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Hi everyone :hello:. I just got an automatic 2011 Acqua Minerale Blue 3.8 Grand Touring this past Sunday. I've only had the car a couple days and have been going easy on it, but so far I really like it.

I had a hard time deciding between the Track and GT versions, but eventually I realized that most of my driving will be commuting to work so it makes sense to go for the softer ride even though I will miss having the Brembos, HIDs, and LSD.

Speaking of, does anyone know if Hyundai dealerships would be willing to install OEM HIDs or the limited slip differential on my car, or do they shy away from any changes that aren't on the original car?

Edit: Weird, I was sure I took the "year make model" thing out of the title, but it seems to have come back somehow. Maybe a mod could remove it?
 

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You might find a dealer to do the work, but I am sure the rates would be brutal. Worse case, the dealer tells you no.
my car will eventually be a commuter, and trust me, the tracks are defiantly rough.
 

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Very nice color combo; sometimes I wish that I had gotten AMB, especially knowing how many MB coupes there are out there.

As far as HIDs go, you're FAR better off going w/ Diode Dynamics HID kit than asking for the dealer to get OEM HIDs. ALL lights are only covered by a 1yr/12k mile warranty anyways, so there are no warranty concerns regarding aftermarket HIDs as long as you don't majorly screw up the wiring, but its a proven product so no worries.
 

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Thanks for the responses everyone. I test drove both the GT and Track and actually considered changing the suspension on the track, but I figured that route would cost more and be more prone to error than changing the lights and differential on the GT.

MTBonia: Thanks for helping with the title :)

HotLZGT: Yep, the seating is saddle colored. I could never figure this out for sure, but it seems like the interior color is fixed once you decide on a trim and exterior color. I never saw an acqua GT with any other interior.

PaceLaw2012: Yeah, the AMB color is great. I like it because it's not gray or silver like every other car these days but yet it's not a loud color. I've seen the darker MB in person and it's a great color too, especially in the sun. Around here, any Genesis is pretty rare no matter the color.

I know everyone recommends going with the aftermarket HID bulbs, but I have some concerns about that. First is that I'm not particularly good at do-it-yourself projects and I see that it's not just plug and play. Second is that I would worry opening the enclosures would let humidity or dust in. Third is aiming - I would hate to have that come out wrong and be driving around blinding people or only seeing ten feet in front of me.

Ideally I'd like OEM HIDs with a black surround (instead of the chrome). Do any vendors sell that?
 

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I know everyone recommends going with the aftermarket HID bulbs, but I have some concerns about that. First is that I'm not particularly good at do-it-yourself projects and I see that it's not just plug and play. Second is that I would worry opening the enclosures would let humidity or dust in. Third is aiming - I would hate to have that come out wrong and be driving around blinding people or only seeing ten feet in front of me.

Ideally I'd like OEM HIDs with a black surround (instead of the chrome). Do any vendors sell that?
The install is absolutely simple as can be. I was hesitant too but took the dive and it turned out great.

Just use a 7/8inch drill bit, then a file to carve a small notch on the back of the dust cover.

The DD kit bulbs have basically rubber grommets on them that will help prevent moisture coming in. I've had ZERO problems with that at all.

Aiming, there's none needed. Mine are perfectly leveled without adjusting anything.

The hardest part is taking the actual headlight assemblies out, always was scared of hurting the paint.


Welcome to the AMB family! :hello:
 

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OEM HID's are like $750ish for one headlight if I'm not mistaken plus another $35 for the ballasts, and the installation would be pretty steep since you'd also have those height adjusting leveler arms or whatever they are.
I have a '11 Grand Touring too. Haven't bought my HID kit yet but most likely I'm gonna buy them over the summer when I have more time and drive the car and paint the inside housing myself
 
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