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#418187 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 10:04 PM

Sorry Lenny :(
:P
Not going for the USB port on the heated screen panel?

No prob,
I got out of wrong side of the bed this morning and work are really doing my head in over my chronic back condition i apologize for venting off a bit at you guys.
Glad its friday get two days to relax and clear my head a bit.
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They are a nice idea but i dont like having wires running around the dash i like to have everything tooked away and tidy,
The stereo is iPod and Android app compatable allowing full control via headunit so no need to have devices visible,
They can remain hidden at all times within the armrest.
 

Lenny, if you fancy 'disposing' of your 12V Socket out of the armrest console (what with your straight swap to a USB port an' all), I am still looking at installing one in my boot. ;) :D
Bagsies if its going.  :P

Sounds good to me mate,
I'll remove the centre arm rest socket tomorrow morning and despatch to you for 7 pounds to cover shipping and envelope,
Alternatively there available from ford for 10.59 shipped.
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item257f4b01cc


#418179 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 09:34 PM

Aux port discussion,
Mainly putting this information out there for those whom may be interested in following,

Ok since ill be going aftermarket stereo,
The stock Aux port socket fitted in the glovebox will become useless,

I like to keep everything as OEM as possible, so I've found this 3.5mm Socket which will replace the original ford designed unit while performing with the aftermarket unit.
http://www.ebay.co.u...STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Now since the aftermarket headunit has USB function i need to fit a USB port somewhere in the car,
I've decided to remove the stock 12v socket inside the centre arm rest and replace it with this USB/3.5mm jack AUX port straight swap:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Since the headunit only has one 3.5mm AUX socket input on the rear a 3.5mm Y splitter is required to allow both sockets become active:
http://www.ebay.co.u...STRK:MEBIDX:IT

However only one can be used at any time,
Overall it retains the OEM feature aswell as the option of USB connection inside the centre console,


#418126 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 07:01 PM

Update:
Ok this one was a bit of an impulse purchase, i sold a few items on eBay and had this item in the watch list to purchase,
Without checking the contents of the already purchased vibe amplifier installation kits i went and purchased 10m roll of vibe flatflex from uk it arrived today,
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Pure cringe as it arrived today thinking ugh should have done a little more research prior to purchasing that one lol
You see each vibe amp wiring kit comes supplied with 5 metres of this vibe flat flex cable,
So I've now got 25 metres of the stuff :rolleyes: suppose i can always sell the excess onwards after installation is complete,

I've gotta run a feed of twin core flatflex from the boot compartment to each speaker in all four doors should definitely pass a day or two in the spring.
Still awaiting on the reverse camera to arrive, seller was supposed to be in Glasgow but the item is shipping from China,
As soon as it arrives i can begin installing it to the boot handle.

I've some research to do this weekend regarding the camera:
I'm hoping to have the cameras power feed connected to the reverse light positive aswell as its sensor feed,
Because i don't want to supply permanent power to the camera due to it being cheap China equipment i only want it to receive power when reversing is active,
I need to know if it will work if wired in this way or does it need constant supply of power.

In other news,

I've won a steering stalk control on eBay yesterday for 1 pound :)
Doesn't have the voice button on top which is exactly what i want,
Then 5 pound postage to my parcel motel address in northern Ireland,
Overall should be less than 10 pounds delivered to my local collection point,
Very pleased with that,
Managed to obtain a picture of the back of the stereo on google Images,
To see what it needs as i plan to only fit it once,
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Ill fit the RCA's and camera inputs when fitting the stereo store them in glovebox area until im ready to strip out the car and route them to the boot compartment,

That's me more/less done then until late January ill continue to chip away at the shopping list,
Its all down hill after purchasing the head unit.
All other items are cheaper.


#417963 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 08:56 AM

Yeah sorry for that Lenny, its easy to get sidetracked and diverse during conversation.


No comment :lol: best response to end it i think :lol:


#417947 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 10 October 2014 - 05:18 AM

Could almost start a new thread on led's as this has absolutely nothing to do with my build thread guys


#417661 Guide: Fitting Ford Rs Led Rear Light Units Focus Mk2.5 Pdf

Posted by Lenny on 09 October 2014 - 08:58 AM

Guide: Fitting Ford Rs Led Rear Light Units Focus Mk2.5 now available to download in PDF.

Attached File  Guide fitting RS tail lights Mk2.5 focus.pdf   2.29MB   36 downloads


#417557 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2014 - 07:46 PM

Oh dear Lenny if this is true I suggest you start earning your street cred back and return scooter for his refund. I have to admit, I would rather listen to a single gear scooter all day, any day of the week, over that interesting attempt at music he otherwise makes...


J'adore Hardcore :)


#417493 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine Pdf

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2014 - 04:28 PM

finally got the egr blanking plate guide converted to pdf format so now if photobucket are not displaying the images you can still download the pdf version,


Attached File  Guide Blanking EGR Valve 1.6 TDCI 1.6 HDI Diesel Engine.pdf   2.54MB   93 downloads


#417492 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2014 - 04:23 PM

Ive finally converted this guide tp pdf format for easy download and print or view,

See link here to download this guide in pdf:
http://www.fordowner...ci-engine-pdf/


#417398 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2014 - 10:08 AM

Pmsl ... Tarnish your reputation ... Dearest hubbie you listen to scooter!!!!


"Respect to the man in the ice-cream van"


#417362 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 08 October 2014 - 08:36 AM

Good call there with the other kit Lenny. Worked out to be cheaper. 
 
How does the Vibe fast plug work btw and where will you be using it?

The vibe FastPlug fits close to the amplifier,
It takes positive, negative and the blue switched live feed from the stereo in to its ports creating a plug and socket connection making it easy and safe to unplug the sound system in the event you need more boot compartment space,
With the socket end remaining in the car insulating the live cables from harm,

Here's some pictures of one installed,
I had one on my last sub box system aswell worth every penny quick and easy.

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Just gotta source some good quality connectors for the audio cables feeding from amp to speakers then the system will be plug & play

when I was gathering my parts, I phone a bunch of places to do the fitting. Most of them turned me down as I had not bought the parts from them. I really wonder if there is a big enough market for Car Audio in Ireland such as in England. Maybe myself and Lenny could start a Car Audio shop like Soundman CA :)

i owe a big thanks to the local automotive electronic engineer whom installed the alarm i supplied him with to my car,
Took him two days and charged me 550 euro just for labour, i supplied all the parts and wiring schematic,
It was that fleecing that give me the motivation to get educated on automotive electronics and create all the guides to prevent others from getting fleeced aswell.

I have to agree somewhat with vicki on this occasion in regards to the modified scene in Ireland most enthusiast's prefer to run the cables loose and visible with the intention of removing it all again when it comes to selling the car or abandoning it when buried in a field or wall,

I don't really see a market there for business since most people do it themselves and the market is tarnished with quote "professional installers" whom fleece people for installing accessories.
Plus there's not a huge number of enthusiast's like ourselves that take the time to ensure it is aesthetically pleasing aswell as performing,
Most enthusiasts in Ireland just want the noise and don't care how it looks,
Overall our attention to detail would be wasted on the common enthusiast

However i sincerely disagree with the stereotypical statement from vicki implying that only quote "boy racers" use sub's,
I would be more inclined to say "boy racers" abuse sub's having them droned out even the noise from the engine. Aswell as purchasing brands such as Fusion, kicker and edge which are illuminated colours appealing to the youths,

However the more modest enthusiast in search of a quality sound system chooses the correct equipment such brands like JL audio, Clarion and JBL, aswell as taking the time to sound proof the body creating a permanent quality system,

Completely different styles of enthusiast's and goals again the "boy racer" scene tarnishing the interests of a true enthusiast.


#417226 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 07 October 2014 - 07:08 PM

Got a phone call from Halfords this morning to say that second Vibe FastPlug had arrived in stock,

So i went down after work and saved 6.74 Euro today at Halfords using the FOC discount card :)

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I've purchased another Vibe Slick amplifier wiring kit, but this one's got smaller 8AWG power cables,

I don't need the 8AWG power cables from the kit purchased today,
The only part i need from today's kit is the five metre RCA cable contained in the kit,

Yes vibe do sell the 5 metre RCA cable on its own but it's over 50 pounds cheaper to purchase a vibe slick 8 AWG wiring kit which contains a 5 metre male-male RCA cable among other parts,
Compared to logging on eBay and purchasing the vibe RCA cable on its own,
See links:
Vibe Slick 8 AWG wiring kit from Halfords containing the 5 metre RCA:
http://www.halfords....fier-wiring-kit

Ebay listing Vibe 5 metre RCA cable on its own:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3cba75b572

And here:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20b6f579f3

Even here:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3f07120357

Its exactly the same cable :rolleyes:
The 8AWG kit is the smallest size cable kit which vibe supply but the RCA cable contained inside is the same in both 4AWG and 8AWG wiring kits.

Since ill be installing a four channel amp it requires two separate RCA inputs from the stereo
One RCA feed for rear speakers
One RCA feed for front speakers

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I then need a third RCA cable to feed the separate Mono amp powering the sub,
Cheapest way to get the third RCA cable was to purchase the third vibe slick amp wiring kit,
I'm now going to list the remaining parts from the 8AWG kit on eBay as its no use to my requirements.


#417217 How Much Did You Save At Halfords

Posted by Lenny on 07 October 2014 - 06:34 PM

Saved 6.74 Euro today at Halfords using the FOC discount card :)
The second Vibe FastPlug arrived back in stock so they give me a call to go and collect,

it's over 50 pounds cheaper to purchase a vibe slick 8 AWG wiring kit which contains a 5 metre male-male RCA cable among other parts,
Compared to logging on eBay and purchasing the vibe RCA cable on its own,
See links:
Vibe Slick 8 AWG wiring kit from Halfords containing the 5 metre RCA:
http://www.halfords....fier-wiring-kit
Ebay listing Vibe 5 metre RCA cable on its own:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3cba75b572
And here:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item20b6f579f3
Even here:
http://www.ebay.co.u...=item3f07120357

Its exactly the same cable :rolleyes: five times the price if purchased outside of the kit

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#416987 Guide Fitting Second Reverse Light Ford Focus Mk2 & Mk2.5

Posted by Lenny on 06 October 2014 - 09:33 PM

Update confirmed Genuine Supplier of Cree.
There have been reports from members whom purchased cree bulbs from China on eBay only to be disappointed the don't illuminate at all or low quality light.
I would like to attempt to prevent further disappointment by saying:

Alltronix are a UK based stockiest of genuine cree bulbs from America not replicas from China,

Here's the first model: http://www.alltronix...roducts_id=275

Here's the latest model:
http://www.alltronix...05jftihl4kmjk0

Here's the rear fog:
http://www.alltronix...products_id=322


#416950 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Lenny on 06 October 2014 - 08:15 PM

You got it all laid out and planned to a T there Lenny. I like how you thinking ahead and gonna do the whole job at one go. Definitely minimises your time working on the car in the end. 
 
I also like the braiding you will be using. I reckon once I get my new amp, reroute my cables, I will be getting some myself. Unsure of what size I will need but reckon it will be a lot cleaner of an install and protect the cables as well. Good find there and I am saving that link :)

thanks very much, i like taking the time to plan things out before doing them for me that's 40% of the enjoyment, then its a fantastic feeling when it turns out just as you had planned it to,
Biggest let down ironically enough is when its all finished and done,
There's no more challenge or room for customisation its just "that's how it is" i mostly enjoy the planning and building of a project most allows room for expression.

Ya know its funny how i discovered that braided sleeve,
I was in a meeting room back in 2010 about pensions :rolleyes: i was 25 at the time and as i remember i was very very Drunk!! :lol:
Nah no seriously i was at a meeting about pensions and the retirement age had just been increased to 70 so having
Heard enough "sure yeah" "absolutely" and the growingly popular "moving forward yeah" phrases
I began to study the ceiling in the room :)

In the centre of the ceiling was a projector with various cables feeding from the rear,
They were all contained inside this braided sleeve prior to entering a hole in the roof which led them back to a hub at the top of the room looked quite tidy,

The amp reminds me of the projector a rectangular unit with many cables,
Thankfully we have sourced a supplier :) and the way things are going i reckon the braided cable is the only life enhancing element I'm ever likely to get out of anything pension related lol

Lenny, the sky is definitely getting darker and winter is coming soon. Light will be fading out earlier soon. Weather warning as well for the next few days :(
 
Mr_Spock thread Guide Complete Stereo install Focus Mk2/Mk2.5 is full of useful information and he did a terrific job with his sound system. I have asked him questions in the past and he has been very helpful. I am sure he will answer any questions you have. If you have any questions for myself, ask away and I will be happy to help out. [/size]
 
With all the parts that you will not be using out of the car, I reckon with their sale, you will have some money to put towards the new build. I kept all my old parts as I plan to put them back into the car when I do decide to sell it. [/size]
 
Keep us posted on the progress :)[/size]

Today was freezing your completely right mate winters not really the best time to try get your car in to a stage where its looking somthing like this:

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So ill spend the next 5-6 months piecing it all together ready to take 3-4 days run at it in March of next year.

Thanks mate the most comforting part of undertaking such a time consuming process such as this one is:
Having contacts whom have done it all before themselves,
This helps a lot because you guys have been there and done it,
You will know exactly what I'm talking about and how to conquer any issues that may arise,
By the end of it the three of us will be experienced in the process.
I especially like the idea Mr.spock used some grease spray to coat the earth terminal contacts after getting them down to the metal,

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I must search for a supplier in Ireland as its almost impossible to ship any type of aerosol in to the country with all the DGS regulations.

I don't see myself ever selling the focus so i personality don't see reason in holding on to the parts when they can be of use to others out there and as you say sell to reinvest in to mods, thats what ive done with all parts that have fallen off alon) the way lol 16" alloys sold to buy RS tail lights, stock spoiler sold to buy scuff plates and mud flaps, 6000CD sold to pay for half of the Sony Island single CD.
Every little helps as they say,

I didn't need to down grade the steering stalk to a non voice control support unit but when there's no voice control button it avoids a single question and life story answer of why it doesn't work on the pioneer stereo and how it came to be there :lol: Just easier if it wasn't there to be pointed at :)