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Lenny

"taking Oval To Blue Horizon" Lenny's Build Thread 2010-2015

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Lenny you inspired me with your choice of colours for the calipers and drums so I had to do the same. I think it turned out great. Thanks a lot. See some pictures here! http://goo.gl/9zw8Pe

Just click next image at the top to see more you can see how rusty the drums were before I derusted them and painted it. B)

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Lenny you inspired me with your choice of colours for the calipers and drums so I had to do the same. I think it turned out great. Thanks a lot. See some pictures here! http://goo.gl/9zw8Pe

Just click next image at the top to see more you can see how rusty the drums were before I derusted them and painted it. B)

Looks good mate,

Glad to be an inspiration :) you should mask up the front discs and paint the spacer section of the disc aswell,

However be sure not to remove the copper grease from the face of the hubs as this prevents the alloy wheel from bonding to the hub.

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March Purchase Update:

First item this month purchased from Garage.ie via Twitter was the Bosch S3 007 Car battery Upgrade,

Link: http://www.garage.ie/

Also speak to them on Twitter link:

https://twitter.com/GarageIE?s=02

Owner & developer of http://t.co/y6e0ZyKTKC, the only online garage & dealership parts supplier that lets you view your vehicle service history online.

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I have become very good friends with the guys at Garage.ie through the use of Twitter,

They are a Dublin based distributer of all automotive parts.

There currently working on there website,

When complete you will be able to type in your Vehicle registration plate,

The site will then display all available items for your specific model,

Better still; all items purchased for your vehicle via Garage.ie will be filed on your Vehicle service history within the site,

This is ideal for those like myself whom service there own motor as its easy to log on and see when i last serviced it,

Also helps when selling the vehicle as potential buyers can view the history of parts that have been put in to it.

Garage.ie are also the cheapest supplier of Bosch S4 battery's and i especially like the way my invoice says Lenny usually the say Leonard :lol:

Cheers guys!

Ill be in touch again soon

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In my opinion the Bosch S4 is the best upgrade battery if your running a few electrical accessories,

Next item was purchased from "UpayNplay" supplied me with a XTRONS 10" HD Roof mount Flip down screen for the rear seat passengers.

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/331346924847

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Nice little oval badge on rear of flip down screen as saw in above image,

Going to contact GelBadges.com to have a blue ford badge printed in the same size to cover it B)

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Push chrome square to release screen then manually fold it down,

All other buttons are touch sensitive

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Very happy with this purchase,

would have been ideal if it was available in a shade of grey to match the roof lining but when you consider that being a problem well it isn't a big one to be fair and the colours close enough :lol:

I had considered fitting headrest monitors instead but i have a few issues with them; in regards to routing cables through the seats, different material on headrests (if purchasing those with screens built in) also most of the headrest screens are "direct view" much like ATM machines the person sitting to the left or right of the screen cant see anything at all,

15" is also available but i think this 10" is sufficient not too small and not too much on the roof neither.

So I'm all in favour of the flip down screen mounted in the centre of the roof lining in front of the rear courtesy light being a 10" screen it adds to the discreet wow factor aswell :) cant be seen unless its flipped down or your sitting in the back.

This unit has a built in DVD player, HDMi input, RCA line input/output 10" HD Screen, FM Transmitter, touch screen buttons, auto dimming screen and low standby consumption,

Next item to arrive was from "RockBottom_Car_Audio" supplied me with a Vortex V-507 5 Metre 6 Channel Professional Automotive RCA Phono Cable

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251569332924

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This cable is the highest quality 6 Channel RCA cable i could find which is not a mass bulk of cable,

Because this line will be routed to connect the 10" rear flip down to the headunit,

3 RCA - Video output from Headunit to 10" screen,

3 RCA - Video output from 10" Screen to headunit.

Its also brought to the market by Connects2

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Each channel of this cable is manufactured identical to the other, it doesn't need to be yellow in colour to carry a video signal the colours are there for reference purposes only.

Next item to arrive was from "RhinoCables" on eBay these guys supplied me with a Gold 3 x RCA Cable Coupler Triple Phono Joiner

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/140803547985

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This female-female composite adaptor will be fitted to one end of the 6 channel RCA to mirror the connections of the 10" Flip down screen.

Allowing for output and input at the rear of the glovebox.

Next item was from "Simply-Vinyl" on eBay supplied me with some colour coded Dash Cam awareness decals

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291368594875

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Available in a range of colours,

Nice to get the silver matching, I'm unsure if it is a legal requirement in Ireland to alert people they are on camera if you then require to use it as evidence i believe the Irish law says efforts must be made to make those aware they are on camera prior to holding them accused of any wrong doing using the footage as evidence in court.

In this case evidence of an accident.

Next item purchased was from Car-Masts-Uk whom supplied a gloss black agjustable size short aerial for the ford range which also happens to be manufactured by AutoLeads so reception is sure to be good.

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360483748613

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Next item purchased was from EternalCar on eBay supplied a beautiful set of Team Heko Tinted five door wind deflectors,

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190829295974

These wont be fitted until after the audio install because i will need to remove windows when applying the soundproofing materials,

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They should look like this when fitted:

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Next Item to arrive was from ShainDistribution on eBay,

These guys supplied me with a blue flip down travel table,

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111396856591

This item was a bit of an impulse purchase as i had some funds in PayPal account from the sale of some miscellaneous car audio items,

It appealed to me as its small enough to be stored under the seat, fits to drivers seat or rear seats and was really cheap,

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Next item to arrive was from UniPart-AutoStore on eBay,

I hadn't thought anymore of the name until the delivery arrived but this store is in fact the same UniPart company that manufactures spurious parts for all car models,

Anyway shipping on this item was £13 or the shop had an offer spend over £20 and get free shipping.

My main purchase was one of these BrookStone 12V Heated Electric Blankets

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/321677491265

Thiss 12v Heated Travel Blanket Just plug's into your 12V cigarette lighter socket,

Warms up in seconds

Size: 1.4m x 1.1m

7 ft. cord reaches back seats Comfortable 100% polyester fleece Navy blue White Check looks as if ford made it,

Has a built in timer which automatically turns off heat after 45 minutes for safety Energy-saving 4 amp power usage Easy to clean Can also be used as a normal blanket,

Very light for keeping in the car 24/7 if like myself at some point you require to sleep in the car, this item would be a very welcome item indeed :lol:

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Now to qualify for free shipping on this item i purchased a set of Osram NightBreaker Plus H7 at £15 as its the only other item in the shop that i would make good use out of end result cost me £2.00 extra

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221698559544

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They very kindly threw in a free gift:

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Next item was from local Aldi Store,

Picked up two packs of scissors for use when applying the sound deadening material,

I've been told by others whom have used it before; it eats through scissor blades,

So figured two packs of these would be cheapest option while they were on offer.

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Next Delivery of this month then was from "AutoStar"

Supplied me with the following items:

6 Metres 15Amp Cable

Link:

(Sold per 1 Metre, Qty:4 = 4 Metres)

This will be used to route power from an ignition positive feed to the flip down screen.

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4 Metres 10Amp Cable

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Twin-Core-10A-amp-12V-Black-Red-DC-Power-Cable-per-2m-10-AMP-10AMP-12-Volt-/170680456683?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item27bd5915eb

(Sold per 2 Metre Qty:2 = 4Metres)

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A single Core (black line) of this will be used to route an interior light positive feed from an interior back light feed to the flip down screen allowing the screen to automatically dim at night when parking lights are activated.

Mini Blade Piggy Back Fuse

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Add-Circuit-Fuse-Tap-Piggy-Back-MINI-Blade-Fuse-Holder-ATM-APM-12v-24v-12-volt-/180735820543?pt=UK_In_Car_Technology&hash=item2a14b1c2ff

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This item will be used to connect the screens positive power feed to an ignition live source in the passenger footwell fuse board.

The only cables left to address on the screen then is the courtesy light feeds; they can be spliced in to the neighbouring interior light so there is no need to purchase additional cable for those.

Final item from AutoStar would have been a 12V rocker switch to filter the power feeding to the flip down,

Fit the switch to the drivers footwell allowing power to be cut off to the flip down for various reasons that the driver may require to stop the screen in the rear from function.

However I've already got a 12v rocker switch fitted in this location from the time i had the DRL's fitted see picture:

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Next delivery was from fellow forum member "JC600"

Supplied me with a PlayStation 2 in excellent condition aswell as a load of great games,

JC600 (Jamie) must be Tetris World Champion managed to package all of this so nicely in to an A4 paper bale box all 100%

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Ow yes; this PlayStation 2 will be fitted to the focus via a 12Volt DC to 8.5Volt DC adaptor

See link: http://www.powerstream.com/dc-ps2.htm

Which i have purchased as a temperary meassure,

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im considering a more stable hard wired adaptor see link: http://www.powerstream.com/dc-ps2.htm

The permanent DC-DC would be better as its current wouldn't fluctuate with engine revs but must be imported from America,

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Next item to arrive was from

Supplied me with a 3 Metre PlayStation 2 RCA cable

See link:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171079136887 using this one for the car fitment,

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Next item purchased was from "lakeyx101" on eBay,

Supplied me with an RCA input selectable splitter

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/351257658870

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This item combined with the next item purchased: three Male-Male RCA plugs from "lets-buy-cables" on eBay

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251520243905

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These will be used to connect the above double input adaptor to the previously purchased Aux input socket line of the Pioneer AVH8600BT Headunit,

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The beauty of the AUX input to the headunit is; it will display the video signal aswell as mirror the screen on its output line,

The 6 channel RCA will carry a mirror image from the headunit to the 10" rear screen,

The RCA selector will have an input from the 10" screen dvd player,

The second input to the RCA selector will be the TV Tuner box,

The TV tuner box also accepts an input:

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This means the PlayStation 2 can be connected to the TV Tuner box then the TV tuner connects to the RCA splitter as a primary input.

This input displays as "AUX" on the headunit and the headunit then mirrors the screen on to the rear 10" flip down monitor :)

The only time it would be required to switch the splitter to "RCA INPUT 2" is if there was a DVD playing in the 10" monitor player and i wanted to view it in front aswell as its audio.

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Took some planning to figure all this out but got there in the end lol three output sources and two monitors takes a bit of planning to get them all to work simultaneously without the need to be switching cables etc.

Next item purchased was of course from "best-4-U-1" on eBay these guys supplied me with XTRONS Dual Antenna DVB Automotive Tuner

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171357893011

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I wasn't expecting to see this cable inside,

Its an adaptor which allows visual output to a further two screens.

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Infrared receiver,

Will mount this in the recess vent of the stock bluetooth microphone so it will receive signal from remote in both front and rear seats.

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The two amplified aerials are like rubber whips,

Stick to front and rear windows

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Nice little remote:

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Input side:

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Output side:

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Sweet! :)

It displays MPEG-2 which is very important for Ireland as we broadcast in MPEG-2 Format but the UK broadcasts in MPEG-4 Format,

Thankfully this unit supports both formats aswell as live pause and record via USB :lol: live pause television in the car LMFAO!

The RCA cable supplied with the kit is good but for a few extra penny's i logged on to "red9090" on eBay purchased a 1 metre "Gold plated triple RCA Cable"

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380986583700

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The only DVB unit i saw that may be somewhat better than this was the Quad Channel from Australia Mate link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141454509527

Only better as it has four Aerials apposed to mine which has two.

There was some debate as to where should the PlayStation 2 be fitted,

In the boot compartment or on the parcel shelf,

Well I've had a good think about the practicality of positioning and decided its best to go inside the glovebox where the passenger can easily change games while on the move.

The Joypads wont be permanently fitted to the PlayStation,

I have purchased two extension cables from "Suntekstore_Uk" on eBay

Link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/400662806106

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Not sure what this yellow sticker on the outer packaging is all about here's a picture of it:

Also the deceleration is 100% correct.

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These two extension cables will be permanently connected to the PlayStation 2 hidden inside the glovebox,

These cables will then be run under the carpet to appear under the drivers and passenger seats as sockets for the joy pads to be plugged in to from either the front or back seat when the PlayStation 2 is in use :) all will appear completly OEM

Final delivery was from forum member Dee_82 (Darren) supplied me with some Genuine Focus fog surrounds,

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Ive been rolling without fog surrounds since i sold the drl fog surrounds last October,

This didnt bother me much because people generally only see the back of the focus far ahead in the distance Pfff :lol:

The ZetecS front lip, TripleRcomposites front Splitter and ZetecS grills have all been sold across the months as buyers became interested because the plan is changing front panel to an ST later in the year and i didnt want to be left with excess parts after change.

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Again special thanks to Parcel Motel again this month for

delivering all of these items efficiently and in one piece no loss or damage to

anything,

I'm sure the processing staff in Parcel Motel Antrim are

cursing my name as they process them through there system,

so as a token of my gratitude to the process staff at Parcel Motel in the Antrim Depot; I took it upon myself to log on to eBay and have a Chocolate bar hamper sent to the

processing staff at parcel motel in Antrim along with a cover letter expressing my gratitude to the people operating below and outside of the office.

They have saved me well over 200GBP in the piecing together of this build and for that they deserve some thanks.

Here's a link to the seller of the hampers I highly

recommend this service aswell as Parcel Motel: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121481345726

I just hope Parcel Motel don't forward me on the empty

box of wrappers with a thank you note as that will cost me another 4.50 euro

:lol:

Very nice of them to mention receipt of this gift on Twitter:

Parcel Motel (@ParcelMotel) tweeted at 10:58 AM on Tue, Mar 03, 2015:

Thank you SO much @woodslenny for the delicious chocolate. The Parcel Motel team are on a sugar high today! http://t.co/K32zFuC7MT

(https://twitter.com/ParcelMotel/status/572712522953981952?s=02)

That's this months purchase update complete guys and thanks for reading :)

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That's gunna look great when it's in mate, your gunna be a busy man getting everything in but will be well worth it.

How does the screen attach to the roof?

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Awesome read through the latest. When you putting it all in? May or you gonna start sooner?

Thanks mate,

It's looking like it's going to be some week in June weather permitting,

don't want to rush anything or be under pressure when doing the installation process, for me that's the most therapeutic part which I enjoy the most; installing and writing about the process,

I really don't know what I'm going to do when it's all been installed :lol: ill have nothing to plan or obstacles to overcome the end results are just another trophy on the shelve it's the doing I enjoy more than the done.

I've not completed the shopping list yet, I've gotta get some more Vibe 4AWG Flatflex, small sheet of MDF, waterproof push button switches, all the soundproofing materials, four more packs of Velcro, braided cable sleeving, Mono Amp brackets powder coated, big three 0AWG upgrade cable kit, aswell as some masking tape to keep all screws in panels after I remove them.

I've also gotta take some time this weekend to lay everything out and go through the fitting in my head in order to find out if I'm missing anything that I'm going to need at the time of fitting as I definitely don't want to purchase any "Just encase i need it" items and at the same time don't want to be stuck for something on the week of installation.

Nice update Lenny.......how come your a month ahead of everyone lol? Could I have the winning lotto numbers please. :D

Lmao :lol: ah it's just the way things panned out mate,

I got a a pain in my.

storing progress updates in the draft folder of my email on the phone,

I had planned to hold off until Sunday to post the March update but I was worried something may happen to the update while being stored on my phone in the draft folder so I played safe and updated early.

I write the detail and insert links in my spare time then insert the images as the items arrive, then when the update is close to completion or complete I upload it.

There won't be another purchase update now until April as previously mentioned I'm taking some time out to recap on progress ensure all is as it should be and nothing has been over saw as I hate purchasing in error and got stung badly in this area with the bolts having purchased the wrong size three times cost me dearly in Parcel Motel aswell as the shop having purchased three separate times due to my own bad planning, Sir Alan Sugar would have me horse drawn and quartered for such a school boy error.

That's gunna look great when it's in mate, your gunna be a busy man getting everything in but will be well worth it.

How does the screen attach to the roof?

Thanks very much David,

Regarding how it mounts; I've decided to create the fitting guide thread a little early and posted my response in there,

I figured by doing this then editing the linked thread at a later date when fitting.

This link will remain valid and perhaps help others whom may be reading this via Google at a later date bearing the same question as yourself.

So here's a link to the fitting guide thread which is not yet complete but holds the answer to your question mate: http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/67763-guide-fitting-flip-down-roof-monitor-dvd-to-focus-mk2-mk25/

That is one awesome car!! Miss my 59plate focus TDCi now

Saul

Thanks very much Saul,

The focus responds well to the mods as it looks great to begin with, sorry to hear your missing a previously owned motor, I know how that feels miss my Toyota Levin BZR from time to time,

Was a 1.6 VTi Twin-Cam Naturally aspirated 175bhp motor, still have the driver's seat in the house and plan to eventually have some 2.5" stainless exhaust piping mandrel bent C shape to create some legs turning it in to a house chair :)

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Was a nice toyota, older but they don't make cars like it anymore (accept fords of course haha).

That'll be a cool chair very top gear esc gotta post pics of it when you're done....!

Saul

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Thanks for putting up the guide on installing the screen mate.

Your truly building the ultimate ride! Every time I look your adding something new it's brilliant :D

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Thanks for putting up the guide on installing the screen mate.

Your truly building the ultimate ride! Every time I look your adding something new it's brilliant :D

No prob mate, ill edit it to create a more detailed guide when fitting it soon,

The same link will remain valid.

Might aswell put it all in at the one time while the car is stripped,

I'm also fitting waterproof push button under each of the wing mirrors routing cables from then to rear doors,

Plan is to shave rear door handles and fit pop solenoids,

When car is unlocked press button on underside of wing mirror to open rear door on that side :)

Push button:

http://m.ebay.ie/itm/261080531706

Solenoid kit:

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/200698452988

15 Amp cable:

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/180513876557

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Lenny What brake discs and pads are you using? & How much did you pay for parts?

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Lenny What brake discs and pads are you using? & How much did you pay for parts?

Believe it or not mate im still on the factory set at 160,000km :lol:

Im a hell of a man for slammin gears!!

Plan to have them changed for "Green Stuff" pads and some type of tarty looking grooved discs

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Believe it or not mate im still on the factory set at 160,000km :lol:

Im a hell of a man for slammin gears!!

Plan to have them changed for "Green Stuff" pads and some type of tarty looking grooved discs

Christ you are doing well. You ever use the brake? :D I have to change my discs because they were slightly pitted on the back according to the MOT and wishbones. Gonna order these I think

http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/brake-discs/bolk-bol-d011535_g900007_a999BOL-D011535.html

http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/brake-pads/trw-gdb1583_g900005_a161GDB1583.html

Do you know how to find the thread size on the lower control arms by any chance? Not sure which one I need http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/suspension-arm-track-control-arm/ford-focus-ii-da-1-6-100hp_v18302_g273.html

Should suffice I hope...

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Christ you are doing well. You ever use the brake? :D I have to change my discs because they were slightly pitted on the back according to the MOT and wishbones. Gonna order these I think

http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/brake-discs/bolk-bol-d011535_g900007_a999BOL-D011535.html

http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/brake-pads/trw-gdb1583_g900005_a161GDB1583.html

Do you know how to find the thread size on the lower control arms by any chance? Not sure which one I need http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/suspension-arm-track-control-arm/ford-focus-ii-da-1-6-100hp_v18302_g273.html

Should suffice I hope...

Nah handbrake and 2nd Gear lol think im on 2nd set of pads to be honest,

And i think there gone on inside but somthing slows the car when i press the brake pedal so all good,

Perhaps log on to micksgarage.com and enter your reg then study the part specs it may give you the desired information.

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No prob mate, ill edit it to create a more detailed guide when fitting it soon,

The same link will remain valid.

Might aswell put it all in at the one time while the car is stripped,

I'm also fitting waterproof push button under each of the wing mirrors routing cables from then to rear doors,

Plan is to shave rear door handles and fit pop solenoids,

When car is unlocked press button on underside of wing mirror to open rear door on that side :)

Push button:

http://m.ebay.ie/itm/261080531706

Solenoid kit:

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/200698452988

15 Amp cable:

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/180513876557

That sounds awesome, have you though about having a separate key fob linked to the solenoid as well as the button on the wing mirrors?

where do you come up with these great ideas?

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That sounds awesome, have you though about having a separate key fob linked to the solenoid as well as the button on the wing mirrors?

where do you come up with these great ideas?

Thanks David,

I've had this idea in my head for over a year now,

My kids give me the idea as when there excited about going some places they tend to hold on to the back door handle when the car is locked, expecting it to magically open for them while i or the missus fumble for the keys,

If there's no handle there then there's nothing to hold make me a lot happier smooth door panel.

I had considered a remote but I've had "auto start" engine and things like that before; i don't like carrying additional fobs and keyrings around, i prefer to just have car key and house key.

The only daunting part of this mod is removing door card, window and inner panel then routing cables,

Its worth doing it when putting somthing else in at the same time though.

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Awww Yeah!!!

Got in touch with GelBadges.com there last week after measuring up the size of the oval badge on the rear of the XTRONS CR108HD 10" flip down DVD monitor.

Overlay arrived today :)

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So off with the old:

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Looks awesome if i do say so myself B) proper OEM just like ford could have done it.

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Cheers mate, I'll see how it looks and go from there. Easy to add the rears if it looks odd. :)

Update,

As previously discussed in the build thread on page: 74

Link: http://www.fordownersclub.com/forums/topic/41443-taking-oval-to-blue-horizon-lennys-build-thread-2010-2015/?p=452215

I have had two steel brackets custom made to support the Mono amplifier in the boot compartment under a panel at 45 degrees.

So I set up the satnav and went to see a very nice fella called Ben at www.EcoBlast.ie last Friday in Kilcoole Industrial Estate Co.Wicklow,

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Received a phone call from Ben yesterday informing me the parts were now ready for collection, so this morning I eagerly drove back to Kilcoole to collect the brackets and I must say they are fantastic :)

The guys at EcoBlast have made a life long lasting job on these custom made brackets, the paint colour also matches perfectly to that on the JL Audio Mono Amp resulting it a completely factory professional looking finish,

I will definitely be in touch with the guys at www.ecoblast.ie again in the future when Vicki my wife is finished kerbing my 18" Snow Flake rims perhaps go for a gun metal grey on them.

The finish on the parts is smooth as glass its beautiful and being powder coated its much stronger than paint and will last a lifetime in the car.

Top respect lads very happy.

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I've got my left and right bracket mixed up in the image below but it still displays how good the look next to the Mono amplifier and in the same shade of powder coated finish.

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Im very pleased with the outcome on this part of the build as it started off with nothing more than my imagination, there was no off the shelf item to enable the mounting of this amp at a 45 degree angle and it cant be mounted directly upside down due to heat issues,

My plan was to create two brackets which would allow the amp be mounted upright and below the panel at 45 degrees, the were no guarantees this plan was going to be a success it didn't look promising after the initial attempt at bending some aluminium brackets was a complete failure,

However through the use of a stainless steel welding rod this allowed me to trial fit the amp and bend the rod to the desired angles that I need the brackets to be,

Followed being referred from guy in work to a company called LMH Engineering in Arklow Co. Wicklow whom have a bench press and supplied the steel; which they bent it to the matching shape of the stainless steel welding rod, after the trial with the aluminium strips failed.

I was then able to mark out the steel strips once bent and drill holes for bolting on the amplifier on at a later date.

Throughout the plan i wanted these bracket to be a lifetime maintenance free fit and forget job, this is the reason I initially chose aluminium,

however since the aluminium failed the best option was to have them blasted and powder coated resulting in a lifetime finish that also matches the amplifier colour just the same as the aluminium strips would have done thanks to the great guys at EcoBlast.ie

More progress soon,

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Had a childhood dream come through yesterday yo!

My older brother has had his Toyota Celica since i was 10yrs old,

I used to be on my bike at that age pretending it was Twin-Cam :lol:

He used to take me for sprints on country roads in it back when i was 10yrs old,

Lifting off the road on the hills :lol: broke wish bone on one occasion made me shake with adrenalin and excitement.

Well yesterday 20yrs later,

He handed me the key and says "take me home"

The feeling was pure euphoric the experience was like the past 20yrs never happened,

I felt like i was 10yrs old again :)

Those memories of me and my brother when i was a teenager is what inspired me to purchase the Toyota Levin and modify the focus beyond all justification lol

Some may dream of driving a Porsche or a Ferrari,

I fulfilled a childhood dream yesterday driving my brothers car.

Thanks Jason :)

"You think your a skilled driver Leonard? You don't push it hard enough that it requires skill to control it" Jason Woods

:lol: id say skilled because i don't push too much in to the bends so then i don't have to work hard at getting out of the bends.

Jason responds: flat out all the way bro and work it out, if you come out the other side, that's skill lmao

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Aww that's good brotherly love and banter lol :D

Congrats bud

Saul

Thanks mate,

so you now own a proper car!!! lol

No its still his lol cant see him ever selling it,

Its been resprayed and spent 220Gbp on genuine wind deflectors says there hens teeth for that model the ST205

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