Modifications and Tweaks

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by electriceddy, Mar 10, 2019.

  1. Kitsilano

    Kitsilano Active Member Subscriber

    At first I thought the Nokians were slightly noisier, but so slightly I could barely be sure. (The expert guy at Cal Tire who mounted the Nokians said they would be quieter for sure.) After 3000 km, I think the Nokians are probably quieter than the Nexens. I wish I could drive a Nexen-shod Kona to be certain of that. I'm hoping that another Kona will turn up at the BMW Car Club of BC's "Dancing with Cones" event on April 13th.
     
  2. Brennan Raposo

    Brennan Raposo Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Hey All,
    Not sure if anyone else is looking to get rid of the ugly yellow halogen turning lights that are incorporated into the headlights?
    It's a bit of false advertising from Hyundai's perspective - they claimed "FULL LED" headlights - but the lights that come on when you turn the steering wheel under 40 km/h to illuminate your turn are actually Halogen bulbs. It bothered me turning my wheel and seeing ugly yellow light.

    I found these on Amazon (Canada). They fit perfectly and are relatively bright! The colour matches the headlight LED's perfectly.

    https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07H7K7NG1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
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  3. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that, I will throw it on the list.
     
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  4. EnerG

    EnerG Active Member

    Love to see a night shot of those new lamps. It was really disappointing to see the signals and cornering lamps are halogen, but the cornering lamps do seem to be quite effective. Have you noticed any loss of brightness ?

    I am wondering if changing our signal lamps would affect the flash frequency. This happens with older style signal timers as they sense the current. LEDs typically draw less current so wasteful loading resistors are needed to correct the flash rates. I might consider an upgrade of the signal lamps but not if I need to add load resistors.
     
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  5. Brennan Raposo

    Brennan Raposo Well-Known Member Subscriber

    Hey EnerG,
    I’ll attach a photo - not really a night shot - I took it at around 19:00 EST here. I’ll post some more later if I get a change.

    There’s a slight loss of light. But it’s pretty much negligible between the halogens. They look far sleeker.

    As per your other comment - I think it’s a non-issue these days. Most LED’s come with voltage regulators built in. It might be worth a shot! I’ve never actually looked at the car at night - any idea if the license plate lights are LED?
     

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  6. Esprit1st

    Esprit1st Well-Known Member

    Do the LED turning lights fade out like the halogens do?

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  7. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Somehow I doubt it
     
  8. KonaTom

    KonaTom Active Member

    I understand that the license plate lights are not led. I wonder if there is an led replacement for them
     
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  9. Brennan Raposo

    Brennan Raposo Well-Known Member Subscriber

    100%!
    There’s pretty much an LED version of every bulb these days. I’ve been replacing bulbs with LED’s in my vehicles for about 12 years now. I remember paying $50 per LED bulb for a license plate light on my 08’ VW Rabbit lol!

    Once I get the bulb type and find a decent pair on Amazon to test, I’ll post it in here!
     
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  10. Wayne Warde

    Wayne Warde Active Member

    Ha Ha Ha I left my french manual in the garbage just to be sure that I never have to deal with it again!!
     
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  11. Brennan Raposo

    Brennan Raposo Well-Known Member Subscriber

    I dropped my baby off at Oakville Ceramic Pro for PPF, Ceramic Pro and roof/mirror wrap this morning. Will post photos Sunday afternoon when she’s done!
     
  12. E-Shark

    E-Shark Active Member

    I hope you mean recycle bin!!!
     
  13. Wayne Warde

    Wayne Warde Active Member

    Oh oh yes of course the recycle bin .
     
  14. Wayne Warde

    Wayne Warde Active Member

    Does anyone know if the Virtual Engine Sound System (VESS) can be turned off? I would like to turn it off to see how much difference there is. I think it sounds cool now...........sounds like the skytrain in Vancouver.
     
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  15. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    Can't be turned off in Canada and (probably) in North America. Europeans can.
     
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  16. Esprit1st

    Esprit1st Well-Known Member

    It cannot be turned off in the US and Canada. However, somebody found out that you can just unplug the module that is in the front right under the hood, middle front. So for your testing purposes that should work fine.

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  17. Wayne Warde

    Wayne Warde Active Member

    Beauty thank you.
     
  18. Kyle Gish

    Kyle Gish New Member

    I had my wife put the car in drive while I poked around listening for the VESS speaker and I found it up top right in front of the radiator. I unplugged the module and did some driving to see if it affects anything besides the noise. So far, everything is still working great and the car is QUIET! The noise was fun for the first week but when sitting in Los Angeles traffic at 10 mph, it gets a little annoying. I'll post on here if I come across any issues. Here's a picture of the module.
     

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  19. Wildeyed

    Wildeyed Well-Known Member

    I really don't want to sound snarky but disabling a pedestrian safety system seems questionable. Turning on the fan or radio seems a better solution.
     
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  20. Wayne Warde

    Wayne Warde Active Member

    That's cool thank you
     

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