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Title: FIAMM FREEWAY BLASTER Horn Upgrade
Post by: ghostrider990 on November 03, 2017, 11:58:40 am
Been meaning to do this forever, and finally got around to it.

I resisted the urge to purchase a set of "Nicole's Honkers" (sorry Nicole!) as I was looking for a more
stealthy installation location, other than cramming two horns up under the front steering stem.

I found Fred's installation instructions on an old thread, and referenced his site for what I thought was a neat installation: http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/horns (http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/horns)  INSIDE the front lower fairings, just below the front turn signal indicators.

I purchased a set of the FIAMM Freeway blaster low/high horn set, after a bit of research on comparable horns.
These were plentiful and cheap, and procured via Amazon (sorry Murph!) for about $30 shipped.

After ALOT of deliberation, I chose NOT to "port" the horns, and cut openings in my fairing like Fred Did.
Many guys who have mounted similar horns have reported failure over time due to water incursion - and also, I wasn't convinced that I wanted to cut holes in my pretty plastic! Not owning a dremel tool, ALSO influenced this decision.  :-X
After watching a billion youtube videos of dual horn installs, it seemed to me that horns are NEARLY as effective when employed in an INDIRECT mounting attitude, so I decided to go with that, and see what happened.

From the pics, you can see that I mounted mine in the same position as Fred, and used an included metal bracket with the horns.  A small amount of bending was needed to get them to fit properly within the inner fairing, and I used a screw from the turn signal housing, as well as heavy duty velcro to keep the horn from rattling.
WIRING.
I struggled with a wiring solution due to the unique placement, and even ordered a pre-wired harness with relay off amazon designed for a dual horn setup.  In the end, I had a spare heavy duty Relay (from my Rostra kit) and decided to custom wire the horns into my system.  Much like Murph's or Nicoles relay harness, I utilized the OEM wire leads as triggers, and simply used some spare quick connectors I had laying around to allow periodic disassembly of the fairings from the bike / harness / horns.   Power and ground to the relay, were routed through my Fuzeblock on the left side of the bike.

I'm methodical about shrink tubing all my connections, and I never use tap splicers or scocth locks -- I solder and butt-joint all wiring connections, so I know it's weather proof and will last.
I forgot to take pics of the quick connectors I used, and how I routed them from the horns, but got a few pics of the horn mounts.
Relay was mounted on the Right side due to available space, and proximity to the OEM switch.

Overall: MUCH MUCH Louder than OEM horn!  Even with the horns being mounted in a "non-ported" location.
I think I can live with this level of output, in lieu of cutting my inner fairings.
They do sound a bit too much like a Chevy Impala, but i'm okay with the tone, simply because it's so much more AUDIBLE.

Some had commented that the PIAA Sport horns Nicole had included in her kit had more of a "European" sound to them vs. the FIAMMs or Stebels, but they were 2 x the ca$h vs.a negligible gain in dB's.  Although I think I'd prefer that frequency, I can live with these for a while.

Fun project, and  cheap, necessary Safety upgrade!  :beerchug:

gr
Title: Re: FIAMM FREEWAY BLASTER Horn Upgrade
Post by: SteveJ. on November 03, 2017, 04:02:19 pm
One of the first farkles I install on a new to me bike is a set of Freeway Blasters. Work well and frugal.
Title: Re: FIAMM FREEWAY BLASTER Horn Upgrade
Post by: Bigfoot_16 on November 04, 2017, 07:58:40 pm
Nice work, Nate. I really like my FIAMM horns, too. Here's how I mounted mine.
Title: Re: FIAMM FREEWAY BLASTER Horn Upgrade
Post by: Bruiser on November 06, 2017, 04:15:00 am
Nice work, Nate. I really like my FIAMM horns, too. Here's how I mounted mine.

This is how I mounted mine
Title: Re: FIAMM FREEWAY BLASTER Horn Upgrade
Post by: Wolverine on May 30, 2018, 09:44:27 pm
Necro post :)

Any one see any problems with possible air flow interference with mounting this way??

1. This is an easy location
2. Don't have to mess with plastic


Nice work, Nate. I really like my FIAMM horns, too. Here's how I mounted mine.