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post #1 of 7 Old 02-03-2013, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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New Horns Problem

I got the new horns mounted on the KLR and had to do a bit of tweaking, but finally got them to work - they really blast. I found that if they're mounted solid to the frame they don't work well and need a cushion. Next day I hit the button again and got a sort of muffled squawk out of them, so back to drawing board.



This time I got some rubber grommets and drilled the mounting plate (a length of 1"x1"x1/16" aluminum angle) to accept them. I'd have liked bigger grommets, but that's all they carry.



The mounting studs on the horns were too short to reach thru the grommets so I got some tee nuts and used washers for final spacing.



There isn't a whole lot of slop there, but they are cushioned and not touching solid metal.



The finished installation. I did check all connections for tightness.



Ready for the road.......but all this didn't help. It's still got a fuzzy, softer note to it. I could prob'ly f**t as loud. Any ideas ??

Thanks..................Lar.
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-03-2013, 08:12 PM
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Hi biglar!
Some of the horns I have messed with before have a small adjusting screw in the center. Adjusting it changed both the pitch and loudness. Turned in too far made the horn go quiet. Hope this helps.
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Thanks, justjeff.......I'll take a look in the morning. I think I'm going to install quick release snaps on the outer fairings.......tho' I can have them off in about 2 minutes flat now.
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post #4 of 7 Old 02-03-2013, 10:10 PM
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I got the Fiamm Freeway Blasters from A-zone around 25 bucks at 138 Db
and they shred eardrums. I used the metal strips that came with them for the reasons
you mentioned. A direct mount didn't let them float and vibrate the way they wanted to.
Mine are in roughly the same place as yours with little wire extensions. I feel
the gromett idea is good but isn't letting them sing as they are against the unit.
Took a few tries for me too. Also hadda bend one strip to clear the forks at full turn.
No biggie. Just fart around a little bit, and also as Jeff said the adjustment screws
come into play also. Mine were fine from the factory. It was the installer who goofed
up the sound at first. They actually dim the headlite when I hit the button !!!!

It's not the pipes, Loud horns save lives!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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post #5 of 7 Old 02-03-2013, 10:19 PM
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I scared a dog so bad with my Steble horn that he fell over and was still trying to run away while on his side. I was laughing so hard I had to pull over!!
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-03-2013, 11:18 PM
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Good Evening All,

I also have the stehble air horn and it works well, very well. i was able to hide it inside the fairing with just the bottom aligned with the fairing grate near the bottom. Good Luck, no matter which one you use, its a pain to get them just right.

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Good Evening All,

I also have the stehble air horn and it works well, very well. i was able to hide it inside the fairing with just the bottom aligned with the fairing grate near the bottom. Good Luck, no matter which one you use, its a pain to get them just right.

Snakeboy66
Yup!! Mine took most of a day to find a good place, build a mount and wire in!!
There is not much room in that fairing. It was well worth the trouble though.
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