The Hyundai Santa Fe Armrest Modification
Quick and Easy version

Original idea: twospirits
Author of procedures: twospirits
Installer / Testers: twospirits
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Images provided by: twospirits

Introduction / History

The armrest assembly within the center console of the Santa Fe is quite lower than most others I've been in. I've noticed that it is set at that height so the driver can have a unobtrusive reach for the Shiftronic. There are some that would rather have this assembly much higher. This modification addresses that need by elevating the rest area for their arms, both driver and passenger.

This guide shows a quick and easy way of elevating the armrest area. For a more detailed and professional looking guide, see the Detailed and Professional version.


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Tools and materials needed:

1 airline like / log shaped pillow
1 pk of velcro
Leather cloth
glue gun

Step 1: Preparing the pillow.

Take the Velcro and place them onto the pillow on the underside. I used 2 strips (4 pieces) which came in one pack. (See picture.)
Optional step:
You can give your pillow a custom OEM look by wrapping it with leather. Just take a glue gun and glue the ends of the cloth together at the bottom of the pillow. I left it mine as is for the time being because I do plan on covering it with leather that matches the interior or find something else more solid (Although the log pillow I'm using is very thick.)

Step 2: Place pillow onto center console.

Now place the pillow on top of the center console and firmly press down on it so the sticky part of the Velcro adheres to the console.


Additional information:

In doing this mod, I originally wanted to find something that would extend the assembly up by 3 inches and look professional almost OEM like. I started to look at the striker (item #3) and see if I could get something to raise it up. I then thought of using extension rods like the ones you use in an umbrella with little metal pegs that pop out to lock but I could not find a way to cut it right to size. Unfortunately there was nothing that would not look too out of place. So I decided on the pillow method for the time being. I am providing the parts list for the center console ( See picture.) for those that might have another idea on how to do this. If you do, then feel free to contact me and I would display it and acknowledge you as the modifier.











This site was last updated 02/20/06