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#397858 Modifications

Posted by Lenny on 15 August 2014 - 03:46 PM

The footwell light thing really is that simple...if your car has the sockets, which apparantly most mk3 cars do.
Get a little mirror and look up midway along under the glovebox. You should see an empty bulb socket....simply fit the bulb.
Similar drivers side about level with the brake pedal.
Best of luck with it.


Footwell lighting will be good if its as easy as it sounds :) I don`t really trust myself with wiring haha

I have done a guide on fitting front and rear footwell lighting aswell as illuminated ignition ring,
See link on my profile page,
Guide to Fitting Footwell Lighting In Your Ford Click Here
If you don't have footwell lighting sockets currently there or would like to add any of the above i can link you to all supplies and instruct you on the process if desired.

#397630 Rear Tyre Points Inwards At The Top

Posted by Lenny on 14 August 2014 - 09:37 PM

Hmmmm a shoe up the low riders A.R.S.E .
Seriously though I followed a lowered bmw and it had to go diagonal across a speed hump to get over it and the exhaust still scraped, people think it looks cool very stupid .

Totally agree mate ive saw honda accord and an Audi A4 Quote: "in da weeds man" aswell :)

#397623 Rear Tyre Points Inwards At The Top

Posted by Lenny on 14 August 2014 - 09:05 PM

Cars that 'boast' excessive negative camber just look like an elephant sat on them... well.. to me anyway.

+1 the also use the term "slammed" or "low life crew"
i dont care what anyone says i blame monthy python with the big foot, give them all the idea in the first place: lol:

#397622 Rear Tyre Points Inwards At The Top

Posted by Lenny on 14 August 2014 - 09:01 PM

80% of fords I do are normally good camber wise , just way out with the toe big time :D :driving:
I cant stand stupidly low cars :iim:

Some say arch gap is like a woman's !Removed! :lol:
tighter it is the better the ride quality,

All i know is gotta pass the shoe test mate





Too Much!!


#397596 Rear Tyre Points Inwards At The Top

Posted by Lenny on 14 August 2014 - 08:16 PM

just standard zetec s 17's Len

If my memory is correct they are 17x7.5 so your camber will be slightly more negative perhaps up to 4cm more negative than a mk2 rolling 16x6.5
The wider it goes the larger the gap difference,
If your noticing it on tyres then i recommend fitting the adjustable bolts for 30 quid mate,

#397570 Rear Tyre Points Inwards At The Top

Posted by Lenny on 14 August 2014 - 07:51 PM

Ok :)
The top of the wheel sticking inwards is known as negative camber,
This improves lateral grip when going heavy on the corners as the tyre is shaped for it, but sadly thats the only positive out of negative camber,
Down side is it causes excessive wear on the inside of the tyre,
Because the tyre road contact is not equal,
Results of negative camber saw in image:


Excessive negative camber is quite popular with the VAG scene dropped on coilovers stretched tyres on fat rims with excessive negative camber will seriously boost street credit, :lol: people would begin to tell you "man that thing looks sick and off da chain"



But riding that low, involves changing the oil sump pan aswell as your filter every 10,000km as saw sparks below:


As standard the focus has fixed camber bolts from factory, these bolts cant be adjusted, so by default all standard focus have slightly negative camber on the rear wheels,
It generally doesn't become a big issue unless the car is lowered by 30mm onwards or fitted with rims wider than 6.5" track,  i.e 17x7.5" or the mammoth 18x8" the wider tyre adds pressure to the inside wall if camber is not corrected.
It is then you require adjustable rear camber bolts cost under 40 pounds on ebay,



Prevent negative camber after lowering they may be required to best resolve your camber issues too.
Ultimately you need laser tracking alignment though,
You will gain it back on increased fuel economy and tyres savings, also your car will be safer when braking in wet or slippery conditions due to increased surface contact with the road.

#397385 Lend Us A Ride Australia.. New Series!

Posted by Lenny on 14 August 2014 - 07:31 AM

#397139 Modifications

Posted by Lenny on 13 August 2014 - 06:33 PM

Have you 'upgraded to footwell lighting'?
Most Mondeo MK3's have the wiring and sockets all fitted and live.
All you need is two 501 bulbs from Wilkinsons which cost £1.50 and simply fit them. Or for £9.50 you can get some blue neons to really make it look cool.
Whilst in Halfords getting your neons get another packet and fit them in the courtesy lights behind the vanity mirrors ..for a cool blue look in the evenings !
I have a Mondeo MK3 TDCI and the footwell lights really do transform the car.

:lol: very stereotypical comment there "while in Halfords getting neons" :lol:
There's led bulbs on ebay.co.uk 255% cheaper than halfords store,
Go in to Halfords view the item, go home, log on to ebay and purchase it :)

#397136 My Performance Blue S1600

Posted by Lenny on 13 August 2014 - 06:24 PM

Looking forward to seeing the tints mate, how dark are you going? Ive got 35% on mine i rrckon its dark enough,
Also looking forward to seeing the grill when complete,
DMB's look fantastic,
Shame about the rim, best to have it sorted before winter though, water gets in to cracks in the enamel frost comes, water expands when frozen causes flaking of the paint, worst type of rims to enjure this are chrome, look like broken glass,

#397039 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 13 August 2014 - 12:20 PM

That's brilliant Lenny thanks. So basically, it's always a good idea to get one of those modified ELM cable watchamadoodles then? At least that way, IF for any reason I ended up with an EGR fault code, I could remove the plate, reset the error and everything would be (should be) hunky dory?

Yes :)
If an error were to appear, leave the blanking plate in place dont remove the blanking plate atall,
Just reset the error each time is comes up,
It will stop after 3-4 times and wont return, gets used to being blanked,

Ive never saw or heard of an eml after blanking a 1.6TDCi though,

Best to get a wired elm327 this will read and clear errors,
It can also be modified following this guide while still functioning as a diagnostic scanner you can use it to program various features to your car
See guide:

You can purchase them ready modified by contacting this guy here:

#396933 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 13 August 2014 - 05:49 AM

Out of interest does anyone know the likelihood of any errors, or lights showing up on my engine - It's got Stage IV emissions - no mention of a dpf (and I actually believe the previous owner told me it didn't have one, although at the time I didn't know what one was so it went in one ear and out the other)..
It's a 1.6L Duratorq TDCi (90PS) on a 57reg focus...
Not sure if it is literally just hit and miss or whether there are those that are more susceptible to problems.
Also...IF any lights etc did arise, could I just reverse everything and it'd go back to normal? 

My engine is a Euro 5 emissions vehicle and ive never had an error,
The emissions system gets more intelligent each time they release it,
So Euro 6 may be able to detect egr blanked on the 1.6TDCi but euro 5 doesn't i reckon you wont have any problems with euro4 atall since euro5 is cool with it,

Now should an error ever appear on your car for anything,
Once displayed it becomes logged in the cars memory,
The car then displays this error forever until being reset via a diagnostic scanner such as an ELM327
Even if the error is no longer a valud issue, once logged the car displays the ELM (Engine Management Light) until redet,
So the only way to easily check if the problem has gone away is to reset the error,
I cant see the EGR blanking plate creating any issues on your 1.6TDCi though.
Just thought its a good time to explain the operations of the system.

#396930 New Member - Hiya Guys And Gals :)

Posted by Lenny on 13 August 2014 - 05:26 AM

haha, cheeky goat! so far I have 3 or 4 in there all the time and its not spontaneously combust so far....

:lol: sorry i couldnt resist this one the way it read in the sence that were all progressively learning.

#396837 Focus Titanium Mk2.5 Build Diary Has Started...

Posted by Lenny on 12 August 2014 - 08:18 PM

This could mean bluetooth feature plug & play. May need to do more finds in loom.
Sent from my GT-I9505 using Ford OC mobile app

Take time to research model numbers when purchasing the bluetooth module,
They all plug in to the same loom but there software compatibilitys are different,
Mondeo module wont function with focus stereo,
2005-2008 focus module wont function with voice control
You require a Bluetooth module to match the erea of stereo 2008-2011 in order to make use of all functions,
Regardless of what ebay sellers say or what car they say it came from, the model numbers never lye,
You need to find the model number which is compatable with your system.
Its all plug&play after that.

#396825 Water In Boot

Posted by Lenny on 12 August 2014 - 07:46 PM

I open the boot today to see loads of water and I mean loads. I have like a litre of water in the boot. You can see water drops on the subwoofer, and on the parcel shelf . I was hit in the back by a f****** stupid !Removed!. I've got issues not of water in boot and the dash saying boot is open till u open it and close it abit more. The repair shop has said the boot lid looks ok but it don't feel in line when you run your fingers in the grooves. Is this a sign that my car is twisted and it's time to let it go?
The guy hit the car while it was stationary which is the worse. And he won't pay for it . He's hide his car so I carnt get his reg . And police don't care. He my neighbour as well.
Can anyone help I a temporary fix or is it best to sell the car?
Sent from my HTC One_M8 using Ford OC mobile app

A common problem on the focus mk2 and mk2.5 2005-2011 hatchback models is the boot leak,
This problem is caused by the seals on the bolts which hold the rear spoiler to the boot lid,

If you remove the rear spoiler,
Dry the area,
Apply bathroom silicone around the bolt holes exterior of the boot panel,
Refit the spoiler,
Job done,

Ive removed mine and sealed it prior to this common problem ever getting a chance to manifest itself,

This may not solve your specific issue however it is a known common fault with the design so worth considering.

Also check the tail light grommet seals.

#396823 Egr Blaking Plate Help

Posted by Lenny on 12 August 2014 - 07:39 PM

Hi all
Have just fitted a EGR blanking plate on my 2008 tdci  2.0 Focus
And now keep getting the code P0490 ( Exhaust Gas Recirculation Control Circuit High)
Any help out there please ??

Have you tried resetting the error using an elm327 or diagnostic scanner?
Once an error is logged you need to remove it using a diagnostic scanner,
Given a couple of weeks the car learns to accept blanking is king and stops errors,

Was there another location further back stream where you could fit the blanking plate post sensors, before it reaches the pressure sensor,
When blanked all exhaust gasses flow out the exhaust,
They will however flow as far as the blanking plate but never recirculate when blanked,
If there is an option to fit the blanking plate further back in the pipeline before sensors this will eliminate high pressure build up around the sensor location,