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post #1 of 29 Old 04-13-2014, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Freeway Blaster horns WITH PICTURES!

Alright, some of you may have read my post in the general discussion area a while back entitled " Had a close call, buying a loud horn! " well here we are, after listening to what everyone had to say ( including the naysayers ) I read a very informative article in Motorcycle Consumer News that evaluated various horns. They said that the Fiamm hi and low tone horn combo provided a clear improvement over stock. They also said that it was the value leader of the whole bunch. I opted for the even louder version Freeway Blaster horns for just a few bucks more. Amazon sells them separately ( high and low tones) I purchased them at Amazon along with a wiring package that included a relay, a wiring harness that plugged into the relay and an inline fuse. All told I paid Amazom $36.50 with free delivery for parts.
In the interest of full disclosure I totally stole the mounting location idea from a former Stromtrooper member JBD1986, who posted a similar thread back in 2009, I thought that I could expand on his article and include more pictures.
So here we go.
First of all here are all the pieces that I will be installing today, a Fiamm Freeway Blaster low tone horn, a high tone horn, a relay switch, an inline fuse w/ 20 amp fuse, and rubber covered clamps that I picked up from Lowes for $1.75 for two clamps. The horns also come with some mounting hardware and wiring parts that I did not use.

The first thing I did was prepare the bike for the work to be done. I removed the lower fairing, the seat, and tipped the gas tank up to make it easier to run wiring.

Here is a close up of the fairing support framework that I will be mounting the horns on.

Here you can see the first horn mounted up on the right side.

And now the left side.

This view shows you looking up at the bottom of the horns, they are pointed down and forward. They are the square looking openings on either side of the forks.

The next two images show some of the wiring details. In the plastic tray right behind the battery, I mounted the relay to one side with a bolt through the side. I drilled a hole in the front of the box to run all the wires through. The power supply with the inline fuse, is the large red wire going into the plastic tray. After consulting with other members here I decided to run the ground wire all the way back to the negative terminal on the battery. ( I was originally just going to ground it to the frame. ) the ground wire is the green wire going to the negative terminal of the battery.


Here you can see some of the completed wiring up by the horns. I zip tied wiring securely in place and tucked some connections up into a handy factory rain cover.

With the underside cowling back on, the horns trumpet is partially covered. It does not touch the horn, there is about a half inch of clearance. It does not seem to affect the sound of the horn.

The next two pictures you can click on and here before and after sounds. On the recordings the volume sounds the same. However in person the new setup has a lot more substance and sounds like a nice big car bearing down on you. All in all it was a very affordable and fun little project and my bike no longer sounds like a bleating sheep. Haha, just what I wanted! And it is super stealthy, nothing shows. Don't laugh at my cheesy recordings.
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post #2 of 29 Old 04-13-2014, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oops forgot to add a wiring diagram that I found very useful. ( not my creation)
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well done! the Lowe's rubber brackets are a nice touch.

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Johnny B!

Thanks for your article! Having a new DL 650 (only three days old) sitting in the garage, this is about the first mod I am going to do on this ride. It needs the 3 H's real bad.... horns, hand guards and heated grips. :mrgreen:

Your post here will be a great help! Thanks!

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Johnny B:

I forgot....in your list of bikes, we shared two... the Yammer RD 350 and my XS was the 850 (basically your motor bored out a smudge). Fond memories of both.. and I am still glad I survived the RD! A fast, fast bike but my skill set was so rudimentary at the time.

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Very nicely done and a nice write up too. Thanks.

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Nice job. Note that the Freeway Blasters are also sold with the NAPA label in your local NAPA auto parts stores.

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Sound awesome! This will be added to my farkle list.

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Your camera is adding 500 pounds to your bike!
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Your camera is adding 500 pounds to your bike!
Haha! Yeah I know, somehow when I posted the video links the picture got squinched!
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