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#326374 Dashcam Videos

Posted by vibeone on 27 January 2014 - 09:27 AM

So my focus is back on the road again, and 2 days later this happens


(Advanced warning: it's not that exciting, but it **** me up a bit!)



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#325731 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 25 January 2014 - 03:51 PM

Oh it's working now! Weird

Yep got it back mid week and gave it a mental over the top wash, snow foam wash, wash again, dry, polish, wax!

By the way if you're in Yorkshire, links, humberside - check out MSM REFINISHERS in Winterton.

#319945 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 10 January 2014 - 09:33 AM

I'm not sure any rear facing camera would capture a side impact very well personally.... though I accept it would be tough for my method to work - I guess the interior 'taxi cams' are too washed out.


Maybe this is the solution we're all after...



#319943 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 10 January 2014 - 09:16 AM

I think some common sense must be applied.  As people have said, sat navs are very similar - and yes, if you plonk your sat nav smack bang in front of you, you deserve to be pulled over.


I've been trying to find a pic on google of the mk2.5 rear mirror/rain sensor to show where the camera was located but not found anything suitable.  Technically though it doesn't attach to the windscreen so I may be ok anyway.  From a normal drivers position, you can barely see the camera as its hidden behind the rear mirror.


As for backward-facing  cameras, I've actually got one of the plate-light + camera reversing cameras, and could attach a recording unit to that, though the angle isn't the greatest obviously.


It's worth pointing out though that such a camera wouldn't have caught any more of the accident in my example.  The best camera would have been a rear facing from front screen camera (looking through the car) as a wide angle would potentially show the HGV impact.


As for phone cams... I messed about with similar apps.  They are great for some people, but I'm lazy, and no doubt would forget/not bother to put the cam up especially for short journeys.  I prefer set-and-forget.

#319372 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 08 January 2014 - 05:10 PM

I think once the I get the car back, I may post it.  Aviva haven't told me not to, and I had to post it publically for them to download it.  I'm just being over-cautious really.


It's a good video though, so I'll definitely be posting it, and going on and on and on and on about dash cams no doubt.


Other than a few aches and pains I got away with a HGV motorway crash, and that doesn't happen very often I guess.


Agree re:blindspots.  It's so common now, the mirrors etc should be made law.


Just me in the car - though my girlfriend is not far ahead and saw it happen in the rear view mirror - think she suffered as much as me to be honest!

#319227 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 08 January 2014 - 10:24 AM

Well the lorry driver was dutch (but spoke good English) and got out of the cab saying "I'm sorry I didn't see you are you OK", and then went into Insurance mode.  I kinda part understand it to be fair - you're not meant to admit fault and he didn't.


First off the good news arrived - its NOT being written off, and the parts are on order. WOOP!


The dashcam is a Itronics ITB-100HD.  For no real reason, I sent around $190 to a random south korean one-man-band firm via paypal.  Amazingly, the camera actually turned up, and was installed about a year ago.  I completely forgot about the camera at the accident site - and the HGV driver has no idea it was filmed, so I suspect he's got a shock coming...


It's full 1080p HD, though I tend to use it at 720p as the frame rate is 30 rather than 24 at 1080p.  32gb SDHC card (maximum supported), and it sits below the rain sensor and rear view mirror using heavy-duty vecro (about £6 from halfords).


I could go on about the dashcam because I seriously love it, but I will stop before I bore everyone to death.


I'm fine by the way - low impact, just scary!




Edit: For reference, there are probably better,cheaper cameras available now, but I will be keeping this one until it breaks - superb quality in day, good at night, and pretty much the most important thing for a dashcam - even more than pic-quality: RELIABLE.  Dashcams need to be install-and-forget!


Edit2: The link below is for a dashcam on amazon for £15.  It's probably crap, and I'm not recommending it, just highlighting the price.  While the quality is most likely bad, IF its reliable, it would have filmed my incident and probably been as effective - there was no numberplates to read etc so as long as it was wide-angle, it would have done the job.



#319220 So My Focus Had A Fight With A Hgv...

Posted by vibeone on 08 January 2014 - 09:28 AM

Sadly my focus is in a bit of a bad way at the moment, but I thought I'd share what is a potential good news story...


There I was, motoring along the motorway, when a HGV decided to overtake... into the side of me.  Bit of an impact, smashed me around the front of the HGV, then pushed me sideways along the motorway.


So the car's a bit of a mess, but amazingly, is still car shaped, and even managed to drive me 30 odd miles home (at 45mph just to be safe).




Anyway... you'll perhaps notice the dashcam in the window.... which captured me in the middle of my lane nicely.  Of all the cars on the road, I think he hit the wrong one.


Things to learn from this:


* Focus 1 HGV 0 :P

* Focus is a great, strong, safe car

* Aviva love dashcams (Seriously - they've been great so far!)

* Try not to get hit by a foreign lorry - it's a pain in the *** even if they're insured.

* Buy a dashcam already - lorry driver claimed he was 'just driving along'.


It's touch and go whether it gets written off sadly - though its all superficial damage, but I've made it clear I want it repaired if possible and I'll update and post the crash video soon.

#263947 Focus Mk2.5 Titanium Sea Grey - Minor Mods Diary

Posted by vibeone on 30 May 2013 - 07:25 AM


It's direct from ford. GK Ford got it to worksop branch within 24 hrs, and it was only £32.something! Stupidly I've forgot the finis number but don't think it was hard to find. It's called 'Honeycomb effect grille' I think, and is ST standard.

If you can buy ST/RS stuff through Ford it seems to be cheaper than ebay since Ford don't manually add a zero if it says ST!

#256863 Focus Mk2.5 Titanium Sea Grey - Minor Mods Diary

Posted by vibeone on 01 May 2013 - 10:09 AM

The diary starts slightly half way through.  I've already sorted the custom heater controls, and put some trim detail on the back bumper.  I'm not into heavy mods - just the quick and easy bits!  I might try some more major stuff eventually, but for now...






Front Grill Decisions


Back Bumper Detail

#256634 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by vibeone on 30 April 2013 - 02:24 PM

I agree Preee.


In terms of constructive critisism, the guide is getting slowly out of date, but it still works to get people up to speed.


However, if I get time, I will try and update it.  Once done, I'll post it here, and let preee judge whether to add it to Post number 1.  It's his guide, and i for one wouldn't have known where to start with  accessing MS-CAN without his guide.  Which I found on the website HE chose to post on,


What I won't do, is post it to my own SEO'd website, display a clear obsession with visitor numbers, try and sell cables that can be modded for less than a £2 maplin receipt, and then deny all knowledge of my crassness, stupidity and rudeness when questioned on it.


If you really didn't mean to 'steal' why didn't you just to what is customary - quote a selected paragraph or 2, and link to this thread?



(And yes, I'm aware deep-linking is potentially frowned upon, but at least it would show you've made an effort)

#256540 Guide For Focus Mk2/mk2.5 C-Max/kuga ~Elm 327 Cable And Ff2 Program

Posted by vibeone on 30 April 2013 - 07:21 AM

I didn't come here to hijack the thread at all, I think this is an excellent thread, I have read through this whole thread, and even the Russian thread, as I feel this is an excellent program and modification, hence the post on my website, to make this more known.
I get well over 10,000 hits a day on my website from all over the globe, mostly from Ford users. Not plugging my website at all, not what I'm here for.

But surely you can see that's exactly what it looks like your here for?