Veloster Car Build – Hide the Terrible Orange

The orange on the side of the headlights has bugged me since day one. The headlight plan was to first, get eyelids to make the headlights look angrier, and then get the full exLED upgrade with the blacked out orange.

I am aware that when I do that, I’ll have to remove the eyelids, but that’s OK, I’ll just have to figure out where to get the adhesive strips to put them back on. The headlights are too expensive for now.




Arrived in the mail!













And on they go. Time for the car to make an angry face:


I am definitely aware the more exterior stuff I do, the more I will be considered a ricer. However, 1) I don’t care, 2) It’ts not a Japanese car if that matters, 3) I’ve planned out my engine build which should take it to a reasonable ~280hp, however, both don’t have the money, and want to save my warranty.

I’m excited for my fancy headlights!

Veloster Car Build – Obligatory Tinting

As most car guys and gals can attest to, a good tint job can completely change a car’s look. Putting it on is a painfully slow process for newbies. I tried twice before I gave up and had what remained done by a professional.


The front’s are 40% VLT

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And the backs are 20% VLT


After it was done I realized I should probably look up whether that was legal. I have since discovered it is most definitely not. We’ll see how that goes! It might end up being another blog post about how to resolve a tint ticket.

Apparently I was wrong with what was next. Cars are fun!


Veloster Car Build – Audio

The Dimension audio system for the Veloster Turbo leaves something to be desired. The speakers are actually very good, but the sub is lacking. It is a 20W built-into-the-trunk sub that even when full blast I could not put my hand up to it and feel bass.

There are some fantastic options for audio in the VT. After some research I decided on J&L audio’s stealthbox.


The amp is wired in tandem with the stock Dimension amp, and the wiring is split off of the stock sub. Bass level is controlled by a dial under the hand brake.



The biggest issue I had with the VT is actually their “Active Sound Design”. You cannot install a new sub without turning it off, as it will make it unbearable to drive your car with so much bass. Active sound design will send engine noise through your speakers. The VT has a bit of a grumble in the low RPM’s and that is translated directly to your sub.

Disable Active Sound Design

This is actually a fantastic way to upgrade the stereo. J&L has very good instructions, so I won’t go into detail here. The stock head unit is very nice and the only qualm I had with the system is now remedied.

There are a few different options that are next on the list of upgrades ranging from a new exhaust intake, devil claw garnish and, a new grill to get rid of the brick in the middle.

Fun times!

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