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#490891 Timing Belt Expense

Posted by Hassen on 29 May 2015 - 11:26 PM

I had a very similar experience recently and mine was for swing arm bushes, timing belt, water pump and front brake pads, rear brake shoes from my local Ford dealership. After getting the quote, for the first time, I switched and got my car booked at the local indie garage. Their quote was about 1/3 of the price and used good quality parts. Since then, I have returned to the local indie garage for further aftermarket parts fitment and would trust him with my car.


I have to say though that my local Ford dealership have been very good to me over the last 2 years and the level of service is exceptional. Recently, I had been having issues with a tyre losing air and the car went back to them a few times, where it was fixed for free as that's part of the deal servicing the car with them. They fix a puncture for free if it happens in between services. Plus, with the Ford Motorcraft deal, the service cost €129, which is decent when considering. I still will bring the car there for the service but due to the cost of parts/labour, will get repairs done by the local indie garage.  

#488654 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 22 May 2015 - 11:10 PM

That's adorable! You are lucky he didn't go for a joyride :P

#487772 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 11:37 PM

Clean the area well with white spirits, use a roller to apply and wear gloves as the metal bits are razor sharp. Take your time and don't rush it as it will stay there for a long time. Plenty of Youtube videos available to get an idea on how to apply the product. Have fun :)

#487743 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 09:21 PM

Thanks. Leant something new today :)

I'm hoping to achieve that German feel this summer once the rest of the project is completed with more sound deadening. Can't wait for it :)

#487580 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 19 May 2015 - 02:31 PM

You will definitely hear the difference as mine is a diesel too. At present, I can barely hear the engine unless under load. Cruising on the motorway the 2 types of noise are mainly wind and road noise from tyres. Hoping that the combination of Silent Coat and Dodo Mat on the floor will cause a significant drop in noise levels and increase comfort. 

#487402 Sound Deadening

Posted by Hassen on 18 May 2015 - 10:05 PM

Just wanted to share my own experience. Last year I did my sound system upgrade over the course of months and I used Silent Coat on my doors, bonnet and boot.


Here are a few pictures:













With the amount of Silent Coat I used, the noise on motorways and national roads(100-120km/h) has decreased by about 5-7Db (measured with the phone app). The car feels more solid and quieter but it's not BMW/Mercedes level of refinement...yet. I am planning to add more Silent Coat on the floorpan along with a Mass Loaded Vinyl/Closed Cell Foam layer branded Dodo Mat. I used nearly 2 packs of Silent Coat so far and plan to buy another one(24 sheets) to put on the floor pan during the summertime. 

I would highly recommend the Silent Coat if you are looking to reduce vibration. For airborne noise, Mass Loaded Vinyl decoupled with a Closed Cell Foam layer is what would work best from the research I have done so far. I have no experience with the flash tape but some people have had good results with it. 

#486598 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 15 May 2015 - 09:22 PM

So today after a bit of delay due to me only ordering 1 drop link rather than 1 pair from Micks Garage, I got the rear anti-roll bar fitted at Whites Garage in Tullamore who had previously done the timing belt, water pump and rear swing arm bushes. They had been cheaper than the Ford dealership and the quality of work was excellent. 


Here are a few pictures of it all:










Parts used:
1. Whiteline BMR78 22mm non-adjustable rear anti-roll bar bought from Demon Tweeks. 

2. Meyle Stabiliser Links 7160600015 bought from Mick's Garage


The results from the new parts is that the car barely rolls in corners and turns in much sharper. I was quite taken aback on how much it has reduced the roll going round the round about. Today it was raining pretty bad and you can feel the rear of the car much more planted. All of this is subjective, but I think it was worth the upgrade. Also, an unforeseen welcomed side effect was that the noise coming out of the rear of the car while driving has reduced such that it is noticeable. Will update with more feedback over the next week when I give it a good running in :)

#485134 My Focus Sport

Posted by Hassen on 12 May 2015 - 08:40 AM

Front or rear speakers? Depends on your budget as well.

#485049 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Hassen on 11 May 2015 - 08:56 PM

Need for Speed Underground! What a class game. So many hours spent modding my Nissan Skyline on it!

#483476 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 07 May 2015 - 07:07 PM

Also today, I had brought the rear anti-roll bar to the mechanics but it couldn't be fitted. He mentioned to me that it needs drop links. So, I went back onto the Demon Tweeks website to find some Whiteline drop links and there is a whole bunch of different dimensions. Anyone know which one is the right one for my car? I know that the diameter of the holes on the anti-roll bar is 10mm but I don't know how long I need them to be. Any ideas guys?

Some pictures of the anti-roll bar. 







#483471 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 07 May 2015 - 06:59 PM

Got the front brake discs, brake pads and the brake lines fitted today.  Here are some pictures.


Front brake discs:



Front brake lines:



Rear brake lines:



So far, the pedal feel is improved slightly and the braking distance is definitely shorter. The car stops much quicker than before and driving the car, I feel much more confident on the brakes. Success on that front I think...and it also looks much better :)

#483412 Tuning Boxes, My Experience And Fitting Them

Posted by Hassen on 07 May 2015 - 03:40 PM

Highly recommend having Torque app and the bluetooth module. Really handy tool. 


Looks like you are on to a winner with that tuning box and that company. My old tuning box was from a company called Racehip and it didn't offer as much flexibility as yours as it didn't come with any instructions but had similar dials to yours. I had to go and dig up info online to find out how to get the best out of it, which was very tedious. It was very flexible to use in the end though. No remote control for it while driving though, which is quite a nice touch in yours. And yea, I myself have a family and child/kids, so reliability is very important to me too :)

#483253 Tuning Boxes, My Experience And Fitting Them

Posted by Hassen on 06 May 2015 - 10:16 PM

Very nice write up and definitely a good idea to have it as a guide. 


I have had both in the past and personally prefer the remap which had no spikes in power. The tuning box is a good option as well for anyone wanting a removable solution.


The power is definitely addictive! And well worth fitting the blanking plate as well. Such a cheap but effective mod :)

#482983 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 05 May 2015 - 10:08 PM

The picture quality and the speed of the TV tuner is impressive Lenny. Reckon it would keep everyone entertained on longer journeys. Nicely done buddy :)

#482596 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Hassen on 04 May 2015 - 09:39 PM

Wow. Now that's a day to remember!
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