For the 2022 Rebelle Rally, Kristin Shaw and I piloted a Hyundai Santa Cruz. While it did really well as a stock vehicle during training, with the help of Hyundai Motor America, we made a few modifications using both factory and aftermarket parts to make it a little more off-road ready.
You’ll have to watch the video to see all the modifications, but here are a few of the key additions we get asked about most frequently:
GoPro Camera Mount: This is actually a genuine Hyundai accessory that you can add on to any trim for $550.
Lift kit: The Rebelle Rally Santa Cruz has a 1.5-inch lift in the front and a 1-inch lift in the back provided by Truxxx to provide better ground clearance over rocky terrain and sand dunes.
Recovery hooks: Rally Innovations anchored into the bumper beam, installed a bracket and added the tow hooks on top of the bumper to enable us to be pulled out of a sand dune if necessary. (It wasn’t)
Bed rack: Another Rally Innovations modification specifically developed for the Santa Cruz has an accessible V-shape to hold the spare tire, shovels, MaxTrax and other tools without taking up any bed space.
Editor’s note: We had audio issues and a helicopter that must have been practicing lift-off and landing. So, you’ll probably need to crank up the volume to listen – but we think it’s worth it.
Now this is the article I’ve been waiting for! Thanks for making it and the video, Jill.
Happy New Years.