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#454994 Heated Front Windscreens

Posted by south_bound on 16 February 2015 - 08:33 AM

I make a point of not having front and back on at the same time so as not to draw too much current - don't know if it is much of a problem but just feels like it should reduce the risk.  Front first so I can start drinving and see where I am going, then back which is clear within a couple of minutes up the road.

 

I wouldn't mind seeing this feature on other cars so that when it comes to replacing this one I am not limited to getting a Ford - I like my Focus but might look at other options when the time comes.




#453348 Focus 1.6 Tdci Dpf Removal

Posted by south_bound on 10 February 2015 - 04:09 PM

Don't have much to add to that to be honest. Theres enough stuff on the internet, including other discussions on this website, to make up your own mind on how to deal with this waste of space so-called technology that has been dreamt up by EEC burocrats who have no idea just to meet their own made up emissions targets...




#453344 How Many Miles On A Full Tank Of Diesel.

Posted by south_bound on 10 February 2015 - 04:00 PM

Yep, completely agree with that.  The only problem is that you slow down quicker if you leave it in gear as you have to overcome the friction in the gearbox and engine in overrun, like its the wheels turning the engine instead of the other way around.

 

The readout is not accurate at all, especially on shorter trips.  The only real way to measure this is to fill to the brim every time and note the mileage and how many litres of fuel you put in.




#446095 What Tyre Pressure Do You Run?

Posted by south_bound on 19 January 2015 - 12:57 PM

I'm with FOCA on this and run at 39-40psi front and back.  The tyres give max pressure ratings on their side walls - my Michelins state max 51psi so I am nowhere near that limit.  I notice a positive effect on handling and mpg at these pressures compared with recommended values and noticed straight away when they were reduced by the garage after a service.  It doesn't affect wear as I still get more than 50k miles per set. 




#438058 Got My Focus Remapped Today

Posted by south_bound on 19 December 2014 - 07:36 PM

South_Bound did they tell you what type of gains you got in bhp or torque with your remap?

 

What I really was hoping to achieve was more low down torque and the turbo kicking in lower down the rev range. That way I would use less fuel as not having to rev as much, car would be easier to drive and would also have more power. Unfortunately I have the opposite, slight bit more power mid range (not much) and no extra low down pull :(

 

He did tell me but I forget the actual numbers - I wasn't looking for outright power so I think it was something like 130BHP.  The guy I went to specialises in dpf deletes and remaps and writes his own code - he has done a good number of Focus and so had a suitable map ready to flash over.  He is in the west of England of you were ever looking for an alternative, no exactly local for you but useful if you were ever that way. 




#438030 Got My Focus Remapped Today

Posted by south_bound on 19 December 2014 - 05:02 PM

Got my 1.6TDCi remapped at the same time as the dpf came out and I do notice the difference when I drive hard, but not really when I potter along.  The mpg was significantly improved though, which I was told is a combination of not having to regen any more and the remap adding a good amount of torque low down in the range.  There were loads of dpf related codes and warning lights because it had reached the end of its life, and these disappeared with the remap.  The effect was instant as well.




#437422 Jump Sarting Vehicle Using Jump Leads

Posted by south_bound on 17 December 2014 - 12:43 PM

Interesting...I've used jump leads many times without problem but admitiedly never with a car newer than 07 plate, and including mixed petrol and diesel engines starting eachother.  I normally start with the donor car engine already running, and always very careful that the + and - don't touch eachother or a common conductor and short out!  Is really a problem on new cars, or is it a case of someone once had an ECU blow up and posted it on youtube so now everyone thinks it will happen to them? 




#417049 Mpg

Posted by south_bound on 07 October 2014 - 09:50 AM

 

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Not sure its really possible to compare as we are all different drives doing different runs in different cars with different weather in different traffic.

 

I agree it is almost impossible to compare like for like.  I would say the 3 things which affect mpg most is 1. type and age of engine, petrol vs diesel, 2. length and type of journey/traffic and 3. driving style.  It is debatable which has the biggest effect.

 

For me, 2007 Focus 1.6tdci ghia, coming up to 100,000 miles, mainly medium to long journeys on A roads and motorways the long term average is 60.5 mpg.  I got the dpf gutted in Dec 2013 and since then it has climbed to about 66 mpg.  Even the 2,000 miles pulling a big trailer the length of Europe gave me over 50mpg average.




#415906 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 03 October 2014 - 09:12 AM

David I assume you're connecting the camera to the 12V cigarette socket? Have you tried a different 12V adapter and USB cable? It might be worth checking if those are faulty just to rule them out. Or try connecting it to a USB mains plug, like a phone charger, that should get it to start recording the same as connecting it in the car.

 

If none of this works it's probably a faulty camera.

 

 

 

 

Yes the Mobius acts as a USB drive too so it's easy to get files off it. It doesn't have an impact sensor and you can't lock files, but it can record for nearly 4 hours in 1080p with a 32GB card, so I don't know how you would manage to record for that long after a crash and lose your crucial footage.

 

The mobius can lock files using one of the buttons while recording.  I think the newer firmware automatically locks the previous file if you are close to the beggining of a new file, or the next one if you are close to the end which sounds like a good idea.  I haven't tried this as I haven't updated my firmware but with 4 hours recording time I think I would have time to copy the files I need before they get overwritten anyway.




#396822 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 12 August 2014 - 07:39 PM

There was another thread in the Focus section not long ago, but now buried abut 12 pages down in the forum - http://www.fordowner...k2-focus/page-7

 

This is my set up, just behind the driver's side of the rear view mirror using a custom made mount.  I can just see a corner of the rain sensor cover but it doesn't bother me.  The most important is that it is put of sight from inside and out and sees whats ahead of the car.  Works a treat.

 

 

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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#396820 My New Mobius Dashcam

Posted by south_bound on 12 August 2014 - 07:39 PM

There was another thread in the Focus section not long ago, but now buried abut 12 pages down in the forum - http://www.fordowner...k2-focus/page-7

 

This is my set up, just behind the driver's side of the rear view mirror using a custom made mount.  I can just see a corner of the rain sensor cover but it doesn't bother me.  The most important is that it is put of sight from inside and out and sees whats ahead of the car.  Works a treat.

 

 

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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#395629 Aux Cable

Posted by south_bound on 08 August 2014 - 07:16 PM

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Sorry for the delay have had problems with my internet. All I have done is plug in a lead into the glove compartment.  

 

How did you get the cable out of the glove box to behind the centre console?  Is there already a hole or did you need to drill one?

 

 

 

In my focus I've fitted a couple 12v sockets, well, 1 extra.. it is running off the same lines as the original, just spliced into it.. I'm not really knowledgeable with electrics so I don't really know what I'm doing... but IF I added ANOTHER 12v socket to the same wires, would I be able to use all three at the same time, say to charge 3 phones? Or would this put too much strain on...the original wires? The fuse? etc? 

 

Just wondering how you spliced into the original socket cable - I had a look at mine this evening (Mk 2 si the existing socket is in the centre console) and the orange cable has a push fit connector to the back of the socket outlet.  Its all a tight to get my hands in to pull out the connector so before I do so, is this theway you did it or stright into the cable without undoing anything?  The route to the armrest looks clear enough and there looks to be enough depth to add a couple of new outlets on the back of the armrest as per my picture in the other post. 




#394430 Remap In Surrey

Posted by south_bound on 05 August 2014 - 06:40 PM

I can give you a good contact near Bristol if you want, but thats a good couple of hours from you.  Knows his stuff though.




#393705 Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by south_bound on 04 August 2014 - 08:08 AM

Ignore that last point, I did a google image search and found it.  This one taken from an ebay ad shows it front on and confirms the right way around for the plate.

 

 

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#393701 Egr Blanking Plate

Posted by south_bound on 04 August 2014 - 07:50 AM

id say if you have a diesel engine with an EGR valve,
Then blank the EGR valve as soon as possible, they never help the engines performance they only recirculate waste gases which contaminate the engine oil aswell as cake up the induction system with carbon slowly killing the turbo,

Not that if i was a car manufacturer facing a reduction in new car sales: id surly fit an EGR valve to all diesel engines to ensure i make future profit from turbo failures, blocked dpf's and carbon caked oil sumps,

My diesel engine is a euro five emissions based engine, its had the dpf internals removed, 2.5" cat back exhaust fitted, the EGR valve has been blanked, the ECU has been remapped, a Performance induction filter has been fitted,
The car had its first MOT last week and passed 100% no problem's
Never has it displayed an error
Currently getting 68.1MPG with 110,000miles on the clock.

WAR
EGR
DPF
What is it good for?
"absolutely nothin"
Say it again now,
:lol:

 

I agree with all that.  Have you found that the car performance and fuel efficiency just keeps on getting better with time after these mods, almost as if the car is learning to drive with the new set up?  I say that because I had the dpf removed and remap 6 months ago and after an immediate improvement it has contimued to get better over time!  I keep records with every fuel fill up and before the dpf work I was averaging 60mpg, but it was down to low 50s with dpf clogged and engine light on etc.  I just did a 350 mile return trip at the weekend and averaged over 73mpg.  Pulling away when I really need to boot it gives a clear difference in performance from before as well.  Anyone else noticed this with dpf removal or egr blanking?

 

 

 

either way mate its fine.
The egr hole is a perfect circle in the very centre,
Sliding the plate in from either angle will total eclipse blank the valve passage in the centre,
The rest if the plate is just flange and gasket,

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Thanks, that is really useful.  Where did you find the picture, this is exactly what I was looking for to make sure the plate goes in the right way around.