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I installed a Black Horse Offroad nudge bar and 5" driving lights on my 2010 Sante Fe. I bought PIAA 2.5" light brackets to attach the lights to the round bar. I have run all the wiring into the engine compartment and will install the relay and dash switch this weekend. This should help on the country roads.

Total cost was just over $300 CDN.

Next project is a skid plate that mounts to the nudge bar brackets.
 

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How solid are those nudge bars? i.e. if you hit a snow bank in the winter with some speed to get through it will the nudge bar survive that OK or would it get pushed out of place? I like the look of them but would only want one if they were really solid and actually offered some protection to the front.
 

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Like most front bars, it's not the bar strength that's important - it's the strength of the mounting points that become critical.

Most Santa Fe bars attach using the mounting points for the plastic undertray so no real strength at all.
 

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Cubby I did something similar years ago on a 99 Escort ZX2.
This vehicle had an open lower grill.
I still like the Rally look . . . love it.

One thing I remember though is that I did not have enough alternator to power those lights to their full capacity along with the headlights. . . 80-90 factory amps isn't going to do it.

You can get a junk alternator and have it reman'd and beefed up to 200 or 300 amps if you want ? then make the swap.
 

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The brackets mount to the steel frame and is very solid. It wont take a hit from a deer but all I need is for it to hold the lights.
 

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Could you post a picture of how it mounts? I was looking for something like this for deer protection a year ago, but couldn't really find anything I thought would work. Sadly the aftermarket for Santa Fes is just not quite the same as the truck aftermarket.
 

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For those interested here are the pics of the brackets. As you can see there will be a bit of vibration because the bolt is far back from the end of the bracket. There is a third attachment at the license plate to the top of the bar. Once I get the lights hooked up I will test for vibrations on gravel roads (that's why I installed the lights).

As I mentioned before the nudge bar isn't designed to take a hit - its a place to mount my driving lights and the block heater cord (for us Canadians :)
 

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