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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2012, 07:50:53 am »
I mounted the compressor vertically on a custom bracket just under the right-hand fairing inner panel. A long plastic tube led to the twin trumpets that were hidden inside the right-hand fairing lower. (I think the charcoal canister is located there on the California model, but I'm not sure).

To let the sound out, I drilled holes in the inner liner of the fairing lower. That way, the noise doesn't simply echo around the fairing and reflect back to the rider.

Trouble is, air horns may or may not be illegal in the UAE, so at annual registration I'm obliged to disconnect the relay and present the machine solely with the original weight-saving 28dB flatulent mouse. I think the UAE equivalent of the DMV can't tell the difference between a Stebel Nautilus and the Dukes of Hazzard.
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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #26 on: September 28, 2012, 03:04:22 am »
Ok everyone, I have seen quite a few write ins re: the Stebels.  They seem like a good choice, as I like the original local of the OEM "horn".  Puniest thing I have ever heard!  I got a self contained air horn called a "Bad Boy" from an auto parts store, and mounted it in front of the gas tank under the right side plastic.  It is extremely loud, and I have had the privilege of letting a few absent-minded cagers hear it up close and personal. :))  It also is a "plug and play".  The only drawback to this location, is it gets pretty hot, so if it fails, I definitely will look into the Stebels.
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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2012, 03:08:18 am »
Met a Harley guy last week that mounted train horns underneath the trunk on his full dresser.  Knowing my luck, if I used it towards a cager, they would probably run me over in their panic to get out of the way of the "train".   :)
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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #28 on: September 28, 2012, 04:43:16 pm »
Ok everyone, I have seen quite a few write ins re: the Stebels.  They seem like a good choice, as I like the original local of the OEM "horn".  Puniest thing I have ever heard!  I got a self contained air horn called a "Bad Boy" from an auto parts store, and mounted it in front of the gas tank under the right side plastic.  It is extremely loud, and I have had the privilege of letting a few absent-minded cagers here it up close and personal. :))  It also is a "plug and play".  The only drawback to this location, is it gets pretty hot, so if it fails, I definitely will look into the Stebels.

Bruce,
Could you send pics? Which auto part store? How big is that horn? How does it just plug in?
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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #29 on: September 28, 2012, 05:17:05 pm »
Wolo 'Bad Boy' and Stebel are the 'same' thing.

I'm not sure which is the knock off of which, but they are the same package.


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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #30 on: September 29, 2012, 03:19:20 am »
As far as plug and play, there is no relay to fuss with. I just ran extension wire from the original wires to the new horn.  If you look at the picture that Egodriver posted, you can see the plug in ports.  I then tucked the new wires into that corrugated tubing cover to protect it from the heat, set the horn on top of the right intake plenum, then zip tied it to the fairing frame.  Not super pretty, but you can't see it, but can you hear it!  Here in Oregon, we have Autozone.  Don't know if you have it where you are, but pretty much any auto parts store has them.  Mine cost $35.
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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #31 on: December 09, 2012, 06:37:55 pm »
They sell the Wolo's at Harbor Freight.  Personally, I would use a relay - and it's really no big deal to use.  Plenty of info on the web about how to use it - and it will stop your wires from melting if you stay on the horn for more than a second or two.

Just because it works doesn't mean it's installed right.  Seriously - it's EASY. 

Here's an install article I wrote when I installed one on my cruiser:
http://www.ridebellchain.com/ReadBlog.aspx?BlogId=16

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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #32 on: December 09, 2012, 09:14:38 pm »
I have a Wolo on my Wee-Strom, but this sure looks like the same product at a pretty good price:
http://dx.com/p/compact-motorcycle-air-horn-with-relay-black-silver-12v-165362

And, yes, a relay is almost a necessity because the compressor draws a lot of juice.  One drawback to a horn that loud: I was doing a tight U-turn on a narrow road and turned the bars until the tank bag contacted the horn button.  I thought a Peterbilt was bearing down on me and almost needed an underwear change.

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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #33 on: December 11, 2012, 04:54:04 am »
Mark, thanks for the info re: the horn relay.  Will look into that.
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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #34 on: December 11, 2012, 12:43:17 pm »
Wolo Bad Boy at Amazon $34.91. Comes with relay.  Free shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Wolo-Model-419-Bad-Horn/dp/B000F5DQWY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355233109&sr=8-1&keywords=wolo

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Not one problem (except energizing it in a garage)

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Re: Horn upgrade
« Reply #35 on: December 16, 2012, 06:54:36 am »
I have a Chevy Tahoe, that every year when we get lots of rain, the right hand horn always got shorted out.  So, I even mounted a Bad Boy up in the grill of that.  They are not only loud, but durable.
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