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#443299 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 09:42 PM

Haha lenny, cant wait to see the final guide. I've got the other half trying to stop me buying stuff.... Needless to say i may be single soon haha

cheers mate,
A she will be fine just blame me eveyone else does :lol:
Ill create a guide explaining the following:
single & multi channel amps,
Choosing the correct Gauge cable
Difference between 8, 4, and 0AWG
Benefit of fitting a capacitor
Choosing the correct sized capacitor
Difference between sealed & ported sub enclosure.

Ill write all that up close to the end of the month following my build update.

However i won't be creating a guide on sound deadening the car,
I will be stripping out the car and applying three different sound deadening materials
One type for doors,
Another type for ceiling
Another type for floor
but I'm taking one week off work.
In that 7 days I've to strip it down to metal apply the material aswell as route cables to all four doors, power from battery through firewall in to the boot compartment.
Its going to be a very busy 7 days in previously uncharted grounds,
I will post a few pictures and a bit of progress text at the end of each day.

If i was to stop and take pictures of every panel, screw and bolt removed then process in to a guide for sound deadening a focus would take around 2-3 weeks.
I'm not implying that you expect me to create a guide mate I'm just saying to all reading that a guide on this Particular process wont be getting created by me as i don't have that sort of time but i will post details about the sound deadening materials and there supplier.

Can lenny move in with ye? He's on the road to divorce!lol

:lol: haven't even bought anything yet this Month :rolleyes:

#443195 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 05:40 PM

#443131 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 11:44 AM

What's next in stur for the fiesta mate any plans in pineline?

Observation ive found last nite aswell:
Normal Speaker cable is 16AWG
I've been on Vibe Audio website and spotted they now manufacture a new brand at 13AWG which is slightly thicker than standard; designed for sub install.

I searched ebay and found the only stockist to be RadioWorld, now this cable must be some fine A55 Quality Shizzle gauging the price RadioWorld are charging per metre: http://www.ebay.co.u...970434225&rt=nc

I've contacted Vibe Customer Care whom informed me Car audio security also stock this cable at a more reasonable price,
Phew :lol: saves me getting a loan of £8891.96 from the bank to purchase four metres of the stuff.

#443130 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 11:41 AM

Normal Speaker cable is 16AWG
I've been on Vibe Audio website and spotted they now manufacture a new brand at 13AWG which is slightly thicker than standard; designed for sub install.

I searched ebay and found the only stockist to be RadioWorld, now this cable must be some fine A55 Quality Shizzle gauging the price RadioWorld are charging per metre: http://www.ebay.co.u...970434225&rt=nc

I've contacted Vibe Customer Care whom informed me Car audio security also stock this cable at a more reasonable price,
Phew :lol: saves me getting a loan of £8891.96 from the bank to purchase four metres of the stuff.

#443088 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 02:27 AM

Don't think I've ever imported anything from America! Didn't consider taxes if I'm honest!
Is it the same as from china? Where they can mark it as a "gift"? Or much stricter? (Guessing much stricter)
Thanks for clarifying about the calib. Mic :)

Not sure about uk customs,
But over here china stuff doesn't get hit much asong a_ the value is declared to be below 40 Pounds or declared a Gift,
However I've yet to see anyone get anything over from America without having to pay something,
A mate of mine got stung with a customs bill of 72 euro when importing a straight through exhaust for his Yamaha R1
We tried importing it through work which was an American Company :)
Thought we would escape from tax as its shipping "Machine parts" from America to an American Company but no lol

I've been disillusioned when searching ebay for JL Audio Equipment aswell,
Spot some great prices then when you click on it there in America not worth the unknown charges.
And providing proof of purchase for them to calculate tax and they include shipping charges in there calculation which is wrong of them because thats government here taxing you on the payment given to a courier in a non EU country to deliver the item to your country.
Then if you don't pay within 7 days they send it back to seller :rolleyes:

#443082 Disappointing Mightycarmods Episode

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 01:14 AM

I was just about to post a link to that of their Facebook :(

:lol: i sent em a direct link to the loom he requires from Connects2 via Twitter :lol: no excuse now lad get it sorted!!

#443077 Hyrule's Build Thread

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 12:55 AM

Bought some new reg plate light holders as my current ones are very tatty and falling apart.
Also bought this spring clamp mount to try on the rear mobius. Grips like a mutha, so should hopefully sort stability issues. 
and finally grabbed an ST Upper Grille (honeycomb) design for £30 notes via http://www.finisfinder.com/
For any interested Finis no is: 1538478
Stay Tuned

Sweeett braw!!
I'll be needing one of those upper grills this year myself :)

#443076 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 12:39 AM

You've just reminded me about the calibration mic Hassen.. I couldn't find any in Europe, the only one I could find was in The USA & they informed me yesterday morning after a few weeks of waiting that they don't ship to the UK! Even though the description says they do! I ordered it simply to see what the headunit thinks sounds good compared to my ears!
I've got the link to the test cd on my desktop for me to download tomorrow :) not sure when I'll get chance to try it though as my battery still isn't holding charge due to the cold weather & it not being on a run out anywhere!

For those interested the pioneer calibration mic is freely available within the uk from Dynamic-sounds in London
See link: http://www.dynamicso...timedia-av.html

I reckon it sets a Graphic equaliser setting which is easier to tweak compared to a flat line across the board. Sounds good to me and a company full of nobody's whom call themselves pioneer pfff!! :)

I actually have a capacitor unused here and wonder if I should bother putting it onto the 4 channel amp. Is it worth it?

If fitting a capacitor id put it on the Mono Amp as it requires more instant surges of power compared to the Multi channel Stereo Amp.
I've got a 1.0Fared on my shopping list to fit on the Mono Amp power supply.

#443074 Disappointing Mightycarmods Episode

Posted by Lenny on 09 January 2015 - 12:23 AM

Quote from Moog on Twitter :)


Your Honda Questions Answered
posted by MO OG

After some vigorous discussion in the YouTube comments section yesterday from various experts, I thought i’d respond to some of the common questions. 


Why did you replace the speakers and the amp?

The gear in the car was blown and not functioning. If it was working, we’d solder it up and save ourselves some money and some time. Before we had pulled the door trims off Marty had offered to go and get some parts. We are trying to do this make over on a pretty tight budget and that has dictated a lot of our decisions so far.


Why didn’t you leave the car stock?

Well there wouldn’t be anything to watch and our show is about modifying cars. A video of us standing around not doing anything for 20 minutes would be boring to make, and boring to watch. And after driving it for a year there were things I wanted to change. 


Why did you buy a Honda?

I wanted to:

a) Buy a car that I would never usually buy (I’ve never particularly liked Hondas)

B) Drive it around and experience what it’s like to try something out of my comfort zone

c) Have a chat with Honda owners and find out what they like about their cars

d) Use it as a platform to try mods I wouldn’t usually try on anything else

e) Get a wider understanding of car culture in its entirety, not just the internets version of what it believes to be cool

My goals were set up so that in the future when someone says “Hondas are crap” I can say “Yes I agree. I owned one for a while and the reason I didn’t like it was…” or I could say “Actually I owned one for a while and these are the things I liked about it”. There’s a huge crowd of people that literally have no idea what they’re talking about with cars and particularly when referring to Hondas - I don’t want to be one of them. 


Why don’t you turbo charge it?

Marty and I don’t want to make the same videos over and over again. So when people say “turbo charge it”, while this may be a fun car to drive in the real world, we’ve just done a complete turbo conversion on the MX5. It was expensive and took a lot of time and neither of us feels excited about doing it again right away. If we wanted to get some internet cred, we’d throw on some expensive kit, expensive wheels, an expensive engine conversion, expensive interior then do an expensive turbo conversion. $25,000 later we’d probably get a few favourable comments, and then more comments from people saying we should have left it stock. So we know we can’t please everyone, which is why when you’re modifying your car, you have to be clear on what it is you want to achieve and then just do it. Some people will like it and other people won’t. But once they’ve left their messages about your car and jump back on the school bus, you’re the one who has to keep and own the car everyday and you need to make it something that you’re either proud of, or learned something new and expanded your skills. (Neither of these are possible on the school bus)  


Why didn't Marty help you?

Unfortunately there's no exciting conspiracy. He got called into work that day and couldn't get out of it. We've got day jobs just like you guys and sometimes it means our plans clash. He's back in the next video!  


What mods are you doing?

Originally there was a list of things I wanted to do with the car, but some of them were not possible so we’ve had to put them on the back burner for a different project in the future. Marty and I sat down and said “What can we do to this car, for our own experience and learning, that we haven’t done before and we may not do again?”

We set a very modest budget and decided to do a make over. This meant going through a process that exposes us to things that we haven’t done before, such as fitting an aftermarket fibreglass bumper, and the mods that you’ll see in the following episodes. It’s not a grand plan to make the ultimate text book internet conquering Honda. It’s us experiencing techniques and challenges that we have not been exposed to in past projects. MCM has always been about doing mods on a budget and while we’re happy for others to go and buy as many brand name parts that their wallet can handle, that’s not where our interest is. I just want to experience first hand why there is so much fuss about Hondas…


Do you really like the Honda or has this whole series been a parody to pay out Marty and his MX5?

Time will tell


Where can I get the CHOPPED fingers from the video and the OBJECTS IN MIRROR JUST GOT CHOPPED stickers?

Both of them are available here MCM STICKERS


Where can I get the music from the episodes?

A lot of the music can be download from the MCM site here MCM MUSIC DOWNLOADS


Why did you buy a fibreglass front bar instead of a genuine Honda one?

The bar I actually wanted was $3000. We’d bolt it on and be done with it in minutes - Easy! But it would chew up our budget and considering you can buy a whole car for $3000 I just couldn’t justify the cost. Instead we chose the cheaper option which made the whole process a lot harder. The bar wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but it will be interesting to see what people think once the whole thing is finished. 


You guys obviously don’t know anything about audio

Most people that have been watching Mighty Mods for a while know that Marty and I met in a recording studio many years ago. We’d been working together for a while until one day down in the car park he saw my 180SX and I saw hit Twin Turbo Legacy and we both looked at each other and said “WHAT??! You’re into cars?”

Marty studied acoustics at university - everything from speaker design through to the maths of physical spaces and I’ve got an honours degree in audio technology. In the ‘real world’ we actually earn our livings from audio and music - working in studios and writing music and Marty has designed and built a number of professional studios that are used on a daily basis. While I was studying I was a live sound engineer and Marty was setting up and building speaker patch bay systems at car audio retail stores so people could try out different speakers on the wall. I’m also a writer for Audio Technology Magazine and Marty and I co-wrote the home recording and audio technology section of Australian Guitar magazine for around 5 years. We’ve made our own instruments, built our own speaker enclosures and designed our own audio gear. We’ve built theramins, Atari Punk Consoles and produced the audio on hundreds of commercials. A couple of years ago we even graced the cover of Australian Creative Magazine with one of our home made audio creations which was a home made synthesiser. So yes we know a bit about audio - its what we do for a living. Cars are just a weekend hobby.

And then there’s Myles, our local professional whose job it is to install audio on cars. He’s done super cars and he’s done the cars at your local dealership. So it was quite incredible when it was suggested that between the three of us, we would pull out a fully functioning and quality working stereo system, and replace it with something that was not as good. It’s equally incredible that even after explaining that the speakers and amp had to go people were suggesting that we should leave broken equipment in the car instead of replacing it with the working equipment that we had. It boggles the brain really. 


Do you like your Honda more than your Nissans?

Hell no. Nissan all the way. It’s why I’ve been wearing Nissan Tshirts while I’ve been working on it. I didn’t lay in bed at night and dream about Hondas. I never wanted one. Never liked them and never understood them... which is why I bought one. My only experience with them in the past was destroying them in my 180SX and finding them inanely boring, slow and overpriced. I could never understand why anyone would own one… until I actually got behind the wheel and drove it. They feel superb, planted, balanced, agile, quality and all those other things that you hear car reviewers blabbing on about. And yes VTEC is not nearly as exciting as forced induction but it just sounds and feels so good in a way thats hard to describe until you try it. Marty and Mechanical Stig have both driven it and both agree. 

But of course if I had to keep just one car forever between a Honda or a Nissan I’d take an S13-S15 or Skyline over it in a heart beat. Not even close! Wouldn’t even have to think about it. Nissans were my first love. My first proper fast car. My first car that I imported from Japan. My first time in any turbo charged car was me driving my own 180SX off the docks in Sydney to take it to get complied.

And I’ve driven Skylines in Japan. Driven and owned various Silvias and the GTiR. In fact 5 cars with SR20s in them. I’ve blasted through the Australian outback in an R35 GTR, but I’d never driven an S2000. It’s giving me an experience I haven’t had before. It’s probably not the popular choice because people generally are creatures of habit who are incredibly concerned with what people will think when they try something different, but if you don’t push through that then your world gets smaller and smaller. We usually go through our lives avoiding things we don't like. And that works for us usually. But in this case, I decided to do the opposite. So yes a Nissan guy is driving a Honda S2000 to get some insight into why people love them. I also haven’t spent much time behind the wheel of a V8 or a Rotary… <wink>

The S2000 is more than a one night stand, probably closer to a summer fling. But I’m not putting a ring on it… yet.


If you've got this far, then you probably should read this: http://www.mightycar...-on-car-culture


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#442932 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 08 January 2015 - 04:41 PM

Great to hear you got your plan sorted out Lenny. Are you going to sound deaden just the doors and boot or anywhere else? I been reading a fair bit about sound deadening cars and it's very interesting. One of the things that reduces mostly road noise now is Closed Cell Foam and Mass Loaded Vinyl put together. This used in conjunction with sound dampening material such as Dynamat, gets the best result and value for money. Since you will have the car stripped out, this might be the opportunity to get all of it done at one go. I plan on doing that to my own car, weather permitting soon as the noise on the motorway is actually starting to annoy me. 
This is something I found that will do the job. Works out to be a bit cheaper than the Dodo Liner.

thanks mate,
yeah weather permitting ill be taking that week off to completely strip out the seats, carpet and roof lining all down to the metal for sound deadening and laying of cables,
i reckon i should have everything purchased and ready to go by then,
i haven't mentioned about the sound deadening plans on the thread much yet as the topic never really arose; but i plan to fit some Dynamat Superlite to the doors, boot walls and possibly the roof lining,
See link: http://www.ebay.co.u...=item234080c1c5

i will be covering the roof lining and the chassis floor with an acoustic dampening material but perhaps not from Dynamat,
as you know by now if i find a business within the country that is quality i will make efforts to have them work there magic on my motor such as the guys at www.souhan.ie (fitted Exhaust) and www.mfkautocare.com (Gutted DPF & Remapped) in Co.Meath all quality business guaranteed and all over 120km away from me, stay with me now I'm cutting to the chase here mate :lol:
I've found a company in Co.Monaghan which specialise in all types of sound deadening for both in the home, industrial and automotive divisions :)
here is a link to there overall range:
and here is a link to there automotive floor sound deadening material:

as you are also aware from having used it yourself; sound deadening material is quite heavy when packaged which becomes a nightmare on shipping charges,
i can easily fold down the rear seat of the focus and travel up to meet & greet these guys saving as estimated 70 euro on shipping charges not to mention Customs Charges in importing from that link in America
Aswell as discuss the best option of material for insulating the roof of the chassis.
i will be using Dynamat on the doors but floor and roof of chassis will be done under the recommendations of what these guys supply.

i always give credit where it is due and if i can source quality within the country i don't mind spending a little more on the item instead of giving it to the courier or customs.

#442894 Fault Code P0490 After Fitting Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by Lenny on 08 January 2015 - 02:21 PM

awesome thanks lenny, that's all I wanted to checktrac

no problem,
You may also like to view my induction filter upgrade guide its recommended after blanking the EGR: http://www.fordowner...-fitting-guide/

#442876 Disappointing Mightycarmods Episode

Posted by Lenny on 08 January 2015 - 12:32 PM

Sing it woth me yo! "Moog lost that lovin feelin"

#442872 Disappointing Mightycarmods Episode

Posted by Lenny on 08 January 2015 - 12:08 PM

I must say I'm disappointed with the most recent episode of MightyCarMods in regards to the audio upgrade on Moog's S2000

Quote "the existing headunit works with the steering controls so ill stay with it rather than changing"

I was thinking "dude WTF this is MightyCarMods"

Connects2 are a global supplier of automotive electrical accessories including steering stalk adaptors http://www.connects2...oductRange.aspx

There's no need to be tied to stock Audio systems,
Sticking with stock goes against everything MCM preached in the past.
Moog if you're reading this I'm disappointed man :lol:
Almost removed the MCM decal from my car why didn't you just purchase a patch cable from connects2.

Next thing:
They go to the car audio store and pick up a Random selection of audio equipment without even explaining the gauge of wire required, which amp or even what sub,
Or even purchasing decent quality to be honest.
Pioneer headunits are awesome but there speakers not so good, those pioneer 6.5" they purchased for the front doors are on special in Halfords 20 euro a set and that's with 50% off hardly an upgrade from stock, i mean OK if you have no sound then yeah there an upgrade but come on... I would have assumed Moog would be choosing quality audio equipment as he writes his own music.

Sad to see Moog's got less love for the S2000 than he had for the Silvia S16 what happened the double Din Avic donated by Pioneer which he fitted to the Silvia with steering stalk adapter.

I'm sorry i just think there's no point in doing something if you're not going to do it 100% and i took for granted these guys at the top would be leading the scene.

Here's the episode in discussion guys:

#442751 Fault Code P0490 After Fitting Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by Lenny on 07 January 2015 - 08:16 PM

Hi, does this help? Number 5 where it bolts to exhaust manifold
attachicon.gifImageUploadedByFord OC1420659867.809822.jpg
Sent from my iPhone using Ford OC

Yes that's perfect blanked before it even reaches the cooling chamber,

If blanked there at bottom left elbow in image there number 5 it shouldn't throw up any EML's
Ow and use a stainless steel blanking plate otherwise it will eventually burst through.

#442579 Sat Nav Unit Upgrade

Posted by Lenny on 07 January 2015 - 10:57 AM

See whilst I have your attention, how much did you pay for your exhaust? I was quoted £400 for a cat back, they also reckon that the CAT would have been whacked out with the DPF

Mine was 400 or 450 off the shelf from Piper performance exhausts,
I got it from rude racing on ebay, they now have there own website called zensport,
They were cheaper than piper website,
Id go for piper rather than custom garage because i know piper have perfected the duplex split using wind tunnel technology resulting in equal levels of steam exiting both pipes on frosty mornings,
After all its the little things :)


You will also need an additional exhaust mount and hanger from ford costs around 25 for set: