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2015 upgrades planned for the car. Would love to hear your thoughts:

1. Upgraded disc pads from EBC Green stuff. If anyone has any experience with these, I would love the hear them. I decided I might as well get something better than the stock pads. Any other suggestions or alternatives?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/141430207581?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

2. Upgraded brake discs as my ones look a bit worn and have a lip at the edge. Thought about these as they are drilled and grooved. Alternatives to this one welcomed.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/350591919845?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

3. New battery as my current sound system is putting a strain on the stock battery of over 4 years and it's starting to take a little longer to star the car on cold mornings and I fear that the battery is on the way out.

Lenny suggested the Bosch S5 battery. My current ICE setup has 2 amps running and I would need a better battery than the current one to cope with the increased demand.

4. Summer time, I will strip the car interior and apply Silent Coat sound deadedner and Dodo Mat sound barrier on the floor and boot area to further quieten the ride.

5. Timing belt and water pump due at next service.

6. Bisltein Eibach B12 Pro-Kit still on the cards at the tail end of this year.

7. If there's any funds left, planning on remapping the car and getting rid of the DPF since the car is at 103,500 miles and I fear the DPF as well might be on it's way out.

8. Whiteline rear Anti Roll Bar - still debating the benefits of this one.

Thanks

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nice list, interested in what folk say on pads and discs

first up on my list is installing a custom oil catch can

http://www.saikoumichi.com/951_page.htm

then rear disc conversion, got callipers cables and hoses just need pads discs, guards prob do that after my MOT next month.

after that its time to spend money looking at replacing some of the car, shocks, brushes and timing belt.

need to calm down a bit this year, went a bit mad last year :D !

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Never had great experience of EBC stuff though this was on bikes, pads used to eat discs and their discs seemed cheap and nasty compared to alternatives available.

So never tried their stuff on the car, ran a set of Mintex pads on first Focus ST but they squealed, left hotspots on the discs and didn't match the sweep of standard pads so wore a lip on the discs which would have needed skimming before reverting to other pads.

Tried Ferodo DS2500's after that and happy bunny now :) work great, excellent mileage (over 40K) running the same set of fresh discs and pads on 2 cars, with no complaints at all. They are pricey but well worth it imho. They do rears too but same price as fronts which I can't justify when standard rears work ok for me.

For discs the standard Ford ones are good enough for me and aren't that expensive either, employee discount helps make them even cheaper ;)

Bilstein B12 kit well worth doing - same as my combination of Eibach springs and their B8 sport dampers, also listed as Ford accessories for extra piece of mind. Lowers the car nicely without it dragging on the floor and the dampers improve control without sacrificing ride quality.

Can recommend the uprated rear anti-rollbar too. Would have had the Whiteline myself, but there was a big shortage of them a few years back so Profile Automotive commissioned a short run of their own alternative in 25mm with range of adjustment giving it similar performance to the Whiteline. Helps the car turn in nicely with more precision I found. Didn't make as much improvement on my facelift ST so opted for the firmer setting and that did the trick. Not expensive and straight forward to fit too :)

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nice list, interested in what folk say on pads and discs

first up on my list is installing a custom oil catch can

http://www.saikoumichi.com/951_page.htm

then rear disc conversion, got callipers cables and hoses just need pads discs, guards prob do that after my MOT next month.

after that its time to spend money looking at replacing some of the car, shocks, brushes and timing belt.

need to calm down a bit this year, went a bit mad last year :D !

Liking the idea of the rear brake conversion, but think it would beyond my budget at the moment. It would be much better than the drum brakes.

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Never had great experience of EBC stuff though this was on bikes, pads used to eat discs and their discs seemed cheap and nasty compared to alternatives available.

So never tried their stuff on the car, ran a set of Mintex pads on first Focus ST but they squealed, left hotspots on the discs and didn't match the sweep of standard pads so wore a lip on the discs which would have needed skimming before reverting to other pads.

Tried Ferodo DS2500's after that and happy bunny now :) work great, excellent mileage (over 40K) running the same set of fresh discs and pads on 2 cars, with no complaints at all. They are pricey but well worth it imho. They do rears too but same price as fronts which I can't justify when standard rears work ok for me.

For discs the standard Ford ones are good enough for me and aren't that expensive either, employee discount helps make them even cheaper ;)

Bilstein B12 kit well worth doing - same as my combination of eibach springs and their B8 sport dampers, also listed as Ford accessories for extra piece of mind. Lowers the car nicely without it dragging on the floor and the dampers improve control without sacrificing ride quality.

Can recommend the uprated rear anti-rollbar too. Would have had the Whiteline myself, but there was a big shortage of them a few years back so Profile Automotive commissioned a short run of their own alternative in 25mm with range of adjustment giving it similar performance to the Whiteline. Helps the car turn in nicely with more precision I found. Didn't make as much improvement on my facelift ST so opted for the firmer setting and that did the trick. Not expensive and straight forward to fit too :)

Thanks for the info. Had a look at the Ferodo ones and they are definitely pricey. I am re-evaluating the need for uprated brake pads. My car is sadly not as powerful as the ST, which I would love to own. The current front pads are the stock ford ones and lasted at least 25,000 miles or more. As for the discs, I will double check how much the stock ones are and then decide if they are required.

Trying to prioritise parts that need replacing and I know that the timing belt and water pump will eat a lot of my budget. After hearing your thoughts about the B12 Kit, it reinforces me wanting to get them onto my car. Alongside the rear anti roll bar, reckon the car will corner a lot better and have a much better ride. Whiteline seems to be the only company having a rear ARB for the MK2 Focus unless anyone else knows of other companies that do it? Eibach used to have one for the MK1 but doesn't seem to have any for the MK2 Focus.

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Brake discs, I'd go for mtec drilled and dimpled. Got them on the Escort and had them on the Type R.

Brake pads, had green stuff on my MG ZR and were quite good. Had Red stuff on the Type R and they were rubbish. Had ultimax on the Freelander and they were brilliant. I find the standard Ford discs and pads quite good on the Focus. But drilled and dimpled discs would look good. You do get more noise though.

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the conversion isn't too much to do, if you can get someone to do it the parts are

calipers*2 20 each

hoses*2 10 each

parking brake cable 20

guards 16

pads and discs 50+

a few nuts 5

brake fluid 5

150ish for the lot

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Brake discs, I'd go for mtec drilled and dimpled. Got them on the Escort and had them on the Type R.

Brake pads, had green stuff on my MG ZR and were quite good. Had Red stuff on the Type R and they were rubbish. Had ultimax on the Freelander and they were brilliant. I find the standard Ford discs and pads quite good on the Focus. But drilled and dimpled discs would look good. You do get more noise though.

Any links to the mtec discs? Looks cool, reliable and cheap since mine are on the way out.

the conversion isn't too much to do, if you can get someone to do it the parts are

calipers*2 20 each

hoses*2 10 each

parking brake cable 20

guards 16

pads and discs 50+

a few nuts 5

brake fluid 5

150ish for the lot

Ah, not to fussed about rear conversion even though it would look and feel better. Reckon I will concentrate on sorting out the front brakes first but thanks for the breakdown. I am adding it to the list :)

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Found that earlier on today. Mintex pads with groved and drilled discs front. Will they fit my Ford Focus mk2.5 2010 1.6 tdci? I am not sure if it uses 300mm discs. I have to check the Haynes manual I think.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FOCUS-MK2-FRONT-2-DRILLED-AND-GROOVED-BRAKE-DISCS-AND-MINTEX-PADS-300mm-/300847032512?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&fits=Car+Make%3AFord%7CModel%3AFocus%7CPlat_Gen%3AMK+II&hash=item460be168c0

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Mtec discs drilled and grooved plus Mintex front brake pads work out with free shipping from that website to just under €150 with a 10% discount. Not bad I think.

Anybody know how big the disc brakes need to be for a Ford Focus Zetec 2010 1.6 Tdci? I can't find the answer in the Haynes manual. Thanks

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Mtec discs drilled and grooved plus Mintex front brake pads work out with free shipping from that website to just under €150 with a 10% discount. Not bad I think.

Anybody know how big the disc brakes need to be for a Ford Focus Zetec 2010 1.6 Tdci? I can't find the answer in the Haynes manual. Thanks

according to goggle 300 mm

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Confusing diameters online as well. I might just ring the Ford Garage to see if they can help out. That way I will be certain. Thanks for the info :)

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Measure them today and it looks like 278mm rather than 300mm. 300mm looks too big. I only measured the discs with the alloys on, so it was not a very accurate measurement but it is still less than 300mm.

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I cant be sure about the fronts but I know the rears have the same caliper between the 265 and the 280, what is different though is the carrier, the 280s have a substantially bigger carrier, same mount points and guide pins, but it is larger framed to allow for a bigger disc and presumably for the increased torque it will have to handle.

I think 300 is the largest you can get away with on 16in wheels as well.

The 265 carrier is labelled as a size 15 while the 280 carrier is 16 but again im not sure if that's the same for the fronts, I think the calipers are the same but the carriers are probably different like the rears

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as I said, on the 1.6 its 278/265 (though most will have rear drums) the 1.8 had larger 300/280

Cheers mate. I think it will be 278mm fronts. I sadly have drum brakes at the back :(

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yeah, our German cousins got discs on the rear, guess ford knew it couldn't pull a fast one on them but us Brits are fair game, Estates have them here though, and if your doing a conversion finding one of those at a breakers yard will save you a fortune, I just need the shields pads and discs an im good to go

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