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Horn... A little weak.

Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by mikeaedmonds, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. James Chance

    James Chance Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    There seems to be a significant voltage drop that using the relay will help with (2014 Calif 1400 Custom). I installed my Stebels originally without the relay, and they worked great. I DID notice using them at night with everything lit, the lights will dim. A few months later, I was splicing in a USB socket, and decided to go ahead and add the relay that came in the horn kit since I had everything all apart anyway. Made a noticeable difference in the horn volume. Where they were just LOUD before, they make ears within 10 feet bleed now. And lights no longer change brightness at all. A good thing...
     
  2. Michael N

    Michael N Just got it firing!

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    Hi. I got the Stebel horns (from Australia - only took a week and the price was good in AU$). My 2014 MG Custom has running lights, and the new horn immediately blew a fuse (15A horn). I think maybe the polarity was reversed (but am surprised that it was sensitive). Any suggestions / comments which color is positive? I think I'll add the relay this weekend and try again.
     
  3. Kevin.NZ

    Kevin.NZ Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Use a relay as the current draw on the new horns could cause the horn button contacts to burn out in no time, or blow a 15A fuse. Replace the fuse and put the original horn back on and if it works ok you haven't damaged anything, then add your relay.
    Kev
     
  4. DeadEye

    DeadEye High Miler

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    Rented a scooter once while traveling, it had horn buttons on both grips, for ambidextrous beeping !
     
  5. SMTCapeCod

    SMTCapeCod Mechanochondriasism GT di Razza Pura

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    I have a Denali on my Victory.
    I found a Screamin' Demon fit well on my V7, and is much louder than stock.
     
  6. SEG

    SEG Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I have a Screaming Banshee installed on my 1400T; it's a dramatic improvement over the stock horn. The company claims 132 decibels. The horn definitely gets the attention of texting/inattentive cagers on the highway.
    Here's the link: screaming-banshee.com
     
  7. Raven

    Raven High Miler GT Famiglia

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    Wolo Badboy airhorns were on my Norge when I bought it.
    I put the fear of Lucifer into a woman who pulled out in front of me from a shopping mall one day. I swear she jumped a foot out of her seat.
     
  8. DominoDoggy

    DominoDoggy Tuned and Synch'ed GT Contributor

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    I just replaced both horns on my '14 V7 Stone with a Wolo 300-2T and 305-2T (high and low tones). I purchased a relay to use if needed, but I don't think it is going to be necessary. The new horns are loud, my bike sounds like a typical mid-sized sedan horn, with dual notes and like I said, it's loud. Cheapest and most noticeable upgrade I've done in a while ;)

    EDIT: Okay, so several days have passed since I wrote this comment and I have had a little while to test out the new horns. They work great at idle and putting around at slow speed, but at highway speeds they sound very weak and barely audible. I'm not sure if it is wind speed keeping them from vibrating properly or lack of available power since the electrical system is powering a lot more at higher speed than idle. I still have so much to learn about this bike. Anyway, seeing how the horns are so weak at speed, I feel like I will have to reinstall the new horns with a relay so they get more power available. Just thought I would share my experience and state that the horns don't do so well without a relay when operated at highway speeds.
     
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