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post #1 of 17 Old 06-15-2012, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Cure for Anemic horns

Harbor Freight horns.
Wired through the included relay contacts. Relay triggered by original horn wires. ( Original left mounted but wires redirected to new horn relay.)

Relay and horns mounted next to the coolant tank on right side.



This image shows the plate I made to attach horns to coolant brackets.
( Had to use slightly longer bolts but fit perfect. )
The relay is mounted on another bracket I made. Visable just above, and to left of horns. ( See orange wires )



Horns cost just under $10.00 relay included and bracket made from 1/8" alum plate I had around.

Big improvement over stock horns.

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My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm

Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-15-2012, 12:33 PM
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Can I ask where you got them?
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-15-2012, 06:18 PM
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Can I ask where you got them?
He said Harbor Freight. This is a good cheap mod. I may do this.

Good + Cheap = KLR. Well done.


Also, for what it is worth, horns are directional - It'd benefit you to point them forward.


edit: Here is a link to harbor freight: http://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece...set-99911.html

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post #4 of 17 Old 06-15-2012, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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I thought about pointing them different ways.
Some space constraints, where I put them, and I was afraid of crap getting in them from front wheel.

Pointing up... Stuff could go in and not out.
I chose to point down to let anything that may go in to drop out.
I also didn't want to hit the back part of fender, when I turn front wheel.

Tough call. I'll see how they look after some dirt riding. I may have to "adjust" a little.

The location had the most clearance for the horns. The horn mounting plate uses the holes already there, so no drilling etc to bike.

May not be optimal for max sound, but way more than original horns.

BTW: If you need dim's for the plate, e-mail me, and I'll send a DWG. to you.

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2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 (Orange & White )

My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm

Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
Doo-Hicky

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-15-2012, 07:26 PM
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Dirt is a good consideration for a dual sport biek. I didn't think of that.

You did find a good place for them - concealed quite nicely.

2006 Red KLR 650

Modifications:
1)Doohickey Planned and purchased 2)Aftermarket Grips 3)Grip Heaters 4)Happy Trails Hard Luggage Rack 5)20 mm ammo cases planned soon 6)Aftermarket Exhaust 7)Thermobob 8)Happy Trails Fork Brace 9)Stainless Steel Oil Filter 10)Magnetic Drain Plug

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post #6 of 17 Old 06-15-2012, 11:54 PM
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I suppose it might be hard to judge, but how much louder than the original horn would you say they are? Say, maybe twice as loud or so? I think you did a good job and I'm interested in this mod, especially for the price.

It looks like the horns are made out of that faux-chrome plastic?



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post #7 of 17 Old 06-16-2012, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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I put these same horns on my NX250 about 2 years ago.
Mounted next to the front turn signals, on brackets. they are pointed forward and do get some bug stuff. Not real bad. Can be cleaned with out a problem.

I don't know what they are made of, but seem to hold up ok. Not sure how they would be, if exposed to "adverse" conditions, like water crossings and mud baths etc.

I'm going to pull the bike out on the drive way and do a short video, with my Nikon, to check sound level at a distance. I'll post vid. when done. May be able to get some idea of sound level. Keep in mind the camera sound pickup is not real high quality.

Edit: Horn sound test.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euvsl...ature=youtu.be

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1990 Honda NX250 (Green/White)
2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 (Orange & White )

My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm

Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
Doo-Hicky

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post #8 of 17 Old 06-16-2012, 08:23 AM
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Very cool, for 10 bucks I don't see how you could go wrong. Thanks for sharing, think I will pick a couple up myself.
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post #9 of 17 Old 06-16-2012, 08:47 AM
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OK, got mine on the way. grand total $17.64 with shipping.
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-16-2012, 09:19 AM
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I put these same horns on my NX250 about 2 years ago.
Mounted next to the front turn signals, on brackets. they are pointed forward and do get some bug stuff. Not real bad. Can be cleaned with out a problem.

I don't know what they are made of, but seem to hold up ok. Not sure how they would be, if exposed to "adverse" conditions, like water crossings and mud baths etc.

I'm going to pull the bike out on the drive way and do a short video, with my Nikon, to check sound level at a distance. I'll post vid. when done. May be able to get some idea of sound level. Keep in mind the camera sound pickup is not real high quality.

Edit: Horn sound test.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Euvsl...ature=youtu.be
Thanks! Obviously a lot louder than the stock horn. I think this will go on my to-do list. Thanks for sharing it and appreciate you posting the video as a demonstration of how loud it was.




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