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Hyundai Santa Fe Accessories and Modifications



  • somedai1somedai1 Posts: 416
    yeah - i would say be careful to find a reputable chip as well - some of the supposed chips only bypass the air temperature sensor to fool the computer into thinking it's cold all the time so the performance is revved up whether it is cold or not....
  • wamba2000wamba2000 Posts: 146
    OK, call me asleep at the switch....
    I just purchased a 2008 SE. It includes a roof rack, at least that is what I read. When I looked more closely, it includes the "side rails" for the roof rack. The Crossbars are an optional item.

    Since I have a Yakima Cargo box and bars I have used on my Honda Element, has anyone used a Yakima setup with the side rails? Has anyone purchased the crossbars from Hyundai, and what amount of highway robbery can I expect to get a set?

    Thanks in advance.
  • I got a luggage net from Freeman Hyundai - Irving Texas for $12 and $7.50 shipping. They want $18 + shipping now. Also got a cargo tray for $14 + $7.50 shipping
  • I bought my 2007 SE AWD in October. Roof racks with the cross rails were included
  • drwoodrdrwoodr Posts: 88
    I have a 2007 SE, but it also came with cross bars.
  • Thanks. I was honestly skeptical of them myself. I have seen some ads claiming 15-20 HP boost AND 2-3 MPG. Obviously with gas prices the way they are, the 2-3 MPG claim is tempting, though I am doubtful. But the 15-20 HP gain would have been sweet even if the gas mileage stayed the same. I tried a HyperTech Power Chip years back on my 89 Mustang 5.0L and did not notice squat then. But it was already pretty peppy so a small gain might go unnoticed. I was just curious more than serious. I'll stick with simple things like synthetic oil and the K&N air filter. I doubt that the chips would help much anyway even if they do work.
  • Roof rack crossbars are indeed optional on the 2008 Santa Fe, while they were standard on the '07. I was in for service on my 07 Limited AWD recently, and was talking to my salesman about the differences between the 07 and 08 and that is one of the things he pointed out. I think he said that the crossbars cost around $200 from the dealer.
  • cws05cws05 Posts: 9
    Recently, my father in-law noticed (or rather DIDN'T notice) how difficult it was to see the 07 Santa Fe's red turn signals while following behind me, especially while I was braking. I've seen replacement clusters w/ the amber turn signals available at:

    They offer both the Euro (clear lens + amber bulb) and a LED conversion (more $$$).

    I was wondering if anyone has swapped out their original taillight clusters for either one of these and how difficult it was? Also, will this void any warranty?

    With drivers already distracted by the myriad of things they shouldn't be doing while driving, I can "see" ;) an increased potential for possible rear-end collisions happening with the current design.
  • pelican19pelican19 Posts: 323
    It was very easy. Simply replaces existing housing.
    Clear w/ amber bulb...

  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    This looks like a great mod. So does their bumper light kit - it replaces the stock "dead" red lenses in the rear bumper with lights that actually illuminate. Supposedly they can be set up as taillights, brake lights, or turn signals. When I inquired about them, though, they told me that they don't have any wiring instructions for them. Pretty retarded if you ask me. They went on to say that since there are no instructions provided, they recommend paying a professional to do the installation and wire splicing. I can only wonder how many sales they've lost because of this. They definitely lost mine.
  • cws05cws05 Posts: 9
    Great, I'll be placing my order soon for the turn signals.

    Any chance to get post a photo of the signal mod "in action"?

    The bumper lights look like they have some potential as well, though having to snake the wires and splice into main housing may be more trouble than it's worth, especially without an installation guide.
  • Hey, I have an 07 SF Limited with a trailer hitch to connect my dirt bike carrier. With my bike on the back of the car it adds about 250 pounds. This makes the car squat and bottom out a bit.

    I found a solution! I installed these hard rubber bushings between the springs of my rear coil springs. This gives it much better support and feels great without it too! The coil spring bushings were only $5 and it makes a world of difference.

    I don't have a 3rd row seat but I can only imagine for those that do, if you load 1 or 2 adults back there the car must squat and bottom out at times.

    Try these coil spring boosters... I bought them at Advanced Auto Parts.

    To install, just jack up each back tire separately and force these rubber bushings between the coils!
  • Has anyone had these installed? Are they worth the nearly $500 cost? Are there more reasonably priced sources of supply? I'm interested in running boards, i.e. NOT the tubular type. It seems Hyundai has withdrawn their own running boards. Any info on source and general comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Hi,
    I'm looking for a good cargo tray for the 7 passenger 2007 Santa Fe. I've called Hyundai and I've also contacted the sites on Ebay, but no one has one for this vehicle. Anyone with options?

  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    What about this?

  • mpuzach,
    I tried these guys. They replied back that they only have cargo trays for the 5 passenger model.
  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    It looks like this one fits 5 and 7-passenger models. Pretty ingenious.

  • fred63fred63 Posts: 23
    I have had that tray for my Santa Fe and it does fit pretty good. I also have the 7-passenger model and the cargo tray folds up when you are using the third row of seats. The material is like a foam-not real thick and very lightweight. Saves the cargo area from getting trashed.
  • Fred63 / mpuzach,
    Thanks. I've ordered this.

    You mentioned that it's foam-like. Does it hold-up well. Will the foam dent and look bad if I place some heavy items on it?
  • I also have the touring package (7 passenger), but my interior is beige.
    I'm not sure that I want to go with a black or gray cargo liner. Does anyone know of a beige or a clear liner that would work in the 7 passenger model?

    Also, could I just buy a liner for the 5 passenger model? I noticed that, for example, the weathertech mats say they only fit the 5 passenger model. Can't I just throw the liner on top of the seat when it's folded down and then pull out the liner if I need to use the third row?--and it's not like there's that much space back there once the third row is up, so I doubt that I'd be storing anything back there.

    Or is there someone with the beige interior and a darker liner that can post some pics so I can see what it would look like? I really like that one on ebay, but I just don't know if I should put a dark liner in the beige interior.

  • I just purchased a 2008 Santa Fe SE. The hidden storage space in the back is cavernous which is good and bad. The bad part is that everything I put in there slides around too much. There are grooves for dividers but I can't seem to find where to purchase the dividers. Any suggestions? Please let me know. Thanks
  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    My 2007 came with dividers. (I don't remember how many; at least 2, I believe.)
  • My 2007 also came with 2 dividers. First the roof rack cross bars, and now the cargo bay dividers, is Hyundai getting like Honda on the 2008s, making accessories like these dealer options?
  • I've been contemplating upgrading my 2007 Santa Fe's stereo. The factory one I currently have is pretty basic with the MP3, single-play CD and no built-in XM Radio. I want to use my iPod and get rid of MP3 discs altogether, so I have been looking at Alpine iPod-friendly units, plus I've seen some info on adapters that allow you to still use the steering wheel controls. I've currently got a nice Alpine deck in my '03 Maxima SE but it doesn't have an adapter for the steering wheel controls in it at all. Has anyone out there looked into this and can advise me if it's a good idea. I love the Santa Fe but the stereo in it is pretty limited and the MP3 shuffle is very frustrating at's about the only complaint I have about it since buying it last August...........any advice?
  • mpuzachmpuzach Posts: 635
    I, too was disappointed with the standard (non-Infinity with XM) stereo in my 2007 Limited but in different ways. To me, the sound quality simply wasn't acceptable regardless of which source I listened to. I ended up replacing all of the factory speakers with Polks (components in the front, single drivers in each back door). I also added an MTX external amplifier (mounted under the front passenger seat). The improvement was dramatic, even without a subwoofer. True, I still don't have multiple disc capability or an MP3 input but those things aren't as important to me as maintaining use of the steering wheel buttons and keeping the stock look of the center stack (which IMO is one of the Santa Fe's strongest visual highlights). Between XM and MP3 discs, I'm fine.
  • rugzyrugzy Posts: 16
    Can anyone tell me if the upgraded Infinity stereo has a speed sensitive option on it so that the volume adjusts for the speed you are going?
  • It adjusts, but only by 3 - 5 decibels.
  • I made the exact same upgrade that you did! I had Polk Audio speakers (components in front and coaxials in the rear) installed, along with a 4x100 MTX amp under the front passenger seat. The amp was a tight fit and required some slight trimming of the air duct, but wow! It sounds great!

    I haven't replaced the head unit, yet. I'd like one that has a good ipod interface (displays track info on the head unit and allows control of the ipod from the head unit), HD radio, and that has an adapter that works with the Santa Fe's steering wheel controls. The ones I've looked at in the past had adapters for Honda and Toyota steering wheel controls, but not the 07+ Santa Fe, so I've so far not made the upgrade. I probably will make the upgrade in the next year, though.
  • Hi: I have a 2004 and I want to add another power outlet up front on the center console. I figure the easiest way would to connect to either the cigarette lighter or the other power outlet. How do I gain access to the back area, or is there an easier way to do this? thanks much
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