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  1. Which Wheel Cleaner?

    I might have to start looking for another cleaner. Bilberry is non-acidic, but still caustic. They just use high pH (alkaline) chemicals instead. Still it hasn't eaten my centre caps like wonder wheels did.
  2. Which Wheel Cleaner?

    That astonish one contains Sodium Hydroxide. EDIT: Actually so does Bilberry.
  3. Which Wheel Cleaner?

    If you buy cheap wheel cleaner just make sure it's no caustic. I used to use wonder wheels until it ate my centre caps.
  4. Which Wheel Cleaner?

    Something non caustic. I use bilberry wheel cleaner. Great stuff lasts ages, you buy as concentrate then just make up your own spray bottle to the strength you want. I have mine quite strong as I only do them a few times a year, haha.
  5. MK8 Security

    Mk8 is available with and without keyless entry. Many models have keyless start, not sure if there are still key equipped lower models.
  6. MK8 Security

    On keyless entry cars (from any manufacturer), the car is emitting a low range signal all the time, when the key comes within range it wakes up and responds with the unlock code, so when you grab the handle the car unlocks. Criminals can use relays to boost the signal from the car to wake your key up (that most people leave by their front door) and relay the signal from the key back to the car, so the car thinks it's in range and unlocks. You use tins or Faraday pouches to block the signal to/from the key.
  7. MK8 Security

    All you can do is make it difficult, if they want it enough they'll get it. It's why we have insurance. Don't really want people breaking in to your house for they keys either.
  8. MK8 Security

    There is only so much they can do within EU regulation as the OBD port must be both physically and electrically accessible to ensure independent garages can work on the car. It sounds like they've made it more difficult to reach through the window by lowering the port and have hopefully sorted the alarm blind spot. Lower models also get the interior sensors now, not just the ST. That said, all keyless cars regardless of manufacturer are vunerable to wireless relay theft. You can use tins and pouches to block the signal from your key when you're not using the car. You can also ask the dealer to turn off the keyless entry if you don't want to use it.
  9. LED headlamps

    I'd just stick some night breakers or similar in if it was me.
  10. LED headlamps

    I like the scrolling indicators but not enough to change the car for. I'm more interested in the whiter and brighter light output from the LEDs. Hoping they'll be on par with bi xenon's at least on full beam.
  11. LED headlamps

    With the LED headlights on the front yes, don't know about the back
  12. LED headlamps

    It's a £600 upgrade, so the cost of the standard lights and switches will be taken off. But yeah it's still good value compared to retrofitting imo.
  13. LED headlamps

    Just as a bit of context, the bi xenon's headlamps for the Focus are around £600 each without any of the other kit.
  14. LED headlamps

    In theory it can be done, it just depends how much needs changing. Might need bigger bits of the looms changed if there is no connection for it, or even new BCM if Ford changed it to support them, etc.
  15. LED headlamps

    They are auto levelling so there is more hardware (and looms) required than just the headlight unit. There will be sensors on the suspension to calculate the pitch of the car and the lighting control switch is also different.