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#415860 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Hassen on 02 October 2014 - 10:26 PM

hi hassen

you said you replaced all 4 tyres what make did you fit; was it summer or all season where did buy /pay for them reason  i am asking is looking for info what members fit to there cars

paul

 

Hi Paul.

 

4 tyres were summer tyres but the grip so far in the wet has been excellent and the same in the dry. The tyres I got were Avon ZV5 and the best quote I got was actually from my local Ford garage who had recommend it themselves. Might be worth a look checking with your local Ford garage to see if they can get you a good deal. For comparison, I paid €475 for 4 tyres, tracking, wheel balancing and tyre disposal. Works out at €118.75 per tyre, which I thought wasn't too bad as I drive a lot of motorway miles and need tyres that will last a while.

 

Hope this helps :)




#415853 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Hassen on 02 October 2014 - 10:03 PM

Just wanted to report my first impressions of having the egr blanked:

 

1. There is no more turbo lag in 1st gear. This is brilliant as it really was annoying me getting out of junctions/roundabouts.

2. The whole rev range is much smoother.

3. When downshifting, the car doesn't sound that it is being forced at higher revs if that makes sense. Again, smoother to downshift

4. Low end torque has improved a lot. Previously, if I were to drive at 50km/h in 5th gear, the car would choke and want to cut out. Now, I can cruise in town in 5th without any problems all while the engine runs quietly round 1,000 rpm

5. No data on mpg so far as it's only been a week. I plan to disconnect the battery over the weekend for an hour or so to try to reset the ECU.Then I will run the car with a full thank of fuel over the next week on my usual driving routes to see if there is any significant improvement in mpg.

 

So far, even with all the effort it took, I am very happy with the results. Cherry on top would be better mpg :)




#415523 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 01 October 2014 - 10:43 PM

This is how mine looks to give you an idea.

 

IMAG1060_zps6629f0b0.jpg




#415518 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 01 October 2014 - 10:18 PM

ICE Update:

 

I have been looking at upgrading the amplifier in the car for a while now and kept an eye for bargains on Ebay. Found a Rockford Fosgate Punch P1000X4D, brand new, unused being sold by someone who didn't couldn't their audio project. It's a Class D amplifier rated at 150W rms x 4. I was the only bidder on it and won it at what I think is a reasonable price. It should be here sometime next week and I can't wait to fit it in the car and mess with the knobs. If anyone is looking to get a used amplifier, I will have my trusted Blaupunkt GTA 470 on sale. Pm me for details.

 

Here are the specs for the Rockford Fosgate amplifier:

 

 
CEA-2006 Compliant: CEA-2006_icon.gif
Number of Channels: 4
Rated Power 
(RMS Continuous Power): 150 Watts x 4 @ 4-Ohm 
250 Watts x 4 @ 2-Ohm 
500 Watts x 2 @ 4-Ohm Bridged
Total Power 
(Sum of Rated Power): 1000 Watts RMS
Dynamic Power 
(PVC/PowerCube® Measurement): 760 Watts x 4 @ 4-Ohms 
1225 Watts x 4 @ 2-Ohms
Bridgeable: Yes
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 35kHz +/-3dB
Efficiency (average): 85% @ 4-Ohm 
85% @ 2-Ohm
Crossover Controls: Front: LP/HP/AP 50Hz - 500Hz @ 12dB/Octave 
Rear: LP/HP/AP 50Hz - 500Hz @ 12dB/Octave
Tone Controls: Front: 0dB to +18dB @ 45Hz 
Rear: 0dB to +18dB @ 45Hz
Signal Input: Input Switch: Hi/Low level input 
Input Switch: 2/4 channel input 
Hi/Low Level: 2 RCA Pair
Signal Output: Low Level: 1 RCA Pair
Power Input Connector: Block
Power Wire Gauge: 4 AWG
Speaker Output Connector: Block
Speaker Wire Gauge: 12 AWG
Heat Sink Type: Cast
Cooling: Convection
Remote Controls: n/a
Visual Indicators: Power 
Thermal 
Protect
Circuit Topology Class: Full Range Class-D
Shipping Weight: 10.8 Lbs. 
(4.89 Kg.)
Dimensions (HxWxL): 2.2 x 8.1 x 11.9 (in) 
5.6 x 22.6 x 30.2 (cm)



#415514 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 01 October 2014 - 10:11 PM

Ohhh aftermarket I look forward to seeing the Head Unit you went for! I have been wanting to change my 6000cd for a while now but worried about losing the all silver oem look.


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There are a few headunits that are silver in colour which would retain the oem look. Mine is black, rectangular from Pioneer and it doesn't look too bad :) 




#414499 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 28 September 2014 - 09:55 PM

Your too kind Lenny. Definitely no use for the bluetooth module when you are going aftermarket with the new headunit. Exciting times ahead :)




#414332 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Hassen on 28 September 2014 - 02:51 PM

Forgot to say how much fun it was on the afternoon with the sun, great company and good craic. I think the best bit was the use of duct tape. We had a great laugh when it worked first time round. Well worth keeping some in the toolbox.
Highly recommend getting the egr plate fitted to anyone considering it. Best cheap and fun mod IMHO :)


#414171 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Hassen on 27 September 2014 - 09:33 PM

And here is the plate in place: IMAG2098_zpsdd3cb116.jpg




#414168 Guide: Fitting Egr Blanking Plate 1.6Tdci Engine

Posted by Hassen on 27 September 2014 - 09:24 PM

The legend that is Lenny, and I seriously mean that, drove all the way from Wexford to Dublin, on his free day to help me out to put the blanking plate into my car as I was having difficulties with it. I cannot thank him enough for doing that and I owe him one for that :)

So, we dismantled the bits as per the guide here and then could have access to the bolts on the egr and the tank on the left. The stubborn bolt in my car was the one on the left holding the tank and after a bit of fiddling around using a small reach 10mm socket, we managed to loosen it. After that, loosened the 2 bolts of egr and wiggled it to have a gap where the blanking plate was inserted. The only hiccup was that the metal gasket got loose as I took one bolt completely out but we managed to save it from falling in the undertray. Then, the bit which helped us a lot, was a suggestion by Clive (Stoney871), which was to use a bit of tape (I used duct tape) to hold the plate down and then gently slide it into place. Me and Lenny felt like idiots after we did this as it was in place but we had forgotten to take a picture. After that, we held the egr into place and then used a long nose pair of pliers to pull the duct tape away from the egr blanking plate. We debated whether to leave the duct tape there but thought it might not be safe.

 

Here is the picture:

IMG_20140927_160734_zpsjeeelpkw.jpg

 

After that we reversed the steps and also checked whether we had any fault codes. None and car started no problem. Took it for a short drive and preliminary impressions are that it is so much smoother. No more 1st gear lag, no more big jolt when the turbo kicks in and feels that it pulls through all the gears much smoother. Tomorrow will drive it properly over the motorway and give it a good work out to see if the improvements hold. Also, filled up the tank and with the recent 4 new tyres (1 week old), will see if it makes an improvement on mpg. Watch this space for results :)

 

Again, thanks a million to Lenny for coming down to help me out. Couldn't have done it without you :)

 


 




#413533 Egr Blanking Plate Already Fitted?

Posted by Hassen on 25 September 2014 - 10:01 PM

Cheers for the info. I will get torque pro. Got the trial version as I have the above Bluetooth module in the car. It's been barely used to be honest. Didn't know you could use it to reset fault codes. Learnt something useful again today. Good week so far re learning bits and bobs for the car :)


#413433 Egr Blanking Plate Already Fitted?

Posted by Hassen on 25 September 2014 - 06:33 PM

Lenny, first of all, thanks again for helping out. If you are coming over, I am paying for the diesel as that's the least I could do and I am buying you dinner as well :)

 

I am in Dublin actually on Saturday and anytime would suit me as I have no plans and Deirdre is working. I just googled it and it should be about 1hr drive. Let me know if that works for you and we can discuss it further via pm or I can call you, whichever is easiest. 

 

Cheers again.




#413327 Egr Blanking Plate Already Fitted?

Posted by Hassen on 25 September 2014 - 02:52 PM

 

 

 

 

This is the sort of thing our forum is all about :D

 

Just you be careful Lenny :P dont go doing yourself a mischief! but its good to see the benefits of calling on collective knowledge and experience!

 

 

Absolutely agreed :)




#413107 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 24 September 2014 - 11:21 PM

Not too sure mate. There are a few people on the forums who had them replaced. Might be a good idea to ask them. I think Lenny did that for his car. Not 100% about that. 

 

Not really my thing as I would not get to ever see them while driving :P




#413078 Egr Blanking Plate Already Fitted?

Posted by Hassen on 24 September 2014 - 10:04 PM

My guess is its the gasket mate,
Ford mechanics generally love the egr as it kills turbo making overtime for them.
I can drop over some weekend and help you out if desired save you an hours labour in mechanic's

 

Lenny, you are a legend! I couldn't ask you to drive over man. I would happily drive over to yours and you can direct me on what to do. I wouldn't want to make your back worse now. Free this Saturday if you have 1-2hr to spare but no rush. Thanks a million for offering to help out :)




#413063 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2013

Posted by Hassen on 24 September 2014 - 09:40 PM

It wouldn't surprise me if I am the first person to brick a car like a phone  :P