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About skullyi

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  • Birthday 01/06/1995

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    Mk 3.5 Focus ST-3
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  1. Okay, I'm liking the sound of that! Although given my car is slightly newer than yours I imagine it would sound a bit different (not much but a bit) I'm impressed with Bluefin's expected performance increase! Not something I would've expected! I was going to get my local to do a remap for me since I know a guy around by me who does them on the cheap! I need to have a closer look at K&N, considering thats only a £200 mod for the car I'd be up for doing that pretty soon actually. Yeah, I can see the piping is pretty cheap! Definitely going to look into this for my girl! I have a thing for the muscle sound (Should've bought that Mustang I was after.... shame I need the MPG! haha!) Ooooh! you've done a few then! You happy with the results?
  2. Hey all! So I'm back in the tinkering stage and I'm looking for some assistance! Now I am by no means a mechanic so I'm hoping someone on here will be able to help out a novice who only knows the basics! I'm looking to upgrade the exhaust system on my gorgeous Focus ST-3, now I know its by no means the most throaty sounding Ford BUT I love the sound and the feeling from driving it and I want to make her more audible! But I have some conditions to her upgrade (hence the need for peoples knowledge) I want to keep the original Focus ST muffler because I love how it looks! I want the sound to stay true to the Focus sound, just deeper and a little more throaty, none of this hairdryer sounding malarkey! I do want a performance increase too, obviously minimal but an increase none the less Now I know its not only the exhaust system that will help with this so I'm trying to piece together a set of upgrades that will increase performance, improve sound but stay true to the Focus. So here I am asking for help from you guys, I don't want to go to a mechanic and ask as I know for a fact they will charge the world for a "start to finish" style upgrade. Has anyone upgraded the ST? if so I need your advice!
  3. So I've decided to pop my head around again! I've since upgraded from my 64 Plate focus to a nice shiny 66 plate ST 3 (Tangerine Scream too!) With native sync 3 (all my hard work converting 1.1 to 3 gone! Hope there's someone driving her and appreciating all my hard work! Damn I miss that car) Been following this thread for a little while now, I must say the work you're doing @Luke_Anderson @Tezza and @Phil21185 is extraordinary! You've brought my Sync tinkering itch back and I'm eager to try 3.4, fingers crossed my APIM will hold out on me! You guys got any updates on bugs or issues you've encountered? (Might've missed some updates due to scrolling through the thread on 3G EW!). Looking forward to getting the fairly archaic looking Sync 3.0 system looking shiny and new! My current project is trying to find a way integrate the modem that comes in the newer fords into mine... Haven't seen a guide for that yet so I'm itching to work out a way to do it! (Where there's a will and plenty of Tea, there's a way! 😂)
  4. You know.... I swear my car hates me or something. I tried the Nav again today and guess what worked... the ***** turn by turn (I haven't actually changed my as built for the IPC its still set to extended, I was going to do it today but since it worked I left it be) Theres a way to program what type of antenna?! I didn't see this O.O I'm noticing that a few things are changing as I'm using the car actually, I cant imagine the car programming itself but I'm wondering if its pushing changes through the system (I.E. the APIM says turn by turn should work so it forces the data through regardless of settings) I know this happens with some thing I work on with CyberSec that even regardless of the settings on the other side the features sometimes still push through if one has a higher privilege setting than the other. I'm going to investigate more and shall report back! As for nav antenna position.... I don't have a centre speaker as far as I'm aware (The walk around speaker test doesn't play sound when centre and sub come up) so I'm gonna have to think of something else.... Especially since its gotta be upright, I may go down the OEM route, replace my radio antenna base with the nav one and route Fakra cable through my car (Long job but if it works I won't complain). But some days its fine, other days its not so I'm trying to work out what exactly is causing the issue, especially with the nav faults coming up every so often. I'm in the process of doing the same thing actually, might be worth me checking out the google sheet actually to see if I can find it anywhere. But since investigating my car I have confirmed my car is exactly half and half, she's got half the correct wiring, half the correct programming, half the correct features etc etc compared to models sporting the 14 plates!! Ford (or maybe enterprise) what did you do to my car 😂😂😂. I've spent the last few weeks correcting her with the assistance of some diagnostics people and my own research, I even got a family member who works for a Ford garage to investigate with me and even he's not seen anything like my car! I swear Ford should give me a job after this 😂😂😂 *Sigh* aren't car's fun? 😅😅😅
  5. Well I have returned! Finally got my system to a good.... I dunno 90% working? I've still got some stuff to do to her before she's completely functional, doing the odd tinkering day here and there to adjust the final things. Some things I wanted to ask/mention: What aftermarket GPS antenna did you guys use and where did you put yours??? I'm having all sorts of Nav issues with mine right now and I'm starting to think its an issue with the antenna itself! But the compass in the car is pretty screwy at the moment also. So I'm blaming the antenna and asking what ones you guys have since yours is working fine (I hope) I noticed that my mothers ST3 (Jealous of her! she always beats me off the lights!) has turn by turn nav on the dash (it replaces the car display image on the right hand side of the screen) and I have no idea how to enable that on mine! any of you guys managed to enable it? I reflashed my Cars as built a while back using the as built data from ford (during my initial attempts of programming the beaut) and all of a sudden.... I have the ability to turn my traction control on and off! this wasn't on the car to begin with (trust me I looked for it when I first got her to see if there was anything remotely like sport mode) and honestly I have no idea how I've brought this back to my car! I knew she was supposed to have it because a friend of mine has a similar focus to mine (he's got the Titanium X jammy bugger) so.... happy days? turbo lag has gone (brilliant for launching her off the lights! bye bye tread haha!) and I'm getting more MPG out of her than I ever have! (currently running at 51.7mpg on the ecoscout thing) I feel like maybe the people who owned her first (Enterprise car rentals) had her programming altered in some way to disable features. I wonder what else is hidden inside her that should be working but isn't? Other than that she's working fine! I got her voice controls working properly which was in fact down to focccus not programming the BCM correctly! (Found this out by using Forscan and opening up the Central Config on there) software is temperamental at best! You guys have been invaluable to assisting with the instal! aside from the remaining hiccups she's a beaut! anything you can answer from my questions will be much appreciated!
  6. I wonder what on earth caused the Nav fault in the as built I copied then 🤔🤔🤔 I need to figure out what went wrong! And yeah Focccus actually wiped my car's Trip data as soon as it connected and scanned my car so that was fun! 😱😱😱 I need to get my voice calling working! Im wondering if I can just change the value in the Bluetooth section (line 157 I think it was?) to whatever the as built says for the newer car. I'm scarily surprised by how my car was already half done for Sync 3, the whole car is pretty much set up for it minus one or two bits of programming!
  7. Well I fixed the Nav fault, restored her back to what I had originally in the as built data, I swear things just aren't going the way I want them to today!! Clearly programming this in is going to take a while *sigh* Right F*** it I'll revert what I've done for now, come back to it after some research. All this just to get my calls system working again!! 🤬🤬🤬 On a side note.... I swear after resetting the DTC codes or reflashing her or whatever changed, I swear her AirCon is working again and her performance has increased.... don't ask me why but suddenly things have improved and I don't know what I did 🤣
  8. Welp! I'm back from my festival and today was the day I was going to program my car.... BUT when I loaded up FoCCCus and tried to read from the IPC... my car crashed and it said it couldn't read from it... so I'm not going to lie... I'm a little nervous to continue in case I break the damn thing! I managed to load the as built data from a different focus fine but as soon as FoCCCus came out my car was NOT happy haha! Any advice or ideas as to why it would crash my car's on board computers and force a car wide reboot? Another note.... Now I have a navigation fault.... *sigh* today just gets better and better! And another note! I can't get the IPC value to 09, it only allows me to go to 08
  9. Well.... I can't actually tell whether I do or not xD to be honest I've switched over to CarpPlay for navigation due to the maps being so out of date AND the fact my in car GPS think's I drive through the fields behind me most of the time haha! I'll have to do some diagnosis! Where did you get the updates!? I can't get it passed 2.2 and its bugging me XD Any/all help you can offer for this would be AMAZING! haha! *Pouts with puppy dog eyes* Also, have you run your VIN on Ford's Sync update site? Ford knows I've changed from Sync 1.1 to 3 O.O Big Brother is always watching! I imagine this like a Monty Python Sketch, specifically Brian's Mother in The Life of Brian or the General in Meaning of Life xDDDD
  10. I hope so! is there any way I can check? The wire's aren't in the APIM harness so I'd assume its not there? I mean the whole system seems operational (Still need to program her though! aaaaahhhh!) I can completely agree! Sync 3 was the best choice for me and I'd recommend it to anyone just for the sheer usability and performance on it VS Sync 2! Also I got my USB hub working finally! check it ooooout! (Please ignore the millions of unread texts 😧 Im terrible at replying to people!)
  11. Another question! the MS CAN connection, now you've listed them as Grey/Orange for pin 16 and Purple/Orange for pin 17... mine dont follow the same colours as you've listed or on the other sites you linked me to... dare I move them? :S
  12. Question!! So I've been finishing off the car today and along my travels I found that my ACM connector already has pins 6 and 19 taken in the smaller connector whilst pins 4 and 5 are missing in the larger connector, so I just wanna make sure its definitely meant to be from large ACM plug to the small ACM plug, not the other way around.
  13. Facias are definitely the same! don't worry about that! as are the brackets! also if it doesn't have NAV from what I've found about Sync 3 systems, plug in the GPS antennae and you should be able to program it in! Only going off what a friend of mine said who's worked on the Sync 3 systems and haven't tested it since I bought one with it in. Your CD player is above your screen!? what? 😂😂😂 that sounds ridiculous! who designed that xD
  14. I can say the effort between Sync 2 and 3 has been non existent, it follows the same changes wiring wise as Sync 2, the only difference that I can see really is the GPS being a different module. If you can, make the jump! its definitely been the best thing I've done to the car! plus.... CarPlay/Android Auto is rather cool! Luke has done the world a service and deserves this to be stickied! by trade I'm a computer engineer and for me this guide made this the easiest thing I've ever done! and I feel like I understand the car and some of its inner workings so much better now! heck even my dad managed to understand it and help me with parts I needed a second pair of hands for and thats saying something!! 🤣🤣🤣 Absolute legend amongst legends I think! he solved my only gripe with my car in one nice, easy to follow guide! Although @Luke_Anderson you should definitely title this Sync 2/3 since it does both! the only difference being the GPS which can be mounted under the dash and the power pins for the CarPlay USB hub ( Pin 8 in APIM to pin 1 in USB and Pin 38 in APIM to pin 4 in USB)! add that in and you've basically covered both systems!! 😃😃😃 where was this guide when I was looking at that gorgeous Titanium X with Sync 1, totally would have gone for that one had this guide existed earlier! 🤣
  15. I saw the pigtail online through someone who'd done it in America! spent ages trying to find one over here to only find out later that they don't sell it here! 🤣🤣🤣 why not Ford! 😭😭😭 You know, you've gone above and beyond what I'd expect of anyone! thank you for looking those up for me and all the help you've given! I just ordered one of the looms and anticipate an easy finish! (just need to sell the bits I don't need back on!) eagerly looking forward to getting this done! been at it for a good week now what with ordering bits I missed and missing tools xD This is the very last task I need to do now, finish up the few wires I've missed, add the hub, program her and keep her Head Unit closed up till I need to add any new features! (OEM Parking sensors and ambient lighting next I think!) I'll keep you posted on the final outcome! 😃😃😃