Ford Focus Forum banner

281 - 291 of 291 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
373 Posts
Sick! I never get tired of the pics you post of this car.

Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
Discussion Starter #283
So another update.


So as you can see above the main winter rebuild was complete, now just moving along the little jobs that arnt very exciting but do need done.

So first things first, The BMW :shock: ! Bought this back in March, lovely 340i Touring, replaced my trusty 335d and so far does everything just as good if not better! But it didn't have a tow-bar fitted! So bought the fancy electric auto fold out BMW job, retro fitted it and got it all working! Happy Days!


So rugged the focus (with easy) up to Calum Haynes Fabrications where he was tasked with making some side skirts!

Made out of alloy to keep the weight to a minimum i was handed the car back with theses!


They line up very very well to the kevlar panels! Follow the lines very nicely! Supper chuffed with them!


(ignor the exhaust)

Quick wrap and we had some side skirts :)




So next up was in my quest to get a bit more camber and in turn help turn in, power flex now do a rear bush for the lower arm that gives you another half degree caster, so while i was doing that i figured i might as well change the front bush for power flex's camber bush (off-centre bush that allows +- 0.5 degree of camber to be added) Quick phone to part-box and next day this lot showed up.




Old bushes were already power flex so removed them fairly easy and then installed the new ones.



One new bush'd arm! Il change the ball joints as well, They feel fine but they are a few years old now so might as well!

And lastly, I was told there was a rear bumper that matched the kit, placed an order and phoned up the other day to see what sorta delivery date i could expect, turns out there was no rear bumper and i had missed a message saying this. So i set about cutting up my standard bumper and making it fit.


Took alot of cutting tbh, the rear 1/4 sit down about 5mm so it pushes the bumper down and that then turns into a big budge in the rear. Good bit of trimming was needed to get it all to line up. Its not perfect but its going to have to do. Once i get some more pop off buttons il get it neated up and fitting a little bit better!

This is with the wets on so when the 9J alloys are on it fairly pokes out!




Cheers
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
Discussion Starter #285
Actually saw your pictures on Flickr a few days ago, nicely done Jack!
Haha a good place to follow if your just after the photos with none of my bad English getting in the way ! The offshore rigs i work on block flickR (and every other social network) so i tend to upload all the photos from the trip at home, copy the hotlinks and then put the text together on my down time, kills a night of the trip :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Haha a good place to follow if your just after the photos with none of my bad English getting in the way ! The offshore rigs i work on block flickR (and every other social network) so i tend to upload all the photos from the trip at home, copy the hotlinks and then put the text together on my down time, kills a night of the trip :)
I appreciate the photos as you take nice detailed ones. Always like looking at them as they may inspire ideas for me as well.. ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
Discussion Starter #287
So, The car is pretty much done.

In all the years the focus has had this manifold and turbo set up iv never had a turbo gasket fail! Until now!

Noticed a bit of carbon build up on the manifold so knew right away the turbo gasket had failed.

Turns out one of the aero nuts had backed off, Race engine mounts people.... rattles everything!

New gasket bought, new nuts, bought new studs but as they were all intact didnt feel the need to change them.
Turbo off on and everything torqued back up. Gave the ceramic coating a little spray with iron out and a tooth brush to get the worst of the carbon off, Next time the manifold is glowing it will clean that right off!

Happy days!

IMG_3117 by Jack Strathdee, on Flickr

The car hasnt been driven other than moving about yards ect, so shows how quick a gasket fails!

One little job that iv just got round to doing was the new isolator.

The last one (that i bought in 2013) had failed. Not sure what went wrong, but i was a little disappointed.

Even though the unit was well out of its warranty period i decided to give Cartek a email just to see if there was anything i could try.

Mine was "locked" in off mode so i couldn't get power to the car, Cartek were great and a good few emails back and forth trouble shooting sadly confirmed the unit was dead. But there customer support went above and beyond and i got a great deal on a new unit! So got that fitted up yesterday and its back to working perfectly again!

So big thanks to Cartek for keeping the support going even in these uncertain times!

And that takes the car to where it is today, sitting waiting ready to go once this global issue is over! Few snaps of it, its back tucked away under the cover and i doubt il be lifting it anytime soon sadly :(

Il be the first to admit the car looks a little funky on the 8J alloys, they will be my wets only so hopefully not on alot, im half tempted to get a set of 9J wets now as well tho! More tyres in even the rain has to mean more grip right!

Anyway! heres the photos.




Hopefully get to pick up where we left off this year but for now, stay safe everyone :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
Discussion Starter #288
Minor update.

Gearbox (dont worry i havn't f**ked it again 🤣)

Trying to be as soft as i can with the gearbox for this years racing. I have a well documented point to start fresh with oil changes, wear material in said oil, and mileage history.

One thing i was keen to get working was the flat floor shifting and more so the throttle blip on downchange.
My issue was inputs, i had used the last for my flex fuel sensor so only had 1 spare input.
This input was from the clutch switch so i could actually do flat floor shifting already. But thats not a big thing for me as i can easy come off the power to unload the transmition to allow me to shift. What i really was after was a blip on the down change.

This was slightly harder, i could have set up TPS values and such like but i couldn't get it working correctly.
Then one day someone posted on the syvecs forum there way around doing exactly what i was after! a bit of back and forth an several relay diagrams later i have a working ignition cut for up changes and a blip for down changes (they are set in syvecs to currently allow me to do them in neutral but that was just for testing)

Super happy, ignore the wiring mess as i had just finished it when i had to video it working!

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
Discussion Starter #291
Little job updates.

Mounting the ECU has been a meh area for me, ty wraps had done their job well over the years but it was never ideal and it was something i wasn't really happy with.

So armed with more time on my hands a few ideas in my head i decided to give designing a bracket or clamp a go!
AutoCad hadn't been used since i made the coil pack bracket and that was a fairly basic 2D shape. This was going to have to be 3D for it to work.

A few hours (ok closer to 6) later i had a drawing that i was happy would do the job. It was simple, clamp over the ECU, using the Syvecs logo to hold it in position and allow me to bolt the ecu down.



Rev 3 (as rev 1 and 2 didn't even make it to print haha) was printed off by Dave at Track Formula !



I got it home and had stupidly made a mistake! I had forgotten about the lip that ran around the ECU. It would have still worked but i wanted it to snug the ECU a bit better!

So onto Rev 4 and it was sent to Dave again and it fits perfectly!







3D printing is a process that I'm fascinated with and if i was better at AutoCad 100% id be buying one and would be printing everything!


Next on the list was a job i had forgot about!

Dry break fuel sample point. Was something i had bought ages ago and only remember about it when clearing out my spares and coming across the fittings!

Required by Motorsport UK, a dry break fitting and barb to allow for fuel sampling. Simply installed into the return side of the fuel system and allows for quick and easy sampling!



Old trusty fuel requlator still going strong, i think i might change this out at some point as the fuel lines were kinda rushed all them years ago!



Into the return side go's the fittings



Then made up the open-ended fitting, this has to have at least 30cm of hose for the scrutineers to use to sample!



And a little rubber boot fitted once the line was disconnected!



Job done!
 
281 - 291 of 291 Posts
Top