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#400359 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by Hassen on 21 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

Just checking if my pack was sent to Ireland yet? Can't wait to get my mits on it with the stickers :)

#400256 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 21 August 2014 - 01:45 PM

What you said makes perfect sense and I don't think I will be changing components. I like the Focal very much and I'm trying to get the most out of them, that's the reasoning behind me asking all the questions. 


The sub woofer cross over frequency at the moment is at 80Hz. Reckon it should be higher? I can definitely hear the bass, but it doesn't "thump" as much as I would like it to. If that makes any sense to you :)
I have all the speakers wired properly in phase and made sure to double check them.


As for the Vibes, I totally agree, they are cheap and do tend to muddy up the clarity of the sound coming from the Focals. I tend to turn them down low and can barely hear them. Maybe at some point, when funds allow, I will get a set of Focal PS165 for the rear. 


With regards to listening to hi-fi setup and then eqing the car system, thats exactly what I been doing to my car. I also got a test cd disc that was about 1hr long with different frequencies etc. I should probably post the link in here. It was a free cd that had a torrent link. Is that allowed on the forums btw?


With regards to passive/active x-overs: If I were to go active, I am guessing, and correct me if I am wrong, that I would need all 4 channels on the Baupunkt amp to drive the 2 woofers and 2 tweeters up front? I would then leave the rear Vibe speakers to be powered by the headunit amp.


I totally agree with what you saying about the Bit Ten. I think I should get the basics right and then see if it needs anything else. And agreed about the money spent. Like everything in life, you get to a point that you get diminishing returns and very little to show for it. 


Next step, when funds allow, would be to get more Silent Coat for the floor and also, Dodo mat-a CCF and MLV layer for the floor pan as well. This should in theory reduce the road noise coming from ambient surrounding and tyres, which would help make the car a better listening environment. I reckon that will probably happen sometime next year now :)

#400068 Hi From New Member

Posted by Hassen on 20 August 2014 - 09:35 PM

Welcome Mark :)

#399232 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 18 August 2014 - 09:48 PM

Small update: Hyrule had the nice heater knobs and he very generously posted them to me for me. Absolute legend! Got them today and installed them without any trouble. Definitely brings up the interior. Also, the tactile feel for the knobs is much nicer than the previous rubber/plastic ones :)


Tools used:



Stock heater knobs:




Stock knobs off:




New shiny knobs: IMAG2015_zps16goh04i.jpg


New knobs lit up:



#399193 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 18 August 2014 - 08:56 PM

Good suggestion Lenny. I like the idea of car park, food and toilet :) Would come in handy after a long drive indeed. Then convoy to a scenic spot for pictures would be the cherry on top. 


How far would that be for you kpg? Is it too far? Maybe take a sick day off work? I could give you a cert :P

#398997 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 18 August 2014 - 02:50 PM

So found a few amps and wouldn't mind some advice about them:


1. Infinity Kappa Four



2. Polk Audio PA D400.4



3. Alpine PDX-F6




Am I right in thinking that my current speakers would handle anything from 120-150W rms without any trouble given that they are rated for 80W nominal and 160W max power? Guessing that getting closest to the 160W mark would be ideal?



#398959 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 18 August 2014 - 01:02 PM

Lenny, fire away with suggestions as we might as well put our thinking caps on and start planning ahead. I don't mind driving as long as it's not a huge trek. Once I get home, I will look up some places.


By the sounds of it, halfway between Northern Ireland and Republic would suit the majority of us? Do correct me if I'm wrong :)


Looking forward to this and getting excited: First FOC Ireland meet :) 

#398927 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 18 August 2014 - 12:17 PM

And, in regards to the Focal 165KR, I just couldn't resist getting them while on holidays in Mauritius as in the end they were cost price. Previously wanted the Focal PS165 but these were a big jump from the polyglass ones. Very happy now that I have them. Makes a big difference :)

#398921 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 18 August 2014 - 12:13 PM

Thanks for all the info Foca. I knew you were the right person to ask.


Once I am home, I will post the wiring diagram for the current setup and it's a lot easier to explain then. Using the passive crossovers that came with the speakers and they are doing a good job so far.  2 amp setup - JL Audio JX250.1 for the sub and Blaupunkt GTA470 for the front and rear speakers. Both front and rear speakers are rated at 80W rms and subwoofer is rated at 300W rms


As for processors, that's what I thought so and I think  I need to beef up the whole system before investing in one. They are not cheap and that Audison Bit Ten was £300! 


Would be great if you could find the name/brand for that amp. I just feel that at the moment with 70W rms for a speaker that is rated at 80W rms nominal, it's just not extracting the best out of it. Plus, the amp that I have is a bit old and it would be nice to get something a bit more efficient. So far, with my research, one of the contenders is the Alpine PDX-F4 (100W rms @4ohms) would seem to fit the bill but it's not cheap either. 


Any more advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Pictures of the current setup in this thread :)

#398916 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 18 August 2014 - 12:02 PM

Do you drive a black zetec s by any chance hassen?


It's a black Zetec, with blacked out rear tints and the sports pack alloys. Sadly it's not a Zetec S :(


It's very ordinary looking which I like a lot as I don't get pulled over that often here. There are always checkpoints around Tullamore for red diesel. 

#398790 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 17 August 2014 - 11:11 PM

Lol. It's funny how I haven't seen you driving around yet as I tend to notice other Foci more than other cars :)


If you need help with mods, give me a shout. Would love to share ideas with a fellow enthusiast. My wife has had enough of me talking about the car :P

#398788 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 17 August 2014 - 11:04 PM

Right, so I will start looking for a place with a view :)

#398787 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 17 August 2014 - 11:02 PM

Well im based in the midlands so anywhere could suit me really


I live in Tullamore. Whereabouts are you?

#398724 Pictures Rs Owners Club Ireland Meet @ Bolands Ford New Ross Co. Wexford

Posted by Hassen on 17 August 2014 - 08:45 PM

Thanks for the pictures Lenny. Didn't know this was on or else I would have gone for a drive down there :P You got some lovely pictures there. Think my favourite is the Cosworth Escort with the tail in blue. That is a thing of beauty and quite rare. 


Next year, I think you should enter your car. Some great modelling there by Vicki :)

#398722 My Ford Focus Mk2 Tdci

Posted by Hassen on 17 August 2014 - 08:35 PM

Looking very good indeed. Like how you didn't go for black for the wheels. Dark blue? :)