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Blocking the VESS speaker will muffle some of the sound on the outside of the vehicle, but you are likely to find it actually a little more audible on the interior of the vehicle, because if the sound doesn't get projected out the front of the speaker, some of it will find it's way from the engine bay into the interior.
 

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I cut a heavy duty coat hanger, bent it into a hook at one end, fished it through the grille with the help of a well placed flashlight pulled the connection off, then put dielectric lube on the contacts for corrosion protection, etc. This was much easier said than done but it worked.
 

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3 layers of electrical tape on mine and I'm happy enough. I do like it to make some noise as it helps keep distracted pedestrians from walking into the side of my car when I'm backing out of a parking space.
 

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Yes, that's a pretty lame idea too. They saved their lives only after they made it through. No one hears them coming but everyone suffers after they go through.

In Hyundai's case, having only 1 speaker in the front saved them whatever expense in running wiring to the rear and adding a separate speaker. Would have made more sense. I would have also liked the generic "car moving" noise they use when going forward in slow speeds instead of the backup beep. I guess they figured the backup beep is kind of universal for meaning "dump truck moving in reverse".
 

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Has anyone successfully disconnected or significantly muffled the obnoxious back up alarm on a 2022 hyundai tucson?
I've posted the hack before, but here ya go... The Virtual Engine Sound System, or VESS, was mandated by the NHTSA for EVs and Hybrids a couple of years back. Hyundai added the VESS speaker in the front of he car, but overcompensated with the sound so as not to require a rear speaker. This was accomplished by cranking up the volume to about 95 dBA! The requirement is approximately 56 dBA, so this was overkill. I thought of several ways to lower this sound because disabling a safety system is a no-no, not to mention the single fuse controls about 5 things. I decided to use a closed cell rubber pad with adhesive on one side. They can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V2XF895/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1 You'll need to cut them down from 6" x 6" to approximately 5" x 5" with a pair of scissors. Remove the adhesive covering and slide the piece through the grill and simply align it onto the VESS speaker (on the driver's side, behind the front grill) and press it onto the VESS surface, being sure to cover the entire face. Once it is secured in place the volume will be reduced to approximately 56 dBA. This is plenty loud enough to alert folks without sounding like a trash truck in reverse! I've had mine on for about 6-months with no sign of wear or movement, but you'll have spares should it fall off.
 

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I've posted the hack before, but here ya go... The Virtual Engine Sound System, or VESS, was mandated by the NHTSA for EVs and Hybrids a couple of years back. Hyundai added the VESS speaker in the front of he car, but overcompensated with the sound so as not to require a rear speaker. This was accomplished by cranking up the volume to about 95 dBA! The requirement is approximately 56 dBA, so this was overkill. I thought of several ways to lower this sound because disabling a safety system is a no-no, not to mention the single fuse controls about 5 things. I decided to use a closed cell rubber pad with adhesive on one side. They can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V2XF895/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1 You'll need to cut them down from 6" x 6" to approximately 5" x 5" with a pair of scissors. Remove the adhesive covering and slide the piece through the grill and simply align it onto the VESS speaker (on the driver's side, behind the front grill) and press it onto the VESS surface, being sure to cover the entire face. Once it is secured in place the volume will be reduced to approximately 56 dBA. This is plenty loud enough to alert folks without sounding like a trash truck in reverse! I've had mine on for about 6-months with no sign of wear or movement, but you'll have spares should it fall off.
Here is the same with a larger quantity: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08P1XV4D7?ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details&th=1
 

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I just picked up my 2022 Tucson Hybrid SEL last night. I was a little concerned about the volume of the backup alarm as it was after 10 when I got home, but it didn't really sound that loud to me in the cabin. Granted, I couldn't roll down the freshly tinted windows, but it sounded much softer than I've people complaining about. This morning I had to pull the car out in the driveway for a few minutes and opened the sunroof before reversing back into the garage. The VESS did not sound particularly loud to me then.
 

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We went with 3M vinyl wrap film in matte black:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X3Z1XX?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details

I figured it was made to take the elements, which is a good thing considering its located front & center behind the grill, taking whatever Mother Nature dishes out on the road often @70+MPH!...

2 layers softened the sound to be quite tolerable and there was plenty leftover for future replacement, if needed.
 
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