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#459189 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on Yesterday, 10:00 AM

Aah! I thought it was a shammy leather as a makeshift wiper!

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#459176 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on Yesterday, 09:27 AM

Is that a rear wiper mod? :P

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#458242 How Long Does It Take To Find An Idiot!

Posted by Micro on 24 February 2015 - 06:56 PM

I stick with take my chances, breach the line and answer to it if I am pulled. If there is a red light camera though, maybe I would reconsider!

 

I do it if I can put myself somewhere safe (not in the way of oncoming traffic), and where I can still see the lights - if, and only if, there are no red light cameras. Reality is that there is probably not much time saved - by the time everyone has moved out of the way the light has probably changed to green.

 

I had road rage yesterday. Some fool in a celica (the last shape) tried to tailgate me and undertake me, I sped up and he couldn't get past he then swerved at me lol thing is my car would crush all 4 passengers and not even notice. Some people really don't know how to pick a fight. Also it had a BMW Msport badge on it so couldn't be allowed to pass. I had a quote from Gandalf in my head at the time too.

 

Why not just ease off the accelerator to give you more time to slow down if the car in front brakes (as per highway code)? Let those who want to break the law, break the law. If you put yourself in the way you may well end up in the accident they cause.




#457602 How Long Does It Take To Find An Idiot!

Posted by Micro on 22 February 2015 - 08:00 PM

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:D

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#457585 How Long Does It Take To Find An Idiot!

Posted by Micro on 22 February 2015 - 07:30 PM

We can only cross reds on a call and lights/siren must be on.
5mph is the maximum 'authorised' crossing speed.
We must do an 'on the fly' risk assessment.


Aye, should have made my post clearer - if the traffic lights are blocked by traffic. Full audible/visual warnings on through the junction itself.

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#457550 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on 22 February 2015 - 06:47 PM

I've bought two new headlight bulbs, two Lucas H7 £2.52 each from Eurocarparts.

Perfectly bright enough! :D

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#457473 How Long Does It Take To Find An Idiot!

Posted by Micro on 22 February 2015 - 02:56 PM

Blue lights and sirens turn some cars/drivers into unpredictable motorised death traps.

Pet peeve is the "oh god its got blue lights" triggering the "I must stop" mentality, and then brakes being slammed on.

Find this video is quite useful and perhaps should be played before the theory test:



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#457089 Drl Help....please

Posted by Micro on 21 February 2015 - 05:15 PM

Iirc the interior lights are negative switched, they always have 12v, then a component in the ecu switches the negative connection to turn on/ off.

You could put a relay in so that the coil has 12v permanent and taps into the switched ground, then run 12v perm through the relay contacts and out to your drl's - however I don't know what the rating is for the components in the ECU, and if they will like having an extra 200~mA sunk through them.

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#456916 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on 21 February 2015 - 12:34 AM

 
I live in Rochdale. Why?


Just wondered if you were near me mate I'd come help you out, Rochdale would be a hell of a road trip from Herefordshire though!

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#456807 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on 20 February 2015 - 05:46 PM

 
I don't have a red barrel crimp to hand as they are attached to crimp terminals.
 
I am still not sure about your crimping of 2 wires together. How it is going to work.


Where abouts do you live?

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#455173 1.6 Zetec Petrol - Just Me, Or Really Slow Off The Line?

Posted by Micro on 16 February 2015 - 04:12 PM

My Focus seems quite happy off the line - sometimes it does grumble a bit if you don't give it enough revs and it will then decide to be a bit slow, but if you get the revs right it will pick up pretty well. 

 

Bear in mind my description of "picks up pretty well" is only after driving a 1.2 Corsa for near on 5 years ;-)




#455115 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on 16 February 2015 - 01:53 PM

Flickering from LEDs is probably down to them using inferior bulbs with not enough capacitance filtering all the electrical spikes from the alternator/electrics - an automotive electrical environment isn't nice to electronics!

When you do get your camera do you mind taking a few pics? I'm interested to see if there is any difference from mine

 

 

Edit:

 

Just updated my camera, definitely an 0805 as used the 0805 firmware to fix the Mph/kph speed bug. You can see a comparison table here: https://dashcamtalk.com/mini-0805/

 

If you are going to update your camera make sure that it is an 0805, you should have the extra resolution option in settings that the 0803 doesn't have.

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#454068 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on 13 February 2015 - 12:52 AM

Make sure you use the correct size crimp - see here: http://www.instructa...Crimp-Terminal/

 

Probably unnecessary, but I also wrapped all my crimps in insulating tape (Red for positive, Yellow and Green for negative, and Black for general use). Tie down any loose wires so they are not flapping/rubbing on the bodywork (There are some cable guides up the A pillar you can use). Make sure you test each crimp after crimping by giving it a gentle tug.

 

Iirc my fuse tap came with a blue barrel crimp, so I crimped two wires into it and crimped red barrel crimps onto the end, meaning I had a spare ignition switched supply (Useful if you're going to fit two cameras).




#452845 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on 08 February 2015 - 09:52 PM

I'm looking to buy everything I need for this, this coming week so I can start to install it. Was hoping you could take a look at my shopping list and see if I have got everything I need and weather of not you could recommend any alternative Ebay sellers ETC.
Dash Cam (With Hardwiring Kit) - http://www.ebay.co.u...=item43d29ec325
 
Piggy Back Fuse -
http://www.ebay.co.u...rc=1&rmvSB=true
 
Additional 10 Amp Fuse - http://www.ebay.co.u...=item53f6927300
 
Cable Clips (x20) - http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2a25851c75
 
Crimp Ring Terminal - Not sure which one to select can you advice
 
Tools
 
Crimp Tool/Pliers - Can you advice on one for the job?
 
Trim Removal Tools - http://www.ebay.co.u...=item540fb56d26
 
Socket Set - Already have one

You've got a mini blade fuse tap, but standard 10a fuse extra.

For the extra £40, you can get a 32gb class 10 microsd for £11 on Amazon, and a hard wiring cable (£3ish) on eBay (search 301360340004), and then the 0803 cam off Amazon. Its stated as the upgraded 0803 but its actually an 0805 (mine was!), if it turns out not to be its free return delivery and no restocking costs.

Wrt crimping - I have some draper crimping pliers, they're not the ratcheting type but do the job - ratcheting ones would be better.

Screwfix do 100x spade female or 100x spade male for £3.60 each, fairly good price compared to eBay.


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#452648 Ford Focus Mk3, Sub, Amp & Speakers Upgrade

Posted by Micro on 08 February 2015 - 12:56 PM

 
Hi Micro, 
 
Is there any chance of a link to this so I can have a look, I've tried to type in the above on Amazon and can not find it. Also with your Dash Cam's as you have front & rear are they both the same make of camera of have you gone for 2 different makes?

Here is the link: http://www.amazon.co...aw/d/B00JJI40KU

My front cam is this one, my rear is a Möbius (what I originally had up front).

As Lenny said you can use any point on the body to ground as long as there is good contact with unpainted metal (lots of pre-existing bolts).

The only issue at present is that the camera overlays the speed as "Kph" but labels it as Mph (So at 56mph it says you're doing 90mph) - the GPS data is correct though and I imagine it'll get fixed with a firmware update - this is true for all 0805s at present.

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