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  1. Freddy42

    focus very slow for 125bhp!

    Treat it to a dyno session to see exactly what it is doing.
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    Bemused by engines !

    PS is metric horse power and for all intents and purposes, PS and brake horse power are the same ie 85PS = 83.8bhp. The higher the figure, the faster you go.
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    Things I Don't Like

    Posters on here who misuse the words there, their and they're.
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    Security, diskloc etc

    It reverts to normal and loses the switching facility. I haven't actually tried this yet; just canvassing opinions.
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    Security, diskloc etc

    A fuel cut-off switch is a good investment. Your friendly auto tech will fit one for about £50. While rummaging in the scrap box the other day, I found a piggy-back fuse and thought it might do the trick, fitted in the fuel pump fuse in the passenger well. The 20A fuse is fitted in the piggy line and the return from the switch soldered to one pin of a fuse which has been made open-circuit. Seems too simple?
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    Show us your FOC stickers

    Tim, Likewise but I over-sprayed the dealer's name in black.
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    Focus Mk2.5 Modifications HELP

    Thanks, Lenny. I wouldn't consider lowering 60mm even though the kit goes that far. As you say, 35mm seems about right.
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    Focus Mk2.5 Modifications HELP

    Further to my Nov 6 post I am looking at the Eibach Pro Street coilover kit, adjustable between 10mm and 60mm and claiming not to alter the OEM ride quality. Since lowering requires the geometry to be reset, would this be needed every time the height is adjusted and do coilovers solve the hard ride caused by changing only the springs?
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    Focus Mk2.5 Modifications HELP

    I am considering lowering springs but have read somewhere that the restricted movement of the shocks would cause the car to bounce over minor imperfections in the road resulting in an uncomfortable ride. Can anyone confirm or otherwise?
  10. Since 1972, can't remember the year for each one; 3 Escorts Escort Mexico 2000E Orion Granada XR2 Sierra 2 Fiestas Ka 4 Focus
  11. Freddy42

    Upgrade head unit

    Would like to upgrade the head unit from showing just date and time. Has anyone used one of these?
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    Upgrade head unit

    As a techno-nerd, I have no idea how to do this. Could you explain a bit more?
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    David Beckham Speeding Case Dropped

    He was able to prove, without the help of his fancy lawyer, that the letter arrived late despite the fact that it was posted in plenty of time. Doubt they'd take my word that a letter arrived late.
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    MOT Failure - Estimae Costs

    An hourly charge of £46+vat is very reasonable these days.
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    I was on about £10 a week at the time.
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    Totally irrelevant, but when I started motoring sometime last century, £1 would buy 4 gallons (18 litres) of BP and 4 shots of Redex.
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    You need a plastic filler funnel available on Ebay or from Ford dealer.
  18. Freddy42

    Speeding & Dashcams.

    You wouldn't get a ticket as the mobile would presumably record the same as your satnav. I suspect challenging a mobile recording would be difficult.
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    Bonnet lock

    Disaster! After removing and replacing the bonnet lock on the other car, 2010 Focus 1.6TDCi, the bonnet is now closed but the key will not open it, something is not engaging as the key turns with no resistance. Advice welcome; preferably not referring to a 14lb hammer! Thanks.
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    Poor MPG?

    That's the one, then; Transmission Control Module 15Amp. Cheers.
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    Poor MPG?

    Which fuse is it, Dave? I can't find any reference to this in my handbook.
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    Poor MPG?

    This ST returns 33mpg locally and 41 on the motorway. 'Locally' includes some short journeys like yours.
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    Paint on alloy wheel

    Managed to spill some paint from a tyre marker on a lacquered alloy wheel As you do. It looks like a small finger mark; very annoying. On another surface, cellulose thinner would do the job but here it would probably melt the lacquer as well as the paint. Advice appreciated.
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    Paint on alloy wheel

    Thanks, Pete; WD40 got rid of virtually all of it.