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luchito
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Jun 30, 2021, 9:15 AM

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Hi, I own a 2021 Kia K5. About 7,000 miles. The rear bumper and other features had been modified already. Installation of side cameras is in progress, same with a light on the glove compartment.

This car comes with a headlight LED strip with a Z design.

I'm modifying lots of things in this car, mostly cosmetic, but I also intent to modify the electrical wiring. I won't mind at all if the warranty on the lights/electrical related components/ expires as soon as the attempted electrical work -if any- is made in this car.

This Z LED light works as daytime light, turn light, emergency light and courtesy light when the car is unlock or locked.

I want to discard/disconnect the Z LED strip and use the wiring for new aftermarket lights. My attempt is to install the new light fixtures working separately or all of them working together, whichever is possible to make them work.

The daytime lights are to be installed on the front of the car, and the turn/ emergency and courtesy light fixtures on the fender.

My question is if I can cut off the wires before entering the headlight fixture or if I must disassemble the fixture and disconnect the inside Z Led strip bulb hardness. I can adapt/connect a new hardness and make it exit the fixture sealing the unit properly.

I want to avoid the car computer to lite up a warning signal on the dash, so, my first question is if what I am attempting to do can be done without perturbing the computer.

The attempted new fixture(s) must have the same wattage necessary to compensate the discarded Z LED strip. My second question in case the work is allowed to be made, is to know if I can install separately the daytime light circuit from the turn/emergency/courtesy light circuit using the manufacturer's installation.

In case two different fixtures can't be installed, one option might be to install a long LED strip running from the fender area and reaching the front somewhere. I can manage this option, because I truly don't want the Z LED strip anymore.

Another option is to move the existing daytime/turn/emergency/courtesy circuit to a new fixture on the fender, disconnecting the LED strip hardness from inside the fixture, installing a new hardness instead and make it exit the fixture with a female or male connector. Connect it to the new fixture on the fender. I won't mind if the amber turn fixture lights up as a daytime light, it is not against the law anyway, and will work as well with the turn/emergency/courtesy features, following the original design. And I can add a new daytime fixture separately with an independent circuit.

Please give me a hand with this, I have modified lots of my former cars installing cameras (backup cameras, side cameras on side mirrors) GPS devices, phone charges even in the trunk, and body work like crazy. In this case, my concern is not losing the warranty of the car on the electric system but having a warning light all the time telling me something is wrong with the lights.

I will appreciate your help very much.


Hammer Time
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Jun 30, 2021, 9:32 AM

Post #2 of 4 (351 views)
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You're on the wrong site for this. We don't endorse not assist in modifications like that. You are opening a can of worms that you will wish you never did. The car is so new that wiring diagrams haven't even been released yet.
I can tell you that there isn't much built these days that doesn't have sensitive modules controlling most everything in the car.



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luchito
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Jul 1, 2021, 5:05 AM

Post #3 of 4 (316 views)
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That is OK. I have decided to disconnect the LED strip on the inside of the fixture, install a cable to come out from the fixture with a male end connector and install a similar LED strip inside a new signal amber fixture to be installed on the fenders. Doing so, it will be just a transfer of that circuit from one place to another. And if I need to remove the headlights for other reasons later on, I just disconnect the original plug in block terminal and the adapted end block terminal.

After that, I will ad new daytime lights with independent circuit.

You are correct, my car must have modules with sensors which can detect a change like replacing LED strips or LED bulbs with different wattage and so forth.


Hammer Time
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Jul 1, 2021, 5:17 AM

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Good luck with that. I hope you don't cause too much damage to repair.



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