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#380696 Mk1.5 Focus Tdci 115Bhp 1.8 Remap

Posted by Hassen on 30 June 2014 - 11:08 PM

Interesting conundrum. IMHO, given that you didn't pay a lot of money for the car and it has done mostly motorway miles previously from what you gather, it will become a lot more fun to drive once remapped. Just give it a thorough once over to see if any parts need replacing as like FOCA said, the remap will probably put more stress on engine components.


Another option to consider would be to get a good tuning box. I know everyone has a different opinion about them, but from my personal experience, they can be a lot more versatile than a remap e.g you can turn the power down/up if needed pick which part of the rev range you want the extra ooomph to kick in. Also, with the 1.8 tdci engine, you can fit it a lot more easier than the 1.6 and can take it out,if required, very easily. 

This would be something I would consider:



+1 for all the other supporting mods that FOCA mentioned as well :)

#377305 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 22 June 2014 - 09:24 PM

After a very long day driving around in the sun, managed to get my hands on the Focal 165KR. Excited is not even describing it when I opened the box in the shop to check out if all was ok inside.



Tomorrow returning back to Ireland, where I will need to get the following parts:

1. Silent Coat Extra Bulk Pack 4mm




2. Ford Focus custom 10" sub enclosure




3. JL Audio JX 250.1 mono block amp 




Plan would be to remove the rear stock speakers, put the current front Vibe Slick 6 speakers amped in there, powered by the current amp that will also power the Focal 165KR upfront. JL Audio 10" sub will then be powered by the JL Audio JX250.1 amp, which will all be in the custom enclosure. Also, my old 2 Farad capacitor will have to be fitted again for this setup. I will probably get the same audio guys, Autotronics to to the fitting for me once I have installed the sound deadening myself in the car. Hoping for no rain now so I can get that done soon :)

#376767 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 20 June 2014 - 08:51 PM

On holidays in Mauritius at the moment and surprised how many motor factor shops are around here. Also, the variety and quality of items from sound systems, alloys, remps...you name it, they have it, all the major brands!


Walked into a shop that dealt with audio equipment and surprised to find them having Focal. Asked the price and after days...yes days! of negotiation with the owner, managed to broker a deal on a set of Focal 165KR after hearing them demo it there. Truly amazed by the sound these speakers produced and the demo set was well worn! Best bit was playing Miles Davis - Turn Blue in the shop which totally caught off guard the 18-20 year old lads that were there getting the biggest sub they could find. Made me smile as one of them asked me what it was :)


This is the speakers, which are a step up in the Focal range from the PS165 that I had been longing to buy for ages.




Tomorrow, after a day at the beach, going to drive up to the shop and pick it up. I really can't wait to get my next paycheck now to be able to buy the sound deadening and the sub enclosure.


After that, my plan is to get a JL Audio JX250 mono block amp pushing 250W rms to power the sub (rated at 300W rms) and to wire up the Focal 165KR to my trusted Blaupunkt 470GTA 4 channel amp pushing 100W rms to power them. When I heard the demo Focal in the shop, it was being powered with a 35W rms amp and they sounded fantastic. Powered with the amp I have, I am hoping it will sound even better as that's the recommended rms rating for them. Exciting times ahead for my little Focus and pictures to follow :)

#376719 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 20 June 2014 - 07:36 PM

Osram Nightbreaker Unlimited fitted and very happy with them. Hoping they last a bit longer than the previous Osrams :




#374754 Focus Titanium Mk2.5 Build Diary Has Started...

Posted by Hassen on 14 June 2014 - 08:57 PM

Looking very good. Car looks spot on with that amount of lowering. Practical and purposeful at the same time. Nicely done :)

#373991 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 12 June 2014 - 07:16 PM

Ok, now that's taking the mikey! I never received anything of the sort from the Ford place I go to normally. I mean, that was before any parts or labour *cough-bolshit*!


Good thing you don't go to them anymore. They sound to be just out for a quick buck and have no customers in mind.

#373781 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 11 June 2014 - 09:05 PM

Any recommendations for a decent set of component speakers preferrably around less than £150 as an upgrade. Amp pushes max 75W rms that would drive the speakers.


So far my thoughts are:
1. Focal PS 165

2. Infinity Kappy 65.9CS


Anyone has them or has any advice about them?


#373779 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 11 June 2014 - 08:54 PM

Nicely done Vicki. I was very lazy and asked the guy at the Ford Dealership to change the wiper blades :P

Btw Lenny, if you need work done by a Ford Garage, I highly recommend Colton Motors in Mullingar. I know it might be a bit far, but I have had zero issues with them so far. Very fair and good quality of work.

#365924 My St / Rs Mk2 Build Up. Project Phenomenal!

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2014 - 09:40 PM

Man, the sheer amount of work involved to get the project to this point deserves total respect. I can't wait to see it all finished up in gleaming with that paint :)

#365921 Ford Mondeo St Tdci

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2014 - 09:37 PM

Also, think about ride quality and whether the shocks will need replacing as with that amount of miles, they are probably past their prime. Might be a good idea to get an uprated set of shocks(Bilsteins) if they are worn out and can also use this to bargain the price down :)

#365501 Heys Guys! Got My First Car Today! Check It Out :)

Posted by Hassen on 18 May 2014 - 09:53 PM

Congrats on the new car. I really wish I had bought a Ford instead of the money pit that was my old Renault Megane as my first car. Good luck with the practising :)

#365180 My Ford Focus Mk2.5 2009

Posted by Hassen on 17 May 2014 - 08:21 PM

Welcome and best of luck with the modifying journey. Great to see another person from Ireland here :)


My first recommendation would be to get the car either remapped or get a tuning box. IMHO, best bang for the buck modification and everything else can be done gradually over time. Added benefit, your mpg will be slightly better which technically pays for itself over time :)

#363246 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 11 May 2014 - 10:18 PM

Dipped headlights on the right side packed in today after 6 months of excellent use. I had the Osram Nightbreakers Plus and for the amount of time they lasted, I think I got good value for money. Just ordered 2 sets of Osram Nightbreakers Unlimited from Ebay with free shipping. Think it was the cheapest around for free shipping to Ireland even though you can get it for cheaper without shipping on Amazon.




Once installed, I will test them out properly and write a short review.

#362993 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 11 May 2014 - 11:23 AM

So, this weekend had a bit of time and had received the JL Audio sub woofer earlier. At first, I was going to wait till I have the funds to buy the sub enclosure and then fit it in the car. I couldn't wait and decided to take out the sub woofer out of the Vibe Slick 10 SLR that I had in the car and use the enclosure for the JL Audio sub. Here are some pictures.


JL Audio 10W0V3-4 sub woofer. It's quite heavy and you can tell the difference in quality from the Vibe subwoofer.





This is the enclosure without the sub woofer.




And here it is all fitted in.




Finally in it's place for the moment in the boot.




It was fairly easy to fit and just had to drill new holes for the JL Audio sub. I had some old screws at home and use them to secure the sub woofer to the enclosure. I think the enclosure might be a bit too big for this sub but for now it will have to do.


Impressions so far:

The difference in sound quality is staggering, and this is with the sub woofer not having bedded in properly or matched to a proper enclosure! This sub is definitely more musical than the Vibe one. It has that characteristic "thump" that hits your body hard and so far after a little bit of tweaking with the settings, it plays loud and doesn't distort at those volumes. I will have to run it in for a few weeks, get the enclosure, the one I mentioned before, which is better matched volume wise for this sub before making a proper review. So far though, I am very happy with it and I think, it will only get better in the next couple of weeks :)

#359133 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 01 May 2014 - 08:42 PM

Tempted to build my own sub but realistically, to get something that will fit, it will take a lot more time and effort than a few hours. Sadly these days, I don't have the luxury of spending time to build things which I always enjoy. By any chance, would you know where to get a diagram for the sub enclosure build?