Replacing your Hyundai Santa Fe stock amber
Side Markers with Clear Chrome ones.

Installer/Tester: twospirits
Part supplier: TFR Racing
Author/Images: twospirits

Introduction / History

The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with two amber side markers. These side markers are the stock ones that Hyundai originally supplied with the vehicle. The look and design of these stock side markers are quite plain and boring to some owners. The are numerous aftermarket side markers that you can obtain to replace these and make it look more European or more stylish. This Modification/report is of one such product obtained from TFR Racing, (item # SFE006B).
The item consists of two Euro style chrome marker lights with a clear lens, two 3M double side tape and two wiring sockets. The bulbs are not included to allow the buyer to use whatever 194 color bulbs they choose too use.


Please Read the disclaimer before proceeding

Difficulty level / scale: On a scale of 1 - 10

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Tools and materials needed:

Pliers Phillips (cross tip) screwdriver Wire Cutters
4 Swenco (#PL1218-8) Posi-Lock Connectors 4 Conduit-Tite (#85461) Fully Insulated Disconnects 4 Conduit-Tite (#85464) Quick Splice Connectors
4 x 2 feet color wire (14-18 gauge)  Rubbing Alcohol  Electrical Tape
SFE006B Santa Fe Chromed Crystal Lens Clear Side Marker
Box Box Contents Chrome Side Marker Back Side View Side View

Time to perform modification:

Total time for mod: 30-45 min

Observations: Reason why extending the market socket wires is necessary.

The marker itself is sealed very tightly and is larger enough to cover the side marker hole on the fender. There is no need for drilling. If the bulb ever burns out, replacing it is done from behind the marker, which means that you will have to remove the combination headlamp. Quite easy to do, but will take a few minutes more when compared to the stock ones. The wire sockets are about 8 inches in length and is sufficient if one were to connect them to the existing wires. But this leads to a problem when you want to replace a burned out bulb. Therefore the best way to connect them would be to the combination headlamps and discard the existing stock side marker wires. Connecting the new side marker wires to the combination headlamp while at 7 inches in length is still not long enough to reach the lamps and give you enough room to connect them, therefore it is necessary to extend the length by adding more wire to them as shown in the steps below.

 Step 1: Removing and preparing the Combination lamp.

First off, you should disconnect the negative battery terminal.
The Combination lamp is attached to the body by 3 screws. Two of them are on top of the headlights and one to the inner side of it. (See pic 01). After you unscrew the screws you will need to insert one hand behind the lamp and push towards you to dislodge it from the body to give you more flexible room. There is a rectangular peg that aligns it to the body and it really is tight. (See pic 02).
Once the combination lamp is detached from the body, you will see the two wiring harness connectors. (See pic 02). One is for inboard mounted park/signal light; the other is the headlamp light. Detach these wire harness connectors from the combination lamp by pressing down on their clips. The Park/Signal harness connector connects to a lead (pigtail) wire (see pic 04 A) directly to the Park/Signal light which stays attached to the combination lamp housing for the time being.

After you remove the combination lamp you will see the side marker from the opening. This opening is where you will be able to fish the wires later on. (See pic 03).



Place the combination lamp housing in a comfortable area to work with. Turn the housing so that the big round knob is to your right. This will allow you to see the peg holder that holds the lead (pigtail) wire connector to the housing. (See pic 04 A) You need to take out the connector in order to have ample room to work with it. (See pic 04 B).

I used a hex screw to push in the hole to pull the connector out. You may find something else that is better. Once you dislodged it put it to the side to work on it later.

Step 2: Removing and preparing the Side Marker.

The side marker is attached to the fender by one screw and a hook. (See pic 05 A) Unscrew the screw and push the marker gently towards the rear of the vehicle then towards you.
Once the marker is out you will notice the hook. (See pic 05 B).

Once the marker is detached from the fender, detach the marker light from the side marker housing. Set the housing to the side.


The side marker has two color coordinated wires. One Black and One Pink. These wires are covered in a wire loom that is also wrapped in electrical tape. (See pic 06 A) Take off the electrical tape. The wire loom will then be exposed. This loom is cut open on one side; carefully take out the wires out of the loom. (See pic 06 B)

As you can see there is not that much room to work with.


Cut both wires. Make sure you leave enough room to be able to work on both ends of the cut section. I chose to cut it at the point the wires meet the marker. Terminate the wires by either attaching butt connectors or wrapping in electrical tape. Place the wires back into the fender area. (See pic 07)


There is a screw clip in the side marker hole on the fender. Take this clip out, you will not need it anymore. Clean the area around the side marker hole in the fender with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry.


The Clear Side Markers' wire are a bit too small in length, so we need to extend the length by adding more wire to it. Add a Fully insulated disconnect connector to the end of the wires. Then add one black wire about 6 inches in length to to existing black wire. Add one yellow wire to the existing white wire.
Then add no-splice (Posi-Lock) connectors to the end of the wires. (See pic.) This will give you plenty of length to reach the headlamps.


Take the supplied 3M tape and attach it to the rear of the clear side marker. Take off the 3M tape cover. (See pic.)


Place the side marker over the hole in the fender. (See pic.)

Step 3: Wire Color coordination.

Both the side marker and the combination lamp have color-coordinated wires. These colors are outlined in the 2002 Hyundai ETM (Electrical Troubleshooting Manual). But the colors of the wires that consist of the lead (pigtail) wires (mentioned in step 1 above) are not in the ETM. The following diagram/links will show you how to hook up the side marker.



Stock Diagram Clear Light Diagram

Step 4: Wiring the Side Marker to the Combination Lamp.

Take the lead (pigtail) wire harness and take out the rubber cover of the wires. I used a utility knife.

You may want to remove the light to prevent damage to it. (See pic 09 A)

Once you have the rubber cover off you will have better access to the three wires of the lead (pigtail) wire harness. (See pic 09 B)

Both the left and right lead (pigtail) wires have the same colors. Black, Black with White stripe, and a Pink with yellow stripe wire. (See wiring diagram above)
You will be connecting the new black wire (about 7 inches in length) to the black with white stripe wire of the pigtail using a y connector.
You will also be connecting a new yellow wire (about 7 inches in length) to the Pink with yellow stripe wire of the pigtail using a y connector.
(See pic 10).
The ends of these two wires will then be connected to the Posi-Lock connectors at the end of the new side markers. This allows for a quick disconnect and they can be reusable. (suggestion recommended by fellow forum member krcooper.)

Insert the bulbs back in the sockets and reattach the harness back into the combination lamp. Insert the side marker bulb into the side marker and test the lights.

Step 5: Test the lights.

At this point you should have reconnect the wiring harnesses to the combination lamp.
Reconnect the negative battery cable and insert your ignition key and test the lights.
They should at this point work and perform the following functions.


Should come on when you turn on your parking lamps.


Should flash as directional signals with parking lamps are on or off.
(They will work in different / alternating flashes. ex: When the parking light goes on the marker goes off and vice versa.)


Stay on when using the hazards.

Step 6: Perform the steps on the other side.

Perform the necessary steps on the other side of the vehicle, and retest them.

Step 7: Reinstall all the lamps.

Reattach all lamps back into their housings and enjoy your new Euro style chrome signal marker lights.

This site was last updated 06/10/05