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#411319 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 19 September 2014 - 08:12 PM

Small update:


Had the car serviced as usual at the Ford garage near work. Had to foot a pretty big bill in the end, which I wasn't really expected. Apparently tyres were all gone on four corners. Got just over 32,000 miles on a set of Federal Super Steel tyres. I think they did already in terms of wear with my motorway/national road driving. In terms of comfort/noise level and grip in the wet, they were average. In the dry they were good. I decided not to go with the same brand and the deciding factors were that they were very noisy on the motorway and the fuel economy were not great. Ford dealership gave me a discount on 4 Avon ZV5 which was better than the local tyre fitters. First drive on the motorway was so much quieter than the previous tyres. Wet and dry grip is good and the car is much more comfortable over bumps etc now. Happy with my purchase but now kinda tempted to get a new set of alloy wheels as my current ones are kerbed and after seeing the alloys on the guys cars at the FOC Ireland meet, I want an upgrade!


Now to decide of next upgrade:

1. New set of 17" alloy wheels


2. Bilstein Eibach B12 kit - shocks and springs



#408520 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 11 September 2014 - 11:50 AM

Huge thanks for organising them Lenny. The kitty idea is a good one I think as I would be interested in getting one of those made next year :)

#408435 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 11 September 2014 - 07:17 AM

Thanks man. Loved taking pictures of the cars. Hoping for more people and cars next year.
The plaque is on my mantle piece proudly on display. Had to fight the better half for it to get a spot :P

#408323 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 10 September 2014 - 08:22 PM

Roll on December :)

#408263 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 10 September 2014 - 06:50 PM

The Silent Coat comes in various size. I went about with just the subwoofer for a good few months and no Silent Coat. My advice is save the money now, have just the subwoofer and an external amplifier. Then buy the Bulk Pack down tge line when you decide to upgrade the speakers as in the doors it makes a very big difference in midbass. Trust me when I say that the sub packs a punch for its small size :)

#407923 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 09 September 2014 - 09:22 PM

Thanks man. Like you said, it helps having good looking subjects to shoot :)
You should start a build thread if you haven't already. Will be looking forward to follow it :)

#407918 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 09 September 2014 - 09:17 PM

Others might be able to chip in but I think the soundproofing that's in the diesel would fit the petrol. Don't quote me on it though. Also, maybe an engine cover if you don't have it already. I am not sure that Silent Coat would cut down a lot of engine noise. It will stop vibrations from entering the cabin though.

#407764 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 09 September 2014 - 03:59 PM

Did you put that sound insulation under the bonnet yourself? What did you use? I'm looking some sound insulation for my focus but don't know what to go for.

I put it myself. Very simple to do but time consuming. It's a vibration damping material called Silent Coat. I have links in this thread where to get it for the cheapest online delivered. The market leader is Dynamat and this is as effective but costs a bit less.
Mind you now that this will only absorb vibration and to a very limited extent airborne noise. What do you actually want to achieve and for what purpose is a good starting point of what type of material that would suit you best.

Feel free to ask questions and I did a fair bit of research on this subject and it will save you a bit of time Googling :)

#407569 2014 Upgrades

Posted by Hassen on 08 September 2014 - 10:46 PM



Got myself a blanking plate off Ebay. Will follow the guide by Lenny and try to fit it tomorrow. Fingers crossed all goes without any issues :)

#407558 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 08 September 2014 - 10:10 PM

And forgot to say that I would love to help with your sound system project. I don't mind driving over to you on the weekends as we are normally in Dublin. Plus, it would be a lot quicker as I have done the process before.

#407357 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 08 September 2014 - 05:37 PM

Sounds good mate i wouldn't take it for free though id pay you for it,
Ill be in touch soon but if you get another offer on it in the meantime don't hold out for me mate.

Last thing on my mind :lol: bass first buggy second lol ill have a look at your build thread to see how much the custom fit sub enclosure was aswell looks very tidy mate,
I should have taken a picture of it while you had the boot open at the meet, and the deep base from the system was mental :) 
I started back to work today on light duties only, so I'm not on shift and banned from overtime while on the light duties, end result: i will fit a sub and require your assistance in fitting but it may be January before I'm in a position to piece it all together.

Airside Ford host an RS Owners Club Ireland meet every year in June,
I was thinking perhaps next year i could arrange a FOC meet in the same location across the road from Airside Ford,
Then we could view and chat to the guys at RSOC aswell as each other plenty of pictures to be taken and a lot of ford,
If not an official FOC meet on the day,
Ill be attending the RSOC show in Airside Ford anyways and ill report on here with images from the day, if anyone wants to come with all welcome.

The carpark next to the beach in Malahide was a brilliant location aswell Hassan, plenty of green area for the kids to safely run around aswell and as you said football,
Hopefully gather enough members for a game of five aside next year :)


Definitely have a look at the build thread for ideas. The custom fit sub enclosure is very handy as it keeps weight down and the boot is still very usable. I have managed to fit a few suitcases in it with the new enclosure, which wouldn't be possible with the old subwoofer. The deep bass is due to the enclosure matching the specs for the subwoofer. I had the JL Audio sub in the Vibe enclosure before but the bass was never as clear and deep as it is now. I will keep the Vibe subwoofer on Adverts but so far I am getting just silly offers and to be honest, I have got my moneys worth from it using it everyday for nearly a year. I will not be taking any money from you for it. Not up for discussion. Consider it good karma coming your way for all the help you have given to all of us here on the forums :)


Good to hear you are back at work. Don't overdo it now and before you know it, you will be back in full swing :)


That's a brilliant idea to time the next FOC Ireland meet with the RSOC meet. When is the next one on btw?


The spot in Malahide beach was not bad now. Never been there and had only seen it on Google Street view. Glad we had enough spaces for the car. 5 aside next sound like a hoot.

#406946 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 07 September 2014 - 07:52 PM

Thanks Paul. Next time, picnic, football and maybe next to Malahide beach for a fun day out :)

#406867 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 07 September 2014 - 05:46 PM

Thanks. Very much appreciated. We had planned to be in Airside Ford but it fell through at the last minute. Next time :)

#406708 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 07 September 2014 - 09:38 AM

Cheers John. Still learning and trying to improve my skills. Need more practice. Learnt most of it off Youtube tutorials :)

#406704 Irish Meet August 2014

Posted by Hassen on 07 September 2014 - 09:24 AM

I actually still have my fitting kit from the previous install at home and it's your too Lenny if you want it. 


Also, found you a decent amp, brand new according to the seller on Adverts. It's 75W RMS @4ohms x 4 channels and 2x200W RMS in bridged mode. Should work well with the subwoofer. Room to build on after. It has the same specs as my amp but newer and more efficient. I reckon the seller will take less for it as there are no offers at all on it.