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post #1 of 32 Old 01-01-2018, 11:38 PM Thread Starter
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My '05 Wee has the same problem my old KLR650 had - the horn sounded like a joke off the RoadRunner cartoon. Push the horn button and I'd hear...."meep meep." Guy driving car in front of me wouldn't even turn his head or look up in rear view.

I did solve that problem and want to do the same on my Wee, but couldn't remember - which horn.....?? Tonight I dug thru old receipts and it does pay to be a pack rat - I found it.

I bought those horns (a pair) from Harbor Freight,p.n.#99911 for $9.99 plus shipping of around $7.00.

When I sold the KLR, those horns were a real factor in the sale. Told the prospective buyer, "listen to this," and pushed the button. Haha......he jumped and started laughing - "never heard horns like that on a bike," he said.

Mounting is critical. You can't just bolt them on and go. The kit comes with 2 flexible metal straps about 3" long. You "must" mount the horns on those straps and bolt the straps to the frame. Use a horn relay to handle the load and test, test, test.

When you get it right there's no question - those horns blast. I ordered mine 5 minutes after finding that receipt. Enjoy. Lars
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More sound means more power used. It's a good idea to add a horn relay with any louder horn. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing a very expensive left handlebar switch cluster. I'll also take this opportunity to mention headlight relays. Add them, especially on dual headlight models. All too many have wished they had.
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More sound means more power used. It's a good idea to add a horn relay with any louder horn. Otherwise, you may find yourself replacing a very expensive left handlebar switch cluster. I'll also take this opportunity to mention headlight relays. Add them, especially on dual headlight models. All too many have wished they had.
Thanks, Greywolf. I did mention the relay in 2nd to last paragraph and will look into a headlight relay. I'm astonished it doesn't come stock from an outfit like Suzuki. Yes, heavy load circuits should always be powered via a relay.
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I would run a ground strap instead of just bolting it to the frame

just bolting to frame is ok if you have a steel frame, with an aluminum frame, it would cause bi metal corrosion
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I would run a ground strap instead of just bolting it to the frame

just bolting to frame is ok if you have a steel frame, with an aluminum frame, it would cause bi metal corrosion
You're right and I wrote that the lazy way. I wouldn't drill holes in frame for anything. On the KLR, horns were mounted to fairing and separate ground was necessary. The Wee will be the same way.
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I have a blaster horn I got form some forum purchase and haven't mounted it yet.
I don't have an intimate relation with the horn switch and don't rely on the horn to save me in any incident.
I guess it's nice to have a loud announcer but I find the occasion comes and goes so quickly that my reaction time to slow to be of any good.
To me the horn is about as much benefit as the side stand or clutch switch is. F-ing useless.
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my horn(s) are stock Hella twin trumpets from a mid 90s 5 series BMW, plenty loud

very much like the ones in this video except black in color

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I had a HF bad boy horn on my mc shelf for another bike, but put it on the K9 650. I think it was GW that had done a post on how he had put it under the right side faring. So using straps and the original horn relay mounted it there. Kinda always forget it's there, but it sure is loud, and mounted out of the way.

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I have a blaster horn I got form some forum purchase and haven't mounted it yet.
I don't have an intimate relation with the horn switch and don't rely on the horn to save me in any incident.
I guess it's nice to have a loud announcer but I find the occasion comes and goes so quickly that my reaction time to slow to be of any good.
To me the horn is about as much benefit as the side stand or clutch switch is. F-ing useless.
I don't live on the horn, either, but there do come times when it's necessary to wake up some donkey and it's nice to have the means available. If you're gonna have one, have a good one.
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I was happy with the stock horn for the most part cause I generally just use it as a friendly beep beep.

I have the Hella BMW horns only because the stocker stopped working and I snagged the horns out of a junk bimmer my son has

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