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This is where I will explain my transformation from a stock 2004 Santa Fe into a daily driven custom.
 

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So far:
roof rack off, studs cut off
Pimp stripe removed
8 ball shifter from my old mitsubishi installed, just screwed off the stock one and screwed on the 8 ball.

Looks alot better but still a long way to go.

Next up is the exhaust. Since I got a pre cat, a main cat, a resonater, and a muffler. I decided to remove the muffler and see how she sounds. I'll cut the pipe right in front of the muffler, leaving enough room to weld it back on if necessary. It may do till I get around to doing the whole exhaust. Give it a little better tone, a little growl. We shall see.

Right now I am still gathering my parts for the Timing Belt.

Timing Belt and tensioner
idler pulleys
water pump

While It Is Apart:

Crank shaft position sensor
oil change, filter, drop the pan and inspect my bottom end, clean the pan and my oil pickup, new gaskets or seal.
Radiater flush, new coolant
Fuel filter

Posible items.

Rear main seal
Single mass flywheel
bearing
clutch

Depends on the more research I do. And if my machinist has the time to do the flywheel while it is apart. If I go to the single mass, I may as well have it lightened and balanced. Help out my drivetrain.

So as you can see, alot of work is going into this Santa Fe. More to follow with pics
 

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Well still gathering parts for my timing belt.

Allso, I cut the muffler off, and all most no change in tone. Seriously, no real change in tone. Maybe a decibel louder, so do your self a favor, chop the muffler off.

Remember to do it after the first muffler hanger, otherwise your exhaust will drag. The resonater has a hanger, then the pipe goes to the muffler, has 2 hangers, one in front and one behind the muffler. Cut the pipe after the first hanger so it still supports the pipe. Add a exhaust tip, maybe a turn down style and you are good.

No real power increase, no noticeable gas mileage increase. Then why do it you ask?? Decrease the amount of stuff you are lugging around with you. If you look at the muffler it is pretty big, so you are losing some weight, and losing another restriction in your exhaust.

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am little a bit confused please answer my questions friends :( is 2004 Santa Fe a good car? Anyone have any problems with it. How many miles can you go on a full tank? It has a 19 gallon tank.
 

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am little a bit confused please answer my questions friends :( is 2004 Santa Fe a good car? Anyone have any problems with it. How many miles can you go on a full tank? It has a 19 gallon tank.
I used to have a 2004 Hyundai Tuscon, and I recently junked my 99 Cougar and bought a 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS with AWD. I liked the 04 which is why I bought the 2001. As far as fuel economy, after changing the spark plugs (fuel filter is next), I have it up to 22.5 mpgs. My 2001 is supposed to have a 17.2 gal tank; however, I think mine was swapped out to a 12 gal tank. The most I've even been able to put in was 11.2 gallons. Needless to say, the biggest difference in mpgs between the two hyundai suvs (I also had an 03 and 04 Tiburon) is that the 04 had the ability to disengage the awd and function as a FWD vehicle. This 01 does not. You'll need to check yours to see. There's also a difference between having a V4 and V6. My 04 was a 4 cyl and this 01 is a V6. So there's some trade-off in gas mileage vs. power. Moreover, The lack of space, etc. that I had in the Cougar (which was getting 29 mpgs before the trans developed issues--and still got 22 after but was a ticking time-bomb) is more than made up for in the Santa Fe.
 

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The Mitsubishi Hide from view, Mitsubishi Lancer Eva and Mitsubishi Galant forums I'm a part of are packed with enthusiasts, however, as they are sportier cars (the Galant isn't, but since they can interchange engines and programmes with the other two, we get some sick builds on Galants, but they have more badly-behaved reporters than fanatics now in their old age). The most I've even been able to put in was 11.2 gallons. Needless to say, the biggest difference in mpgs between the two hyundai suvs (I also had an 03 and 04 Tiburon) is that the 04 had the ability to disengage the awd and function as a FWD vehicle. This 01 does not. You'll need to check yours to see. There's also a difference between having a V4 and V6.
 
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