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#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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#481743 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 02 May 2015 - 01:03 AM

In other news, I have been researching the option of going active on my current speakers and ditching the rear speakers completely. The general plan would be to get the Audison Bit Ten and then use the Rockford Fosgate amp to drive the 2 tweeters and 2 mids at the front of the car in an active setup. 


I reckon with the above in place, that will extract the best sound quality from the whole system. Only problem is that I reckon the Audison Bit Ten is not easy to setup and I don't have any experience with it. Along with that, if I were to bring it to a car audio installer, they would need to be familiar with it to make full use of it's capabilities and maybe they would need to have a rTA for fine tuning. Finding it difficult to find any installer around here that would be familiar with it.


Any thoughts or is this not worth the money/hassle? 

#481742 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 02 May 2015 - 12:57 AM

Got the new bumper fitted today. Took about  2hr for the guys to do it as the bolts were all rusted and gave a lot of grief. Excellent job though as it looks spot on. Some pictures


Bumper off. The metal bar is badly rusted there and I couldn't believe how bad it was for a nearly 5 year old car!



New bumper being prepped to be fitted:




New bumper fitted:



#481550 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 01 May 2015 - 10:16 AM

Thanks for the info and it does make sense. The Audison would be used to it full potential with the stock headunit. My own headunit doesn't have DSP built in I think. It does have some of the features you listed above. 


From the little bit of research I did, the Audison takes sound customisation futher. e.g it has a 31 band eq while my own headunit has 7! Also, it maximises the power from the amp by only feeding the amp the frequencies it has to amplify e.g subwoofer amp gets only fed the subwoofer frequencies you choose. I think it's an elegant solution for people who want to retain their stock headunit and with an aftermarket headunit, gives another level of tweaking that takes the whole system to another level. Been watching a good few videos about it and I am still tempted lol

#481121 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 29 April 2015 - 10:07 PM

Cheers for the info about setting up the amp with the multimeter. Got mine done today and no more distortion. Happy days :)

#481119 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Hassen on 29 April 2015 - 10:04 PM

A mark 7 would be a bigger upgrade and if you do decide to get a new car, maybe might be a good idea to hold off on some of the more costly mods planned on this current car to save up for the next. Just a thought :)

#481115 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 29 April 2015 - 09:52 PM

Thanks for the info Lenny. With regards to speakers, if I were to get rear speakers, I would stick with the Focal in the same range to keep things homogenous.


So today I got a chance in the evening to use the multimeter to calibrate the amplifiers and speakers. I bought it from Woodies and kinda annoyed that the battery supplied with it was out of date and dead. Thankfully I had a spare one at home. 




Used the multimeter as directed off a Youtube video to set the gains for my 2 amplifiers. The JL Audio JX250/1 needed 26.5V and the Rockford Fosgate P100X4D required 24.5V. Whole process took me about 30min as it was dark and taking out the wires connected to the speakers was fiddly. 


The results are discernable to my ear. I can push the volume louder without the whole system distorting and as a result the sound is clearer. Also, I realised that the amp gain was too high for both the JL Audio and the Rockford Fosgate and in the long term might damage them.


Overall, I am quite happy to have spent the time to get it tuned properly. I have a 2-3hr round trip tomorrow and will report back with the results.