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Santa fe HID kit - Video Dailymotion
Just a quick video about my HID conversion. If anyone knows how to aim the headlights please let me know...thanks!
Thanks for posting. Did you happen to notice if your factory headlights were pointed at the same level as these HID ones are before you swapped them out? Does the owners manual say how to adjust light leveling? (I haven't looked)

BTW, any chance of drawing up a diagram of what connects to where in your system, for example it looks like the wires run from the headlight unit to the ballast, but I couldn't see what ran from where to where for the HID relay, etc. Maybe it is really obvious if you have the stuff in front of you, but it wasn't obvious to me looking at the video. :)


COMPLETE HID INSTALL VIDEO BY IMSTRICKEN06 of YOUTUBE.COM/IMSTRICKEN06
 

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i have a morimoto kit from the retrofit source that works great. got 4300k if i remember right and it matches the oem led strip in the headlamp pretty much perfectly after the 3 seconds or so it takes for them to warm up.

hid's made it very much apparent that the lights were incorrectly aimed from the factory, though. i'm a tech, so i know they were installed correctly. so i used a headlamp aiming machine and found each side to be aimed wayyy too high. this may or may not be a widespread issue, i'm not sure... i'd like to think it was just our santa fe, not all of them.

installing them was easy, just drilled out the headlight bulb access covers to route the wiring cleanly through a grommet. i mounted the ballasts under the headlamps on the radiator support where you can't see anything. very clean install with the can bus wiring harness ( i opted for this harness to keep it clean...seemed like way more work to route and keep everything clean looking with their standard relay harness they offer...but either harness is included free, you just have to request which one you prefer).

i honestly don't know the difference between this expensive morimoto kit vs. a cheap kit i have in another car, though. in my accord i have a $50 or so kit from ddm tuning. it has been working for the past 4 years or so just fine. if i did it again i don't think i'd spend alot of money for a so called "good" kit, as all the kits now are warrantied. i wouldn't go as cheap as an ebay kit, but cheap kits that are reputable and easy to get in touch with their customer service should be safe.
 

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Do you have a link for your HID kit?

We just bought our new Santa Fe on Thursday. Last night we went out to eat and on the way home I felt like we were shining for coon in the trees with the high beams on. :rolleyes:
 

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Do you have a link for your HID kit?

We just bought our new Santa Fe on Thursday. Last night we went out to eat and on the way home I felt like we were shining for coon in the trees with the high beams on. :rolleyes:
So true! I can't believe the wasted light directed so high. I'm considering this mod as well.
 

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Pics from those that did it, please. This is something to consider.
I'm just buying a Santa Fe and trading in my TSX for it. I'm sure I'll miss the great HID lights I have today.
 

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i have a morimoto kit from the retrofit source that works great. got 4300k if i remember right and it matches the oem led strip in the headlamp pretty much perfectly after the 3 seconds or so it takes for them to warm up.

hid's made it very much apparent that the lights were incorrectly aimed from the factory, though. i'm a tech, so i know they were installed correctly. so i used a headlamp aiming machine and found each side to be aimed wayyy too high. this may or may not be a widespread issue, i'm not sure... i'd like to think it was just our santa fe, not all of them.

installing them was easy, just drilled out the headlight bulb access covers to route the wiring cleanly through a grommet. i mounted the ballasts under the headlamps on the radiator support where you can't see anything. very clean install with the can bus wiring harness ( i opted for this harness to keep it clean...seemed like way more work to route and keep everything clean looking with their standard relay harness they offer...but either harness is included free, you just have to request which one you prefer).

i honestly don't know the difference between this expensive morimoto kit vs. a cheap kit i have in another car, though. in my accord i have a $50 or so kit from ddm tuning. it has been working for the past 4 years or so just fine. if i did it again i don't think i'd spend alot of money for a so called "good" kit, as all the kits now are warrantied. i wouldn't go as cheap as an ebay kit, but cheap kits that are reputable and easy to get in touch with their customer service should be safe.
Picture of how to install HID light on 2013 Santa Fe along with tools required would be nice. Thanks
 

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i have a morimoto kit from the retrofit source that works great. got 4300k if i remember right and it matches the oem led strip in the headlamp pretty much perfectly after the 3 seconds or so it takes for them to warm up.

hid's made it very much apparent that the lights were incorrectly aimed from the factory, though. i'm a tech, so i know they were installed correctly. so i used a headlamp aiming machine and found each side to be aimed wayyy too high. this may or may not be a widespread issue, i'm not sure... i'd like to think it was just our santa fe, not all of them.

installing them was easy, just drilled out the headlight bulb access covers to route the wiring cleanly through a grommet. i mounted the ballasts under the headlamps on the radiator support where you can't see anything. very clean install with the can bus wiring harness ( i opted for this harness to keep it clean...seemed like way more work to route and keep everything clean looking with their standard relay harness they offer...but either harness is included free, you just have to request which one you prefer).

i honestly don't know the difference between this expensive morimoto kit vs. a cheap kit i have in another car, though. in my accord i have a $50 or so kit from ddm tuning. it has been working for the past 4 years or so just fine. if i did it again i don't think i'd spend alot of money for a so called "good" kit, as all the kits now are warrantied. i wouldn't go as cheap as an ebay kit, but cheap kits that are reputable and easy to get in touch with their customer service should be safe.
Thanks for your insight! I appreciate it. So how exactly did you go about correcting the aim for the headlights? Is this something that can be easily corrected?
 

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Aim is adjusted by an adjusting bolt. I used an aiming machine so I knew they were aimed perfectly, but I also work in a shop with access to it. If you guys feel like your headlamps are aimed too high you can complain about it and get them aligned by Hyundai...it'll probably be covered for the first year or 12k miles under warranty as an adjustment.

Only tools I needed was a unibit to cut out the headlamp access covers and a test light to ensure polarity was correct since HID's are polarity sensitve. I think maybe a 10mm socket as well to remove the coolant overflow to have more room to work, and a 12mm and 6" extension to remove battery hold down and move it away. I did them when we first bought the car in September though so I may be forgetting something.

I don't have any pictures nor know how to host pictures in order to post them like you have to on most forums, so I doubt I'll be messing with that. But having worked on Hyundais, the Santa Fe will be easier than the new Sonata in terms of finding places to mount the ballasts and simply installing the bulbs too.

Morimoto kit D2S: Morimoto Elite HID System - HID Systems from The Retrofit Source Inc

Cheap kit that I have in my Accord DDM Tuning 35W and 55W HID Kits
 

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Do you have a link for your HID kit?

We just bought our new Santa Fe on Thursday. Last night we went out to eat and on the way home I felt like we were shining for coon in the trees with the high beams on. :rolleyes:
might want to take it to the service department and have them aimed.
 

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To those who have installed an HID kit on their SF, could you confirm that the low beam bulb is H7?

Also, did you use a relay harness? I ask this because on my NF Sonata, I wired straight in without a relay and never had any problems. I would prefer to skip the extra wiring if it's not needed.

Thanks!
 

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HID on the 2013 Santa Fe

I had HID installed on my SFS last Friday, and the effect was not as dramatic as what I expected. The driver side was clearly not aimed correctly, as its much different than the passenger side. This was not apparent when using stock halogen H11s, but real obvious when the HID were installed. I don't know if the installer "mis-aligned" the bulb, if that is possible, or the headlight assembly was off in the first place. I had to use a canbus version of ballast with the anti-flicker circuit build in, which was more expensive and more robust design. It did light up very quickly, more so than my previous HID installs.

I plan to take it into the dealer to have them check the alignment, since I'm getting my fuel gauge sensors replaced as part of the "wonky fuel gauge" issue.

The white light (6000K) of the HID was very nice, and it matches nicely with the LED eyebrow. The fog lights now look yellowish and doesn't match the other lights. They also replaced my license plate lights with LED to give it a white light, but its too bad the tail lights are not LED to match! I read somewhere that there is a special HID bulb which matches the projector housing. I don't know if that is valid since all HID bulbs should work better with a projector housing. Any comments from others? Thanks.
 

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I read somewhere that there is a special HID bulb which matches the projector housing. I don't know if that is valid since all HID bulbs should work better with a projector housing. Any comments from others? Thanks.
There are projectors for HID and projectors for halogen. The SFS in the US comes with one for halogen so HID capsule (as it can't be called bulb) will never work as well in there. Brighter, yes. But not necessarily sharper than halogen. A projector for HID takes DxS capsules (can be D1S, D2S, D3S, maybe a few more). Not the Hxx bulbs that are used for halogen stuff like the SFS.

Depending on the size you could use a real projector there instead of the one it comes with but that would be for someone that has opened the headlight to tell.
 

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To those who have installed an HID kit on their SF, could you confirm that the low beam bulb is H7?

Also, did you use a relay harness? I ask this because on my NF Sonata, I wired straight in without a relay and never had any problems. I would prefer to skip the extra wiring if it's not needed.

Thanks!
H11 and I used a "can bus" harness to keep the install cleaner and have less to hide (relay harness would have been a lot of routing wires and hiding/tucking...at least compared to the can bus harness).
 

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H11 and I used a "can bus" harness to keep the install cleaner and have less to hide (relay harness would have been a lot of routing wires and hiding/tucking...at least compared to the can bus harness).
But functionally, the can-bus harness isn't required for the Santa Fe. Relay harness will also work fine.
 

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HID install on a 2013 SFS

I first tried to install a "regular" HID ballast and harness, and everything was fine until I started the car. The light would flicker on/off and it just won't work. The installer didn't have any BOW or bypass harness, so I had to pay the premium for a canbus ballast with matching bulbs. That is a much cleaner install, and everything works fine now. They also had to use a canbus license plate LED to replace the stock version. He mentioned that many 2013 vehicles are using canbus and have to use a canbus ballast. I am thinking perhaps a regular HID kit with a special harness might do the trick, but the canbus ballast/bulb combo may be a higher quality unit.
 

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HID install on a 2013 SFS

I forgot to mention that the can-bus install was direct at the headlights, and did not require a power bypass to the battery. I was told this ballast was more efficient, had better cooling, and more heavy duty than the digital ballast.:rolleyes:
 

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There are projectors for HID and projectors for halogen. The SFS in the US comes with one for halogen so HID capsule (as it can't be called bulb) will never work as well in there. Brighter, yes. But not necessarily sharper than halogen. A projector for HID takes DxS capsules (can be D1S, D2S, D3S, maybe a few more). Not the Hxx bulbs that are used for halogen stuff like the SFS.

Depending on the size you could use a real projector there instead of the one it comes with but that would be for someone that has opened the headlight to tell.
I've read a bit about this and generally installing HID bulbs in housings that are not designed for HID, including those with projectors, will not be anywhere near the same as having a specifically designed HID housing or system. Many folks on the Toyota forums have completely replaced their housing, or modified it with specifically designed HID projectors to obtain proper results.
 
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