Thanks for the kind words. Makes it worth while when people compliment the car
No updates still I have a set of Heko wind deflectors on the way but nothing on the horizon unfortunately.
I was away racing this weekend. An average weekend I guess. Torrential rain saturday evening made it the worst night of my life.
Sunday morning the bike wouldn't run, combination of water in the electrics, very humid air so wrong carb settings made it a nightmare getting it running.
A new plug later and lots and lots of carb fettling it was running, just in time for practice.
Stock 140 Class: Heat 1 - 5th, Heat 2 - 7th (with a loose exhaust due to a sheered stud in the head, causing lack of throttle responce!) Final - 6th An ok result, and good points towards the championship, this 'should' bump me back upto 5th in the championship.
Open class: Heat 1 - 2nd, Heat 2 - 3rd, Final - 3rd, Two 3rd's in 2 rounds is fantastic, and more silverware!
Hi all, not been on the forum for a while having bought a Fiesta, sold the Focus and been mega busy at work.
Il copy this from another forum, so if the odd bit dosnt make scence... sorry!
Heres some pictures from the day I picked her up from Wales:
And one of the misses car (Soon to be replaced by a mk6.5 fez)
One of the two together:
It was a miserable cold day but we still had a bit of time to look around and drive some of the awesome roads.
Theres a few niggles that need sorting with it which will be done when money allows. But for now im saving for the insurance renewal in a few months.... (This is not going well LOL!)
First mod was a bonnet bra... the bonnet has a couple of nasty stone chips in it which I cant afford to be repaird, so for the mean time, this will cover it up and make me feel better
First time iv taken photos at night (Didnt go too well.. only 1 came out half decent) :
Painted front callipers:
DMB overlays and boot lock cover fitted
Laguna splitter fitted (Worse job ever in below 0 temp on a stone driveway!)
Worth it though
Birthday prezzy from inlaws
Soon put to use: (went mad with pics)
This is the front wing polished and bumper not polished.. you can see the difference!
I also got the gopro hero2 out for the first time in a long time (Normally use it when racing bikes, but due to work not been out for ages!)
Will be removed again in a week or so's time to flatten off the lacquer and get that mirror shine. Quite happy bearing in mind it was my first time spraying anything... and it was only rattle cans too.
Mist jets removed from the focus before I sold it happen to fit the fez so they were colour coded and fitted too!
Crimbo prezzie from the misses Cant have them till crimbo day though Cant wait!
So this is the list...
Done: Boot lock cover Put in 12v lighter socket (missing when I bought the car) Replaced passenger side headlight (damaged when bought) DMB overlays black/chrome Paint front callipers blue Colour code boot grab Colour code exterior door handles Colour code front fog light surrounds Colour coded mist washer jets Laguna front splitter Richbrook gear knob
In progress: Fit scangauge for an OEM look (Fitted, but not looking OEM yet)
To do list: Detailed clean/try remove some light scratches Leather gear gator Upgrade audio Paint brake drums black Aero wipers Mountune MRD270 remap Lower 30/40mm Richbrook aeriel Rubber floor mats Wind deflectors Colour code bump strips Paint grilles (Satin black or gloss?)
I will try keep everything up to date as much as possible. C+C welcome
Quick update (will become more detailed next week I expect)
Il be filling the car up for the 3rd time since installing the scangauge tonight so will be able to compare car trip computer figures to the scangauges trips (not used the car much recently)
At the moment after 2 full tanks the MPG is showing trip average of 10mpg less on the scangauge, hope this sorts it out properly on the 3rd tank. I will also do the math for the next take to work it out for real. Realtime MPG figures seem about right.
SatNav vs scangauge-- Scangauge is miles better. Often shows + and - upto 4mph over the satnav (hills etc..) And updates about 4 or 5 times in the time it takes my satnav to update (tomtom xxl). So handy for speed cameras/average speed checks.
No idea on the brand lenny, just some old ones that were laying about, might be the reason. Il look up if they do any high temp resistant sticks, sounds silly though as they have to melt to be used? ...
Il see how long it lasts this time, if it fails again il have to change to something different, as Clive said, silicone may be the way.
Once everything fits correctly I then wrapped the perspex sheet with matt black wrap. As you can see in the picture below I marked out the sheet on the back of the wrap, I also marked out the hole which needed to be cut out to allow you to see the screen.
Cut the screen hole out with a stanley blade then apply the wrap to the sheet after peeling off the protective sheet on the front face of the perspex. (Once the wrap is applied to the front you can remove the rear protective sheet from the perspex and fold the wrap around the edges).
Now this step you will need a hot glue gun. Simply secure the scangauge to the perspex sheet.
Once this was drying I come up with a way of securing the gauge inside the pod.
With the rest of the perspex sheet I cut a strip 80mm x 15mm to fit across the bottom of the scangauge and secure to the original mounting points of the st clocks. Then a hole at each end to secure it to the pod.
Once you make sure it fits, slide the gauge into place and fit the perspex strip you just made.
This for me was enough to secure the gauge into place, I gave it a good shake about and it didn't budge. This also means that it is easy to remove the gauges as opposed to if they were glued in.
Final step is to fit onto the dash, connect the plug and admire the job you have done
I'm still undecided on whether to wrap the pod in carbon or not to match the rest of the dash. (Opinions??)
I hope it all makes scenes and is easy to understand, it's quite hard to explain some parts. C+C Welcome, thanks for looking.
So this is a guide, inspired by Lenny, to fit a ScanGaugeII inside a Focus St gauge pod.
Parts you will need:
St gauge pod St gauge pod surround (optional) ScanGuage (I have chosen scanguageII, but there are several models available) Glue Perspex sheet, A4 size is plenty big enough, 1.5mm thick (don't go any thicker, you will see why later in the guide)
Tools you will need:
T25 Torx Drill, I used 10mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm. Dremil or something else to cut/shape the perspex sheet Flat blade screw driver Stanley blade Rule (something straight)
First off you will need to remove the dash storage compartment, this can be done by either removing the speed/rpm dials, or it can be done by prizing it off using a flat blade screwdriver. I done it with a flat blade screwdriver without damaging any of the surfaces by putting a cloth over the end.
Once removed you will have a hole like this ^^
My next step (due to buying a st gauge pod with missing part and having to wait to get my hands on another) was to position the cable. For this locate the OBD port on the right hand side under the steering wheel.
To remove this trim piece, remove the T25 Torx screw from just above the OBD plug and then the trim simply unclips. Be careful not to let the trim drop or 'yank' it too hard as the OBD plug will still be attached. To remove the OBD plug push through from the front of the panel and release the clip either side on the rear.
Once the trim piece is removed you can now cut your hole to feed the connection cable for the scangauge through. I started by drilling a small pilot hole below the hole for the OBD plug, then drilled through with a 10mm drill piece. The hole then needs to be elongated slightly to allow for the connector to pass through (12mm wide) I used a dremil to take the extra material away. Once you have a hole big enough to feed the plug through it should look a little like this.
(Perhaps a little neater, but it is hidden when fitted)
To refit the panel to the car is just reverse of removing, only this time you will need to feed your connection wire through the hole you just made up to the top of the dash where the scangauge will be mounted. There's plenty of space to feed the wire straight up. Also note when putting the trim piece back on to make sure the rubber seal goes back over the edge that's near the door.
Now it's time to mount the ScanGaugeII inside the st gauge pod.
To remove the gauges from the pod simply unscrew the two T25 torx screws that are in the bottom of the gauges holding them in place, once removed they simply slide straight out.
(Note in the picture above there is a small part of the trim missing, yours should have this part like in the final pictures)
Once they are out I used them to make an outline on the perspex sheet, this means it should pretty much fit straight away
(sorry for bad quality pictures!)
Once marked out cut it out with a dremil (make sure you ware eye protection!) Leave a couple of mm over the lines then shave down for a nice fit.
Next I removed the 4 cross head screws from each corner of the back of the scangauge, this allows you to remove the front cover of the gauge.
This is the part were you need to position your scangauge in the pod, I found the easiest way to do this was to use 'buletack' to stick the front panel of the scangauge onto the perspex sheet, then fit the perspex sheet into place. Reposition the scangauge front on the perspex until the correct position is achieved. Once it's in place I then used a marker to mark out the screen and the holes for the buttons. (At this point I forgot to take a picture)
Before cutting and drilling the perspex sheet I made a card template to test first. So transfer the markings from the perspex onto the card. Then again hold in position to make sure it looks ok.
If it looks good to you, then cut out the holes to allow the scangauge to fit for a final check before drilling the perspex.
If this is all ok you can move onto drilling the holes for the buttons. The buttons are about 4/4.5mm in dia. I first used a 3mm drill bit, then 4mm and then went through again with 5mm. This allows the buttons to fit through and can be pressed easily.
Check that the perspex sheet fits over the scangauge