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In Topic: Rough Paint After Respray.

Yesterday, 07:54 PM

After all layers of primer and (metallic) coloured paint are applied you should end with a few layers of clearcoat. My experience is that you get the best result if the clearcoat is applied when the last layer of coloured paint has not dried fully (wet on wet). The solvent of the clearcoat will partly blend into the coloured paint and give the shiny smooth finish.

Personally I prefer to use 2K clearcoat which is much more durable/stronger then normal 1K clearcoat.

In Topic: Heater Knob Modifcation

18 July 2014 - 10:30 AM

The design of the light switch knob is complety different from the design of the heater knobs. So it is not a straight swap.

I removed the original knob from a donor light switch I had and used this one for the modification. First I cut off the front part of the knob and sanded it until it was completely flat. I filled the holes which were created during the cutting/sanding proces with an epoxy filler and sanded it to a completely smooth surface. I left only one small hole for the backlight of the knob. Next I painted it with a matte black spraypaint to perfectly match the rest of the light switch.

Next I cut off the transparent plastic part at the back of the custom heater knob until it was completely flat at the back. Finally I used a strong epoxy glue to glue the modified custom heater switch knob to the original light switch knob.



The modification of the light switch knob took me about 4 hours but it was definetely worth it. It looks much better than the original light switch knob and I like to have unique modifications. I was the first in the Netherlands who succesfully managed to install/program a MK2.5 instrument cluster into a MK2. At the moment I am the only one in the Netherlands (as far as I know) who succesfully modified/installed a fully functional Mondeo MK4.5 steering wheel into a Focus MK2.

In Topic: Heater Knob Modifcation

18 July 2014 - 08:34 AM

Fitting the knobs is easy. You only have to pull the original knobs off using a pair of pliers. Next you can push the custom knobs on the shafts of the heater panel.


The custom heater knobs look great but after a while I started irritating myself about the cheap looking light switch knob. Because there are no custom alternatives for the original light switch knob I decided to make one myself. I used one of the custom heater knobs to make my own matching custom light switch knob.



In Topic: Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

16 July 2014 - 07:11 PM

No, the Fiesta MK7/MK7.5 are not supported by the ELMconfig software. As far as I know there is no such specific software for the Fiesta.

In Topic: My Focus Mk2 First Edition

16 July 2014 - 05:52 PM

if you dont mind, can you tell me how i install a focus mk2.5 speedo in my mk2? what do i need?
and when you say that its needed a lot of work to change the steering wheel, what is needed?
regards and you project is really looking good, just need a little bit more on the exterior ;)

To install a Focus MK2.5 instrument cluster into a Focus MK2 you will need the following things:

* A suitable Focus MK2.5 instrument cluster. Technically there are only differences between Petrol and Diesel instrument clusters.
* An ELM327 interface and the ELMconfig software to configure the MK2.5 instrument cluster with the correct settings of the car.
* A suitable diagnostic system which has the ability of (CODED) PATS programming and PATS initialization (also called PATS pairing). For example the Ford IDS system or the Ford specific FoCom diagnostic system. Any Ford dealer should be able to do this.
* Access to a INCODE/OUTCODE generating service (also part of the Ford IDS software).

To install a Mondeo MK4/MK4.5 steering wheel into a Focus MK2/MK2.5 a lot of modifications are required. The steering wheel itself is a straight fit but all of the electrical circuits of the Mondeo steering wheel are completely different from the Focus. This means all of the circuit boards inside the buttons ( a total of 4) must be modified. It took me a some long nights to compare the Mondeo and Focus circuits with eachother and find out what was needed to convert the Mondeo circuits to function with the Focus electrics. Replacing the components and removing/connecting the tracks on the circuit boards.

Now I know how much work (and money) it actually took to complete this modification I would think twice to do it ever again.

On the exterior of the car I do not change much. I am kind of an OEM freak and like the standard looks of the car.