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post #1 of 24 Old 04-12-2005, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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New & improved horn

Ordered an italian air horn from Griots garage and installed it over the weekend. What an improvement!
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post #2 of 24 Old 04-12-2005, 10:05 PM
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I've had mine on for a couple of months......Moves the "cages" right over when they try to intrude on my "space"....

I didn't use a relay, I ran wiring from the airhorn over to the original wiring, removed the stock horn and connected the wires....Instant LOUD

The idea of drilling the fairing was unacceptable. I "diddled" around awhile making some tasty little aluminum brackets that ran from the blinker mount post and from the fairing mount tubes and like that. In every case, (because of the single screw mount) the horn ended up being just far enough away from the fairing to interfer with the fork "right/left" movement. It wasn't snug up against the fairing. If I mounted the horn with the compressor up and horn(s) down it also interferred with the forks because of the mounting bolt.

My solution was (with no mounting screw on the horn) to find the low spot in the fairing (kinda of a VEE where the two pieces are joined) that allowed the horn to sit and not obstruct the steering function in any way.

I did trim the entire length of the horn snout where it touched the fairing (about 1/16th") so that the horn sat truly vertical.

Once I found the "perfect location" I marked the appropriate positions on the horn and the fairing (places where they touched each other) and applied some serious industrial strength VELCRO (3M Dual Lock) I had left over from my boating days. (Not the cheap store stickyback stuff)

The Griot horn doesn't weigh very much so with three different velcro attach points "that puppy ain't moving". In fact when I went to take it out to connect the wiring it took two hands to wrestle it free from the mounting position.

I have used industrial strength Velcro (3M Dual Lock) on a variety of applications on my vehicles and my Catamaran and never had a failure.

Thought I might have a problem with the horn sucking rain with the horn up, but so far it hasn't been a problem even in really heavy rain.


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post #3 of 24 Old 04-12-2005, 11:45 PM
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I wan t one

Could you tell me where I can get one?
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post #4 of 24 Old 04-12-2005, 11:59 PM
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Here is the link...

http://www.griotsgarage.com/catalog....2520&SKU=77839

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post #5 of 24 Old 04-13-2005, 08:15 AM
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I ordered: STEBEL_COMPACT_AIRHORNNew Stebel Compact Air Horn (Black only) 1 $35.95 $35.95

from: [email protected]

This is a compact version with the same killer decibels. Should get it soon.
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The Fiaam Freeway Blasters (132 decibles) are what I put on my DL650K4. LOUD!!!

http://www.motorcycleinfo.calsci.com...ric.html#Horns

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post #7 of 24 Old 04-14-2005, 06:31 PM
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Just ordered one of those from Grios. Thanks for the mounting tip.
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Hi compared to what,
That's exactly where I put mine, I tried on the left side but settled on the right side as it seemed to fit better there. Instead of velcro, I used cable ties which seems to work okay.
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Hi compared to what,
That's exactly where I put mine, I tried on the left side but settled on the right side as it seemed to fit better there. Instead of velcro, I used cable ties which seems to work okay.
Out of curiosity, what did you tie the horn to?

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post #10 of 24 Old 04-16-2005, 07:58 AM
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Just bought the Freeway Blasters from Advance Autoparts for $30 both and plan on installing them today. Will try to take some pictures and poset them here after I'm done.

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