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#322583 In Car Camera (Again)

Posted by minnis on 16 January 2014 - 09:25 PM

I know there have been a few threads on cameras in recent weeks but please bear with me. 


This one seems to tick most of the boxes for me - discrete and simple


http://www.blackvue....dr350-detail or



There are a GPS versions but I don't see the point - I know where I was if I ever need to review any footage.  The first one looks great, but would bebetter if available from a UK seller in the event of being sent a dud.


The main question I have is whether anyone has thought of connecting the power to the map lights console no the roof near the rear view mirror, rather than having to take the cables around the windscreen to the power plug?  If I disconected the bulb and connected in the camera, and set the switch to permanently on would this work?  I think the light goes off a certain time after switching the engine off and locking the door, but thats no different (or even better) than a cig lighter plug that is switched by the ignition - it will keep recording a few minutes longer but no chance of the draining the battery.  What do you guys think, would this work?


GPS isn't so much for knowing where you are (it'll be pretty obvious where you are at any time just by looking at the footage) but if it knows where you are, it also knows how fast you were going. So perfect for if someone hits you and then tries to claim you were speeding.


I have no idea if you suggestion will work but a much simpler idea would be to connect it up to the radio ignition live. 

#302718 How Widespread Is This

Posted by minnis on 06 November 2013 - 11:55 AM

To add my experience, my alternator packed up and left me stranded in the middle of the road, unable to restart it. I pushed it to the side and called the AA. They were here in about 20 minutes, quickly diagnosed the alternator, and charged up the battery. He asked me where I was going (I was on the way to the garage at the time) and followed me there. No trying to sell anything, or recommending another garage. To top it all off, he was a right laugh too! Thanks to him, I wasn't anywhere near as stressed out as I could have been.

Top marks to AA, there are some decent breakdown services!

#292483 New Tyres On Front?

Posted by minnis on 25 September 2013 - 02:01 PM

I was always told of this scenario:

Imagine you get a puncture. If it's on the back, it will create an unsteady rear end, leading to oversteer. This can be uncontrollable, and unpredictable for other drivers.

If it's on the front, it will create massive understeer, causing an inability to go round corners effectively. Not only is this a lot more predictable than oversteer (you go straight on, so it's easier for others to avoid you) but trying (and failing) to correct oversteer can cause the car to snap in the opposite direction, possibly into oncoming traffic in an unpredictable way.


This is the reasoning by which I enquired about new tyres on the rear. However, talking to my Dad afterwards, he was saying about how he got a rear puncture in a front wheel drive while going round a corner, and because he had enough grip on the front, it was controllable and he came to a safe stop. He recommended new tyres on the front as mentioned.


Cheers for the replies though, I'll keep them on the front. In case anyone's wondering, I got Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance, and from the very short trip I've had with them so far, they seem pretty grippy, which is what I wanted :). Much better than the Michelin's which were on there previously from when I purchased it.

#292439 New Tyres On Front?

Posted by minnis on 25 September 2013 - 11:53 AM


I'm currently getting 2 new tyres fitted to my focus. The fronts are down to the legal limit, the rears have a bit of tread left. Now, I would have thought you should put the worn rears on the front, and the new tyres on the rear, as oversteer is more dangerous than understeer.
I asked if they would do this when fitting them and they said that as it was a front wheel drive car, that new tyres should always go on the front, as they are your powered and steering wheels so need the most traction.
So, what do you reckon? Listen to the professional, or should I swap them over when I get home?
Thanks in advance :).

#291637 What Your Car Colour Says About You

Posted by minnis on 21 September 2013 - 10:55 PM

People who drive GREEN cars are most often very upbeat and positive people who care about the environment and traditional ways of being.


This bit would be a lot more believable if they removed the picture of the green porsche right next to the text...


#290973 Cambelt 32K Miles

Posted by minnis on 18 September 2013 - 10:39 AM

Consider that changing the cambelt will only cost you a couple of hundred pounds, whereas if it fails the repair bill can easily be four figures. So if in any doubt whatsoever, it'll be cheaper to replace the cambelt four or five times compared to one breakage. If you even consider posting on a forum to ask if you should change it, I'd just get it changed.


Better safe than sorry! :).

#283920 My Cheap Focus Rebuild

Posted by minnis on 20 August 2013 - 06:47 PM

If you can't get the stains out of the seats (and they bother you) you can get some seat covers easily enough. I got some heated covers for about £30ish each which are heavenly in winter.

(Just make sure you get decent quality ones - not worth saving a few pence if it burns your behind!)

#281188 Foc Official Corsa Bashing Thread

Posted by minnis on 09 August 2013 - 08:18 PM

unless like me you pile it into the backend of a Peugeot!


Look on the bright side... the Peugeot probably looked better afterwards.

Next time aim for the front, that front grill is just plain disgusting.

#280893 Crash - What Would You Do? Insurance Or Private?

Posted by minnis on 08 August 2013 - 05:58 PM

Try and get a picture of the roundabout itself, as there may well be skid marks/tyre marks on the roundabout from where you hit it. My dad was nearly hit a few weeks ago, a similar thing happened (guy tried to change into his lane, but on a straight not a roundabout) and my dad braked, skidded and hit the kerb (he had booked the car in to get an ABS fault checked). The kerb was very high, causing damage to his alloy and front wing. The skid marks are still there and clearly show what happened.

Given the damage caused, I'm sure there must he some sort of mark on the kerb of the roundabout. This will give undeniable evidence.

#275903 Ford Focus Privacy Tint

Posted by minnis on 18 July 2013 - 06:58 PM

Wow, they look good. Can't tell from the outside. In the current heatwave, my car (panther black) gets very hot and I really must get a set of these to help keep it cooler for everyone inside. The fact that you don't have to declare them is an added bonus being a young driver. My insurers wanted an extra 20% (working out at £500) for changing the head unit, didn't even bother asking about alloys, tints and a remap lol.

#264584 Fitting A Turbo For A 1.4 Litre Petrol Engine?

Posted by minnis on 01 June 2013 - 04:13 PM

Only thing you could do is a Green Cotton/K&N/etc air filter. Would maybe give you one or two extra bhp. Other than that, i'm not sure if weight stripping is declarable to insurers. Take out the rear seats, radio etc to save weight and get a bit more performance, which obviously isn't ideal.


If you have a spare wheel and breakdown cover, you can always take out the spare wheel, and call the breakdown service if you get a puncture.


Other than that, next year at insurance renewal time, just try and get a few quotes with an upgraded exhaust / remap etc. It may not be as much as you'd think, especially with specialist insurers like Adrian Flux.


But TBH, if you're looking at seriously modding a car purely for performance, you're probably better off selling your car and buying an ST. It may well be cheaper depending on what you do to it, and chances are insurance will be less too as it's unmodified.

#256063 Best Number Plate/reg Plate You Have Seen?

Posted by minnis on 28 April 2013 - 03:52 PM

I can't wait until 2021, when I'll try and get BA51NGA.

Any watchers of the Big Bang Theory should get the reference!

#246327 Future Car Features

Posted by minnis on 24 March 2013 - 05:47 PM

Definitely heated steering wheel!
Some thing I'd like to see on more cars but do actually exist are the driver assistance pack: auto city stop especially.
I would also like to see every option on every trim level, not just on higher models. The run-lock idea seems good in theory, but I'm sure it won't catch on as it'd waste fuel. However, I agree that e.g a button for a heated windscreen that comes on without the engine would be viable.