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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!

#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!

#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!

#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.