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post #1 of 20 Old 03-30-2007, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Need help with Stebel horn

So I said to myself "This should be easy". It was until I got stumped. Mounted the Stebel, ran wires from the battery to a relay and hooked up the horn. So far so good. Used a scrap piece of wire to trigger the relay and WOW. Now here I am up against a wall. Where do I tie into the horn wiring to activate the relay for the Stebel. I tried unplugging the stock horn and using the connector to provide power to the relay. One side of the connector will make the horn blow continuously as soon as I turn the key on and the other side of the connector does nothing. An all or nothing situation that is not very satisfactory. Maybe I am missing the obvious but need some input. Thanks in advance for the help.

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post #2 of 20 Old 03-30-2007, 11:12 PM
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The stock horn connector is what you want to use to trigger the relay. I drew this up a few weeks ago for someone else who was hooking one up, and it should show you what you need.


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Thanks Scott. Another quick question. Where do I find the factory horn lead(orange and white)wire ?? Is it in the sheathed wire bundle that goes from the lefthand grip down into the fairing ?? If it is, then all I will have to do is cut it open and tap into the orange/white wire to trigger the relay. Hopefully I am understanding this correctly. Some of us old guys need all the help we can get. lol.

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WW, when I did my horn, I unplugged the stock horn connector from the stock horn and used blade connectors to run wires from the horn connector to the relay. No need to splice into the horn wiring.

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Now why didn't I think of that ??? Will try that idea. Sure would be nice to have a controlled attention getter. Did you have to sort out the two wires or did it make any difference ?? Okay, it is a stupid question but it is getting late.

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Following SCraig's diagram, the two horn leads on terminals 85 and 86 just complete the circuit to the relay coil when the horn button is pressed. The coil polarity is unimportant. It doesn't matter which stock horn lead is used for 85 or 86. Just use either for 85 and the other for 86.

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Sorry, went to bed before I got your question. Looks like you got your answers though.

I did exactly the same as Tac3 and used spade connectors that plug into the factory connector.

Greywolf is also exactly right, as always That side of the relay is nothing but a coil of wire that acts as an electromagnet. In fact the polarity on either side is really unimportant. As long as the load goes through pins 30 and 87 and the control through 85 and 86 you should be just fine.

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So where are the recommended locations for mounting a Stebel? I don't have engine protector bars so that isn't an option.

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Mine is behind the fairing on the right side. I used some BIG radiator hose clamps to hold it to one of the tubes that supports the fairing.

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Stebel and polarity

My horn is polarity conscious. The compressor runs either way but honks only if polarity is correct.

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