Anyone using after market horns?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by themobb, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. themobb

    themobb Is this thing on???

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    Yeah, I knew the scale was logarithmic. An increase of 3db is effectively twice as loud. It didn't seem That Much louder in the real world garage... Oh Well, I'm probably losing my hearing. I'll add it to the list.. :norton


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  2. Chop Chop

    Chop Chop Hector erector

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    I dropped a Stebel Mangum low tone in, sound is louder but not in the Nautilus catergory. Had to trim a little and make some pin connections to keep original plug in case I want to go back to orig horn (yeah I'm an idiot, read sig)
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  3. bklynz00

    bklynz00 Been here awhile

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    Hello everyone, just wanted to add my + .02 to the convo; I added the Stebel Nautilus on my F8GS over the weekend and I'm very impressed. The Stebel Nautilus requires a bit more wiring such as the relay, but it is well worth the results!! The set arrangement I used neatly tucks away my Stebel Nautilus behind the cover of my bike. There are a couple of links avail that assisted me and gave me the idea and confidence to make the install. Here are some pic's of the results.

    Cheers,
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    My process included seperating the compressor from the horn, then attaching the relay to the compressor, attaching the compressor to the left handside frame of the bike just above the radiator.

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    Horn attached to the radiator frame. Horn connected to the compressor using a vacuum hose.

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    Cover on, items tucked away neatly behind the cover.
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  4. Gangplank

    Gangplank Advenchaintourer

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    Nice work. Ifyou ride off road a lot the nautilus has a habit of vibrating apart. For my $12 the magnum is plenty loud at car horn levels.
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  5. bklynz00

    bklynz00 Been here awhile

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    Really, first time I heard that....however, I dont off road that much anyways. Maybe in the near future though. :)
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  6. Nictrolis

    Nictrolis Been here awhile

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    Great thread - now when I get ready to make a left turn, I can honk even louder at people! :rofl
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  7. dvgonzo

    dvgonzo Been here awhile

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    Keep an eye on your zip tie mounts. We find even the extra heavy duty ones give up after about a year. Of course you are quite a bit lower in elevation and that big ball o' fire up in the sky does not tend to toast things quite as fast at lower elevations.

    I REALLY enjoy mashing on the horn button when a cager pulls a bonehead move in front of me or ESPECIALLY when they are on the phone.....I KNOW the person on the other end can hear it as well!:lol3
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  8. bklynz00

    bklynz00 Been here awhile

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    Will do, thanks for the info... sure would hate for that to happen.
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  9. blender

    blender Just another rider

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    I'm going with Gangplank here. I *do* like the Nautilus setups (and had one on the R12GS), however I have found the Magnum unit does get their attention. Of course, what would be even better is a two-tone Magnum setup... ;)

    Loud horns save lives.
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  10. bklynz00

    bklynz00 Been here awhile

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    Great info, I plan on reinforcing my compressor and horn with wire to help prevent from vibrating loose.
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  11. dvgonzo

    dvgonzo Been here awhile

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    You can get some special stainless steel zip ties. They work REAL well but take a special installation tool to tighten them up and are kind of pricey.

    Another way is to use the smaller style of stainless hose clamps, but you have to re-work the slots where the zip ties go through to make them big enough to accept the hose clamps. The only way they can fail is if they start to loosen up (but if they do you hear the horns rattling around and just re-tighten them).

    Wire works pretty well too, although it does seem to work loose quite often (more so if you ride aggresively in the dirt), but be sure to use stainless as the ordinary bailing wire will eventually rust and then bleed rust stains all over everything.
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  12. bklynz00

    bklynz00 Been here awhile

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    thanks dvgonzo
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  13. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    I picked up the BMW connector today so I can put my horn on without cutting the wire harness. I also picked up the connector that plugs in under the tank.
    I will use that connector to fire a relay to supply all the current I need through a fuse block. I think the connectors were like $20 each.
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  14. Nictrolis

    Nictrolis Been here awhile

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    Where'd you get the connector? Got a link? Thanks!
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  15. TowPro

    TowPro Lets ride

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    sorry, the receipt is in a drawer I just put in storage for 2 weeks while I do some remodeling.
    I found a post from last year where Solohvs posted "Part number 83300402344 is the correct pigtail to connect to the horn circuit".
    I think we both go to the same dealer, I told the parts guy I wanted to put an aftermarket horn on my bike without cutting the harness, he said "here is your connector". Not sure if that is the part number. Hell I have not even tried the connector yet but it looks right.
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