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post #1 of 26 Old 04-23-2010, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Stebel Air Horn

Anyone have one of those super duper loud air horns? If so, what do you think of them? Is there any special things that need done to the Wee to get it to work properly? I've heard they often get wired wrong and it kills the electrical system, shorts out, blows fuses excessively, etc...

I like the idea of having a train horn on my Wee, but would like to hear some comments from the well informed crowd at this website first.

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Lots of Stebel users, if you use the search tool you'll probably get a 100 threads to look through. Quick answer, use the Eastern Beaver wiring harness to install and you'll have no problems.
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Get a wiring harness to make the job as simple as possible. Ride with ear plugs so you are not punished when you have to use it. I used mine for only the third time this past weekend. Scared the crap out of the guy who was about to pull out in front of me.

While it is loud and likely to be heard by your intended target, it's not magic. Don't be over confident with it. No guarantee your target will act the way you want them to, even if they do hear it.


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the wiring handse did not have enough wire for the install I did the weekend in a friends sv650 lol.

But it comes with a relay.

Basically you can use stock horn switch to activate relay. YOU CAN NOT use the stock horn switch to power the horn directly BAD. the power needs to come directly form the battery as its a high pull item. Also do not use it off a fuse block, again fuse block like pc8 have 30 amp max capacity and the horn draws a lot idea. So horn switch to activate relay. Relay from battery (with inline fuse) then to horn, then a negative from horn back to battery. Its easy to wire in. Mounting the fun part as there is only 1 mounting hole on the entire thing.

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The PC8 has a 30A capacity. I run a Stebel and the HID headlights off of mine with no problem. Extra careful people can separately fuse the switched bank and unswitched bank as in http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Pr...-8.html#50akit

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The PC8 has a 30A capacity. I run a Stebel and the HID headlights off of mine with no problem. Extra careful people can separately fuse the switched bank and unswitched bank as in http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Pr...-8.html#50akit
Ok fixed to 30 my bad


Also form eastern beavers site, but basically if you got load on the block, like heated gear and other stuff, the horn may kill the fuse.

IMPORTANT: You can connect a Horn Kit through an auxiliary fuse panel only if you don't have a lot of high current stuff already connected. A high powered horn can draw close to 20 Amps and that could blow the main fuse on your fuse panel if you're already drawing more than 10 Amps. I suggest connecting a Horn Kit directly to the battery so your fuse panel retains its full capacity. Add up the Amps from your horn or horns if you are wondering if you should connect to your fuse panel. More than 10 Amps of horn(s) should go directly on the battery.
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Ride with ear plugs so you are not punished when you have to use it.
+1! Holy crap ... I originally had that thing mounted inside the cowling, which of course basically forms a bullhorn pointed at ME. It was Not Pleasant.

Current draw: I started small, with a 10a fuse. That worked a few times, but blew eventually. It was fine with a 15 (the wire was sized for plenty more).

As to horn selection, I personally gave up on the Stebel. It's too unreliable for my taste. If the body flexes or warps at all, you lose the air seal and it becomes pretty useless. I switched to Fiamm Freeway Blasters, which are just as loud (subjectively) and, I think, sound better. I like that my Wee sounds like a Buick.
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Also form eastern beavers site, but basically if you got load on the block, like heated gear and other stuff, the horn may kill the fuse.
I haven't had a problem but it's a good point. I just set up separate fuses for the switched and unswitched sides as heated gear, headlights and horn all work off my PC8. I will put the horn on the unswitched side along with the GPS so heat, light and sound are not all running off the same 30A fuse. The relay will still only operate with the ignition on so it will be safe from horn button curious passers by.

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As to horn selection, I personally gave up on the Stebel. It's too unreliable for my taste. If the body flexes or warps at all, you lose the air seal and it becomes pretty useless. I switched to Fiamm Freeway Blasters, which are just as loud (subjectively) and, I think, sound better. I like that my Wee sounds like a Buick.
Ig to one int he grage to install on my wee. tho ??? did you just run it off the stock horn switch, or do a relay setup like the sabal ??? I have ot decided yet myself
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My tips: Install in the vertical position, keep it out of direct water spray/rain, use the Eastern Beaver Relay.

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