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#434744 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 06 December 2014 - 11:27 PM

Ah, apologies for ruining the surprise. Excellent choice with the Dynamat. It's a proven brand and I think that's the cheapest you can get it onlline. It will be interesting to see if there is much difference from the Silent Coat. Glad all is falling into place for you even with the back condition. Don't forget to take breaks when you are doing the whole install  :)

#434616 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Hassen on 06 December 2014 - 02:14 PM

That hydrodipping looks so cool! I saw it first on an episode of Wheeler Dealers and it looked ace for the Range Rover they were doing. You might have the first Fiesta with hydrodipped console there Kieran  :)

#434488 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 05 December 2014 - 09:21 PM

This is so stealth. I love it. Great idea on having it flipped up in the glovebox and retain function there. Convenient place as it from nosy parkers :P


It's a whole lot of electronics going into the car now Lenny. It's going to be one high tech Focus once it's all done. Good idea on starting early on parts of the process. Reckon it would have taken you longer in the summer to get it all done.


You still considering the Silent Coat or you thinking of something else for sound deadening?

#434483 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Hassen on 05 December 2014 - 09:16 PM

They look ace! I like how your door had already some sound deadening in it already (black parts). Running them off the headunit is good but wait till you give them enough power from an amp to get the real quality behind them.


I have one suggestion for the above setup. Just my 2cents and please tell me to shoo if you differ in opinion  :)


Currently, you have the tweeters mounted down below in the door card. Was that the original factory point for the tweeters or did you make a hole there to fit the new Focal tweeters?

Higher frequencies from my little bit of research is more directional than lower frequencies. Most car setups would have the tweeters mounted higher up so that they are pointing at your ear level. For e.g tweeters in my car are mounted in the sail panel in the door at the level of the wing mirrors. That was the stock position. That way they deliver the frequencies towards your ears more efficiently. Mounting them at the level of say your knees might not have the same impact. Consider an option to mount them in the sail panels if possible. I think that way you would get the most out of the component speakers. 

Just a thought  :)

#434477 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 05 December 2014 - 09:06 PM

Thanks man. It's all go go go at the moment with house. Planning to renovate it as well, so getting architect and builders etc is an exciting process. I agree, it's quite therapeutic in a way but will get more engaging once ground works start. 


Dunno about how having 2 kiddies will be easier than one man. I can barely function with the one lol. I reckon we will be ok though. Daniel is excited as his friend as well got a new little brother and he wants one too lol. He keeps asking when the baby will come but it's not for a good few months. 


I saw that link on your build thread for the camera and as tempting as it is, I have decided to just shelf all car related plans for the short term. Only allowing myself to maintain the car for wear and tear items, tax and insurance to keep it on the road.


All efforts are being redirected to house project and family from now on. My actual next project will be getting parts for a revamped house sound system once the house is completed. I am seriously considering getting floor standing speakers from Focal as from reviews and videos I have seen, they are as amazing as the car speakers. They should be for the price they retail at. I am planning to get a pair of floor standers and maybe a centre speaker as well. I will be keeping my existing Jamo rear speakers and subwoofer. This will not be happening for at least 6-9 months down the line when I have enough funds saved. Plus, I got the go ahead from my better half :)

#434063 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 04 December 2014 - 01:24 PM

Cheers for that Lenny. Unsure if I am going to look into it as all car related things have been put aside at the moment for at least another 6-9 months.


Buying/renovating a house and baby number 2 on the way. Exciting times :)

#434026 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Hassen on 04 December 2014 - 10:57 AM

Had to have a good read through the previous posts. Great to hear you got the items and I know what you mean about the Focals. They are exquisitely made and I was tempted myself to leave them uncovered so that they could be seen. The flax material used on them is really cool on yours. Mine are yellow and made from Kevlar (material used for bullet proof jackets. Go figure). Also, how are the spacers looking? When you are done with the sound install, you will be grinning everytime you put the stereo on :P

As for the battle between me and Lenny's system in Ireland, I reckon Lenny has be beaten with his plan as I didn't strip the car yet to install the sound deadening on the floor. Lenny's car will be quieter for sure. Also, while doing research on the topic, 3M make a material that's used for sound insulation. It's white and looks like the stuff you have in the lining of jackets. It's supposed to reduce the ambient noise coming from the road and surroundings. I have a link saved somewhere if anyone is interested. This could be used to line the doors after the sound deadening has been applied, mostly to the door cards. Also, it might be used in the trunk and roof of the car. If you are thinking of making more sound improvements, do consider a Mass Loaded Vinyl and Closed Cell Foam layer on the floor of the car. The one I know if, but have no personal experience with is called Dodo Mat




I plan myself at some point late next year to line the floor of the car with Silent Coat and the Dodo Mat. That will be the end of my sound install then. There is plenty of articles online to support the use of the above. 

#434024 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Hassen on 04 December 2014 - 10:49 AM

That exhaust looks great!!!

Just got in from work.. And I had a present waiting for me!

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What could it be?! Hmm.....

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Wihee! Now go and get them installed. And please take pictures :P

#433671 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Hassen on 02 December 2014 - 10:57 PM

Also, keep ya head up mate. The best bit of all this is that you get double the amount of Silent Coat. If you have the car already off the road and stripped, consider putting some Silent Coat on the floor of the car. Realistically, you need about 20-30% coverage to reduce vibrations around the car. Just bear in mind that Silent Coat is a vibration damper and not a sound insulator. For that you would need MLV and CCF coupled together and it gets expensive very quickly for the gains you get. I did the same to my inner door skins as you as I couldn't be asked to remove it to fit the Silent Coat. I reached through the hole of the speakers as far as I could and doubled up the Silent Coat 2mm so that it had 2 big blocks on the door skins. Did the job and the door closes with a nice thud upfront. In the rears, I only did the exposed door skin and even that was about 20% coverage. It was fine as I don't really use my rear speakers. 


Also, if any Silent Coat is left, consider putting some under the bonner as reduces the vibrations coming from the engine. Maybe on the inner firewall too if there is any left over. Good luck with it as it's a bit of a pain to get done :)

#433669 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Hassen on 02 December 2014 - 10:47 PM

Is he any relation to Robert Miles?

Other good tracks to notice the tweters and sub are:

Tiestö - 10 seconds before sunrise
Tiestö Feat. Diplo - Come on


No relation to Robert Miles. Miles Davis was a great jazz musician. Check out Kinda Blue the album. It's deeply rooted in blues and has no lyrics, just music. Listen to an open mind and enjoy :)

#433393 Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub

Posted by Hassen on 01 December 2014 - 09:38 PM

Headunit looks cool! Can't wait for you to upload more pictures. I keep missing posts from yours and Lenny's build lately. Something up with my notifications :(

I remember noticing a big difference when I installed my old 12" sub and the stock speakers. Then, when I had the Pioneer headunit and the stock speakers, another big difference. I loved how at every step, you get a new thing to be happy about. It's very enjoyable. Once you get all the Silent Coat in the car, be prepared to notice a significant drop in cabin noise levels. In my car at 120kph, it was a 5db drop from the phone app. As a result, I had to turn the volume down and got to notice new things in old songs. Great idea to make a list of songs/albums. My recommendation for your list would be Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue as it truly shows the Focals capabilities paired with a good amp and sub. I had that played in a shop in Mauritius on the Focal 165KR and it stunned a few 18 year olds who had no idea who Miles Davis was :P

#433389 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 01 December 2014 - 09:20 PM

I agree with Lenny. Totally addictive and therapeutic at the same time. Just wait till you have it all done. Then you will be grinning everytime you fire it up :P

#433152 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 30 November 2014 - 11:15 PM

Really slick looking headunit there Lenny. Looks ace and with all the new functions, it will give you years of use. Can't wait for you to get the new speakers and wire all the amps up. Reckon it will be something awesome. Enjoy :)

#432454 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 28 November 2014 - 02:41 PM

At work and just reading through this quickly. Can't wait for the next udpate. It's like waiting for an episode of Mighty Car Mods to upload :P

#430674 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 22 November 2014 - 11:36 PM

Great read through the progress Lenny. Christmas definitely came early for you :)
That headunit is class. I was just reading through it's specs and it's well worth the money, just for the sound quality. Like you said, it already sounds awesome through the stock speakers. Imagine how they will sound once you get the upgraded ones and a sub to match it. 


Must have been good fun today working on the car again. I reckon it was all worth the effort. Looks like your plan is well under way and soon enough it will all be sorted. 


Looking forward to the progress and the future updates :)


p.s: How did you manage to get the time off from baby duties? :P