Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Placerville, California
Stebel horn $0.99 Ace clamp mount
After viewing some posts and poking around in cowling I decided to try to mount mine under left cowling on my 07 using the Stebel mount bolt through a clamp that has rubber mounts from my local hardware. They come in various sizes and one a nice fit just to squeeze the available rod. I had to file the holes in the clamp slightly larger for the Stebel bolt and was able to mount it without removing the cowling bolts at all although it is tight in there to try to squeeze the clamp and start the nut.
Attached some pics-- I like the rubber mount setup for vibration and it just cleared the wiring and rubber boot of the other item (pic) . The clamp is thin (pic) but seems like tough steel to easily support in vertical position as you have horn mount on round side of clamp mount behind the bar to get horn furthest away from the front end (pic). The clamp rubber is snug in vertical position (cannot move by hand) with horn tip about 1/2 inch above gas tank seam (taped put some rubber hose on tank seam just in case it would move down). You can swivel it out by hand to mount it as seen in pics but it does not move when you swing it back against cowling (I took it for hard ride and RR tracks ect. I might check the nut after a bit and could put a second nut with blue locktight if it loosens but I did not have nylock nut handy). Only hardware you have to add is a washer between the clamp and horn (pic). When you swing it over you can hear horn contact cowling so I put some duct tape on that spot and moved it away just a smidge...
I used the eastern beaver wiring kit. Nice quality and easy - but I did wish that he made the forward run to horn about an inch longer so I could have mounted the relay on the bolt for the radiator overflow tank (pic). It would just not reach so I used a tie to put it between hoses (would have preferred bolt mount).
I like the loud horn much better (wife jumped up in the seat first time I tooted it) . I was thinking of using positaps from eastern beaver to tap in to old horn to have both in case one fails but decided best not to tap in given that could be a wet area.
Only think I would have done different in procedures is loosen the cowling before I mounted the horn to give more room as I ended up doing that anyway to route the wires and swing the radiator down to unplug the OEM horn.
At first I was figuring on heavier metal to metal mounts like most others I saw in post but the way the stebel square mount just fits in behind the clamp on the bar the only way it could come off in the downward direction is tearing the clamp which seems unlikely with that weight. I also swung the horn out to see what would happen if it did swing (did not move at all with hard ride) and if you turn the bars it just pushed the horn out of the way.
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]2007 DL650 - 032510; HB Gobis, Bestem 46L, Sasquatch rebuild and shock spring, MRI shield, Afrika Twin CStand & guards, Fenda extenda, Ricor intiminators, stebel horn
2006 DL650 - Dec 08; rear ended/totalled 091609
1983 R80ST - 1984 to 2009
1979 750 Bonneville - 1980 to 1984
1973 750 Tiger (cross country 1976; stolen 1980)