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post #1 of 17 Old 05-10-2011, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Horn Suggestions

I don't ride in traffic a whole lot, but have been thinking maybe it would be a good idea to upgrade my horn to something louder. Anybody have any thoughts or suggestions on this? If you upgraded, what kit/brand did you go with? Was it a basic "plug 'n play" installation or did you have to mess with wires?

Maybe it's pointless with everybody in their cars with the windows rolled up and listening to loud music, but figure every advantage helps. I'll admit, there have been a couple of times when somebody else's car horn alerted me and kept me from doing something stupid (or let me know they were doing something stupid), usually in a parking lot.

I've done it a lot and I always say, "If you can drive in Seoul, South Korea, you can drive anywhere." But, I'd rather spend 5 hours driving through Seoul without my glasses on and a box of nitroglycerine in the trunk than spend 5 minutes negotiating a mall or big box store parking lot with all the drivers flying around with no regard for lines, directional arrows, pedestrians, etc.

If nothing else, maybe if I ever go off the road and the KLR is intact enough and I don't have the ability to crawl back up on the road, I can always try to use the horn to attract passing vehicles before the coyotes and turkey buzzards get me. Anybody carry a flare gun with them?

Anyway, would be interested in hearing any thoughts on horn upgrades; either on their general usefulness, best one you know of, installation procedures, etc.



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post #2 of 17 Old 05-10-2011, 09:16 AM
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Look at the Stebel horn. 139db of shear fury and reletively easy to install. The hardest part is the mounting. Wiring is a breeze with the right "Plug n Play" kit.
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I used 2 Mercedes car horns my brother got for me. Wired up using a proper relay as these 2 horns draw lots of juice. Very easy to intal using the original braket off the factory horn and one bracket that came on the Mercedes horn. The horns came from an S class and they are very loud. If you are friendly with a Benz dealer in your area, sometimes they have horns they replace in pairs under warranty and only one horn is defective.

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I used 2 Mercedes car horns my brother got for me. Wired up using a proper relay as these 2 horns draw lots of juice. Very easy to intal using the original braket off the factory horn and one bracket that came on the Mercedes horn. The horns came from an S class and they are very loud. If you are friendly with a Benz dealer in your area, sometimes they have horns they replace in pairs under warranty and only one horn is defective.
That would certainly do the trick....
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The Stebel is plenty loud. I have one on my ST1300, and one in the "going to get to it" box of farkles for the KLR. Twisted Throttle sells a neat little mounting bracket (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/5114/653/) for the second generation bikes. They also have a good price on the horn (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2137/653/). Eastern Beaver makes some really nice wiring harnesses (http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Pr...tml#singlehorn) with miniature relays and connectors already in place. He's in Japan, but the service is as quick as anything stateside.

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Those horns in Japan are REALY loudÖÖ..

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The Stebel is plenty loud. I have one on my ST1300, and one in the "going to get to it" box of farkles for the KLR. Twisted Throttle sells a neat little mounting bracket (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/5114/653/) for the second generation bikes. They also have a good price on the horn (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2137/653/). Eastern Beaver makes some really nice wiring harnesses (http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Pr...tml#singlehorn) with miniature relays and connectors already in place. He's in Japan, but the service is as quick as anything stateside.
Don't forget about the Twisted Throttle Wiring Harness for the Stebel horn as well.


It is fused and has a relay built in. Requires no special electrical tools. All of the terminations have been professionally fabricated for a quick "Plug-n-Play as the name of the product sates....
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'dem are loud!

I found a pair from an old European Ford (Merkur XR4Ti) I used to have (3 of them!). Anyway, I wired in a Hella relay mounted to the side of the frame just above the coolant tank. I used the "L" shaped brackets that were on the horns. Wired in a 10A fuse from the battery side of the starter relay and "TAAA DAAA!" Works like a champ!


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The Wolo Bad Boy horn from Harbor Freight ($39.95) is the same as the Stebel, and it comes with the appropriate relay. Use 3 feet of wire you probably already have lying around in your garage, some crimp-on terminals, and you're all set.
This is one loud horn: it scares the pets, makes little children cry, and curdles milk.
But there are still idiots that will pull out in front of you, so watch out!!

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