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south_bound

Member Since 05 Dec 2013
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In Topic: Best Dash Cam For Mk2 Focus????

Yesterday, 05:48 PM

To answer these questions all together:

 

I am using the stock battery, but as it is hardwired and it only draws power for the 10s it needs to power down when the ignition is switched off.  I read that the battery does reduce in capacity over time but I'll see how long that takes before putting in a super capacitor or new battery (which are only a couple of quid anyway).  I like that I can take the camera out and use it off the battery if I want to.

 

My install is shown in this thread  http://www.fordowner...dashcam/page-14  It is worth reading the whole thread and there is some really good stuff in there to make the most of the Mobius.  Basically I only needed a piggy back fuse tap, a 3m long cable which included a 12V to 5V transformer and ended in a 90 degree mini USB connector which plugs into the back of the Mobius.  I added a second cable to the storage compartment on the dash for my SatNav which was easy to do as well.

 

I can't remember which fuse I tapped into but it is in the thread I have linked above and is ignition live, which means it is only powered when I turn on the ignition.

 

I don't run a rear cam but this could be an option sometime if I want to.

 

I used normal bathroom clear silicone, although my first attempt used stuff I had for gutter repair and it fell off so not all silicones are the same.  This one has held firm for a few months now and that includes days at 35 degrees in full sun without any problem.  I basically squirted it onto the back of the mount and pressed it onto the screen, wiping off the excess.  Not sure what happens if I need to take it off, but I'll worry about that when I need to.


In Topic: Best Dash Cam For Mk2 Focus????

21 July 2014 - 07:26 PM

This is a screenshot of a video from this evening - it is a 60mph A road and this is typical of some of the tail-gating that goes on over here.  The quality of the mobius is great and pausing the video when the cars are closer, I can easily read off the number plate if ever I needed some evidence.

 

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In Topic: Best Dash Cam For Mk2 Focus????

21 July 2014 - 07:15 PM

Sorry about the delay in getting these posted - this is my home made mount for the Mobius.  It is basically a metal L bracket bent to fit the slope of the windscreen, wrapped in matt black tape and siliconed to the the glass.  I tried double sided tape but that didn't hold long in the heat and diect sun but silicone really does the job.

 

Then I tie wrapped a thin steel plate to the Mobius case and use a magnet to hold this to the bracket.  At first I used the tripod mount with a short bolt through a hole in the bracket but decided that the magnet idea would make it easier to take the camera on and off to review footage etc.  This is good to do every now and then to make sure it is still recording as it should (which it is) and also to build up a collection of clips of dangerous or unusual driving habits, or just anything of interest.  I might find time to edit it into a compilation sometime...maybe.

 

The whole lot is mounted just behind the rear view mirror on the drivers side.  There is not much room there but I find it better and more stealthy than the other side and it is easier to check the LEDs from there.  None of my passengers have ever noticed it so far.

 

The wiring is hard wired into the passger footwell fuse box to an ignition live using fuse tap.  The wire runs up the A pillar and behind the rain sensor cover so completely invisable until it comes out right at the back side of the mirror.  I got a right-angled USB connector to get the cable going in the right direction towards the mirror to make it easier to fit.

 

Here is a picture taken from the driver's door.

 

 

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Here is a picture from the outside facing directly into the wind screen

 

 

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Hope it helps for when you get yours delivered and ready to use.

 

 


In Topic: New Oil Filter

21 July 2014 - 09:48 AM

I always end up loosening the intercooler piipe as well - the screw cap catches on this either on the way out or the way back in afterwards.  I'm sure its not the most difficult access to the oil filter in the world, but Ford could have made it a lot easier if they had thought about it!


In Topic: A Little Black Box Under The Back Seats

21 July 2014 - 09:42 AM

If its like mine its to do with the Eloys fluid control - mine got disconnected when I had the dpf removed and it has come up here a couple of times when talking about that subject.  You really had to go digging to find it there under the carpet - were you looking for loose change left by the previous owner?