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#393140 Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by Lenny on 02 August 2014 - 05:20 PM

where do you get them and can I fit this to my mk3 2014 2.0l diesel ?

here is the specific blanking plate to fit the 2.0TDCi
Each engine size has a different form of blanking plate heres the one for 2.0TDCi

The EGR in the bottom right of this photo is the Euro III without the electrical connection. If yours is Euro 5 it will have a connector on the left side of the EGR.


Plucked this EGR location info from Google mate,
I highly recommend fitting a performance induction filter aswell after blanking the egr because the egr provides 20% of waste gases to the induction,
When blanked your engine will suck in 100% fresh air as it should have always done,
However the standard induction filter is quite restrictive,
See my guide here for discount code and link to purchase a Green Cotton Performance filter upgrade,
Straight swap same size as stock filter:

#393071 How Do I Know If Overboost Is Working?

Posted by Lenny on 02 August 2014 - 01:09 PM

Possibly, I actually heard the recirc valve for the first time the other day, I don't normally leave the windows down so don't usually notice it. Floored it in 2nd and when I changed up I heard it, what a cool sound :). I couldn't tell if the overboost reset though cos I was coming up to the speed limit.

:lol: Good Boy keep er tidy :)

#393065 Heater Knob Modifcation

Posted by Lenny on 02 August 2014 - 12:43 PM

They're caps? :lol:

there a non removable cap,
Well supposed to be non removable and give the impression they are 1 piece solid steel 19mm nuts,
When in actual fact they are cheaply manufactured aluminum nuts with a brushed aluminum sleeve covering the hollow centre. Removing the sleeve makes them 18mm nuts then the supplied wheel brace slips off them under pressure thus ringing the shape,
There as soft as cheese not hard as steel,

Ford are not the only company using these nuts though,
Ive saw them fitted to:
Volvo, Skoda,


#392974 Heater Knob Modifcation

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 11:05 PM

just thought i'd share a few pics of my newly painted brake calipers.
Thanks to Lenny for advice on painting the brake disc spacer it look well when the alloy is against it.

looking sweet mate,
Just one thing, drop in to a tyre place within the next two weeks and have them apply some copper grease to the face of the hubs and bolt stems,
Otherwise the alloys will bont to the hubs resulting in a nightmare of a job to get the wheels off,
You can purchase a tube of copper grease and DiY but no point purchasing a tube when your only doing 4 wheels,
Does look the business though mate excellent job,
Just the copper grease is important

#392965 Stolen Ford Focus Rs

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 10:55 PM

Clive, do you have any info on how effective the GPRS trackers are?
(The sort you can activate with a text message, and it can text you its GPS data)
I've not heard much about them, but it seems like a potentially cheaper option than the subscription based services?
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they operate using a mobile phone sim card,
You txt the mobile number and it txts you back with coordinates,
It can also txt you if it goes over a certain speed,
And if you ring it,
It auto answes for you to listen but they have no speaker for you to communicate :lol:
"This is God speaking, bring th3 car back now" :lol: no none of that 5h1t

#392942 Stolen Ford Focus Rs

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 10:23 PM

Police definitely use ST's, I'm currently driving a Frozen White ST3 estate for work purposes.
May I recommend you fit a tracker of some sort? plenty of little spaces on your car where one can be hidden.
Statistically you are far more likely to recover a car with a device fitted and if it is one from Tracker themselves you are covered by the infrastructure available to all 52 Police Forces in the UK.

+1 id choose tracker over an alarm any day,

#392923 Cursed

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 09:52 PM

Yeah got the details, it was 2 cars who crashed and one ended up in mine. Anyone got any experience of getting cars fixed on insurance? I hope its pretty easy and pain free process, although the two drivers were arguing over liability

the two cars can argue mate,
Your concern is the insurance details of the car that impacted on your vehicle
The root cause of that is irrelevant because you were parked,
It is the insurance details of the vehicle that colided with yours that is responsible for taking care of your repair aswell as full tracking alignment and hand brake tension check.

#392915 Cursed

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 09:38 PM

Sorry to hear that. Some people shouldn't be allowed to drive. Did you get their details for the insurance claim?
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Bright white car aswell, i mean how could they not see it!!

#392896 Stolen Ford Focus Rs

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 09:10 PM

Blimey they paid out quick.  Normally it's wait a month to see if it turns up and question you under a spotlamp in the meantime.

they must be pretty confident its gone for parts,
Some criminal gangs are very organized in what they do and can have a car stolen, stripped and on ebay within 48hrs all that is required is a team of individuals with a garage, very common these days particularly on sought after vehicles like the RS many people want to build replicas so theres a large European market, plenty of auction sites aswell,

I work with a guy, his brother is a farmer,
His brother was browsing ebay.ie to purchase a sillage trailer, when he spotted a picture of his existing trailer for sale on ebay, photographed in his field.
He contacted the police whom told him to phone up and buy it,
He phoned up and guy aranged to view it next day,
So that night his trailer was stolen,
He phoned cops whom went with him next day and arrested the seller whom had stolen the trailer and was selling it out of another random persons field, implied the trailer and the land he was selling the trailer from were all his,
When he completely eterprised on everything in a bid to make "easy money"

#392803 Focus St2 2009 Owner

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 06:47 PM

Hi all, I'm sid.  Married, self-employed mum-of-one.  In my late 40s so lots of people think I should be driving something far more sedate ;-)  Had my car since new, not tweaked it.  Do love, love, love it! :-D

Welcome to the forum :)

#392754 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 03:55 PM

Yep, one each side - didn't want to risk unbalancing the car at all!! :D
I might even (stress MIGHT get a few bits to help me give the car a damned good clean inside and out...the Council have surface dressed a lot of roads round town :()
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ouch Tar gets everywhere :(

#392727 Should We Trust Garages?

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 02:57 PM

I wouldn't trust a ford dealer thats for sure,
Ive had various issues with them breaking two parts on me and then billing me for the replacements
But they are a franchise business you can expect to be fleeced they use our wallets as a ladder to keep them on top.

It takes time to find a good reliable mechanic,
Theres atleast four here where i live but i travel 92miles to one guy i would trust with a kidney transplant aswell as my oil changes i know im in good hands and he specializes in custom exhausts, hes a mechanic aswell and has a passion for his job,
Cares about the motor more than the cash.

#392580 Anyone Know Anyone Who Can Do Custom Exhaust

Posted by Lenny on 01 August 2014 - 01:47 AM

I want to fit twin pipes to my st bumper and steaight through with possible decat to my 1.6 tdci focus but struggling to find a good place to do it will travel for right price, also would a st exhaust fot my car been offer a straight through catback could I get that welded on mine I know ill ned a hook for rear can I get one from ford
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Here are the exhaust hangers you require from ford:

2 x FINIS 1385618
1 x FINIS 1380393
1 x FINIS 1380395
Purchased from Fordpartsuk.com


They are ST exhaust hangers,
However the ST exhaust wont fit your focus because you have a tyre well and the ST doesn't have this,
As result your looking for a "duplex exhaust"
You need a 2.5" like this built up:



Now regarding decat i wouldn't recommend it for MOT purposes you would be supposed to have a dpf, id have the dpf internals removed from the chamber this will increase performance and exhaust tone,
But i recommend keeping the catalyst section in place to baffle the tone giving the impression the dpf has not been touched, but again its your car and entirely your decision.

Piper Performance Exhausts manufacture an off the shelf direct fit T304 2.5" stainless steel duplex fits from the 2.5" flexi back to tip,



Cheapest supplier of this off the shelf kit is RudeRacing.co.uk where i purchased mine: http://www.ruderacin...fm0b6r7&x=0&y=0

Surprised there over £50 cheaper than purchasing directly from Piper.


However I'm sure you could shave another £150 off there price if you're not going to be fitting any mufflers,
Hopefully these images will assist you when emailing various exhaust manufacturers in your area.
If you require any further images just ask.


#392551 Headlights

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 11:41 PM

just got car back from repiarers ,and once again they have put a chrome inner headlight on instead of black.i did warn them not to.they recon they cant get a black style one ,ive seen them about.but they recon they have been superseeded by the chrome ones.do fords still sell the black ones

I dont want to cause any upset or annoyance,

However here is my theroy,

The body repair shop is/has processing/processed an invoice to the insurance company with the price of a brand new replacement headlight for your car aswell as labour costs, paint and whatever else was required bulbs etc.
Now what the body shop done was: go to a scrap yard or get on the phone to a contact whom provided them with a headlight from a breakers yard from a ford focus to fit to your car.
They make double the profit from the insurance company claiming to have paid ford service desk top dollar for your replacement headlight.

How do i come to this conclusion you may ask?
Well if you write down your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) found on windscreen under passenger wiper
go to your local or any ford service parts desk,
show them the VIN and request a CHROME headlight,

Ford will say No "the vin number only displays black headlights for that particular vehicle"
I know this because i went to ford with my VIN wanting to purchase black headlights and they could not provide me with those parts because they were not coming up on the system as an available part for my particular vehicle,
This is exactly why i purchased my own copy of ford parts software at the time enabling me to access parts overview and obtain specific part numbers without using a VIN number i could then walk in to ford and request a specific part from a premium model enabling me to upgrade my spec outside of VIN control.

All body shops cash in on insurances,
Only advise i can give you is to "go through the channels"
Phone your insurance company and inform them of the cosmetic differences which also affect the resale value since it is visible from Google Earth that the headlights are different, surly it is the companys intention to replace what has been lost in \ like for like bases and not using parts from a breakers yard, because had the body repair specialists contaced ford with the Vehicles VIN the correct parts would have been supplied and fitted however this is clearly not the case and as a loyal customer i would advise you not to pay for the repair work until the issue of the incorrect headlight can be resolved.

This excludes you from getting involved in any sort of confrontation with the body shop as it is the insurance companies dutie to insure there customers are 100% satisfied and taken care of.

If i was you though id be goin all out Samuel L Jackson, Pulp Fiction Style on his A.SS
Quick search on Ford Uk shows they are most definitely still stocking both headlights.



#392522 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010)

Posted by Lenny on 31 July 2014 - 10:22 PM

Cheers Lenny.......think I might do it, not gets drl's though. Thinking about Zetec s grills. :)
Sent from under the bonnet

zetecS grills are nice mate, may be a placebo effect in my mind but i think i may have gained slight increase in torque from fitting the zetecS lower grill due to the side louvers shape seems to focus the mass air flow more towards the intercooler giving it greater pressure through its fins,
Not talking anything like the sensation after EGR blanking but a minor increase,
Again as ive said could be all in my mind, just took car for a short sprint after fitting the grills at the time and imagined torque to be a little better,