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#257725 Focus Suspension

Posted by Pitmonster on 04 May 2013 - 06:26 PM

Finally got the job done, at a local independent garage (he's the cousin of my best mate).

I agreed to change the whole front lower wishbones, because although the part is more expensive it makes the labour cheaper, and ultimately is a more thorough job. Each wishbone was £44 each.

He also did the rear bushes without removing the subframe. No idea how, but the whole job front and rear only took 3 hrs.

The total price including parts, labour and VAT was £232 which around 1/3 the price Ford wanted. There may be a bit of "mates rates" in that, but I am a happy bunny indeed.

The car feels so much better now, and the constant jitter over small bumps has gone completely. I was also getting a squeak from the front-left over bumps, and that's gone too. The whole ride and steering have been improved massively.

Tomorrow I'm taking the car for 4-wheel laser alignment, so everything should be sorted.

#247738 Damn You Ford Owners Club....

Posted by Pitmonster on 29 March 2013 - 10:12 PM

Hi Kevin,


I've installed a single-din head unit in my Focus, with a face-place adaptor.

See the link below for pictures (scroll to the bottom)



The thread also includes part numbers for the fitting kit, and the wiring loom that links to the Focus steering controls

#242333 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Pitmonster on 10 March 2013 - 11:28 AM

Excellent post, and congratulations for all your hard work.

Mods are always a matter of personal taste, what's most important to me is that they are done properly - by which I mean no bodge jobs held on with cable ties - and you have certainly done quality work on your car, and you should be proud of the results!

Well done :-)

#195528 Spare Tyre / Space Saver

Posted by Pitmonster on 22 July 2012 - 10:51 AM

You're very welcome, it's a pleasure to help :-)

ps - Glad it all made sense!

#195520 Spare Tyre / Space Saver

Posted by Pitmonster on 22 July 2012 - 09:55 AM

Hey again peeps,

I have 225/40/R18 tyres on my alloys.

I have a (horrid) space saver in the boot.

Im looking at getting rid and geting a full size spare on a steel rim, bit I don't know what size ill need?

Will I need an 18inch rim with the same size tyre on? If so would this fit in my boot hole?

No you don't need an 18 inch rim for your spare, but what you need to do is make sure that the overall circumference of your spare tyre is the same as your normal fitment.

If you fit a smaller rim you need to offset that by having a deeper sidewall profile - as long as you make sure that the total circumference of the tyre is the same

But only do this if you are going to use the new tyre as a temporary thing (like a space saver).
If you are going to use the spare as a long-term thing then it's a different matter, as the different sidewall depth on that one wheel could affect handling and/or steering.
However you should be able to drive faster than on a space saver.

For example your 225/40/R18 tyre has a total circumference of 2004mm.
If your new spare were to be a 205/55/R16 (the size fitted to my Mk2 Zetec, and the size quoted by Lenny) then that tyre size has a total circumference of 1985mm.
The difference is 19mm or 0.95%.
Sounds a lot? It's less than the difference between a new tyre and a worn tyre of the same size (*), and is well within accepted limits - you are recommended to be within 1%.

So effectively your tyres (not wheels) are the same diameter as mine.
This also means that your 225/40/18 probably will fit in the spare wheel bay, as the total circumference is near identical to the tyre Lenny quoted in his post.

To illustrate what I mean, here is a (badly drawn) diagram of the two tyre sizes:

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You will see that the left hand example (your car) has a larger diameter wheel rim (18s) but a lower profile sidewall (40-series).
The right hand example (my car) has a smaller diameter wheel rim (16s) but a higher profile sidewall (55-series).
The wheel diameter and sidewall compensate for each other, and the total overall tyre diameter is the same for both.

See here for more details : http://www.alloywhee...Tyre_Calculator

* A new tyre has a tread depth of 8mm, tyres must be changed at 1.6mm so that's a variance of 6.4mm.
But that's just on one side of the circle - the radius. The total diameter of the tyre has changed by twice that - 12.8mm.
Because the circumference is Pi x diameter, the circumference has changed by 40mm (3.14 x 12.8 = 40.192)
The tyre size I suggest above is less than half of this change.

#159160 Guide To Converting Stock Climate Controls To Custom Set

Posted by Pitmonster on 03 January 2012 - 12:34 PM

think I'll get these, they look brilliant. Thanks Lenny for the guide!

The issue about not seeing the directional indications could be annoying but I'd try remember what is where.

More importantly, has anyone got the aluminum steering wheel inserts or whatever they are? My Lx doesn't have them and I'd love them but only if they were done right and I wouldn't be catching them or they were obviously raised.


You can have mine if you like, drop me a line

#158949 What Oil?

Posted by Pitmonster on 01 January 2012 - 07:56 PM

Just a note that Castrol semi-synthetic and full-synthetic oil is currently on offer at Tesco until sometime later this month.

For example a 2-litre bottle of 5w/30 Magnatec fully-synthetic is 11.34, reduced from 17.00

I believe that Castrol is Ford's recommended supplier, so it's the correct specification (and lists the relevant Ford specs on the bottle)

#157948 Merry Christmas Guys

Posted by Pitmonster on 24 December 2011 - 04:09 PM

A very merry Christmas to everyone, thanks to all for such a friendly welcome and all your help and advice

#157013 A Question For Focus Mk2 1.8Tdci Owners

Posted by Pitmonster on 18 December 2011 - 02:52 AM

All of my diesel cars have taken ages to warm up, a lot longer than petrol cars. My mk2 1.8 TDCi is no exception.

Obviously in winter the water starts off colder, so takes longer to reach your target temp. Mine can take 15-20 minutes easily.

Turning the heater on will always make the water temperature drop a little, because you are drawing heat away from the water system and moving it to the cabin. In fact this is a long-known trick of helping to cool an overheating engine; whack the heater on full and the engine temp will come down slightly.

#156101 Guide To Converting Stock Climate Controls To Custom Set

Posted by Pitmonster on 11 December 2011 - 09:39 PM

Fair cop - surely you can see the light strip on the front of the dial though and know that feet is 6 o'clock etc???

Also bud - not sure if you seen the updated link but these are £12 new delivered so think you might struggle getting £20 for them.

I can see the light on the dial, and the dot that marks the position is very clear, but it's the symbols around the knob I can't see properly. There are 6 symbols on there and I can see 3 of them clearly, one of them I can just about half see, and two are completely hidden.

I'm awkward enough that I don't want to be guessing where to turn the knob to get what I want, or to have to calculate that if that symbol is there then the one next to it that I can't see must be X and then one next to that must be Y etc.

I'm also terrible at remembering things like that, I struggle to remember names at the best of times and even if I've been somewhere a dozen times I still need the sat nav to find it. Just the way my mind works (or doesn't work) I guess.

Price now dropped to £12 to reflect market forces...

#155660 Guide To Converting Stock Climate Controls To Custom Set

Posted by Pitmonster on 07 December 2011 - 07:02 PM

The recirculating button opens & closes a vent that allows fresh air from outside to enter the cabin. When the switch is pressed, and the little light is on, the vent is closed and no outside air can get in - the air inside the cabin is recirculated.

You might want to to this when there are fumes or bad smells outside, say when driving in heavy city traffic or past a farmers field when he's just spread it with manure. Pressing the button means these bad smells won't enter the car.

But the downside is that with no fresh air coming in, the moisture in your breath gradually builds up and the windows steam up. Even with the blowers on full you're just moving that moist air around, so the windows never really clear.

Opening the recirculating vent by pressing the button again means fresh air comes in and your windows will clear a lot faster.

Re: the air conditioning - its for the same reason. Air con also acts like a dehumidifier, removing moisture from the air. This means the windows will clear faster, so when you put the right-hand dial to 12 o'clock (all air directed at the windows) the car is programmed to switch the air con on, to help you demist your windscreen.

#154085 Ford Focus Rear Badge Brake Light

Posted by Pitmonster on 26 November 2011 - 08:26 PM

Mine is 145mm wide, 56mm high
But please note that my Mk2 Focus is a pre-facelift model.

#152102 Guide To Converting Stock Climate Controls To Custom Set

Posted by Pitmonster on 10 November 2011 - 07:11 PM

Received my shiny knobs today, and they look great!
Delivery was 11 days from China, which is less than the 14 I was advised.

Fitted in 2 minutes and give the interior that little lift.

#151918 Wheel Size

Posted by Pitmonster on 09 November 2011 - 12:49 PM

Try something like this:

Ideally you want the rolling radius to be as close as possible to the original tyre, otherwise your speedo will be wrong. There will also be slight changes to ride height and overall gear ratios.

As a tyre wears out from new to old the radius will change anyway, so it's not that big a problem
But a general rule of thumb is to keep the dimensions within 1% so you should be fine (your new tyres will be about 0.75% difference)

#150505 Looking At Tdcis Tomorrow, 1.6 Or 1.8?

Posted by Pitmonster on 29 October 2011 - 09:18 PM

Well I've found one, and paid a deposit! Pick it up next week, and I couldn't be happier

Looked at 3 other cars before choosing this one and it's a corker.

5 years old (registered Oct 06), 1.8 TDCi Zetec (climate), 62k miles but one owner and serviced every year at a Ford main dealer and it's spotless. The engine was sweet as a nut on the test drive, smooth and quiet but pulled like a train. I checked for all the things you guys pointed out, plus a lot more, and there were no issues. Of the cars I've viewed & tested this was the best by a very long way, and the deal was great.

Paid 5k including 6 mths tax, 12 mths MOT, 3 mths warranty, a fresh service including a cambelt (early, I know, but why not!) and a full valet.

Thanks to everyone for your very helpful advice, pics will be up as soon a I collect it :-)