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#498396 My Mk3.5 Titaniumx Focus ☺

Posted by Hassen on 25 June 2015 - 07:26 PM

Sadly the reduced boot space is tempting me away from the next upgrade being a MK3.5 to a Mondeo Titanium X Sport. The more I look at the Mondeo, the more it looks like a good fit for our growing family.

#498165 My Mk3.5 Titaniumx Focus ☺

Posted by Hassen on 24 June 2015 - 11:22 PM

Sweet looking ride. Very tidy and with the new infotainement system, it's a very well rounded package. How's the boot space in the new ones? Same as the Mk3? 

#496456 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Hassen on 18 June 2015 - 04:29 PM

P.s: Time to rename the thread :)

#493204 Suggestions For Sub

Posted by Hassen on 06 June 2015 - 10:28 PM

Great to hear you like the JL Audio sub and enclosure combination. It's a big difference I reckon from your 12" subwoofer. I was in a similar situation and I still smile everytime the new sub kicks in. Enjoy :)


#493060 Suggestions For Sub

Posted by Hassen on 06 June 2015 - 03:51 PM

Sound deadening with something like Silent Coat would help.

#491666 Suggestions For Sub

Posted by Hassen on 01 June 2015 - 05:40 PM

If planning to spend at Halfords,
I recommend signing up to premium membership on the forum here to receive a 10% lifetime Halfords discount card,
Use it every time you go, helps alot
10% off all automotive
15% off all bike



Thought it was 15% off anything and 10% off bikes? :)

#490891 Timing Belt Expense

Posted by Hassen on 29 May 2015 - 11:26 PM

I had a very similar experience recently and mine was for swing arm bushes, timing belt, water pump and front brake pads, rear brake shoes from my local Ford dealership. After getting the quote, for the first time, I switched and got my car booked at the local indie garage. Their quote was about 1/3 of the price and used good quality parts. Since then, I have returned to the local indie garage for further aftermarket parts fitment and would trust him with my car.


I have to say though that my local Ford dealership have been very good to me over the last 2 years and the level of service is exceptional. Recently, I had been having issues with a tyre losing air and the car went back to them a few times, where it was fixed for free as that's part of the deal servicing the car with them. They fix a puncture for free if it happens in between services. Plus, with the Ford Motorcraft deal, the service cost €129, which is decent when considering. I still will bring the car there for the service but due to the cost of parts/labour, will get repairs done by the local indie garage.  

#488654 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 22 May 2015 - 11:10 PM

That's adorable! You are lucky he didn't go for a joyride :P

#487772 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 11:37 PM

Clean the area well with white spirits, use a roller to apply and wear gloves as the metal bits are razor sharp. Take your time and don't rush it as it will stay there for a long time. Plenty of Youtube videos available to get an idea on how to apply the product. Have fun :)

#487743 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 09:21 PM

Thanks. Leant something new today :)

I'm hoping to achieve that German feel this summer once the rest of the project is completed with more sound deadening. Can't wait for it :)

#487580 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 02:31 PM

You will definitely hear the difference as mine is a diesel too. At present, I can barely hear the engine unless under load. Cruising on the motorway the 2 types of noise are mainly wind and road noise from tyres. Hoping that the combination of Silent Coat and Dodo Mat on the floor will cause a significant drop in noise levels and increase comfort. 

#487402 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 18 May 2015 - 10:05 PM

Just wanted to share my own experience. Last year I did my sound system upgrade over the course of months and I used Silent Coat on my doors, bonnet and boot.


Here are a few pictures:













With the amount of Silent Coat I used, the noise on motorways and national roads(100-120km/h) has decreased by about 5-7Db (measured with the phone app). The car feels more solid and quieter but it's not BMW/Mercedes level of refinement...yet. I am planning to add more Silent Coat on the floorpan along with a Mass Loaded Vinyl/Closed Cell Foam layer branded Dodo Mat. I used nearly 2 packs of Silent Coat so far and plan to buy another one(24 sheets) to put on the floor pan during the summertime. 

I would highly recommend the Silent Coat if you are looking to reduce vibration. For airborne noise, Mass Loaded Vinyl decoupled with a Closed Cell Foam layer is what would work best from the research I have done so far. I have no experience with the flash tape but some people have had good results with it. 

#486598 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 15 May 2015 - 09:22 PM

So today after a bit of delay due to me only ordering 1 drop link rather than 1 pair from Micks Garage, I got the rear anti-roll bar fitted at Whites Garage in Tullamore who had previously done the timing belt, water pump and rear swing arm bushes. They had been cheaper than the Ford dealership and the quality of work was excellent. 


Here are a few pictures of it all:










Parts used:
1. Whiteline BMR78 22mm non-adjustable rear anti-roll bar bought from Demon Tweeks. 

2. Meyle Stabiliser Links 7160600015 bought from Mick's Garage


The results from the new parts is that the car barely rolls in corners and turns in much sharper. I was quite taken aback on how much it has reduced the roll going round the round about. Today it was raining pretty bad and you can feel the rear of the car much more planted. All of this is subjective, but I think it was worth the upgrade. Also, an unforeseen welcomed side effect was that the noise coming out of the rear of the car while driving has reduced such that it is noticeable. Will update with more feedback over the next week when I give it a good running in :)

#485134 My Focus Sport

Posted by Hassen on 12 May 2015 - 08:40 AM

Front or rear speakers? Depends on your budget as well.

#485049 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Hassen on 11 May 2015 - 08:56 PM

Need for Speed Underground! What a class game. So many hours spent modding my Nissan Skyline on it!