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2010 Santa Fe Hatch Light Mod

I read with interest the older 2011 post on how to make the lights on the rear hatch function with the brakes lights. Years have passed, and the part number mentioned to use does not match what is shown. If the original poster sees this, maybe a comment will help on how to get the specific part number mentioned. Perhaps check with a dealer who may help identify the difference.
Question 2: The rear bumper reflectors. Kits are shown to change them to functional LED lights, but not for the 2010? Has anybody done this Mod? If there is a topic please include a link. Thanks.
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Well, Hyundai dealer is showing the same part #, and diagram, for SF 2007-2010. Which means there was no difference in the harness assembly to indicate there was some kind of power wire going to the hatch lamps to make them function as brake lights. Next step is to open the access panel and take a look inside at what's there.
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I need one more post to be able to include a link.
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Link to original post about brake light mod:
2010-2011 Owners! Do You Want All Your Brake Lights?
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the part number mentioned to use does not match what is shown
It was my impression that 2010-11 (which includes your 2010) did not need any additional parts from Hyundai -- only if converting 07-09 was it necessary to get the two 92490-0W050 sockets so as to install dual element bulbs.
Those sockets are still available for about $30. Or am I mis-remembering the original thread?
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Backwards. The link above discusses a mod for the 2010, using parts from 07-09.
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Will this mod work on a 2012 Santa Fe? If it does, I'm interested.

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Hornet, the best thing is probably pop open that access panel in the hatch and see what's in there as far as bulbs & sockets. The post discusses 2010-2011, and dates prior to 2012. Hope it's warmer this weekend for me to do the same. My understanding is the 2010 ALREADY HAS the correct socket and dual element bulbs installed. What they eliminated was a POWER WIRE to the brake bulb in the hatch(??) If that's the case, it seems running a wire to the hatch bulb would make it work. Sounds easier (and cheaper) than buying the suggested harness for $60. Check see if you have single or dual element bulbs in there. Yours may need a different socket. We'll figure this out. Post your findings, and progress. It may help others. The darn lamp is there, it seems logical that both of them should illuminate.
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I'm also waiting for things to warm up before I check this out (it gets cold in Alabama too), so this will wait a day. I can see the dual filament bulbs in the lift gate lights. I've already upgraded the outboard bulbs from 1157 to 2357, which increases the brake light filament brightness from ~400 to ~500 lumens. Doing the same on the inboard lights appeals to me since years ago I was tagged in a stopped line of cars and, as a result, had to go car shopping. The fact so many drivers think they need to pay more attention to their toys than traffic makes the idea of attracting attention more than ever a good idea.

Nobody likes spending money but buying the harness and connector assembly might be worth it. From what I've seen, it makes more sense to do that than run the risk of butchering what's there and have to buy the assembly anyway.

While we're on the subject, does anybody know the manufacturer's name and part/model numbers on the white 4-pin taillight connectors on our Santa Fe's? I would like to upgrade my turn signals to LED's in the future and I want to avoid permanent modifications to the wiring which might partially void my used car warranty. Using a short custom jumper between connectors to break out a wire for a load resistor would mean not using a T-tap.

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People are overlooking the mystery of my first question. It said buy ONLY the 07-09 part for the mod. The part number given fits SF 2007-2010. I already have a 2010, why buy a part that doesn't solve the issue? I still want to believe its nothing more than a wire, from the body brake light to the brake bulb on the hatch. No butchering. I've never seen an 09. Does it have a lamp on the hatch that works as a brake light? Don't understand your question. If swapping to a LED bulb, why do you need that connector? Long way til some warmer 60's in March.
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