Horns, honkers, beepers, hooters

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  1. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Last weekend I hit another wallaby while riding through the National Park this one nearly knocked my off my bike (DR650). Mr Wallaby suprised me, bent my gear lever and left some fur in my gearlever pivot spring.
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    I think if I had a horn that worked and was loud I may have been able to avoid contact with the errant marsuipial (maybe)/ cow /sheep/ crow/ galah/eagle

    The DR has a cheap crappy horn - mine no longer works. Ive done a search for horns and all I seem to find are the big things. Such as this

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    Price:$20.00

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    Rated at 139 db four inches away from the source which is the same as the Nautilus Dual Air horn.

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    The Question
    Is there such thing as a relaively flat (like stock) horn that doesn't need a relay that can replace the oem one and is reliable and louder than the stock one? - just reliable would be good!


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  2. Motoplaner

    Motoplaner PNW Heel Rounder

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  3. zap2504

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    The FIAMMs and other brands that have the conch-style wave guide seem to be best. The higher the decibel number, the louder. A single horn should be a direct replacement to your OEM; two horns (high/low tone) will need a separate relay. Even on autos (particularly Asian brands) many owners replace their flat-plate style horns with the above horns. However, if you have access to an auto breaker (parts recycler), look for a good/used Mercedes, BMW, or VW horn as these auto brands tended to use the wave guide horns as OEM.
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  4. Spanish Bob

    Spanish Bob I dont know where I am.

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    many seem to use the Stiebel horns, they are certainly loud, they are the snail shape as well hough.
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  5. twotyred

    twotyred Practising Recedivist

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    Davo, go to your local good auto parts store (Repco, Autobarn etc) and have a good look around the horn section. You should be able to find something that would make a good replacement. Check out the Hella catalogue - they will have something to suit.

    I've had a roo bounce off the side of my R1100S ( going slow at the time) horn made no difference. Having a working horn is a good thing. The louder the better.
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  6. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Long timer

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  7. cat

    cat Long timer

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    The Hella ones (the flat kind without the plastic horn thing) are loud but they're quite big and heavy.

    Some of your auto parts stores should have the simple flat type Roots horns from India. They're loud - much louder than the OEM crap, and they're well-made and cheap. What you want is the Roots90 or Smartone here:
    http://www.rootsworldwide.com/html/products_ril.html
    You could find the Australian distributor there and find out from them what auto parts chains they supply.

    You don't need the plastic horn shit to get loud.
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  8. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Thanks guys - much appreciated[​IMG]
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  9. davorallyfan

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    New horn fitted from cheap auto parts, smaller, lighter, louder and cheaper! - AUD $4.99
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  10. cat

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    ya, you don't need heavier and bigger.

    It makes you wonder why all the OEM ones are so feeble.
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  11. tajikcruiser

    tajikcruiser n00b

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    I've got a PIAA sports horn mounted on right between gas tank and plastic panel using existing middle mounting nut for plastic panel (with slightly longer philips screw head bolt). It is very loud - rated 115 db 500 hhz. It's not small, weights half a pound, but sure mounted up there nicely and is VERY loud!
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