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#476316 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 14 April 2015 - 05:52 PM

I had to have a long think about it all and decided to hold off on getting the bodykit parts from the breakers. My issue is that, there is no guarantee that it will all fit without any problems to the car as it depends on condition, which I can't assess myself from a visual inspection. At the best, it's a gamble to get all the parts and I know myself that I will not be happy until it's all there: Front+rear bumper, side skirts and spoiler. This would become costly very quickly.


I just picked up the from the independent  local garage where the timing belt, water pump and rear bushes were done. The mechanic was very honest in saying that the rear drum brakes were still in good nick and they didn't bother changing it. The Ford garage had written on their report that it was 80% worn! I am not impressed about this tbh and I don't think I will be going back to the Ford garage in the future. 


I decided rather to focus(pun intended) my efforts on making it a better driving car rather than a better looking one. Independent garage quoted me €180 labour to fit in the Bilstein B12 Eibach Pro Kit. According to them, there's nothing wrong with the current shocks and springs. But, I reckon they are past their prime with just over 110k miles on the clock. Plus, the car will drive better I think with the Bilstein on. 


I will decide during the week on whether to go ahead with the above plan. Already ordered Mtec Front gooved and drilled discs along with Mintex pads. Also ordered a Whiteline non-adjustable rear Anti Roll Bar 22mm from Demon Tweeks, which should be over here in 2 weeks or so. The adjustable one has been discontinued by the manufacturer.

#476297 Mk6 Fiesta Flame 1.4 Build Log (Was Fiesta Mk6 5 Door Custom Sub)

Posted by Hassen on 14 April 2015 - 04:58 PM

Hopefully you get the speakers sorted soon and you will be back up running. Can we have some pictures of the whole setup if you get a chance?


Regarding wheels, check out the new Fox FX range along with Team Dynamics. 


Found this which I thought would look good on your car.


#476072 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 13 April 2015 - 08:27 PM

Called them up and he was asking for €130 for the rear bumper. It's in very good nick from the pictures. Also, if I were to get the rear spoiler and side skirts, he said it cost €400. I didn't try to haggle with him and I think he might take less if I was there offering him cash on the spot.
What do you think? Worth it or not? Also, there's a guy around the Midlands who mentioned he had a Zs front bumper that needs a bit of work and he is asking for €40 for it!

#475672 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 12 April 2015 - 07:21 PM

Cool. Can't wait to see pictures of the whole system in all its glory :)

Did you buy the Sound deadening btw? 


How's the flip down monitor coming up?

I agree with you about the hybrid turbo. A lot of money for a diminishing return in power gains. 

#474884 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 10 April 2015 - 09:34 AM

No can do as our childminder is amazing with our son. And she's mad into cars! She drives an Audi A4 2003 1.9Tdi Quattro with an all leather interior. Her car only has a few scrapes which will probably buff out with some T-Cut :)


Just got off the phone with the breakers and that car rear bumper is in very good condition. He sent me a picture and I asked for a few more of the side skirts, rear spoiler and front bumper. If they are in good nick and the price is right, I think I might be doing a 3hr round trip to pick it up next week. I can already see my Panther Black car with the Zetec S kit :)

On a side note, the breakers think it's an ST and I was trying hard not to sound like a know it all to tell him it's a Zetec S instead :P

#474838 Focus Mk2 Mpg

Posted by Hassen on 09 April 2015 - 11:31 PM

Darren, are those figures from the onboard readouts? Those are pretty impressive. I have a heavy right foot most of the time :)

You are absolutely right about all the variables. There are way too many permutations to compare. 


My own car readouts are  54-58mpg roughly. Using my app after brimming tank everytime I fill up, my average is 48-50mpg. Lowest I ever got was 44mpg and best was 54mpg from the app. I drive similar roads 5 days a week and a 220km round trip over the weekends. 

#474829 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 09 April 2015 - 10:52 PM

Today was not such a good day :(


I came home for lunch and our childminder was heading out with my son in her car. She was trying to avoid another kid playing around the area and reversed into my rear bumper from the side. Damage was done and the bumper is bent inwards. I don't think it's worth trying to repair it as it just won't be back to normal being made out of plastic.


So, this leaves me with 2 options:

1. Get a used black bumper from the breakers and fit it in the car. Be happy with the fact that it's a direct replacement and will fit. 

2. Put into place what I been wanting to do for ages: Find a whole Zetec S bodykit set from the breakers, respray it and fit it in my car. As luck would have it, there is a Blue Ford Focus Zetec S being dismantled 1.5hr away from my house. I have emailed them to see if they still have the parts and what condition are they in. The Focus in question seems to have suffered engine fire damage from the pictures but can't be sure until I get confirmation and pictures. 


Lots might be happening to the car next week after not doing anything for a while :)

#474798 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Hassen on 09 April 2015 - 09:08 PM

Liking the 2nd picture with the sun in the background.
I would love to have your car and my car side by side for pictures. It would be the dark side and the light side of the Force as they are identical apart from the colour :)

#474431 Kpg's Focus Mk2 Titanium

Posted by Hassen on 08 April 2015 - 07:54 PM

Not my thing the gold tbh but to each their own and long as You are happy, that's all that matters :)
Did you paint it gold or is this just Photoshop?

#474244 Hassen's Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci Build Thread

Posted by Hassen on 07 April 2015 - 11:35 PM

Update: Decided to keep the car for a while as I will not be able to upgrade it to the one I want until at least 1 year or more with the way things are going. 


I found a local independent garage who was able to give me a quote for timing belt, water pump, rear drum brakes and rear swing arm bushes to be replaced. Their quote was less than 1/2 of what the Ford garage was quoting me. I have been a long standing client for the Ford garage but sadly with their prices, I cannot afford to get the work done by them. I will see how I get along with the local garage and then decide to do more work after.


With the savings made above, I decided to use some of the left money to upgrade parts needing replacement. Front disc brakes from Mtec, drilled and grooved since the current ones are on the way out along with Mintex front brake pads. Also, decided to get steel braided brake lines to boost brake feel/performance a bit. These were from: http://www.mtecbrakes.com/


Along with that, Whiteline rear anti roll bar which I had planned to get for a long while now from Deamon Tweaks. 


Hoping that the rear ARB will reduce body roll when going round corners enthusiastically :)


Car is booked in next week and I just finished ordering the parts. They should be here by the end of this week or early next week. Looking forward to getting these new bits on.


The next upgrades will be more sound deadening/sound proofing over the summer and the Bilstein B12 Pro Kit(unsure when at this point). Along with that, when I do get a chance, I really need to tidy up all the wiring for the sound system in the car. Hopefully, once we move to the new house, I will have a garage where I will be able to work on the car come rain or shine :)

#473369 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Hassen on 05 April 2015 - 05:50 PM

Looking very good there and £50 for the exhaust is money well spent I think given the fact that you can buy the cheap chinese end bits for $10-15, which fall off :)


#472930 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 04 April 2015 - 12:48 AM

Lenny, that shake you to the core bass you feel is highly addictive. You don't even have to crank the volume that loud to feel it. I reckon, given that your amp is putting out more power than mine, you have hit the sweet spot for that subwoofer. Are you going to put the sound deadening material in the future or just leave it out? I know you have concerns about weight, but in my car with 1.5 pack of the Silent Coat in on 4 doors, trunk and bonnet, there was no noticeable drop in performance or mpg. It does reduce the ambient noise level in the car and make the mid bass more prominent. 


The Team Heko ones are very cool. I am going to order some as I hate the noise of the wind swishing around when I am driving on the motorway. I just emailed the seller to see how much is postage to Ireland. 


I will probably get the aerial as well. It does look nicer being shorter. 


Thanks for the links :)

As for the battery, I think I might hold off as my current one is doing ok and I am trying to save money for the house lol. Planning to have enough in the summer for more Silent Coat on the floor pan and layers with Dodo Mat. This should help lessen a lot of the road noise. 

#472928 My Ford Focus 1.6 Tdci - To Maintain Or To Upgrade To A Mk3 Focus

Posted by Hassen on 04 April 2015 - 12:34 AM

Update: Went over to see the Leon and how much the dealer was willing to offer for my car. Sadly, the numbers don't add up as he was offering a lot lower than I expected for my car. This means that I will get the repairs done on the Focus and keep it for another year at least. Maybe early next year, if the financial situation improves, I will consider upgrading to a newer car. 


I will be booking the car with a local independent garage to get timing belt, water pump, rear brakes and rear swing arm bushes sorted in 2 weeks time. I am seriously considering getting a Whiteline rear anti roll bar now since I am saving a fair bit of money from now using the Ford garage :)

#472789 "taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

Posted by Hassen on 03 April 2015 - 05:50 PM

Awesome! The new ariel looks really good. How hard is it to fit? I might be tempted if it makes the reception better.
Also, those wind deflectors look really cool. I like them in dark much more than my old Climair ones.

Could you please point me to the links for the 2 above? Thanks :)

#472210 My Focus 1.6 Tdci Zetec (2010) - Remapped

Posted by Hassen on 01 April 2015 - 08:59 PM

Keep us posted on progress. Where did you buy it from? It's quite expensive on Ebay with shipping to Ireland. No local shops store it here  :(