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#456800 Green Cotton Performance Induction Filter Fitting Guide

Posted by Lenny on 20 February 2015 - 05:37 PM

Hi Lenny,


I'm very surprised that their using peugeots engines in a ford?! Would you happen to know what filter an 2009 1.6 ford focus(mk2.5 or mk2 not 100% sure). I like the look of the green one but is the price justified though? To me £60 seems quite steep for an induction kit no?

not 100% sure mate, 

if you log on to Micksgarage.com and insert your vehicle reg they will dispaly a list of filters specific to your motor. 


the 1.6tdci and 2.0tdci are both Citroen Peugeot engines mate the only Ford diesel is the 1.8TDCi 

can even purchase a HDi Peugeot engine cover and it will fit directly on top of the engine in the focus engine bay. 

it was a competition for efficient engines and Peugeot came up trumps so ford fitted them too

#456798 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 20 February 2015 - 05:32 PM

looks like you have been a very busy boy

+1 Mate has been quite enjoyable piecing all the small bits together but ive gotta be honest; my heads wrecked with purchasing all the small stuff remembering to insert the correct quantity's and stuff, glad to have all the nuts and bolts now done and over with, March's update will be in the first week of the month then im taking time out until April, 
Considering changing the build name to "the chronic" :lol:

#456642 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 20 February 2015 - 10:09 AM

Have not got mine on a rolling road next and I was seriously thinking about that. Then, I thought that others who are based in Ireland might be interested to make a day out of it and if we could get a few cars on the rolling road and being part of the owners club, we might get a discount.
Lenny, would you be interested in a rolling road for your car?

No thanks mate,
Being the family car and daily commuter i need it to get me to/from work,
Don't feel too good about pushing it to the limit on the Dyno mines only a 90bhp remapped, yours is at 110bhp stock there's no contest there atall,
And none of the other Irish members are remapped.




I must say, the enclosure if really well made and you can get it from a few sellers on Ebay. I got lucky by ordering from Radio World and it was delivered no problem at all to Ireland for a reasonable postage price. Lenny on the other hand had big difficulties with the same seller and in the end it was not a pleasant experience. He might tell you more himself. 


Bass Junkies seller has one for £20 more than Radio World. If you want to look at their feedback scores for each and then decide




I too Purchased from RadioWorld, 

shipping from the UK to Northern Ireland was free as result the seller found the biggest box he could find to ship it in, 

for him this wasn't a problem, 

however for me; i had to pay Parcel Motel 57 euro to get it shipped to Dublin Depot from Antrim then drive up to dublin and collect it, 

live and learn i suppose, good thing is ive managed to save over 70GBP on the build by purchasing items from Fastcaraudio on ebay.co.uk so one canceld out the other for sure. 

this wont be a problem for UK residents though, 

also the Brand of the Custom Sub Enclosure is "Basser" there a Polish Company may be cheaper to purchase directly from them rather than from a uk stockest heres ther website:



here the size of the box my sub enclosure arrived in:











I'm liking the subwoofer encloser. I've got a single 10" sub, but it takes up room in the boot. Did you buy the one from eBay after all?

you may like to view my Guide on creating a custom MDF cavity panel for mounting an amp along with the 10" Custom Sub Enclosure:


#456581 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Lenny on 20 February 2015 - 12:54 AM

Booked in on Saturday morning for 4 x Avon ZV5 205/50R17 89V tyres to be fitted....as those Maxxis tyres that were already fitted are dog toffee. :D

Excellent Choice Sir,
I highly recommend ZV5 and ZZ5 Tyres,
May be worth having your tracking alignment done at the same time,
Some places do this at a discounted price when your purchasing 4 new tyres such as yourself.

#456580 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 20 February 2015 - 12:47 AM

Problem solved.. One of the crimped ends had come a little loose on the battery. Re crimped and job done. Must've been touching enough to switch the unit on but not allowing enough current to pass through to actually let the amp work it's magic

Id like to take this oppertunity to point out that the vibe 4AWG amp wiring kits come provided with an 80A fuse fitted inside the fuse block however the manual on the JL Audio Mono Amplifier states that a 40amp fuse should be fitted,
Ive chosen to go for a 30A and 40A Circut breaker instead of the inline fuses but i highly recommend fitting fuses that comply with the amplifiers spec to prevent potential damage or worst case fire because too high of fuse i_ the same as no fuse atall.

#455753 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 17 February 2015 - 09:44 PM

This is all kinds of awesome! Your attention to detail is impressive,

Thanks Hassen, 
On a side note; those 4AWG Crimp Terminals are hard crimped, tried hammer and two pieces of wood to squeeze em but wasnt a pleasent finish so ive managed to get a loan of a large sized crimper from work and got crimping on all the ends of the 4AWG cables today i can then cut them the desired length at a later date,
just got two more crimps to do at a later date then there all ready to go. 


#455333 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 16 February 2015 - 09:34 PM

Progress Update,
Since the Vibe 13AWG cable had now arrived aswell as some M6 Black Dome Head self tapping screws; I was now able to mount the JL10W0V3 10" Sub in to the Basser Mk2 Focus Custom sub enclosure


Firstly unpackaged the Sub enclosure to find its official title is Basser Ford Focus Mk2 as saw below this has been etched out of the inside rear panel:


Seems a waste of time since nobodys ever going to see it again inside the enclosure figured id post a picture of it to give it some viewing before I sealed it up forever lol
Started off with the Vibe 13AWG cable and used a Stanley blade to peel off some of the rubber insulation, this stuff has solid copper cores which result in lower resistance which enables a heavier pulse to be transmitted through the line designed specifically for bass installs.


I then open the previously purchased Gold Plated Crimp Spade connectors which I purchased from Car Audio Direct and crimped them on to the ends of the cable,
I am aware the rubber sleeves are fitted back to front, I purposely fitted them this way in this case to insulate the broad width of the flatbass cable.


Followed then with the Negative spade Crimp:


Heres an image I thought helps display how solid this stuff really is,
Can shape it like pipe cleaners :lol: anyone got a blue peter badge?


I then stripped the opposite ends of the cable and inserted them in to the spring terminals on the sub


All ready to insert inside the enclosure,
You can also see the red line polarity marking on the flatbass cable in the below image:


Following this I inserted the crimped spade terminals on to the spades inside the enclosure ensuring the polaritys were correct red to positive and black to negative.
The next problem to be solved was mounting the sub ensuring the JL Audio Logo was completely Level,
The only straight edge I could use for reference was the bottom surface,
So I used the plastic bag from the sub packaging to cover an old saw I had in the shed,


Some of you may not know this but on the handle of most hand saws there is a straight 90 degree and a 45 degree edge,


I used the 90 degree edge pressed agents the bass of the sub enclosure to ensure the top and bottom screw hole on the 10 sub were both perfectly aligned centre meaning the logo would then be 100% aswell.
Drilled dome 2mm Pilot holes in the 10 sub screw hole locations followed by !Removed! in the M6 Philips head black screws


Kept one hand around each screw while I drilled them home encase the drill slipped and went through the sub :lol: can you imagine that happening.

I havent opened the grill yet, going to keep it packaged until I finally fit the sub enclosure to the car, it wrapped up again and back in to storage one step further on in the process.

Now since the Hole-saws had also arrived I decided to finally get mounting the 4 Channel amplifier to the custom built MDF panel.
Unpackaged the JX400/4 and placed it face down on its packaging to mark out the locations for drilling the corresponding holes in the MDF


Three holes now drilled:


Fitted the previously purchased plastic grommets in place, well the 19mm ones were a tad small so Ive got some 20mm on the way instead however the 25mm one fitted a treat in to the 25mm hole.

Insert Image

I then passed all the cables through to the amp on the opposite side, cut them to desired length and proceeded to wire them in.


The next step was to fit the 8mm aluminium bushes between the amp and the panel to allow air flow all around the camp,
This is where I encountered a problem in the process,
As when purchasing the M5 allen head bolts a forgot to take in to consideration the depth of the 8mm bushes, as result when I inserted the M5x25 Allen head bolts they just barely peak through on the opposite side.
However upon encountering this issue I logged on to ebay and purchased four replacements measuring M5 x 40

They should arrive with me in the coming days enabling me to complete the mounting of the 4 channel amp leaving the build that bit further in in progress,
Its getting exciting now as its all coming together,

Next step in the process is to remove the right side upper boot panel and create a 9mm MDF backing plate to fit inside of it,

Ill then drill and mount the brackets for the JX300/1 mono amp, to make sure everything lines up as it should before I send the brackets off to be powder coated.

Ill update progress later in the month when I trial fit the Mono amp and finish mounting the 4 channel.

#455332 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 16 February 2015 - 09:34 PM

February Purchase Update:
Earlier in the month i had a bit of an unexpected purchase consisting of two Avon ZZ5 225/35/18 Tyres aswell as laser tracking,
Because the rear camber was excessively negative wearing the tyres down through to the wire as saw in a previous post on page: 73 of this thread :rolleyes:


First item to arrive this month was;
The 19mm and 22mm Hole-Saw drill bits from China,
Link to supplier: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191479794962

Much cheaper than purchasing from B&Q and i only need to use them once to drill the MDF so i didn't see any point in investing a lot in to Hole-Saw's



Next item to arrive was from "Cable Stop" these guys supplied me with two Gold Plated Phono cables measuring 0.5 Metres (50cm) in length these are very high quality for the low price, the plugs are proper aluminium and gold plated.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330632624521



Next purchase was from "99David66" supplied me with two of these Gold plated RCA Female - Female adaptors,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111563019142



These 0.5M RCA cables are for plugging in to the 4Ch Amp,
The female adaptors will be fitted to opposite ends of the 0.5M RCA cables at the rear of the panel making all connection easily removable without touching any connection on the amplifier.
I was concerned about introducing too many connections in the audio lines due to risk of sound deterioration but the experts tell me as long as both the connections are Gold its not a problem additional noise is only created when the sound has to transfer between two different materials.
So should be fine, if not i can always add some RCA ground loop isolators ill see how it goes first.

Next item to arrive was from "Kim-L227" on eBay, supplied me with four Aluminium 8mm tall Bushes,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/281585096410


I've purchased these to fit between the 4 channel amp and the MDF panel like washers on the bolts; allowing an 8mm gap for air flow between amp and panel to aid cooling.

The next few items to arrive were from "Demon-Motorsport" on eBay, supplied me with the following items:
Four M5 x 15mm Aluminium Allen head bolts Anodized Black, these will be used to grip the Mono amp to the brackets,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151211574998


Four M5 x 25mm Aluminium Allen head bolts Anodised Black, these will be used to grip the 4ch amp to the MDF panel.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/151211574998


Quite a useful business card from Demon Motorsport aswell; has there business details on one side as expected but some useful conversion tables on opposite side:


Next two items were from "Boltbase" supplied some M5 & M6 Stainless Steel Penny Washers to broaden the grip surface at the rear of the panels.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221061609656


Next few items were from "KayFast1" supplied me with some A2 Stainless Steel M5 & M6 Nylon thread lock nuts,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150783000310



They also supplied some M6 x 20 A2 Stainless Steel Hex bolts, for use in securing the Mono Amp brackets to the boot panel,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160804543604


They also supplied some black plastic ball head nut caps to cover the ends of the M5 & M6 nuts at rear of the brackets for that OEM finish aswell as avoiding sharp edges.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161276119711

M5 nut caps:

M6 nut caps:


Next item purchased was from "Wiy-sond Technology" they supplied a Digital Voltage Multi-meter
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300594820660




Excellent quality for the low price, I've gotten this far in build progress without purchasing one of these Multimeter's however it is required when charging up a capacitor for the first time via a resistor to avoid it exploding in ya face so here goes :)
I'll create a short guide on "Charging your Capacitor" when i finally fit mine to the car.

Supplied with removable silicone case:


Picked up battery's separately


Philips head screw :rolleyes:


Should last a lifetime considering amount of times I'm going to use it.


Next purchase was from "Vibe" had to log on to vibe.co.uk for 4 Metres of VIBE 13AWG FlatBass audio cable, this item is not yet available to purchase individually on eBay
Link: http://shop.vibeaudi...s&category_id=0

This audio cable is thicker than standard 16AWG FlatFlex Audio cable and is specifically designed by Vibe for Sub installation use has a solid copper core.


When purchasing this cable i assumed it was sold by the meter,
So assuming if you want 4 meters set quantity to four.
Well i realized upon Delivery that its sold in rolls of 3 meters :lol:
When i set Qty: 4
I received four rolls @ 3 Meters per Roll.



Thankfully a single 3 Meter length is enough to tidily get from one side of the boot compartment to the other without extending,
So I've now got two Brand New rolls of this stuff for sale in my listings thread link: http://www.fordowner...ade-items-sale/

I don't like hoarding excess equipment.

While logged on to Vibe,
I purchased a 5.0 Meter FlatBass Solid Core RCA cable with 90 degree plugs,
The existing 5 Meter Vibe RCA feed to the Amp was going to be a Vibe FlatStereo RCA same as two for the 4 channel, but this one is designed purposely for Mono Amps says the solid core aids bass response and the 90 degree plugs on this cable suit the design of this Mono Amp install better.


I've gotta say; having now saw the prices on Vibe website,
There's a significant amount of savings to be made by purchasing from them directly rather than through Halfords or an eBay seller, shame I'm only finding this out now though :rolleyes: as I'm done with purchasing the vibe range of items.

Next purchase was from my good friends at "Fastcaraudio" on eBay supplied two sets of JL Audio C3-650 6.5" Component Speakers.
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=1&_ipg=&_from=

The C3-650 are not currently listed on there eBay shop, i got on the old Mobile Phone and Text in this order paid invoice via PayPal Saved 15GBP on RRP.














JL Audio even supplied screws and fork crimp terminals for inserting in to amp instead of bare ends,

Surprisingly no audio cable supplied but im using Vibe Flatflex anyway and gotta admit these speakers are damn heavy lol
Surly gonna bounce,
Considering fitting with some MDF rings on the 6.5" to aid resonance of unwanted vibration.

Next item to arrive was from "AutoStar" on eBay supplied me with two Rolls of Insulating tape,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a05a8dc58
Range of colors available,
I required:
1 x Red
1 x Black


Plan is to insulate the Terminals on the RCA extensions for easy recognition of polarity.
Next item i picked up in a local DIY Store, Dome head black M6 self tapping screws for mounting the 10" Sub in to the MDF enclosure there a bit long but all the had in stock for this type.


Next item Purchased:
I'm awaiting there delivery from China,
This time its two 4 AWG inline trip switch circuit breakers,

Now some of you may have saw VIBE now supply a circuit breaker with there FlatBass install kit instead of a fuse;

The vibes circuit breaker is rated at 160A they don't currently supply them in any other sizes,
So my only option was to source two from RadioWorld within the UK or China;

Since the item is identical from both suppliers and I'm in no immediate need for them; China supplier was half the price so went with them.

Having read this link regarding fuses:
Then reading the Manuals of the JL Audio Amplifiers I've found the;
JX400/4 takes a 40A Fuse
JX300/1 takes a 30A Fuse

Both the Vibe Fuse box's come from factory with an 80A Fuse inside,
Bit of false security there lol Amplifier would be spittin flames if it was to overload but the vibe fuse wouldn't blow atall,

So rather than messing around changing fuses I've ordered in line circuit breakers instead:

Other sizes Circuit Breakers available,
I've just linked these as there the ones i required,
Never need to change a fuse, if it trips, just switch it back in again :)
Hope to hide both at rear left side of the battery secured with M5 Cheese head bolts.



Next item to arrive was from Advantage Motorsport these
guys supplied me with two pairs of 6.5 DEI BOOM Speaker Baffles
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/301308874480
are made from Closed-cell polyethylene enhances frequency response for improved sound
clarity and highly
recommended when upgrading your speakers as they help keep the bass inside the
car aswell as protecting the speaker from water that can be carried inside the
door panel from the windows.





Next item to arrive was from my good old friends at Car
Audio Direct these guys have a great website www.caraudiodirect.com detailing
the spec on everything however these guys are like an online Halfords Store,
They display all items very well but there process are generally
astronomical, I recommend logging on for a look then purchasing elsewhere,

Anyways they supplied me with 4AWG Gold Fork Terminals yes these do come as part
of the VIBE Slick Amplifier install kits, and are used to terminate the
connections entering the amplifier but Ive messed up one of them on crimping
resulting in me having to purchase as replacement so here the are :rolleyes:
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/191046308941
Next item to arrive was from Stickwithus09 on eBay these guys supplied me with two packs
of Heavy Duty Velcro Strips capable of supporting 15KG each apparently :lol:
I plan to use this
stuff to bond the sub enclosure to the inside of the wheel arch, this stuff
should be well able to hold the enclosure in place under "Lateral G"
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140772079122

One item im still awaiting Delivery of is from South Korea of all Places, from a Seller called RubyRuby79 on EBay, these guys
supplied me with some Umbrella Clips, fantastic idea for mounting the umbrella
on to the door car of the boot panel, as the last thing I want is an umbrella
floating around in the boot after fitting the sub enclosure,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261681811992
I will be creating a short installation guide after fitting myself,
If interested the guide can be found here:

Here's some images:




Nice free gift aswell:
Some Brown Rice Green Tea yum!!


That's the end of February's update guys.
There will be progress updates between now and March as i prepare the sub enclosure for install and powder coat the Mono Amplifier mounting brackets.

The next Purchase update will be 1st March,
Since December through researching sourcing and planning everything we have come a long way in progress quite quickly.

The Build has become for me; quite intense and a bit stressful studying every item online comparing each item to others in its class ensuring all specs and quantity's are as they should be while steering the build in the right direction ensuring no parts are forgotten or purchased in error,

Then photographing & documenting everything upon arrival for future reference on the build thread, while working 48-50hr weeks and being a father of three kids giving them my time aswell :lol:
I'm going to take the next two weeks out from research and purchasing; to take a step back from the project and find time to enjoy the process again, its been a busy two months and were well ahead of schedule for May/June Install.
Lenny's gonna take five,


Thanks for reading :)

#454938 Factory Sony Hu Quadlock Connector

Posted by Lenny on 16 February 2015 - 05:27 AM

Decided to take the initiative and go for it. Will let you know how it goes
Sent from my iPad using Ford OC

Keep us posted David,

Perhaps this one would save you purchasing a low level RCA output adaptor aswell
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171023873087

FastCarAudio are the cheapest UK suppliers of JL Audio and the Class D range of amps by JL are super efficient on consumption,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=1&_ipg=&_from=

You may like to have a read of this discussion ive had with a fellow member on another thread regarding sound system upgrade
Link: http://www.fordowner...eakers-upgrade/

Highly recommend some Vibe FlatBass cable to link your Mono Amp to the sub,
Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171680796272

You may like to view one of my guides here on fitting custom sub enclosure & panel
Link: http://www.fordowner...ocus-2005-2011/

Vibe Slick 4AWG Amplifier install kit has everything else you would need except the fuse,
The fuse size depends on your size of Amplifier, i suggest fitting a circuit breaker instead of a fuse box as if it trips you just turn switch to reset it
Find out the required Amperage you need and see Link: http://www.ebay.co.u...148581941&rt=nc

If you need any more help im happy to respond on the open forum such as this,
I prefer it to personal message because its searchable via Goole thus others with similar questions can observe the answers,
Ive been compiling my sound install since October last year if interested to have a read,
Grab a cuppa and see link back at page 35 to today and on going:

#454802 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 15 February 2015 - 06:30 PM

Honestly Lenny, if you saw the state of the bushes atm you'd refuse to get in the car! Haha
As the bushes wear out I'm going to slowly convert all of them to Powerflex! Should help by the time I sell.. Although I'll probably have another engine fitted (cough* ST 2.0 cough*) by then ;)

Put a Toyota 4AGE blacktop engine in it mate,
Cheaper on tax tuned by Yamaha and cheaper on tax 170bhp 9,000rpm red line

#454756 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 15 February 2015 - 04:40 PM

Bushes are for the rear subframe. The advantage over the old ones in this case is that they're actually intact! Haha
They're also made out of much better materials and will outlast the car. For £10 more than ford parts; why not? :)

:lol: intact lol good one,
Polyurethane bushes don't age like rubber ones, frost doesn't crack them and they have less flex.

#454749 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Lenny on 15 February 2015 - 04:26 PM

Edited pic:
attachicon.gifImageUploadedByFord OC1424006839.095742.jpg

Looking bad A55 indeed Kiefer mate thats excellent and matching very well.

#454686 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 15 February 2015 - 11:51 AM

Thanks for the link and video Lenny.
Saw it on Demon Tweaks but I have never bought anything from them. Might call Pro Parts here as well as they are a registered supplier.
Agreed about knowing which setting I want the bar to be in. Think I will go for medium to start and see how it feels. It just annoys me that anyone inside the car is rocked sideways if I go round any bend, even at a low speed.
That MCM video was where I got the idea. I have looked underneath the car and know what bolt to remove but they look stuck in.

Sway bar will increase that because it will push down harder on your springs mate,
Need lower harder springs and low profile tyres with reinforced side wall to prevent the flexing this way the hole thing stays rigid,
Then your sway bar comes in to play to increase pressure on the hard springs to help it turn in because its more rigid,

#454609 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 15 February 2015 - 01:29 AM

Any ideas where I could order this online? Whiteline BMR78XZ is the item code

Demon Tweaks is a reputable uk supplier of Whiteline products or SumoPower,
The Whitline company themselves are based in Australia,
When fitting if your purchasing an adjustable rear sway bar ensure they know which holes on the sway bar you want bolted because if they match the factory setup you wont feel any difference,
Car should turn in more sharply with a harder sway bar on the rear it does wear down rear tyres faster though as its pushing down harder on the road when you turn,


#454189 How Long Does It Take To Find An Idiot!

Posted by Lenny on 13 February 2015 - 02:40 PM

It's pathetic and amazing how idiotic some people can be!

Had i been the lollypop lady in this situation id show the kids and that idiot in the van that "My Name IS THE LAW!!" and id have used the pole to beat his headlights and bonnet until he reversed all the way back to the start of the line he came out of and you my friend stay there until i say, Ho kay!!