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Egr Blanking Plate Already Fitted?

16 September 2014 - 10:32 PM



So, I recently purchased an Egr blanking plate and today got the time to follow Lenny's guide and tried to fit it. After much twisting managed to get a good view where the plate is supposed to fit. Upon closer inspection, there seemed to be already a much thinner plate, with a ?lip - bit sticking out so you could hold it in place while fitting on it. I couldn't manage to get a picture of it in place.


My question is, what is the likelihood of an egr plate already fitted in my car given the fact that it's Uk model, was part of a fleet of cars and regularly serviced in the Uk by Ford only?


I also realised that I will definitely need help from someone mechanically minded to be able to fit the egr plate if required still. 

Irish Meet August 2014

09 August 2014 - 09:55 PM

Hi guys.


Just thinking if anyone living in Ireland (North and Republic) would be interested in a meet somewhere in the Republic of Ireland at the end of August. All members welcome. Would be nice to finally meet other members in person.


Thoughts, ideas and recommendations would be appreciated :)



How To Set Up A Car Sound System Properly?

26 July 2014 - 11:15 PM

Hi guys.


I finally completed the install of speakers, amps, subwoofer and sound deadening. Thread linked here:




Now I need to tune the whole system for it to sound the best to me. I know sound is totally subjective but would like to hear the different ways to tune the whole thing for it to sound as cohesive as it can be so as to extract the most of it. 


If anyone has any methods or pointers, I would love to hear it :)


How To Power Two Car Amplifiers With One Power Cable?

17 July 2014 - 09:16 PM



My car is already wired up with one 4 channel amplifier that currently is powering a pair of coaxial speakers up front and a subwoofer(bridged mode).


Current installed components:
1. Blaupunkt GTA470 - 70W rms  x 4 channels

2. JL Audio 10W0v304 - 10 inch subwoofer rated 300W rms

3. Vibe Slick 6 pair of coaxial speakers front


I am planning to install the following:

1. JL Audio JX250/1Monoblock Amp - for powering the subwoofer

2. Focal 165KR rated at 80W rms -  component speakers to be fitted in front and to be powered by the Blaupunkt GTA470

3. Relocate the Vibe Slick 6 speakers to the rear doors - to be powered by the Blaupunkt GTA470 as well



What I was thinking of doing?
1. Buy a wiring kit

2. Use a distribution block to get 2 power wires from the one that is powering the Blaupunkt amp currently

3. Use a remote cable and run it from the Blaupunkt amp to the JL audio amp to turn on both amps

4. Use another ground wire attached to a different part of the car for the JL audio amp




1. Do I really need a distribution block and if not, how do I make the 1 power wire into 2? I can solder at a decent level if it is required.

2. Any flaws or suggestions to my above plan?



The reason why I am asking is because I had planned to get someone to fit all these as I am not the greatest with electrical wiring. I am utterly frustrated with customer service here. I have been trying to get in touch with the people that fitted my double din stereo the last time and after being given the run around for way to long, I gave up and decided to attempt to do it myself. I have sadly very little time and that's one of the main reasons why I wanted to get a professional to get it right the first time.


Any help would be greatly appreciated :)



14 April 2014 - 09:41 PM

Hi guys. 


Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts when to change the shocks on a Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI 2010 with about 88000 miles on the clock?


Lately going round corners, the car feels a bit wobbly and dives a fair bit under heavy acceleration and braking. Tried the method of putting my own body weight on top of the front corners but the car doesn't keep wobbling after I let go. 


Other things I have noticed is that my mpg has gone from a steady 50-52mpg to 47-49mpg. I do the same trip over the course of the week and has been driving the same way I drive usually. I was just wondering if a defective shock could be the cause of that as the car was recently serviced and there was no issues to be found.


If the shocks need replacing, I was thinking of uprating the shocks and the springs at the same time. Plan would be to get a full set of Eibach Pro kit springs with Bilstein B8 dampers. (Eibach Bilstein b12 Pro Kit)




Anyone has used these on the Mk2.5 Focus? Would like to hear your thoughts.