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#283624 Rear Mount Bike Carrier With Zetec S

Posted by tunne1rat on 19 August 2013 - 06:26 PM

I need to occasionally carry a couple of cycles around and had managed fine with a cheap strap on cycle carrier with my previous car, however the Fiesta Zetec S is a whole new ball-game with its smaller tailgate, lack of bumper lip and large roof spoiler!


As I cannot justify the cost of a roof or towbar option, I decided to persevere with the old trusty Halfords high mount 3 cycle carrier, but I needed to do some modifications.

Firstly as my car is Black, I only need to cough on it and it's scratched, so a lot of body protection is needed where the straps meet the car.

I covered the strapping for the side hooks with some rubber anti-slip matting cut to size and held in place with insulation tape.



Where the straps hook around the edge of the tailgate I cut a small section of plastic door edge protector and used some black insulation tape under the strapping:



Door edge protector was also used for the top straps:



The lower straps that are supposed to go under the rear of the car, I had a couple of issues with.

Firstly the lower bumper is not really strong enough to have straps tightened against it, and secondly the foam pads on the bottom of the carrier frame are supposed to sit on a bumper and take most of the weight of the bikes.

I was not prepared to risk this perched on the tiny bumper ledge of the Fiesta and have the whole lot come crashing down as I am travelling!

So I opened the boot, and removed the 2 plastic trim fasteners holding the tailgate latch trim in place, and inserted the lower hooks into these holes.



The straps were then crossed over and looped around the lower carrier frame before being pulled through the clasps very tightly.



The straps are now not only pinning the carrier to the car, but also taking most of the weight of the bikes so there is no risk of damaging the bumper.



Once the bikes were loaded and a final tighten of the straps, I set off, and I am happy to report I got to my destination with all straps in place and tight.


I would only use this set-up occasionally so it suites me fine, but I would not recommend it for more than occasional use.

The Zetec S was never designed to carry bikes!



#267748 My Fiesta Mk7 Interior Lighting Project (Picture Heavy)

Posted by tunne1rat on 14 June 2013 - 11:53 AM

Here is a short video I made to demonstrate the lighting effects:


#266667 My Fiesta Mk7 Interior Lighting Project (Picture Heavy)

Posted by tunne1rat on 10 June 2013 - 12:18 AM

I finally found some time to work on this project again, so now the front footwells are complete:



and the rear seat side pockets:



I will probably leave it there for now!

#249031 My Fiesta Mk7 Interior Lighting Project (Picture Heavy)

Posted by tunne1rat on 03 April 2013 - 06:32 PM

Cheers guys, I have checked all fuses and they are fine, the centre light isn't working but the two either side are so I'm not sure where to go from here, perhaps a trip to the dealers with all Originals back in place and a claim of "it's not working only noticed the other day when I went out at night" :-P

Try removing the centre switch and bending the contacts inwards slightly.

#248728 My Fiesta Mk7 Interior Lighting Project (Picture Heavy)

Posted by tunne1rat on 02 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

Some of you will remember from the how to section that last year I decided the single light in the roof of my Zetec S was inadequate for interior courtesy lighting so after some careful thought, embarked on an upgrade project.


To recap, I wired in and fitted Red LED bulbs to the footwells, I swapped the interior light for the Titanium version and wired the submarine lights:



I brightened the interior by adding Electroluminescent Wire to the roof lining:



...and around the edges of the rear floor mats:



and recently I have also added logo puddle lighting to the doors:



I probably should have stopped there, but no.


I wanted ambient lights.


So, this is still work in progress, but so far I have added light to the centre console:



The dashboard...



The rear footwells...



The door handles and pockets...



...and custom designed cup holder bases:




I Still have more work planned for the rear seat side pockets and front footwells.


But wait... there's one more thing...



I can change the colour...



to any colour....



or brightness....



or even an animated slow fade between all of the colours....



or when i'm sick of it - just turn it off!

#217718 ! Guide ! Fitting A 12V Socket In The Boot Mk7

Posted by tunne1rat on 20 November 2012 - 10:07 PM

If you want it ignition switched, simply locate an ignition switched circuit on the fuse panel using a test meter.
Mine is permanently live, but is also now fitted with an electronic power saver, so that I can run my cool box in the summer knowing that as soon as my car battery dips below 11.5v, my cool box will automatically be disconnected thus saving my battery.

#201591 ! Guide ! Wiring The Foot-Well Lights

Posted by tunne1rat on 17 August 2012 - 06:52 PM

I have now upgraded my interior light to the one with map lights and wired the submarine lights to come on with the dash illumination.

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Just need to order some brighter LED bulbs now.
Also a big thank you to Hell_Bunny_sXe for sending me his spare light unit!

#199925 Sound System!!

Posted by tunne1rat on 09 August 2012 - 02:13 PM

The spare wheel compartment will be ok, but you have to build a sealed enclosure.
Simply mounting the sub on a ply shelf will not work.

My last sub build was for the under floor storage area in the boot of a S-Max.
I took a fibreglass moulding from the car to build the enclosure and a lid made from MDF.

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#198860 ! Guide ! Wiring The Foot-Well Lights

Posted by tunne1rat on 04 August 2012 - 08:33 PM

I mentioned in the guide that I had made this project expandable, so here is the first wave of expansion...

Firstly a different approach to courtesy roof lighting...

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and a new invention of mine to illuminate the rear footwells...

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Yes, illuminated floor mats. Keeps the kids amused anyway!

#193668 ! Guide ! Fitting Aftermarket Tweeters Mk7

Posted by tunne1rat on 15 July 2012 - 03:04 PM

One thing that annoys me about Ford is the lack of attention spent on the Audio.
Apart from the navigation headunits fitted to the Mondeo platform (and previous Focus platform), all of the audio systems are built by Visteon (formerly Ford Audio) - yes even the Sony branded models.

The blame cannot be attributed entirely to the Visteon headunits though. The speakers are just as bad!
As an ICE installer of many years, it is no problem for me to change all or part of a system to get the best performance. Sometimes I like to do a full install with custom made speaker and subwoofer enclosures (like my last S-Max install) and sometimes I keep it low key with just a few minor alterations.

After listening to the Fiesta audio for some time, I concluded that a big improvement could be made to the audio simply by replacing the tweeters.
I purchased some JL Audio tweeters for £20 and set about installing them.

Luckily the tweeters can be replaced without removing the door cards.
Here’s how I did it.

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The sound is now much brighter and a massive improvement over the muddy original.
All for such a small amount of money and effort.

#193279 ! Guide ! Fitting A 12V Socket In The Boot Mk7

Posted by tunne1rat on 13 July 2012 - 05:06 PM

One thing I find lacking with the Fiesta is not having a 12v socket in the boot for running accessories or a cool box when going out for the day - so I decided to fit one.

Here’s how I did it.

Firstly the parcel shelf support trim needs to be removed. This is best done with the rear seat reclined:

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Now for the wiring.
For my requirements I need around 7A. That is too much to load onto any existing circuit around the rear of the car, so I decided to run a new feed from the fuse box.
I ordered 5m of thinwall 11A cable. When it arrived I was surprised at how thin it was!
After some reassurance from the supplier that it will be fine (fingers crossed), I also ordered a fuse adaptor, a 10A fuse and various crimp terminals.

I then set about installing it all.

To access the fuse box behind the glovebox, first empty the glovebox and squeeze the sides together so that the glovebox can open fully exposing the fuse panel behind.

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#9736 Help with topping up the water!

Posted by tunne1rat on 12 January 2009 - 12:38 PM

This picture show under the bonnet of the Ford Ka (hopefully yours looks something like this)!


A = power steering reservoir;
B = engine coolant;
C = engine oil dipstick;
D = engine oil filler;
E = brake fluid reservoir;
F = windscreen washer bottle

Hope this helps.