Stebel R1200GS horn kit review

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Artboy57, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Artboy57

    Artboy57 Slave to THE MOUSE

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    Here's a quicky review of the horn kit for the compact nautilus horn from Adventurer's Workshop.

    At just over $30, the kit ain't cheap, but for semi-instant gratification, I think it's worth it. At least for a "Fear of all things electrical" guy like me.Uses the existing horn button.
    Steps were- yank old horn,(one nut) thread on provided spacer, add provided bracket to horn, plug new wire into old horn lead and shrink-tube it to hold it in. Add pos/neg leads to horn.Bolt horn to spacer and wiggle it for a half hour, trying to find a place it won't foul the brake cable.Find a hole for the relay(Not THAT hole) and crimp and plug the leads from the horn and the leads going to the battery.Stop what you're doing and go to the auto supply for stinkin' in-line 15 amp fuse holder.Finish connections. Blow horn and annoy neighbors.Hey, it DOES sound like a train!

    Pros- It comes with everything you need (almost) Bracket, threaded spacer, color coded wires, crimp connectors and bolts/washers.Everything fits together and seems to be quality stuff.

    Cons-The instuctions left something to be desired-like a diagram! a napkin sketch! Anything! Sorry, I was raised on comic books, and a picture IS worth 1,000 words. A simple line drawing showing basic orientation of parts would have shaved an hour off install. There was a photocopy included of what I'm assuming were photos of the horn and relay positions, but they look more like inkblots. Also, for my $30, please include the 99 cent in-line fuse holder, OK? Just charge me $31.

    All said and done , an hour (or 2 for me:huh ) in the garage and you'll be honking at and scaring the piss out of friends and neigbors!:lol3 Seriously, if I can do this , so can you.
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  2. janders

    janders Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the install review. This seems like a worthwhile addition. It's hard to keep a straight face when I'm giving someone the stink eye on the freeway after that pussy little meep meep from the factory horn.
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  3. aylorr

    aylorr Rakkasan

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    Your greatest joy is yet to come.

    My first victim to the Stebel was a late 30's mom driving a Honda Pilot, cell phone in her left hand up to her ear, right hand turning the steering wheel left to place the car directly in my lane with ABS on full, screaming over her right shoulder to two kids fighting while watching a DVD in the rear seat.

    Cell phone dropped out the window, crushed by left rear wheel, hot Starbucks all the roof liner, two kids screaming with fear, a stunned carp look on her face. I couldn't tell, but I hope her thong was loaded as well.

    Once placed in proper use, you'll see that this horn is worth far more money.

    Best luck in your use on idiots.
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Even if that isn't true, it IS funny!

    I have startled a few with my FIAM on my 11GS, and am about to install on on my 12GS.

    Jim :brow
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  5. Scrotie

    Scrotie Chuck U Farley

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    Just my $0.02; I opted for the direct replacement Stebel Magnum (no extra wires or relays) for $18. It's still plenty loud - really loud - and it attaches right to the stock wires and mounting point. As easy as can be.
    But a Nautilus would be even more "fun" :D

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    Compared to the stock horn

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    On the bike

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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    On a 12GS? Looks like you would AT LEAST have to cut the wires and add new ends. I am surprised the extra wattage doesn't give a fault to the Canbus, as reported by some others.

    Jim :brow
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  7. Whammo

    Whammo Nature's toothbrush

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    That's hilarious.
    Gonna put my second one in this weekend (death valley killed my first one)....cant wait to have my blaster back...I've missed it.
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  8. Scrotie

    Scrotie Chuck U Farley

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    Well yes, sorry. New ends, but that's it. A 2min job. And the CANbus isn't freaking out. I can blast it as long as I want to :D
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  9. Scrotie

    Scrotie Chuck U Farley

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    It draws less amps. 136db at 4 inches and 112db at 4 feet (I think), so it doesn't have the power of the Nautilus, but I can scare some soccer moms in their SUV's
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    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    I've never used the horn but this one sounds like you can have fun with it.:lol3 Someone tell me where to order it.

    Thanks.
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    aylorr Rakkasan

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  12. GB

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    the stebel magunum is good, but when it gets wet, it goes flat...

    I had mine mounted facing down and it still got the blaap blaaap sound..

    it's gone.. stebel nautilus compact is coming from Andrew and adv workshop.
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  13. marty hill

    marty hill The Energizer Bunny

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    Thanks for the info.
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  14. GB

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    Are you telling me the kit for the Stebel horn that www.adventurersworkshop.com sells comes with a connector that will mate with the stock horn's connctor?:ear I mean, I can't believe what I'm reading here!! If this is true, it's paradise!! No cutting OEM wires!!

    :rilla


    My kit is in the mail!!
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  15. gregbenner

    gregbenner Long timer

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    Other than price and color, is there any difference between the black nautilus sold by Casportouring and the red one sold by Andrew?
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  16. GB

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    The Stebel Nautilus is available in black and red. The Stebel Nautilus COMPACT is only avilable in black. You'd be hard pressed to fit the regular Nautilus between the forks, it's trumpet opening is quite big. Some have done it, but it's much easier with the compact model.
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  17. Scrotie

    Scrotie Chuck U Farley

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    Thanks for the heads-up, I wasn’t aware of that. I guess I have to wait and see…so where is the nearest river crossing :evil
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  18. Artboy57

    Artboy57 Slave to THE MOUSE

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    You are correct, sir! No cutting. The connection is a BIT goofy, the orig. connector plug has holes for 2 pins (pos/neg?) , you only poke the single pin of your new wire into one of them, and then shrink tubing is provided to cover the whole connection and hold the wire in the socket. Don't pull too hard, it may pop out. I don't know where he got the shrink tubing, but I needed a flamethrower to get it to kick(OK, it was a woodburner) It would take all of 15 minutes to reinstall your factory beeper if you were so inclined.:D
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  19. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    thanks for the goofy good news!! hope to have mine arrive this week!

    next time you do any such mods, you need to take pics so you can show us!! :D

    :thumb
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  20. SgtNapalm

    SgtNapalm ADV'er

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    This horn is a Must Have safety feature for any Cycle that you can shoehorn it on, I wired my R12GS up on Friday. I thought the directions were OK when I was installing it, they read better the second time around though. I consider myself electricaly braindead, but I figured it out. I liked the idea so much that when I placed my order from Adventurer's Workshop, I got an extra full size one and stuck it on my Supercrew F150 that I never drive. Just be sure to order the Bracket kit also for your specific Bike. Dogs hate it, Great Horn.
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