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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-06-2018, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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louder horn? has anyone done this?

Hey all. For every bike I've owned I've installed louder horns. I've used the Stebel Nautilus Compact on a bigger bike and a pair of car like horns when having less room. I've searched the "entire internet" and can't find any mention of anyone having done this. I only just got the bike and have a bunch of broken bones that are healing so haven't yet had a chance to look the bike over but it doesn't look like there's hardly any extra room. Has no one done this?

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the typical upgrade path on this bike doesn't typically involve making sensationally loud noises at the press of a button.
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Clearly someone in the room agrees with me about wanting to be heard. And I'd imagine it's pretty hard to follow the typical upgrade path for this bike if you're dead because some bozo was texting and changed into your lane, pushing you into oncoming traffic.

"Man, if that poor guy only had a horn that didn't just go meep meep, maybe he wouldn't be flat as a pancake under that truck."

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Putting horns on the bike is easy... Hiding them, not so much... There may be room for some automotive/factory horns below the radiators, for a cleaner look.

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That gives the phrase ''BLOW IT OUT YOUR ASS'' a whole new meaning.
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I tried and tried to find a place to mount a Stebel.....no luck.

But I was able to mount a pair of car horns, easily available at any chain auto store. I had to fab and/or bend the brackets, drill extra holes, etc to get 'em to work, but it's entirely possible. One went below the starter, horn pointing down, right side of bike....plus a little foil for a heat shield from the forward header. The other went on the left side, under the rad and the engine mount bolt, again with the horn pointing down-ish.

Of course, you'll need to power those horns via a simple, cheap relay, triggered by the horn button and powered by the battery/auxiliary fuse block.

As for "blow it out your ass", I once mounted a Stebel in the tail fairing (side area, near the "fart vent") of my VFR. It was AWFUL when I hit it. Scared ME! I ended-up going with the dual car horn system as I described above.
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Also, I have pics of my RC setup that are too big for the Drag&Drop. But I'd be happy to email 'em to anyone who is interested, or can shrink and post here for posterity.

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Also, I have pics of my RC setup that are too big for the Drag&Drop. But I'd be happy to email 'em to anyone who is interested, or can shrink and post here for posterity.
Thanks, your description ought to be good enough. But I've been using Windows Paint to easily shrink my photos for forums.

On my last bike, I bought dual car horns like you and was able to get one of them to fit in the stock location. Did you try that? I did use the relay that came with the kit as well as my Fuzeblock (I put one of these on all of my bikes).

If I can get away with that which of your two locations was easier?
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If I can get away with that which of your two locations was easier?
I'm almost positive (almost) that the stock location won't work if you actually use your brakes [ever!] and compress the forks. As for the two locations (and you'll want dual horns to have the right tone, otherwise it sounds dorky), both were relatively easy....just required bracket fabricationary.

Also, I did melt a horn bellmouth somewhere along the line....that plastic doesn't like header heat. Replacement got some shielding/foil, whatnot.

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