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#279054 2013 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 31 July 2013 - 10:26 PM

Came across these tonight. Thought they would look awesome on my black Focus. Very very tempted to have them with my current tyres in 17" rims.
What do you guys think? Anyone has them on their car?






#279046 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 31 July 2013 - 10:07 PM

+1 for sound deadening like Mr_Spock did. Maybe get our 2 cars together and get it done over a weekend Lenny? :D

#278567 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 30 July 2013 - 11:26 AM

Lenny, as usual your attention to detail is Legen...wait for it...Dary! Awesome job there and I know how much time consuming this whole sanding business is. But the end result is totally worth it.


Btw, the paint that you got, that logo looks very familiar. Was it from Tamiya, the model car company?

#278007 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 27 July 2013 - 08:40 PM

Rofl...just when this was getting interesting, I come to see what's happening as the phone was beeping the noise it makes for emails for the last hour :P

#276404 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2013 - 10:08 PM

Much nicer looking now. And yes, I think that car definitely needed a woman's touch for the fine details :)

#276403 Ice Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 20 July 2013 - 10:04 PM

That is some good results for such a simple mod. Might be tempted to get it done since the weather has been so nice here. The guide you made is very comprehensible and easy to follow. Cheer Lenny

#275707 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 17 July 2013 - 09:24 PM

My 1.6TDCi didn't come with the engine cover neither,
I bought it from a 2007 focus on eBay, ford dont fit the engine cover to the 2008-2010 1.6TDCi it doesn't even appear on there system as being a part that would fit the facelift model,

I've created a guide on fitting the cover to the engine it lists all part numbers for bolts and nuts required,


That is very interesting to hear Lenny as my car is the same model year as yours, 2010 but was a UK spec car that was imported here. It came with an engine cover, which is not a major part in a car IMHO. Again, I feel that us here in Ireland get the wrong end of the stick when it comes to basic car packages. It seems to me that most cars in the UK are better specced than their Irish equivalent. For the amount of money we spend on cars here, it's a real pity to see us consumers getting less than our counterparts across the pond. 

#275653 Ice Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 17 July 2013 - 05:59 PM

The EGR mod is something I have considered but I am still unsure about it. My mechanical skills are not that great but I do have all the tools at home. Might just get it and see how I get along with it. What are the benefits of having the EGR blanked? What are the actual real world benefits of having it as I know you done the mod to your car?


As for the spare and boot kit, I have the spare saver tyre in the car and happy enough with it. The engine came with a cover and you are definitely right about the noise levels being reduced with it on. 

Plan is to get the underside of the bonnet, all four doors, firewall, floor, roof, under the back seats, boot lid and boot floor totally covered in Dynamat at some stage to reduce the noise levels inside the cabin. There is another member here that did it to his MK2 and it does make the car a lot quieter. Read a lot about Dynamat and other noise barriers. So far the cheapest I got was €160 to get it shipped over with a roller for 9 sheets of Dynamat Extreme kit. 


If anyone knows of a place online where it was cheaper, would greatly appreciate the links. Thanks

#275539 Ice Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 17 July 2013 - 09:10 AM

That sounds awesome! Looks the business as well. Don't think I will be upgrading the rims any time soon. Next on my list is most probably getting the whole car sound proofed with Dynamat. I realised now with my longer journeys to work that I want a quieter cabin to appreciate the music. Performance upgrades will have to wait until parts of the car need to be replaced and that is not going to happen any time soon hopefully. 


Do you know anywhere in Ireland that sells Dynamat by any chance Lenny?

#275154 Ice Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 15 July 2013 - 02:53 PM

Yes tune!!
Glad you saw the funny side I intended the other one to be mate.


I thought so too Lenny. To each their own taste but that would definitely not end up in my playlist anytime soon.


Btw, how is the car treating ya? Drove my wife's Seat Leon a few weeks back and realised how much more comfortable the Focus is as a daily driver. Thought about your car and the new lowered suspension and 18'' rims.

#272453 Ice Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 03 July 2013 - 02:38 PM

Thanks Mr_Spock. Even thought Ireland is not too far away from the Uk, the shipping costs have always been high most of the time. I actually picked up my head unit from London as I was on a trip over rather than getting it shipped to Ireland as it would have cost me about £70!


I just wish that funds were available at the moment to get them as I have a bit of free time this weekend and weather permitting, would have liked to spend it installing it in the car. Ah well, will just need to be patient and start saving I guess :)

#272442 Ice Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 03 July 2013 - 01:47 PM

Apologies, I thought you meant amplifying the tweeters and the mid drivers independently!! (one amp for the mid drivers, one amp for the tweeters = biamping)


All speakers, components/coaxials will benefit from being amplified by a separate amp. This is the configuration I referred to in my original long post. Use the front side of the amplifier for the front speakers, fed by the front pre outputs from the head unit. Then use the rear side of the amplifier for the subwoofer.


Cool. That's how I am thinking of doing it after getting the front component speakers. Thanks :)


Yes, using the amplifier for the front components speakers would be the best solution. Speaker cable from the amplifier to the crossover - where it splits in to a speaker cable to woofer and a speaker cable to the tweeter. Where to put the crossover will depend on where you mount the tweeter - in the door or on the dash. You will use the head unit directly to the speakers in the back doors? Could maybe be difficult to adjust the sound level between the front speakers, subwoofer and the back door speakers - but could work.


These are a great component set:


http://www.amazon.co...words=focal 6.5


But you will probably get different suggestions depending who you ask :) Read some tests - and maybe look for a good set that are on sale?


So far, after reading a bit about these speakers and Focal as a company, liking a lot what I have heard. These are not their high end speakers but seems to be very reasonable in price and give a good sound quality once amped. 

Annoying bit is that most places are charging ridiculous money for it to be delivered to Ireland (£20-30!). I have find a place where it's either cheaper posting or free.


Suggestions welcomed. Destination country, Republic of Ireland

#268247 Guide To Complete Stereo Installation Focus Mk2

Posted by Hassen on 16 June 2013 - 11:28 AM

Thanks for the advice. Now just need to start saving up and then get the pieces. Should be good fun :)

#266649 Guide To Complete Stereo Installation Focus Mk2

Posted by Hassen on 09 June 2013 - 10:08 PM

I had a look under the carpets today and there was barely any dampening, mostly exposed metal. I drive a diesel, which is fairly quiet but on motorways, the sound gets in the way of listening to my music and it's starting to annoy me. Also, trying to have a conversation with my wife in the passenger seat is not that easy. 


My future plans would be to save up to get the bulk pack of Dynamat Extreme, a roller kit and maybe a Haynes manual as well for good measure. Then, slowly on weekends and evenings do the panels slowly until it is all done as time is a big issue for me. That's my tentative plan so far. Any advice on how to get the Dynamat properly would be appreciated. 

#265872 Guide To Complete Stereo Installation Focus Mk2

Posted by Hassen on 06 June 2013 - 10:35 PM

Very thorough guide for an audio install and given me lots of pointers and ideas. Thanks for putting it all up. Very tempted to get Dynamat for the car after seeing it in your car. It seems to be worth the effort.