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#434545 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 06 December 2014 - 07:05 AM

#434544 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 06 December 2014 - 07:04 AM

I can't wait to amp them! My ears deserve a treat!
As for the tweeters, I was going to mount them elsewhere but I simply couldn't find anywhere to mount them! :( as the fiesta mk6 doesn't have factory Tweeters
They still sound good where they are though as they're angled slightly with the actual door card grill, so that the passenger is hit in the chest by the drivers tweeter (no innuendo intended) and vice versa
I ripped loads of the plastics out searching for an alternate place to mount them as I didn't really want to cut the door card up if I could avoid it
Anyway, my parts that are being hydro dipped are almost done! Here's a teaser; http://instagram.com/p/wPDgQJiwyM/

Id have drilled the door card and mounted the tweeter behind the door handle if it wasn't obstructing anything inside,
But they look tidy where they are and im sure they sound great,

The hydro dipping looks truly awesome mate #OffDaChainBro
Top respect having a video of your parts being processed.

Here's a good DubStep remix i found on YouTube sounds pretty good on car audio:

#434521 Life Changing News

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 10:34 PM

Sent via carrier pigeon using Ford OC

Vicki.... Vicki.... Ians laughing at me...

#434518 Life Changing News

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 10:25 PM

Told you couldn't have kids...end up with three waens and one big kid...
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That's it Ian "your not my friend Anymore!!! Your bold"

#434514 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 10:12 PM

This is so stealth. I love it. Great idea on having it flipped up in the glovebox and retain function there. Convenient place as it from nosy parkers :P

thanks mate,
I'm delighted its worked out the way i had planned in my head,
Didn't look like it was going to at first but just needed some coaxing to get it rite.
It's a nice DVR system for the low price, has built in battery and motion sensors on cams, so if it sences movement outside when car is parked, it wakes up the DVR to record for 5 minutes per movement senced.

It's a whole lot of electronics going into the car now Lenny. It's going to be one high tech Focus once it's all done. Good idea on starting early on parts of the process. Reckon it would have taken you longer in the summer to get it all done.

Thanks mate, crammed in every remaining interior mod possible as i was told the condition of my back wouldn't be improving so i was under pressure to get everything in and fit it all on one last installment.
I hope the battery holds up :lol: may install a little 2 stroke Honda Generator in the tyre well :lol:
The installation of the existing parts are not going exactly as planned in terms of taking out of the box and applying it there; each one so far has required some additional work to get it the way its wanted,
I didn't calculate for this in the estimated 7 day install so I'm glad started earlier where i have more time available to devote to getting them comfortably correct.
I'm hoping the DVR unit wont be noticeable inside the glovebox as i don't want mechanics or car valeting crew to access and delete footage,
The DVR System's should come with a key lock code,

You still considering the Silent Coat or you thinking of something else for sound deadening?

I had this info reserved for the Christmas Eve update but since you asked ill tell it now,
I was going with two packs of silent coat but after seeing a link to a sound proofing specialist website you posted on another thread,
I've had a browse on the site and decided to go with two packs of Dynamat Superlite instead of the Silent Coat see link:
Won't be purchasing until February
Ill start with coating the main chassis then if its easier if i run out because it will be on the doors.

#434498 Life Changing News

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 09:40 PM

Hey jeebs only came across this now, I'm not a god believer but do believe things happen for a reason, I was told at 16yrs old that I'd never carry a child & although Leo might not agree I'm blessed with three amazing children that are my universe. In the end ull find out your reason & it will make sense . All the best xo

Three kids are the cause of my condition :lol:
Vicki was diagnosed with polycystic syndrome at 16 we met when she was 20 and for first five years together with no contraception and no kids then suddenly she got pregnant
Seriously though things have a way of working out,
Im pain free since Monday 1st December after being crippled with pain since 1st May,

#434491 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 09:28 PM

Thanks man. It's all go go go at the moment with house. Planning to renovate it as well, so getting architect and builders etc is an exciting process. I agree, it's quite therapeutic in a way but will get more engaging once ground works start. 
Dunno about how having 2 kiddies will be easier than one man. I can barely function with the one lol. I reckon we will be ok though. Daniel is excited as his friend as well got a new little brother and he wants one too lol. He keeps asking when the baby will come but it's not for a good few months. 
I saw that link on your build thread for the camera and as tempting as it is, I have decided to just shelf all car related plans for the short term. Only allowing myself to maintain the car for wear and tear items, tax and insurance to keep it on the road.
All efforts are being redirected to house project and family from now on. My actual next project will be getting parts for a revamped house sound system once the house is completed. I am seriously considering getting floor standing speakers from Focal as from reviews and videos I have seen, they are as amazing as the car speakers. They should be for the price they retail at. I am planning to get a pair of floor standers and maybe a centre speaker as well. I will be keeping my existing Jamo rear speakers and subwoofer. This will not be happening for at least 6-9 months down the line when I have enough funds saved. Plus, I got the go ahead from my better half :)

Sounds good,
So the next time we see you will be on RTÉ with Dermot Bannon on the show "room to improve"

Silent Coat will be replaced in favour of pumped in attic and wall insulation :)

Two kids entertain each other makes it easier.

I've installed a set of Marine Line white speakers in the ceiling of the bathroom
Hooked them up to the hifi in the bedroom with a two way switch box in the bedroom enables ability to switch off audio in bedroom and only power the bathroom,

#434452 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 07:59 PM

Progress update:
Night off work so was awake all day,
Had the car washed for the first time since September.

Then this evening i got bored, decided to continueoncwith progress from page: 58 of this thread and trial fit the DVR cradle inside the glovebox.

Here's a link back to page:58 where i installed the DVR Cameras:

Turns out the stalk boom is longer than expected so I've had to mount the base further deep inside the glovebox.


In the above position its still sitting inside the glovebox housing when flipped down.
So there's no chance of it ever obstructing the glovebox door.

Next problem was the interior roof of the glovebox isn't flush smooth.

This makes things difficult when your trying to surface mount something that requires a flush suction cup base in there:


So i trimmed down the suction cup base to be as small as possible:


Quick trial fit:



Still not bonding flush :lol: i had to then cut out a section of the glovebox to allow the circular edge of the mount protrude resulting in the majority of the plate making perfect contact.
Cutting this space would also kill two birds with one cup.. Er i mean stone :lol:
As i can also fish the cables through from the cameras.

So here it is:




Another trial fit:



Fitting flush like it should :)

At this point i added some UHU Super Glue to help hold in place,

Plan is to keep DVR screen folded up tight to roof of glovebox more/less hidden but mainly not obstructing the general function of the glovebox itself.

I've routed the rear camera cable feed down along the drivers side of the car however this has resulted in me being 9" inches short on length,

So tomorrow in daylight ill take the cable back to the boot compartment and route it along the passenger side instead where i will gain 20" inches of feed by not having to route it across the car to the glovebox.

I'm glad began to work at installing the bits i have to hand at present because it would take more than 7 days to install it all in May had i held off with absolutely everything.

I've not got the double USB Power supply purchased yet,
Ill get it ordered before Christmas and install to the glovebox compartment to power the DVR system aswell as an additional USB power socket to Power the Satnav on dash when required.

#434409 Life Changing News

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 06:05 PM

Well sadly the brown stuffs coming back at me, the doctors are now less certain it's ms and instead are more certain that whatever it is has passed and they don't know what they will find... That is the most scary thing, I would rather they told me I had cancer, a tumour or 6 weeks to live. I think if they told me 'not sure' as the final result, every ounce of strength I have will disappear.

+1 i can side with you on that,
Telling you theres nothing they can do,
And its not gonna get any better,
Is difficult to accept,

#434364 Life Changing News

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 02:41 PM

#434326 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 11:37 AM

#434325 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 11:32 AM

Realised yesterday the way to access the self calibrating audio settings is by switching off the headunit :wacko: weird as one would assume off means "off"

Anyways set the drivers position to "right"


plugged in the calibration microphone and taped it to the drivers headrest,


Pressed "start"
Then much like the series "24" the headunit began a 10 Second Countdown informing me to evacuate the vehicle.

I got out and closed the door,
I felt like running while screaming "Get to the Choppa" in an Arnold Schwarzenegger voice but refrained :lol:

It put three levels of white noise through each speaker, followed by a series of taps like a wood !Removed!,

Full process took around 3 minutes and to be honest it does sound better, the 6.5" are more active now along with the tweeters,
Before self calibrating it was mostly tweeter.


Really looking forward to calibrating again after the speaker installation in spring. :)

#434256 My Ford Focus Mk2 Tdci

Posted by Lenny on 05 December 2014 - 06:31 AM

All clean and grille badge

Looks fantastic Gaz,
Have you considered spraying the grills gloss black?
Will compliment the glossy silver nicely,

Also I've been wanting to ask you; what size of Torx head did you use to remove the seats?

#434219 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Lenny on 04 December 2014 - 11:21 PM

Cheers for that Lenny. Unsure if I am going to look into it as all car related things have been put aside at the moment for at least another 6-9 months.
Buying/renovating a house and baby number 2 on the way. Exciting times :)

Congratulations mate thats fantastic news regarding the baby.
Renovating a house can be quite a therapeutic process aswell my dad is in to houses but im more in to cars,
We bought ours eight years ago aint worth half what we paid now so you're buying at the right time for sure.
I reckon two kids are much easier than one aswell at times im sure Daniel is very excited too :)

If i could recommend to you one last quality car related item to compliment the existing upgrades in your car it would be this reverse camera:
http://www.dynamicso...h=focus reverse

Fitted this exact model myself a few weeks ago and i highly recommend.
Enabled complete confidence when reversing up to walls in some car parks and it replaced an existing part.

#434146 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Lenny on 04 December 2014 - 08:48 PM

As for the battle between me and Lenny's system in Ireland, I reckon Lenny has be beaten with his plan as I didn't strip the car yet to install the sound deadening on the floor. Lenny's car will be quieter for sure. Also, while doing research on the topic, 3M make a material that's used for sound insulation. It's white and looks like the stuff you have in the lining of jackets. It's supposed to reduce the ambient noise coming from the road and surroundings. I have a link saved somewhere if anyone is interested. This could be used to line the doors after the sound deadening has been applied, mostly to the door cards. Also, it might be used in the trunk and roof of the car. If you are thinking of making more sound improvements, do consider a Mass Loaded Vinyl and Closed Cell Foam layer on the floor of the car. The one I know if, but have no personal experience with is called Dodo Mat
I plan myself at some point late next year to line the floor of the car with Silent Coat and the Dodo Mat. That will be the end of my sound install then. There is plenty of articles online to support the use of the above. 

I didn't realise we were competing against each other and this was a competition :lol: i thought we were all enthusiast sharing the dreams.

Thanks for the link to the soundproof shop mate,
Im steering away from Silent Coat, i reckon some foam on roof, boot and floor, then blue foil dynamat on the doors and boot door would perhaps be a bit lighter.
I've gotta find out the size of Torx required to remove the seats.