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#434491 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

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 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

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 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was 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.

#433989 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 04 December 2014 - 06:46 AM

They're so beautifully made that I don't want to HIde them in the door :( I want to put them in a display case

your crazy bro!!

I've dragged In a friend to help me finish as much as possible tomorrow! (Cheating I know... But Lenny & Hassen have got kids to help them :( )

I can only speak for myself on this matter as i don't know others situation but i don't allow my kids assist me in modifications as they have there own rights to be kids aswell as there own personal interests,
However there's no rules to working on the car if you can get someone whom you trust enough to help you then go for it,

Ooh right! You can tell I've had no sleep! I've seen that on the real hustle when it used to be on tv, filling boxes with rocks& bubble wrap and all kinds of crap! If I ever received a gift full of that stuff I'd simply cry... I get so giddy when I've got parcels to open! (What has my life come to?!)

+1 :lol:

#433980 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 04 December 2014 - 02:36 AM

Few bags of sugar?


Sweeter than that!!! The build quality of the Focal's is actually amazing!!!

They look great, bet you can't wait to fit them now :)
When i said few bags of sugar i was referring to a method used by scam artists to trick people in to thinking the actual item is inside,
RadioWorld would be possible :lol:
Popular scam around Christmas aswell,
Pop up tents offering to wrap your gifts for charity
They take out contents and fill with a bag of sugar,
You don't know until Christmas day,

#433930 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 03 December 2014 - 09:35 PM

It's going to be my little pocket rocket (don't be dirty!!). Summer 2015 I'm using up a week of my holidays just to go driving around the UK & maybe Scotland! Should be an interesting, fuel consuming trip!
I'm kind of glad the Focal's haven't arrived yet.. As it's motivated me to get the axle spacers done! Just a little bit of advice when it comes to fitting them; allow lots of time, allow lots of room around you (for those sneaky swears that slip out when you realise the bolts in the kit are too long and your ABS ring is rubbing). Check that your hub is secured back onto the axle securely! Otherwise your wheels will gradually grow further and further apart until.. Well, until your car looks like it's on bags...
Have you got a picture of the exhaust? Your car's soon to be the best sounding in Ireland! Both engine & ICE. You'll have to fight for the title with Hassen though!
You're going all out on the silent coat! You'll have to post a Picture of the interior just with silentcoat before you put the trim back in! It'll be like a spaceship!

Good advice :)
Below is some pictures of the exhaust,
Ill take plenty of pictures when sound proofing too :)


#433908 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 03 December 2014 - 08:53 PM

[quote name="GingerFlame" post="433877" timestamp="1417634195"]At work so a quick reply;
I'm going to lower the car slightly in January so I'll have the wheels aligned then! I've got some low profile tyres for summer and I want them to be worn out by aggressive driving.. Not by slow, camberous (new word) driving! Aha[/quote]
Fiesta will look great and handle very well lowered,

I did get my Focal's from them!! They're useless! I emailed them a week after ordering saying they would be despatched that day or the next! Not happy :( . It was the best price on eBay though I suppose.. Every penny counts!

RadioWorld were 25 pounds cheaper than anywhere else for the focus custom sub enclosure aswell, they do follow through with the order eventually :rolleyes:

Your car is going to be ridiculously silent on the motorway! Unless you're ordering a performance exhaust with the Christmas shopping so Vicki doesn't notice?

:lol: already fitted a 2.5" cat back piper duplex exhaust around two years ago :) does get a bit noisy when there's a cross wind on the motorway the pipes whistle lol
I've spoken with Vicki a few weeks ago and got approval to spend half my Christmas bonus (250GBP) on the car this month so I've got a few items on route all to be told on 24th ill post a combined update on my build thread.

Your car is going to be ridiculously silent on the motorway! Unless you're ordering a performance exhaust with the Christmas shopping so Vicki doesn't notice? How much silent coat are you ordering?

Your car is going to be ridiculously silent on the motorway! Unless you're ordering a performance exhaust with the Christmas shopping so Vicki doesn't notice? How much silent coat are you ordering?[/quote]
Starting with two packs of the silent coat,
Ill do under the seats and perhaps the roof area first,
Definitely doing the doors last because if i run out i can easily remove door cards and continue,
Would be a nightmare to run short when doing under the seats or something.

#433866 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 03 December 2014 - 06:49 PM

Your link was to a much better value Amazon page :)

ya know; sometimes i even surprise myself :lol:

Have the speakers made a recovery? Haha! Have you installed your sub yet? I remember you installed the enclosure to test fit and made the mounting hardware for the amp but I can't remember whether you actually got it installed?

Yeah there still alright :lol: i quickly turned it down after i stopped laughing as i realised id be without sound again if i blew them just yet,
Can't believe they don't even handle level 15 on a 50w x 4 headunit :wacko:
I may do an Italian Job on the fronts when upgrading in May, hook them up to the JL amp pause a track encountering a heavy base, turn it up to 50 :) blow them out of the doors :lol:
I've not fitted the sub or amp yet, I've got some work and purchasing to do,
Need to wait until i have the 4 CH amp before i can carpet the panel, also need to purchase some items i wont be installing speakers or sub until May after the sound proofing goes in,
Only completed upgrades fitted to date is the headunit and reverse camera.

Today I got my rear axle spacers fitted! They have completely transformed the rear of the car! I didn't take any pictures during as I was rushing to get it finished before I start work (now). I'll take some pictures on Thursday, as I cleaned all the corrosion off the brake drums and gave the brakes a quick service whilst I had the hub off. I'm going to paint the drum satin black on Thursday too!

look forward to some pictures, the rear spacers will help reduce the turning radius on the front wheels meaning i5 corners sharper, i recommend having your wheels laser aligned in the next six months to correct camber after spacing prevent excessive tyre wear on inside.

Also, the Focal's still haven't arrived :(
I had a box the same size & shape arrive today... And it was rather heavy! I got all excited and tore it open, to fine the present I've ordered my mum for Christmas inside :(

Marble Chopping board is the only thing i can think that would resemble size and weight of the package,
Did you purchase the Focal from RadioWorld by any chance?
They forgot to send my sub enclosure until i raised an eBay claim, then they performed a stock count on the item and realised ow we forgot to ship it...
Terrible to see a company lacking in performance in a department which they allegedly "specialise" its like Royal Mail not delivering post?
Why bother coming to work if you cant do the only thing your job entails.
And it's a terrible Customer Service strategy when the "customer himself" provides you with the idea to check the level of physical stock on that particular item compared to the stock figure showing on the system.
If one extra is in physical stock that proves you didn't send it :lol:
I paid them for the item, all they gotta do is ship it simples, i don't understand business that can't do business.

#433715 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Lenny on 03 December 2014 - 06:27 AM

I didn't realise how heavy the silentcoat is! Even just with the coverage I've done on the passenger door so far, it makes a good solid thud once closer.. Although as I've got no door handle I have to close it with my hand through the speaker hole! Haha, sharp sharp sharp ouch
I'm going to get the silentcoat in every nuck & cranny I can! Even if it means ordering another batch of it. The boot & under the rear seats will be getting a layer or too, although I'll probably buy big sheets of it via the link Lenny shared on his thread. At the moment I've got a roll 5m x 10cm and another coming as I couldn't afford any more and I wanted to get the doors done
I'm sure once this is all finished I'll be over the moon! But at the minute i just keep thinking "it'll be fine" "leave the stock speakers" "stop messing with things" haha

Didn't realise my link was different to others.
The weight wont be noticed when driving as its evenly distributed throughout the body aswell.
Will be 100% when all fitted,
I almost blew the stock speakers in the focus coming to work last nite,
Had Equaliser set to "powerful" and volume 12 streaming YouTube from phone via Bluetooth
They all began to crackle like a Geiger counter.

the door closes with a nice thud upfront.

+1 I've been in Hassan's focus and you really notice the premium quality feel when getting in and closing the door,
No bean tin echo just a "tump" and the audio is fantastic tightest base system I've heard on the road.