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#382433 2015 Focus Facelift (Mk 3.5) Unveiled

Posted by Hassen on 05 July 2014 - 12:18 PM


It happens to be on my birthday how weird is. I am 25 and I will be 26 on the 27th of march :lol:

Sent from my automated robot M1X-M4573R-700N3Y


I am going to hold off for the ST Diesel version 2nd hand in a few years time. The improvements on the new facelifted version are impressive. The new line of engines I think coupled with the new finishes makes it closer to VW Golf quality, for Ford money. And I like the new front a lot more than the current model. 


Btw, mixmasterlooney, I was born on the 27th March as well :)

#382215 An Update Would Be Nice! - Oh, And Not Joyriding My Car!

Posted by Hassen on 04 July 2014 - 07:27 PM

I know that feeling that you described coz I had things stolen from me in the past and the first thing that always comes to my mind is anger and how to get back at the person!


I hope that things with the car are back to normal as soon as possible. There is one thing that has helped me in these situations, that might or might not be helpful to you, is Mindfulness :)

#382101 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 04 July 2014 - 03:03 PM


Bought the JL Audio JX250.1 amp (Used), Silent Coat 41 Sheet Bulk Pack 2mm and the custom enclosure. All off Ebay. Decided to hold off on getting the Dodo Pro Barrier and see what difference just the Silent Coat makes. Thanks to Mr_Spock for all the helpful advice and tips. 


Any tips on how to strip the interior now to put the Silent Coat would be well appreciated :)



#382094 Fiestagirl's Mk7 Titanium

Posted by Hassen on 04 July 2014 - 02:52 PM

Cool alloys and in mint condition. I like the other subtle mods too :)

#381741 Exciting News! Ford Owners Club Halfords Discount Cards Now Available...

Posted by Hassen on 03 July 2014 - 04:19 PM


Halfords have just confirmed for me that it will work in the Republic of Ireland  :D


Great stuff! Need to get mine stat :) Thanks for checking and for once we are not being left out of the loop.

#381208 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 02 July 2014 - 12:36 PM

So after a lot of research and I mean months of reading about sound deadening for the car, I have finally decided what I will be installing over the summer. 


1. Silent Coat Sound Deadening 2mm. This will go pretty much all over the car in moderate amount. Not going to cover every inch of the car with it. From what I gather, 25-50% coverage is more than enough as this is a vibration damper, not a noise barrier.


2. Dodo Pro Barrier MLV. Closed cell foam with Mass loaded vinyl. Plan is to have this over the floor and boot area with 100% coverage, including over the wheel arches inside the car. 


Quick question: The Dodo Pro Barrier MLV comes into 0.54sq.m / 5.8 sq. feet single sheets. How many would I need to cover what I have described above? Any help would be appreciated as I would like to order these today :)


#381191 Foc Members Occupation

Posted by Hassen on 02 July 2014 - 10:25 AM

School was fun and sadly even though I am working now, I still got to study. Exams coming up and as usual the weather is brilliant here while I am stuck indoors doing questions. Not nice! :(

#381036 Foc Members Occupation

Posted by Hassen on 01 July 2014 - 09:34 PM

if i was to kill the missus,
Could you fill out a form for me to say i was shhtone mad to avoid me getting locked up lol?


Give me a couple more years into my training then I might be able to sign them paperwork for you :P

You would still get locked up wither way, not in a prison, but in a Forensic Ward of a hospital, which can be worse than prison depending where you end up.

#380851 Foc Members Occupation

Posted by Hassen on 01 July 2014 - 03:17 PM

Loved the video games job. Did it every summer, 3 months at a time for 3 years running. Doesn't really help in Psychiatry sadly though lol

#380758 Foc Members Occupation

Posted by Hassen on 01 July 2014 - 09:58 AM

Great reading through this. Shows that there is definitely a Ford for everyone :)


Currently I am a doctor specialising in Psychiatry.


Previous jobs: worked in a printing shop, built computers, pizza delivery, and during med school, worked as a French Localisation QA for Activision Blizzard. They basically paid me to test their video games - best job up to date :)

#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 :)