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#423618 Mobius Dashcam - Pedestrian Sigh.....

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 08:28 PM

And he would be getting the bill lol

Or his next of kin after he was removed from the car using a spatula

#423592 Mobius Dashcam - Pedestrian Sigh.....

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 07:44 PM

:lol: i didn't even see him until 2 seconds after ypu started braking mate lol lucky i wasnt driving or his head would be within the heated windscreen

#423585 Focus Titanium Mk2.5 Build Diary Has Started...

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 07:37 PM

My next mod is adding locking fuel cap module from a mk2 focus.which means trip to breakers at some point.

Sounds good,
Didn't know such item was available

#423561 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 06:46 PM

Hahaha! My fez hasn't got a turbo
Saving for an ST for 2016 when insurance has settled down a little bit

How about this one:
I've third child arriving in the next three weeks so my chances of getting an ST are non existent for real lol

#423529 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 05:08 PM

The three 4-Way speaker connectors manufactured by Auto leads arrived today from Liquid Ice
See link: http://www.ebay.co.u...73552030&_rdc=1

The link above is to purchase them at 2.99GBP in silver,

I purchased from this link selling at 3.99GBP expecting to receive Gold plated ones

but i still got silver so they will have to do, as i cant be bothered sending them back to be replaced with gold ones,
I'm sure there's little difference anyway.

Overall there pretty solid,
Not very difficult to unplug neither not stiff,

As you can see in the image below they have the polarity etched in the top aswell,


There also lighter than i was expecting,


Plan it to have:
one for front speakers from amp,
One for rear speakers from amp,
Followed by a female connector containing audio outputs directly from the head units internal 50w amp,
This socket will be available to plug front speakers in to; at such times the back seat is fold down for additional cargo space and the amplifier is not available for use.
using 2 males and 3 females.

#423372 How Much Did You Save At Halfords

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 06:31 AM

i heard that someone got 100% discount LOL i think they thought it was one of those paid top up cards?

:lol: i hope they made the most of it by saying "ow hold on there's a few things i completely forgot to get, hold the till"

#423369 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 05:18 AM

Presume that comes with everything you need to turn a laptop into a diagnostic machine?

looks like it has the ford software and everything included,
With ford VCM you can basically rewrite the whole car,
Install OEM heated seats and active them yourself using the VCM.
Correct milage up or down, install bluetooth modules vouce control, anything ford can do for a 70 pounds per connection fee you can do with VCM for a once off payment then you own it,

Only fault i can see with the linked kit is the power supply plug,
It would need to be changed to a plug that fits our sockets, but they can be picked up pretty cheap,

#423368 My Ford Focus Mk2 Tdci

Posted by Lenny on 28 October 2014 - 05:04 AM

Here it is at night

That's pretty good not blinding atall, when fitting gauges to your ST pod, before you wire them up; have a look at this guide to fitting an auto dimmer relay to the supply, this will dim the gauges illumination by 50% when you switch on your parking lights etc. Results in them being around as bright as the stereo,
Link: http://www.fordowner...-gauges-or-drl/

The new recaros more bearable for winter

They look excellent mate,
I'd love a set of those myself but theres not too many ST breaking around here and the shipping charges would be horrendous,
You may be interested in giving them a steam clean, its suprising the hidden dirt,
See my guide on Rug Doctor as saw on MightyCarMods there available to rent from loads of places, purchase the detergent separately on shelves above the unit: http://www.fordowner...g-car-interior/

#423119 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 27 October 2014 - 07:46 AM

PMSL, inches, mm,s and cm,s in same sentence :blink:  

;) easy know i do this type of thing everyday.

lol.....I work in mm at work, unless I'm speaking to the older workers then it's inches, does get confusing sometimes. :)

The old way was the best lol dont feel so bad now, i only mixed up mm with cm not mm with inches which im sure happened once or twice in your work,

I've post a thread here about a new shopping site i found:

Bought myself one of these fake stereo face plates looks much like the old 6000CD ford fitted to transits in the ninety's pretty cool the volume works the suction cup less than 3 GBP,
Here's the same item on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.u...redirect=mobile


#423116 Found A Good Shop Online Lightinthebox

Posted by Lenny on 27 October 2014 - 07:34 AM

Hi all,
Im sure we have all heard of aliexpress, Taobao and Alibaba,
Which for those whom dont know are all Chinese auction websites linking English speaking customers directly with Chinese manufacturers,
Its where eBay sellers buy all there stuff prior to uping the price and selling to us,
All of these sites have become safe thanks to the creation of PayPal.

Now I've come across an even better website called lightinthebox.com
I mentioned it to Vicki and she says lots of people on Facebook are praising it saying they saved loads of money and the items arrive 100% I'm not on Facebook personally so i didn't know.

I've found a few great deals which i will link separately to this thread but for this thread here's a link to the site: http://lightinthebox...ption=0&q=ford

Here's ford VCM module with Software for 132.50GBP :o that's cheaper then getting ford to use there's twice :)

Stealth fit reverse camera 10.50GBP http://lightinthebox...12_p575925.html

Other type for 15.08


If your not over 5ft tall you can save a fortune on hotel expenses sleeping in the back of the car:


Bought myself one of these fake stereo face plates looks much like the old 6000CD ford fitted to transits in the ninety's pretty cool the volume works the suction cup:

Three times cheaper than eBay for that item,

#423106 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 27 October 2014 - 03:57 AM

Think you need to check your tape measure. ;) 110mm mdf would weigh a ton!
Loving your install so far Lenny, keep up the good work. :D

Thanks very much Jamie its starting to get enjoyable now as there's enough items to begin to work with,
theory is beginning to turn in to practice

:lol: just realised there thanks lol
i secretly operate in centimetres when I'm alone..
However all trades men speak in millimetres so i used google convert to help me speak the lingo to you guys:)
In a bid to sound cool :lol:
I got it wrong though ok ok anything below 1 on the CM line IS ALREADY millimetres :lol: got it
I was assuming they were centimetres and converting them to millimetres :lol:
Good job I'm building it myself and not over the phone.

its spot on when I'm looking at it :lol:

When purchasing the sheet we went to first DIY store i said:
" Hi,
I'm looking for a sheet of MDF,
Need it as close in size to:
42 Inch long
15 Cm thick
406.4 MM wide
If you have it? "

There was a whistle of wind and awkward silence it was clearly visible i had melted his brain as he looked down all over the floor,
However his response was a winner

"we only sell it in sheets depth 3mm-1"inch in size 6ft x 12ft nothing smaller"

So realised "not a hope that's gonna fit inside the focus"
We retreated to the car and moved on to another DIY store,
On route to the second store; Vicki advised me to:
"write down all the measurements in the same effin category you thick"

To which i respond "fair point well made Victoria"

And i began converting to centimetres,
Got there and the layout was different more help yourself atmosphere,
either they don't have a store man
The previous place we went phoned ahead to warn of my existence :lol:
"he's headed your way"

Acquired a sheet 9cm thick was closest i could get to 15cm an i didn't want to go over 15cm
Was a tight fit in the focus but got it home,
Label says 9mm
But i say its 9cm
And google says its 90mm
Just realised there yeah lol ill edit accordingly thanks mate lol


#423009 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 26 October 2014 - 06:42 PM

Put the Custom enclosure back i to the boot compartment to obtain the exact measurement i was waiting for:
The exact distance between enclosure and the rear of the seat:



Turns out to be 35mm space between the enclosure and rear of seat,
My current MDF sheet with cavity is 18mm

So I'm gonna purchase some more 9mm thick MDF to expand the cavity out to 18mm
Now since the gap between the wheel arch and the back of the seat remains 15mm
Ill keep these 9mm slips unchanged as they span inside the area gripping quite well:


The width of the main panel remains the same at 1045mm
Only differences in short are:

I've gotta make up three more slips
1 x identical top slip
2 x half width side slips



Thus creating a 18mm deep cavity between the back of the seats and the MDF panel resulting in the overall depth of the panel being 27mm which allows plenty of space for a layer of acoustic carpet and still well clear of the 35mm space limit :)

Height of the vibe FastPlug connector is 20mm so if i can get my hands on some 11mm MDF ill take that instead of the 9mm to space it out more comfortably,

Missing my very first job now :(
Was working in a joinery,
They had a big industrial sander could type in the depth you wanted a sheet of wood to be,
Then keep feeding it through the sander until it told you it was spot on the set requirements,
Having access to it now would save me having to make do with either 9 or 10mm MDF when id really like some 11mm
Ow well I'm sure the world has bigger issues :rolleyes:
Obtaining today's measuremenits was exactly why i was eager to receive the custom sub enclosure good progress.

EDIT: this post has been edited to correct measurements :)

#422953 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 26 October 2014 - 04:00 PM

#422946 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 26 October 2014 - 03:07 PM

What you mentioned about the capacitor attached to the amp drawing the most power makes sense. Now I need to go find where I put the capacitor :P
Don't think I will bother getting the whole thing rewired to 0AWG as it's a lot of work for a system that is already working well at present. 
Regarding shipping and Parcel Motel, I am just glad you got it sorted and got the item. One to strike off the memories and learn from the experience in my opinion.

A 1.5 farad should be easy enough found mate, i sure wouldn't like to hit my foot off it when going to the toilet at middle of the night thats for sure :lol:
I once had a vibe 1.5 farad, i bought it but never used it, ended up making a loss selling it too, cost a fortune on shipping post office thought it was a pipe bomb :lol:

I've not opened my 4AWG packs yet and i wouldn't bother changing to 0AWG neither mate,
I reckon two cables feeding independently is still better particularly when one is bass only,
The pulses in the lines would be completely different,

Regarding shipping and Parcel Motel, I am just glad you got it sorted and got the item. One to strike off the memories and learn from the experience in my opinion.
Radio World, and I honestly thing they must have miscalculated this, charged me £12 to ship the custom enclosure and 2 bulk packs of Silent Coat, which made the whole thing a very heavy parcel, about the same size as the cardboard box you got! At the time, I had emailed them and they said it was the same price to deliver to N.Ireland or Ireland. So, I got it delivered to my door and it was a steal :)


#422900 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 26 October 2014 - 11:32 AM

Great read through the recent posts. Finally the sub enclosure has reached you and good to see it fits perfect. I love mine and I reckon yours will look even tidier with what you are planning to do with your install.
Quick q: how could you install 1 capacitor for the 2 amplifiers if you have 2 dedicated red power lines supplying the 2 amplifiers. I have a 1.5Farad capacitor at home that I got before and never bothered to install it with the new amps. Would it make a significant difference to the install? Amps are: mono block 150W rms @4ohms and 4 channel 600W rms @4ohms for reference

Thanks mate,
Now two of us in Ireland with the custom sub enclosure,
The enclosure was an expensive purchase to get hold of in the end additional 75euro expences but thankfully its here now,
How much was shipping on yours?

Regarding your capacitor,
Id fit it to the amplifier thats drawing most current,
In your case the 4channel Rockford fosgate 4 channel.

In order to power both amps from the one 1.5 farad cap,
You would need to run a single 0AWG fused power feed from the battery to the capacitor,
Upgrade the battery to earth 12" long cable to 0AWG aswell,
Then fused 4AWG feeds from both outputs on the Capicitor to each amplifier,
Generally subs create most draw on power,
But they say anything under 500watts doesn't really need a capacitor atall,
So id fit it to filter the line feeding your 4channel amp as its over 500watts,
In effect it will leave more power in the cars battery for the subs amplifier to feed from,
No harm fitting a 1.5 farad its capable of up to 1500watts before the battery suffers heavy draw,
If running 1000watts from it, just means the battery will never suffer heavy draw when at full belt thats all,
You could always purchase an additional Stinger 1 farad Nitrous bottle style capacitor look sweet lol


Fyi: as long as anyone can, stay away from Tramadol. The side effects are not pleasant and dependency issues arise with long term use along with reduced efficacy.

+1 mate
Im off them since 14:00 friday,
Very tired slept from 17:00 yesterday to 06:00 today,
Irritating tickle at random parts of body aswell as dizzy spells and tingling tongue,
I asked vicki to walk on me yesterday to supplement the powerful blow to the mind those tramadol give ya :lol:
Nah im on Melfen now and tolerate the pain,
Only tip at the tramadol when its really bad or ive hurt it doing somthing i shouldn't.
Definitely staying off them for couple of weeks,