and in preparation for stereo upgrade.

One item now struck off the list,
I'm off to Halfords in Wexford town tomorrow,

Purchasing:
2 x Vibe Slick 4 AWG Amplifier wiring kit
http://www.halfords....fier-wiring-kit

2 x Vibe Fast Plug Connectors
http://www.halfords....b-box-connector

These items are very much essential and the base beginning in the creation of a quality sound system,
The 15% forum discount card for Halfords and physical weight of these kits makes it more favourable and cheaper to purchase in store rather than overseas online shipping charges become expensive due to there bulky package size.
Again many hours can be spent removing panels and running all the cables as tidy as possible from engine bay to the boot compartment door terminating them with a Vibe fast plug socket,
In preparation for the amplifier's as funds allow.

Next item to come off the shopping list will be the double din aftermarket stereo kit available at a fantastic combined price from Dynamic Sounds in the UK complete with manufacturer specific steering stalk patch lead:
http://www.dynamicso...reo fitting kit

Followed by:
2 x DEI Boom Matt 6.5" Baffle's
http://www.ebay.co.u...08874480&_rdc=1

Ford Focus Mk2/2.5 Front Door Speaker adapter kit
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Ford Focus Mk2/2.5 Rear Door Speaker adapter kit:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3cc9be7631

As you can see a lot of boring footwork has to be done routing cables and connectors before anything shiny and new comes in to play but its definitely worth taking the time to do the ground work and install everything right first time.
My list of brand model is static but ill shop around for the cheapest supplier and chip away at the list as funds allow
I'll keep the thread updated along the way too.


#416026 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 October 2014 - 05:34 PM

I looked into those links and went back to my 2013 build thread to see which one I bought. I got them all off Dynamic Sounds UK. This is the kit that I got and I asked them to send me the Pioneer patch lead so that I could connect my head unit. I found that buying it as a kit was cheaper than getting the parts separate. 
 
http://www.dynamicso...reo fitting kit
 
I reckon there might be other sellers on EBay/Amazon selling the same kit as a deal. Would be worth googling round for it. As regards to the 2 links you provided, I am not sure that either of them would fit. Plus, they work out to be more expensive in the end as you will need other parts as well. 

  

Just had a second look at the Dynamic Sounds link that I sent you and there is a drop down option to select a Pioneer patch lead when ordering. It doesn't say the model/part number though. They are a very good company as I had issues when ordering and I was travelling to London to pick it up. They replied to an email within 30min and had the problem sorted in 1hr. The parcel was despatched straight away such that I had it when I flew over for the weekend. Very good customer service. Their shipping to Ireland is expensive though. They do ship to N.Ireland for free as it's part of UK. You could always use Parcel Motel to get it delivered to you.[/size]

Thanks mate,
That complete kit from dynamic sounds looks like a great deal everything is in it,
Ill get a shipping price from them first,
Then check out parcel Motel or ship to me Ireland.
Thanks for the link, i must read through your "2014 upgrades" thread again for more information too.

To think you where going to sell me damaged goods pfffttt...
Wonky cat eye that's at least 50% off! The truth comes out now!

But the cats got Bluetooth or blue teeth :)
Wasn't always cross eyed only that way since i projected him back out through the drivers door he evidently creped in through as saw in images.

Have you already revealed the head unit your purchasing? Have I missed the announcement? All this talk about patch leads gets me wondering


I haven't yet purchased the replacement pioneer head unit I've gotta sell the existing one to make some space for it to fit,
And eh my body for the rest of the money to purchase it.
Here it is though:
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#416011 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 October 2014 - 04:55 PM

Just sold the bluetooth voice control module,
Creating some funds to invest in to the shopping list previously linked gonna start chipping away at it :)


#415920 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 03 October 2014 - 10:27 AM

Throwing in a random cat with the sale... Your a marketing genius. Why are you not running Tescos? Lol
Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC mobile app

Nah the random cat is hanging around the house driving victoria banana's perhaps there is more of a supply demand down the local Chinese restaurant
Cash for cats or something :lol:
He just wants petted but trys to clime up on my shoulder like a Parrot and if the kitchen window is open he climbs in,
Quite a rare sight though as he is cross eyed :lol: ill try get a selfie of him over the weekend yo!


#415624 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 02 October 2014 - 11:59 AM

ICE Update:
 
I have been looking at upgrading the amplifier in the car for a while now and kept an eye for bargains on Ebay. Found a Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X4D, brand new, unused being sold by someone who didn't couldn't their audio project. It's a Class D amplifier rated at 150W rms x 4. I was the only bidder on it and won it at what I think is a reasonable price. It should be here sometime next week and I can't wait to fit it in the car and mess with the knobs. If anyone is looking to get a used amplifier, I will have my trusted Blaupunkt GTA 470 on sale. Pm me for details.

Sounds great mate,
4ch amps with that sort of spec don't retail cheap,
Done very well getting one going cheap


#415585 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 02 October 2014 - 09:05 AM




#415582 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 02 October 2014 - 08:49 AM

Revised shopping list:

Reverse camera:
http://www.dynamicso...iew-camera.html

Focus Mk2/2.5 iso conversion kit complete with steering stalk patch lead:
http://www.dynamicso...reo fitting kit[/font]
 
DVR system:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
DVR is separate can be mounted hidden in boot only small cames in front and rear window nice model.
Might aswell fit while car is stripped.
 
Aerial signal amplifier:
http://www.halfords....or-pc5-136#tab2 (This signal booster is built in to factory fitted stereos then lost when fitting aftermarket,[/size]
Need to fit an inline amp to restore signal)

Centre Console Aux port socket with USB replaces stock 12V Socket:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item5aee3de49f

Headunit:
http://www.caraudiod...ax-ez-appradio

10" Sub:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Mono Amp:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

6.5" DEI Boom Matt Speaker Baffle (Pair) x 2
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4627688ef0

Silent Coat Bulk pack x 2:
http://www.amazon.co..._=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Aerial signal amplifier:
http://www.halfords....or-pc5-136#tab2
(This signal booster is built in to factory fitted stereos then lost when fitting aftermarket,
Need to fit an inline amp to restore signal)

Replacement Glovebox AUX port for Aftermarket Stereo:
http://www.ebay.co.u...2159249&afsrc=1

Centre Console Aux port socket with USB replaces stock 12V Socket: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item5aee3de49f

Headunit:
http://www.caraudiod...ax-ez-appradio

Mk2/Mk2.5 Ford Focus Custom 10" Sub enclosure:
http://www.ebay.co.u...4216284&afsrc=1

10" Sub:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Mono Amp:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

4 AWG wiring kit x 2
http://www.halfords....fier-wiring-kit

6.5" DEI Boom Matt Speaker Baffle (Pair) x 2
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item4627688ef0

Silent Coat Bulk pack x 2:
http://www.amazon.co..._=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Ford Focus Mk2/2.5 Front Door Speaker adapter kit:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Front 6.5" Components:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Ford Focus Mk2/2.5 Rear Door Speaker adapter kit:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3cc9be7631

Rear 6.5" speakers
4 CH amp
Front speakers (upgrade to C2.)
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT


#415580 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 02 October 2014 - 08:46 AM

Haha was waiting for that Lenny haha! :P
Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC mobile app

I'll even throw in a free Random Cat!! :)


#414437 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 September 2014 - 06:28 PM




#414436 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 September 2014 - 06:25 PM

Ow just remembered
Those of you whom watch MightyCarMods will understand this one,

I don't know where it came from but here's a Random Cat!!

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#414415 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 September 2014 - 05:54 PM

Today i went out to the focus and removed the glove box in order to gain access to the factory fitted Bluetooth module which also has voice control removed from 2010 Ford Focus not compatable with Mondeo.
Part: 8M5T-19G488-AN
Cost:120euro shipped via tracked mail
PayPal: leonard.woods@live.ie

Since ill be going aftermarket i wont need it anymore.

Here it is,
Has the USB function which i wasn't aware of neither lol
Was a pain to remove two rear facing screws:

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While i was at it,
I also decided to remove the Mk2.5 Sony stereo for some photographs because its for sale aswell supplied with Manual and V Serial code:
Part number: 7M5T-18C939-JD
Serial number: V041691
Model: CD3XX-CD1-ISLAND-KW2000
Sony Item number: CDX-FS307JD
Cost: 150euro shipped via tracked Courrier
PayPal: leonard.woods@live.ie
Removed from 2010 Focus not compatable with Mondeo

The silver stereo surround is also for sale,
Cost: 25 euro shipped via tracked mail
PayPal: leonard.woods@live.ie
Removed from 2010 Focus not compatable with Mondeo

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