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Ford Harness Connectors

07 December 2014 - 06:31 PM

Hey guys,

Got a project in mind, now that the cold weather has started properly!

Are the harness connectors ford use a custom connector or standard ones you can buy from anywhere? Alternatively does anyone know if the focus 2.5 ignition harness can be bought separately?

I'm looking at modifying the ignition barrel connector to allow "key out running" but not willing to just splice cables into the existing harness. (Handbrake off, clutch in, or brake pressed will kill engine).


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Winter Tyres

24 November 2014 - 06:26 PM

Hey all,


With cold temps starting to reappear, and reports of cars starting to end up in ditches, i've come to a small minefield.... do I put winter tyres on my focus?


I've got about a 35 mile round trip to work, and occasionally do a 100 mile round trip to family, so average 240 miles a week.


Winter 2012 I had my Corsa, which was fantastic on snow even with budget summer tyres. Obviously it had a smaller tyre width/diameter to the Focus. It got me 60 miles along gritted slushy motorways and fresh/compacted ungritted country roads with only a couple of hairy moments (No ABS/Traction), and was otherwise fantastic in the cold snow/ice. Even started on a hill from standstill after stopping to help someone who'd gone off the road.


Question is, would you?

Shiny/glossy Dashboard (Mk 2.5)

20 August 2014 - 08:00 PM

Is anyone elses dashboard really glossy? (And I mean, REALLY glossy)?

I think the dealer I bought it from valeted it with something - i've tried removing it with "Matt finish" cleaner but it's exactly the same.


Anyone have any ideas/suggestions? Is it related to having a heated windscreen?



25 March 2014 - 03:27 AM

Anyone else notice a 5mph or so discrepancy between indicated road speed and a sat nav?

If I go 60 my sat nav is telling me 55 - I believe the sat nav.

Can this be changed using elmconfig?

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Bluey (For Want Of A Better Name!) 2010 1.6 Zetec Focus

12 February 2014 - 09:57 PM

Well... finally thought to post about my wheels. I do plan to do a few mods so I thought i'd just detail them here, one reason just so I can keep track, and two to get some more ideas about what I can do!




So here he/she is! Done 40k, and the previous owner has really looked after her (along with the garage I bought it from who was responsible for all the service history).


I'll post some pictures of mods that i'll do in future, but so far for mods completed we're at:


  1. Speed dependant locking + auto relocking
  2. Deflation detection system activation
  3. Ignition switchable front cigarette lighter (Was driving me nuts being permanently live!) - Have got some pictures so may write a guide if people want!
  4. Brodit proclip + powered phone bracket
  5. Bluetooth aftermarket stereo
  6. Hard-wired dash cam (Mobius)
  7. Illuminated ignition ring (blue) 
  8. Bilateral hi-power white LED strips in boot


And mods/stuff to do include:

  1. Footwell lighting (No bulb holders, going to use the courtesy light/ignition ring loom)
  2. Front parking sensors (button controlled)
  3. Potentially EATC retrofit



Aim of all mods is ease of removal, and "universal" wiring, so it can be removed and refitted to another car with minimal difficulty.