Electric tailgate updated to Niro EV

Discussion in 'Kia Niro' started by etcadman, May 2, 2020.

  1. etcadman

    etcadman New Member

    I've been having difficulties with my 2019 Niro EV when I close the rear hatch/tailgate. Often times the dash would indicate that it's ajar so I'd have to reopen and slam it. Well, I finally decided to convert/upgrade it to electric and just finished the marathon installation, about 8 hours total.
    I researched and found most installation kits cost at least $500 and most are sourced in China. So I bit the bullet and ordered through AliExpress, one called "Better Smart Auto Electric Tail Gate Lift for Kia Niro 2017+ years, very good quality, free shipping!with suction lock!" which including shipping cost about $420. upload_2020-5-2_18-9-24.png
    The challenges are that the instructions show only major steps and you need to be brave in popping off the interior panels, figure out how exactly to insert the hardware and trust that the different strike, latch and other parts do fit and align properly. I've had to cover holes where the bumper tops were removed and taped around the reduced size latch, otherwise it looks fine and functions properly.
    Now I can use my keyfob or the new buttons - on liftgate and dash, the only drilling/cutting involved - and the hatch automatically opens and closes completely, including suction. There only one connection that you need to tape new wires to existing - would have been much nicer if they just provided the end connector to just plug in, like all the other connections.
    Again, the only reason for the long time was to fingure out the details and install with a clean finish. Only last tweak is to quiet or possibly disable the beeper that confirms open/close and notifies if any errors. Might put it on a switch to opt to not make a noise. Otherwise it's a nice missing factory feature.
     
  2. I would like on of those for my Kona EV, thanks for that;)
     
  3. etcadman

    etcadman New Member

    They have a similar product for the Hyundia Kona - search aliexpress.com for item 33002745414. Looks like it's less expensive.
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    This products are not specifically for the EVs, but since the bodies are pretty much the same as the ICE/HEV, the parts fit.
     
  4. etcadman

    etcadman New Member

    Here are some photos of the switches and the new electric-motor struts, on my Niro EV auto liftback.
    Rather than placing the tailgate button to the right of the hand-hold, I decided to move it to the left, to balance out the lift edge. This meant that the switch, which comes with a plastic nut on a threaded sleeve, has a sleeve-size hole in the plastic panel and a nut-size hole in the metal back. No spacing for the nut to be between the liner and the structure and no way to thread/unthread to get behind the structure when attaching the panel. The electric-motor structs are noisier than the air shocks, but that's what moves the liftback/tailgate up and down. Nice to have the tailgate automatically sucked close.
     

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  5. wizziwig

    wizziwig Active Member

    You had to cut small rectangular holes in the dash and door trim to install the control buttons or do they somehow stick to the surface?
     
  6. etcadman

    etcadman New Member

    No - the 2 buttons are rectangular but have hollow circular bases and adhesive backing. Kit comes with a circular hole cutter on a drill bit. Requires a hole to be drilled in the plastic panel to mount the buttons, with clearance behind for the plastic nut. This circular threaded base is required because the wiring needs to pass from the button to the rest of the system. Everything is hard-wired - see attached photo from the website.
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    The cutting drill is contained in the rectangular box in the lower right.
     
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  7. Bruce Southern

    Bruce Southern New Member

    My New 2020 Niro EV is on order and I think I'll order this now to install from new. Thanks for all of this.
     
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  8. Bruce Southern

    Bruce Southern New Member

    Did you consider the foot sensor that goes with it?
     
  9. When do you get your car Bruce?

    I have a 2020 EV, sounds like a nice update.
     
  10. Bruce Southern

    Bruce Southern New Member

    I AM TOLD IT'S NOW IN CANADA. SO HOPEFULLY THIS NEXT WEEK. CAN'T WAIT.
     

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