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post #1 of 26 Old 01-16-2018, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Horn Part 2 (was in the Wee forum)

What happened to my original thread about my louder horn upgrade ?? I'm amazed at the number of comments I got on that, both pro and con. Keep in mind that I said I don't live on the horn - I rarely use it, but when I do I want results. The "meep meep" Roadrunner horn doesn't cut it - IMHO.

To continue, I finally finished up what should have been a quick and easy job. My back is such (spinal stenosis) that I can only hump over working on something like this for short periods of time before back tells me it's time to quit.

There was no where near as much room inside the fairings as I had thought and the install turned into somewhat of a struggle. No room to work and very awkward to reach.

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The only place I could find with sufficient room for the front forks to clear was inside the fairing. This picture barely shows the edge of one horn. The mounting screw shows on the underside of the black fairing piece. You "must" use the flexible mounting strap and the horn can't be touching anything or it'll mute the sound.

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This shows the final position of the horns more clearly. Both sides similar. I aimed them back and down to keep them clear of road spray in the rain. There's enuf mass there to reflect the sound forward. I mounted the relay forward, behind and between the headlights. Can't get a picture of it, but it were a beast to get installed - I have big hands.

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When I did the in-tank fuel filter by-pass I mounted the new external filter in the position shown to make future changes simpler. I chose to wire the horns directly to the battery and the relay coil to the horn button. Works fine. I did final wiring on a freezing morning and the fuse/hot wire connector plastic cracked when I crimped it, so it got wrapped in color coded tape.

The whole thing works as expected and really gives a blast when I hit that button.
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That's the only place i could find to mount my Fiam Freeway Blasters. These were the loudest horns I could find short of air horns. I built my own harness, also wired to the battery with the relay to the horn button. I have to admit when I hit that button heads turn. I don't mess around.
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Earlier thread at https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...cent-horn.html

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #4 of 26 Old 01-19-2018, 11:18 AM
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agree the factory horn is a disappointment.
my solution....

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Thanks for this! I got these horns at Harbor Freight a few days ago, and if I'm not still hacking up a lung (got Round 2 of this cold/flu that's been hitting everyone), I'm going to install them tomorrow.

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I had Fiamm horns on my Beemers. I used them so seldom they would crud up and make little "meep" sounds if anything at all.
If I dismantled and cleaned them they would make a marvelous cacophony. Then I'd forget to use them again. Or maybe it was the placement of the BMW horn button and my fumble fingers.
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post #7 of 26 Old 01-19-2018, 04:15 PM
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The Fiamm style horns are available in stainless from marine supply stores. That reduces the problems of the inside rusting when used on a bike.

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I just ordered a set of Hella Sharp Tones for mine. That should do it.

Are you silly? I'm still gonna send it.
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Horns are model independent so this is going to the general forum.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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I bought Hella 3AG Horn, Set, Amazon, 35: voted #1 loudest in previews.
They come with a warning NOT to use them inside your garage!!!!!


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