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#459056 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 26 February 2015 - 09:26 PM

I know. I don't think I seen many of these lists in car manuals before. It could just be that I've never had to look before. 
I have another question Osram Nightbreaker Plus or Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited Plus are these the same or different I can't tell I'm currently looking on ebay.
Have you got all the lights you listed fitted? If yes do you have a link to a picture?

Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited Plus would be the latest model,
Heres a picture of everything except high beam:




Cree reverseve and fog:





Silvatec bulb in socket,
Standard bulb removed,


Before silvatec:


After Silvatec:


I hope these images provide more of an insight than i had prior to purchasing any of them myself :)

#459040 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 26 February 2015 - 09:07 PM

March Purchase Update:
First item this month purchased from Garage.ie via Twitter was the Bosch S3 007 Car Battery Upgrade,

Link: http://www.garage.ie/
Also speak to them on Twitter link:

Owner & developer of http://t.co/y6e0ZyKTKC, the only online garage & dealership parts supplier that lets you view your vehicle service history online.





I have become very good friends with the guys at Garage.ie through the use of Twitter,
They are a Dublin based distributer of all automotive parts.
There currently working on there website,
When complete you will be able to type in your Vehicle registration plate,
The site will then display all available items for your specific model,

Better still; all items purchased for your vehicle via Garage.ie will be filed on your Vehicle service history within the site,
This is ideal for those like myself whom service there own motor as its easy to log on and see when i last serviced it,
Also helps when selling the vehicle as potential buyers can view the history of parts that have been put in to it.

Garage.ie are also the cheapest supplier of BOSCH S4 Battery's and i especially like the way my invoice says Lenny usually the say Leonard :lol:
Cheers guys!
Ill be in touch again soon


In my opinion the Bosch S4 is the best upgrade battery if your running a few electrical accessories,

Next item was purchased from "UpayNplay" supplied me with a XTRONS 10" HD Roof mount Flip down screen for the rear seat passengers.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331346924847








Nice little oval badge on rear of flip down screen as saw in above image,
Going to contact GelBadges.com to have a blue ford badge printed in the same size to cover it B)


Push chrome square to release screen then manually fold it down,

All other buttons are touch sensitive


Very happy with this purchase,
would have been ideal if it was available in a shade of grey to match the roof lining but when you consider that being a problem well it isn't a big one to be fair and the colours close enough :lol:
I had considered fitting headrest monitors instead but i have a few issues with them; in regards to routing cables through the seats, different material on headrests (if purchasing those with screens built in) also most of the headrest screens are "direct view" much like ATM machines the person sitting to the left or right of the screen cant see anything at all,
15" is also available but i think this 10" is sufficient not too small and not too much on the roof neither.

So I'm all in favour of the flip down screen mounted in the centre of the roof lining in front of the rear courtesy light being a 10" screen it adds to the discreet wow factor aswell :) cant be seen unless its flipped down or your sitting in the back.
This unit has a built in DVD player, HDMi input, RCA line input/output 10" HD Screen, FM Transmitter, touch screen buttons, auto dimming screen and low standby consumption,

Next item to arrive was from "RockBottom_Car_Audio" supplied me with a Vortex V-507 5 Metre 6 Channel Professional Automotive RCA Phono Cable
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251569332924





This cable is the highest quality 6 Channel RCA cable i could find which is not a mass bulk of cable,
Because this line will be routed to connect the 10" rear flip down to the headunit,
3 RCA - Video output from Headunit to 10" screen,
3 RCA - Video output from 10" Screen to headunit.
Its also brought to the market by Connects2


Each channel of this cable is manufactured identical to the other, it doesn't need to be yellow in colour to carry a video signal the colours are there for reference purposes only.

Next item to arrive was from "RhinoCables" on eBay these guys supplied me with a Gold 3 x RCA Cable Coupler Triple Phono Joiner
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140803547985


This female-female composite adaptor will be fitted to one end of the 6 channel RCA to mirror the connections of the 10" Flip down screen.
Allowing for output and input at the rear of the glovebox.

Next item was from "Simply-Vinyl" on eBay supplied me with some colour coded Dash Cam awareness decals
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291368594875


Available in a range of colours,
Nice to get the silver matching, I'm unsure if it is a legal requirement in Ireland to alert people they are on camera if you then require to use it as evidence i believe the Irish law says efforts must be made to make those aware they are on camera prior to holding them accused of any wrong doing using the footage as evidence in court.
In this case evidence of an accident.

Next item purchased was from Car-Masts-Uk whom supplied a gloss black agjustable size short aerial for the ford range which also happens to be manufactured by AutoLeads so reception is sure to be good.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360483748613



Next item purchased was from EternalCar on eBay supplied a beautiful set of Team Heko Tinted five door wind deflectors,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190829295974

These wont be fitted until after the audio install because i will need to remove windows when applying the soundproofing materials,





They should look like this when fitted:


Next Item to arrive was from ShainDistribution on eBay,
These guys supplied me with a blue flip down travel table,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111396856591
This item was a bit of an impulse purchase as i had some funds in PayPal account from the sale of some miscellaneous car audio items,
It appealed to me as its small enough to be stored under the seat, fits to drivers seat or rear seats and was really cheap,




Next item to arrive was from UniPart-AutoStore on eBay,
I hadn't thought anymore of the name until the delivery arrived but this store is in fact the same UniPart company that manufactures spurious parts for all car models,

Anyway shipping on this item was £13 or the shop had an offer spend over £20 and get free shipping.

My main purchase was one of these BrookStone 12V Heated Electric Blankets
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321677491265

Thiss 12v Heated Travel Blanket Just plug's into your 12V cigarette lighter socket,
Warms up in seconds
Size: 1.4m x 1.1m
7 ft. cord reaches back seats Comfortable 100% polyester fleece Navy blue White Check looks as if ford made it,
Has a built in timer which automatically turns off heat after 45 minutes for safety Energy-saving 4 amp power usage Easy to clean Can also be used as a normal blanket,
Very light for keeping in the car 24/7 if like myself at some point you require to sleep in the car, this item would be a very welcome item indeed :lol:




Now to qualify for free shipping on this item i purchased a set of Osram NightBreaker Plus H7 at £15 as its the only other item in the shop that i would make good use out of end result cost me £2.00 extra
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221698559544


They very kindly threw in a free gift:


Next item was from local Aldi Store,
Picked up two packs of scissors for use when applying the sound deadening material,
I've been told by others whom have used it before; it eats through scissor blades,
So figured two packs of these would be cheapest option while they were on offer.


Next Delivery of this month then was from "AutoStar"
Supplied me with the following items:
6 Metres 15Amp Cable
(Sold per 1 Metre, Qty:4 = 4 Metres)

This will be used to route power from an ignition positive feed to the flip down screen.


4 Metres 10Amp Cable
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item27bd5915eb
(Sold per 2 Metre Qty:2 = 4Metres)


A single Core (black line) of this will be used to route an interior light positive feed from an interior back light feed to the flip down screen allowing the screen to automatically dim at night when parking lights are activated.

Mini Blade Piggy Back Fuse
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a14b1c2ff


This item will be used to connect the screens positive power feed to an ignition live source in the passenger footwell fuse board.
The only cables left to address on the screen then is the courtesy light feeds; they can be spliced in to the neighbouring interior light so there is no need to purchase additional cable for those.

Final item from AutoStar would have been a 12V rocker switch to filter the power feeding to the flip down,
Fit the switch to the drivers footwell allowing power to be cut off to the flip down for various reasons that the driver may require to stop the screen in the rear from function.

However I've already got a 12v rocker switch fitted in this location from the time i had the DRL's fitted see picture:


Next delivery was from fellow forum member "JC600"
Supplied me with a PlayStation 2 in excellent condition aswell as a load of great games,
JC600 (Jamie) must be Tetris World Champion managed to package all of this so nicely in to an A4 paper bale box all 100%






Ow yes; this PlayStation 2 will be fitted to the focus via a 12Volt DC to 8.5Volt DC adaptor
See link: http://www.powerstream.com/dc-ps2.htm

Which i have purchased as a temperary meassure,


im considering a more stable hard wired adaptor see link: http://www.powerstream.com/dc-ps2.htm
The permanent DC-DC would be better as its current wouldn't fluctuate with engine revs but must be imported from America,


Next item to arrive was from
Supplied me with a 3 Metre PlayStation 2 RCA cable
See link:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171079136887 using this one for the car fitment,


Next item purchased was from "lakeyx101" on eBay,
Supplied me with an RCA input selectable splitter
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351257658870



This item combined with the next item purchased: three Male-Male RCA plugs from "lets-buy-cables" on eBay
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251520243905


These will be used to connect the above double input adaptor to the previously purchased Aux input socket line of the Pioneer AVH8600BT Headunit,


The beauty of the AUX input to the headunit is; it will display the video signal aswell as mirror the screen on its output line,
The 6 channel RCA will carry a mirror image from the headunit to the 10" rear screen,

The RCA selector will have an input from the 10" screen dvd player,
The second input to the RCA selector will be the TV Tuner box,
The TV tuner box also accepts an input:

This means the PlayStation 2 can be connected to the TV Tuner box then the TV tuner connects to the RCA splitter as a primary input.
This input displays as "AUX" on the headunit and the headunit then mirrors the screen on to the rear 10" flip down monitor :)

The only time it would be required to switch the splitter to "RCA INPUT 2" is if there was a DVD playing in the 10" monitor player and i wanted to view it in front aswell as its audio.


Took some planning to figure all this out but got there in the end lol three output sources and two monitors takes a bit of planning to get them all to work simultaneously without the need to be switching cables etc.

Next item purchased was of course from "best-4-U-1" on eBay these guys supplied me with XTRONS Dual Antenna DVB Automotive Tuner
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171357893011






I wasn't expecting to see this cable inside,
Its an adaptor which allows visual output to a further two screens.


Infrared receiver,
Will mount this in the recess vent of the stock Bluetooth microphone so it will receive signal from remote in both front and rear seats.


The two amplified aerials are like rubber whips,
Stick to front and rear windows


Nice little remote:


Input side:


Output side:


Sweet! :)

It displays MPEG-2 which is very important for Ireland as we broadcast in MPEG-2 Format but the UK broadcasts in MPEG-4 Format,
Thankfully this unit supports both formats aswell as live pause and record via USB :lol: live pause television in the car LMFAO!

The RCA cable supplied with the kit is good but for a few extra penny's i logged on to "red9090" on eBay purchased a 1 metre "Gold plated triple RCA Cable"
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380986583700

"insert image"

The only DVB unit i saw that may be somewhat better than this was the Quad Channel from Australia Mate link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141454509527
Only better as it has four Aerials apposed to mine which has two.

There was some debate as to where should the PlayStation 2 be fitted,
In the boot compartment or on the parcel shelf,

Well I've had a good think about the practicality of positioning and decided its best to go inside the glovebox where the passenger can easily change games while on the move.

The Joypads wont be permanently fitted to the PlayStation,
I have purchased two extension cables from "Suntekstore_Uk" on eBay
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400662806106



Not sure what this yellow sticker on the outer packaging is all about here's a picture of it:
Also the deceleration is 100% correct.



These two extension cables will be permanently connected to the PlayStation 2 hidden inside the glovebox,
These cables will then be run under the carpet to appear under the drivers and passenger seats as sockets for the joy pads to be plugged in to from either the front or back seat when the PlayStation 2 is in use :) all will appear completly OEM

Final delivery was from forum member Dee_82 (Darren) supplied me with some Genuine Focus fog surrounds,


Ive been rolling without fog surrounds since i sold the drl fog surrounds last October,
This didnt bother me much because people generally only see the back of the focus far ahead in the distance Pfff :lol:
The ZetecS front lip, TripleRcomposites front Splitter and ZetecS grills have all been sold across the months as buyers became interested because the plan is changing front panel to an ST later in the year and i didnt want to be left with excess parts after change.




Again special thanks to Parcel Motel again this month for
delivering all of these items efficiently and in one piece no loss or damage to
I'm sure the processing staff in Parcel Motel Antrim are
cursing my name as they process them through there system,
so as a token of my gratitude to the process staff at Parcel Motel in the Antrim Depot; I took it upon myself to log on to eBay and have a Chocolate bar hamper sent to the
processing staff at parcel motel in Antrim along with a cover letter expressing my gratitude to the people operating below and outside of the office.
They have saved me well over 200GBP in the piecing together of this build and for that they deserve some thanks.
Here's a link to the seller of the hampers I highly
recommend this service aswell as Parcel Motel: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121481345726
I just hope Parcel Motel don't forward me on the empty
box of wrappers with a thank you note as that will cost me another 4.50 euro

Very nice of them to mention receipt of this gift on Twitter:

Parcel Motel (@ParcelMotel) tweeted at 10:58 AM on Tue, Mar 03, 2015:
Thank you SO much @woodslenny for the delicious chocolate. The Parcel Motel team are on a sugar high today! http://t.co/K32zFuC7MT

That's this months purchase update complete guys and thanks for reading :)

#458085 Focus Titanium Mk2.5 Build Diary Has Started...

Posted by Lenny on 24 February 2015 - 11:08 AM

I have rainsport 2's on the back.still like new.

how many miles do you get before the plastic wrap wears off?

#457851 Playstation 2 In The Car, Should I Fit?

Posted by Lenny on 23 February 2015 - 07:22 PM

Nice haul there! I gave mine away to a friend with about 100 or more games! They are still good fun. Hope the children like their new console and leave you to drive in peace on long journeys  :)
If I were to have games in my car in the future, I would do something a bit different and have a Raspberry Pi, running Android and wireless bluetooth controllers. That way, any game in the Play Store for Android would be available to load onto the Raspberry Pi. Just a thought. 

Sounds good mate,
Easily add a 3G router to the glovebox for online browsing

#457835 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 23 February 2015 - 06:32 PM

Short Progress Update:
The M5 x 40 black Allen Head bolts Have arrived today from Demon Motorsport on eBay
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151211574998


as i mentioned in a previous post;
I initially purchased the wrong length of these and as result I was unable to complete the mounting of the 4 Channel Amplifier to the Carpeted MDF Panel,
Thankfully the 4 Channel Amp and panel is now complete thanks to their arrival.

Aluminium 8mm Bushes fitted like washers to bolts between amplifier and carpet allowing for maximum air flow,
The cavity panel is now fully complete.



Fitted M5 Stainless Nylon Insert lock nuts followed by plastic M5 Dome head cap to head of bolt which prevents risk of cutting in to cables



Quick trial fit in the car :)
Ill fit the brushed aluminium panel to the amp at a later date when its been permanently fitted.





Fantastic Start to the week :)

#457717 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 23 February 2015 - 10:03 AM

Been considering what to use the old phone for as it's not in a resell able state...
Girlfriend suggested taking advantage of the fact that iPhones have half decent GPS..
Just been having a browse at Sim only, data only tariffs... About £20 a year.
Thoughts on hiding the phone wired into a switched live so it charges when the ignitions on.. Then having it there ready to be tracked via "find my iphone" If the car gets robbed

If your Pioneer headunit supports Apple CarPlay,
It will mirror the phone screen ;)

#457459 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 22 February 2015 - 02:09 PM

Hmmm.... I'd say an inch, inch & a half? Pushing it at two but if I did that I would force myself to slam it!
As for the phone situation.. HTC One M8 Coming tomorrow :D

Experement with some cardboard and a stanley blade mate,
Then yes deffo gotta slam it on some 15" green rotas

#457383 Help Hard-Wiring Dashcam

Posted by Lenny on 22 February 2015 - 10:27 AM

3 amp will be fine, I think that's the lowest size blade fuse you can get.

Found some 1 amp
Good for bridging gaps between brain cells i suppose :) dunno anything else that has such a low draw of current.

1 amp Mini Fuse:

2 Amp Mini fuse:

#457368 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 22 February 2015 - 09:39 AM

Somebody's just mentioned that the arches are rolled from the factory?
If so, does that mean I can't abuse them with that tool?

That statement is true if you watch "how its made" you will see the whole car is rolled out of metal by the factory :lol:
Theres nothing to stop them being rolled out further which creates a bigger arch.

#457366 Help Hard-Wiring Dashcam

Posted by Lenny on 22 February 2015 - 09:34 AM

That's what I thought too, although the hardwire kit has a transformer which will probably use a bit more. Still even if I put a 5 amp fuse in, that would allow up to 60W which is probably 10x more than it needs lol.
I think all I'll need to do is go buy a fuse and stick it in the spare slot on the piggy back holder. The mechanic probably did the job 99% right, and just didn't know the piggy back holder needed a fuse in each slot.

Do you reckon you could get your money back under those circumstances?
Still great to get it sorted though.

#457288 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 21 February 2015 - 11:25 PM

#457286 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 21 February 2015 - 11:23 PM

That's a good price! But I need a phone with a bit of umph behind it.. Hence whhy I'm sick of iPhones ;) ahah!
Need to start reading some reviews!! Definitely don't want a samsung though.. Horrible things
Would this do it? http://pages.ebay.co...id=370992236201

Yep thats the job mate,
Auction one here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291384782200
MighyyCarMods also done a video on arch rolling:

#457281 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 21 February 2015 - 11:08 PM

Girlfriend dropped my phone today and screen's shattered and it's £50 to buy out my contract now...
So, android here I come! Is ther a FOC app for android? If so, does it actually work?

There is but in my opinion its designed by vauxhall lol i dont use it atall,
My phone cost me 30 euro 3" android based alkatel pay as you go with vodafone,
Ive been using it for all internet access since december 2013 and still going strong today,
Done guides and everything on here with it since 2013 and it only cost me 30 euro :)

Also, my rear arches are catching the tyres & I'm determined to keep the axle spacers fitted.. So out comes the hammer... And the arches ;)

Pick up an arch roller on ebay,
Bolt on to the hub instead of the wheel and rolls out the arch mate,

#457257 Playstation 2 In The Car, Should I Fit?

Posted by Lenny on 21 February 2015 - 10:30 PM

Sounds ok to me, never posted to Northern Ireland before though, so you'll have to find the courier company for me. :)

same as a uk address mate has a post code and everything same as shipping within the uk,
Its parcel motel, they will receive it on my behalf then ship it to republic, works out cheaper than shipping directly ill pm you address.

Parcel2go.com may be easiest for you,
Just package it up,
Weigh it on bathroom scales and measure it,
Enter details on there website to receive a range of quotes,
Select cheapest quote,
Pay via PayPal using funds i will send you,
They then give you a barcode to print and attach to the parcel,
The selected courier will call and collect the parcel from your house,
I then get an automated email to say its been collected.

#457243 Playstation 2 In The Car, Should I Fit?

Posted by Lenny on 21 February 2015 - 09:54 PM

Yeah mate lol......it's been in the loft for a few years, so time to get rid...my son has a xbox 360. And I don't have time to play it.
Make me a offer, don't know what it's worth.

60 GBP without the football games shipped to Northern Ireland?
Ive spent all my mod money this month already but ill be recharged on 5th March can purchase then if your happy with my offer,
Kiefer may like to make an offer aswell as he was saying he's consisering doing the same,
Im not in to football atall so if he want_ to outbid or anything im happy,
Or if you want to stick in on an ebay auction ill bid 60 if i get outbid then your better off lol