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Rear Mount Bike Carrier With Zetec S

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!



My Fiesta Mk7 Interior Lighting Project (Picture Heavy)

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!

Adding Wiring To Front Doors

19 March 2013 - 09:06 PM

Just wondering if anyone has added wiring to the front doors of a mk7 (2010) Fiesta eg to run upgraded speaker cable, and which route you took or if anyone has any ideas how I can get a 6 core cable to the doors!


Looking at the door post electrical connector, there are a few spare holes, so pins could be bought and wired, but I would rather leave this alone and find another route.

It looks like I could squeeze a flat ribbon cable down the side of the door post connector but there doesn't seem to be an obvious way of getting it from there through the door rubber tunnel grommet and keeping everything water tight. 


There is also a grommet above the door connector on the door post and another on the door (covering the mirror bolt) so I could run my new cable between those grommets although it is going to look nasty and could get trapped if not careful with positioning.

Any ideas appreciated!