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#388450 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2014 - 10:33 PM

Video finally uploaded but I think the sound quality is not great off it. In person, the system sounds a lot better :)



#388182 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2014 - 09:28 AM

looks like you have been a very busy boy hassen
looks like a very tidy job you are doing any chance of up loading a video once you are all finished with the install


Thanks man. It's been a very tedious job but totally worth it in the end. I plan on uploading a 1080p video of the whole thing in action once I have the project completed. I am hoping the dSLR camera's mic will be able to pick up the sound better than a phone mic. It has in the past when doing guitar recordings, so here is for hoping.


As for the sound from the component speakers, I am blown away and when it comes to music gear, that rarely happens. My commute to work today was highly entertaining. I was grinning and laughing while listening to music on the motorway. Very clear articulated highs and punchy mids. The speakers have not even been run in and they have that distinctive Focal sound. I am hoping that once I get the rear doors sound deadened and connect the subwoofer to the monoblock amp, there will be some further improvements :)

#388180 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2014 - 09:23 AM

Lenny, look after yourself mate. You need to take it easy and loads happening for you. Congrats again on the upcoming wedding and new addition to the family. Does that mean you will need to get a station wagon now? :P


I would offer to help with the CT images as a doctor but sadly I deal with Mental Health and I would have no clue what I was looking at. I heard Valium are great for sore backs ;)

#388131 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2014 - 12:30 AM

Never thought of that. Great idea Lenny. Might get it wrapped in black carpet, same colour as the boot to keep it tidy. One more to add to the to do list and this should be a cheap mod to do. Cheers :)

Btw, if you are in the Midlands visiting, you should come have a listen to the new sound system. I am around Athlone, Mullingar and Tullamore during the working week :)

#388128 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 21 July 2014 - 12:18 AM

My car thankfully had the engine cover when I bought it. It's an English import, which explains the 109 bhp and a few neat add ons as compared to the Irish version of the car. I had the engine cover off for a while and the noise is a lot more pronounced then. Definitely plan on putting Silent Coat on the underside of the bonnet and firewall afterwards :)

#388126 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2014 - 11:58 PM

Thanks Lenny. Need the encouragement because I have been chipping at it slowly for the past week and a half now. Fun process but time consuming. Plus, the weather is wrecking havoc with my plans.


I went really slowly with everything as I wanted to do it once and get it right. What's left to apply Silent Coat on is:

1. Rear doors - inner and outer skin

2. Boot door

3. Floor of the car


Problem is that I only have about 12 sheets of Silent Coat left and I used about 10-12 for the front doors. I will probably end up using the same amount for the rear doors and then I am out of funds. I will have to wait then till I can afford it in the next few months. With just the front doors and boot floor done, the quality of the music inside the car has drastically increased. Now with the new speakers, it has gone up to another level. Very happy with the outcome and can't wait for the next stage :)

#388123 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2014 - 11:43 PM

Today, after an fun 20km cycle with the family, I started working on the car round 7pm. 3 1/2hr later, I had managed to remove the Vibe Slick 6 speakers and the stock tweeters to be replaced by the Focal 165KR component set. It was not an easy process as I am not great with wiring and I have very little patience when it comes to that. But I persevered and the end result was sweet! Just a few pictures of the install.


1. Had to take the Focal tweeter from the flush mount case. It was an absolute nightmare and my frustration got to me. I hacked it away as I was not going to use it and got the tweeters out.




2. Focal tweeter with the mesh removed




3. Stock Ford tweeter which isn't half bad to be honest. It was past it's prime as it started to distort at lower volumes recently.




4. Focal tweeter fitting nicely without any mods in the stock position.






5. Fully wired crossover, tweeter and mid range woofer. The spot where the cross over is on the right is a nice one for anyone who is fitting one in the door as other places were not that great. It was late in the evening in the dark when I took the picture, so not a great shot with the phone.





Initial thoughts with the new speakers: Utterly blown away. Put on Miles Davis, which I have on vinyl at home and I know the album very well. Very little difference in the sound. Granted, it's not the same but very close. So far with just initial test, the Focal sound blends very well with the JL Audio subwoofer. I have at the moment left the tweeter on 0db(middle position) to see how it goes. I will have to write another review once the speakers have broken in. Looking forward to my drive to work tomorrow :)

#388120 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2014 - 11:27 PM

Forgot to say how easy it was to work with the Silent Coat. Never used any type of deadener before and having the squares on it made life so much easier when making a shape or just a plain rectangle shape. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an alternative to Dynamat as it is cheaper and from the general internet consensus, not that dissimilar :)

#387766 My Focus Zetec Mk2.5 Project

Posted by Hassen on 19 July 2014 - 11:15 PM

I get what you mean as you prob sent it off to get done. Reckon you would survive the drive for a day or two without a centre console :P

I drove my car for 2 days this week with nothing in the boot as I was putting Silent Coat in there, ran out of time and rain started. It was an interesting drive to work I tell ya :)

#387291 My Focus Zetec Mk2.5 Project

Posted by Hassen on 18 July 2014 - 02:38 PM

thanks for the nice reply hassen think I will leave the console with the wrap on as it is my daily driver so cant realy take the console apart.


Console is quite easy to take out. No screws, just clipped on. I took mine out a good few times with no issues. 

#387017 My Focus Zetec Mk2.5 Project

Posted by Hassen on 17 July 2014 - 05:38 PM

Nice set of mods there. Really like the carbon dipped side mirrors. Brings the black wheels on the car together with the rest. 


Suggestion: Maybe get the centre console around the radio done as well. Reckon it would look ace rather than the wrap :)

#386773 18 Inch Alloys On Standard Focus Mk 2.5 Help

Posted by Hassen on 16 July 2014 - 10:21 PM

I reckon best person to ask is Lenny as I think he put 18" St Snowflake alloys on Eibach lowered springs. He has a steering rack limiter and camber bolts in the rear if I am not mistaken on a Mk2.5 1.6 TDCI.

#386257 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 15 July 2014 - 09:13 PM

Previously in the car on the motorway at 120 kph, the ambient noise level was 85db and at 100kph it was 80db. With just the front doors done, it went down to 80db and 75db. You can definitely hear the difference. Also, the music from the current speakers in the car are much clearer and the bass tighter. That's with just the front door done. I will have to hear the difference tomorrow on my way to work to report back. 


Fun times ahead with the planned install of the speakers and amp this weekend :)

#386253 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 15 July 2014 - 09:05 PM

Pictures of the install of Silent Coat. So far in 2 afternoons after work, I managed to get the 2 front doors and the whole boot done. 1 1/2 hr for each door and 2 hr for the whole boot. Fairly easy process with the right tools and it helped that I had stripped the car doors numerous times before. Lots of patience needed but this whole process was a lot of fun, even with the lashing rain and my son trying to "help" me yesterday :P

















#385708 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 14 July 2014 - 08:59 AM

Had a busy weekend with birthday party for The Menace. Great craic! Didn't get a chance to do much for the car even though weather was ok on Sunday and I really wanted to strip the doors at least to put the Silent Coat.


Managed to take out the JL Audio sub out of the Vibe enclosure, wire/solder it up in the new enclosure and fit it in the car. All in, 1hr total as it was quite fiddly at times and I had my son trying to "help" by stealing my tools to go fix his own car/toys. 


End result, I am extremely impressed. This enclosure matches the specs for the subwoofer much better and as a result, the sound quality has improved a lot. The bass is definitely tighter and much more musical. No SPL/SQ competition winning so far but excellent to my untrained ears. Drive to work was very entertaining as I kept hearing new parts in songs. 


This afternoon I will go to B&Q to get some degreaser and a roller to stick on the Silent Coat. Reckon I might have time to do the front 2 doors if weather permits. I will post pictures of the new enclosure then :)