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air horns anyone? which ones?

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  1. GOINGNUTZ
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    I want to replace the factory wimpy horn with something that will get the cagers attention. I like the sound of air horns (since I drive truck) and want something for my 1100 to get noticed. Anyone using them or is there something else I should look into. I seen another thread about horns but it didnt seem to talk about the 'air horn'. Kuryakyn has a mega horn that mounts to the frame tubes, I like the look but not sure of the sound. Want something LOUD! Ideas anyone?

  2. zhifdhabbj6
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    I have a Bad Boy airhorn on my liner. It is made by Wolo I bought it Harbor Freight for $29. They have a black one and a chrome one, mine has already saved my from cagers more than once. It is very loud and compact. Mine is model 419

    wolo-mfg.com/motorcycle.htm

  3. Jonezpoj
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    Go to jcwhitney.com you don't have to go with air horns to get loud.

  4. GOINGNUTZ
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    Thanks, Ive looked at the bad boy in mags before, and just whent to jcw to hear it. Sounds pretty close to what Im looking for. Ill have to check out harbor freight. Was it easy to hook up? Still using stock button?

  5. MorkKW
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    Ditto on the Wolo Bad Boy & Stebel Nautilus Compact Air Horn (identical horns) - excellent!!! But, be 100% certain to add an inline relay ($10) to your wiring, otherwise, your stock wiring will possibly cause the horn button to fry. The relays often come in the package along with the horn, depending upon from where it was purchased.

    Another option, and the simplest, is to get a single (low tone) Fiamm Freeway Blaster horn, which easliy and quickly replaces the stock horn on most bikes...Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys, JC Whitney, etc. Here it is ----> fiammamerica.com/Product.asp?ProductID=156 Lots of riders have done this and really like the LOUD sound they provide.

    So, in order of effectiveness: 1. Wolo Bad Boy/Stebel Nautilus; 2. Fiamm FB low tone.

    Be well.
    Morg

  6. wzdar6
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    Morg I bought a low tone from Auto Zone. I don't remember the brand but it sounded like a "sick" duck. I used it for awhile but finally went back to my roadrunner stock horn. Still thinking of trying the Bad Boy.

  7. zhifdhabbj6
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    Thanks, Ive looked at the bad boy in mags before, and just whent to jcw to hear it. Sounds pretty close to what Im looking for. Ill have to check out harbor freight. Was it easy to hook up? Still using stock button?
    Yes to both questions.

  8. GOINGNUTZ
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    cool, I think Ill try the bad boy. thanks!

  9. 1CuzdominFL
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    The Bad Boy, sku # 34117, does come with it's own relay. At Harbor Freight that is. And it's on sale now thru 2/23

  10. bkman
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    I have the nautalis as well - VERY LOUD. You have to use a relay, though, and wire it straight to the battery if you want it to perform as it was designed.

    To give you an idea of how much power this thing has (and consumes), it dims all the lights on my bike when I hit the horn button

  11. GOINGNUTZ
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    Does it come with mounting hdw, and where is it mounted? Front frame tubes i would guess.

  12. zhifdhabbj6
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    Yes, I mounted mine in the lower left corner by the charcoal canister. Had to make my own bracket. be careful as it is very close to the bottom of the front fender.

  13. G1Jim
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    I recently installed the Stebel Nautilus Compact Air Horn on my 2007 VStar, and also got their wiring kit that includes all wires, connectors, and in-line fuse (which I recommend). My air filter housing wasn't serving any good purpose after installing pod type air intakes (MaxAir), so I hollowed it out and put my horn inside, and drilled holes through the chrome cover to let the sound out. It turned out great! (See attached.)
    Jim

  14. GOINGNUTZ
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    Thats a cool idea! I just might have to try that if and when I get my max kit. Do you still get good volume with it tucked in there? From the picture it looks like you bought the cover instead of fabricating it yourself!

  15. G1Jim
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    Yes I get good sound due to the holes drilled as well as the openings in the back side where the air filter housing used to connect to the carburetors. And no: that's the stock chrome air filter cover on the 2007 VStar 1100's, so it was only good for decoration until I embedded the horn behind it.

    PS - Tips for drilling the holes: start with measuring them out, then use sharp center punch to make a starting dimple, then step up the sizes from smaller drills to full size, and with a small file remove the burrs after each new hole size, otherwise the chrome will tear away from the plastic and look bad. (Use the newest sharpest drills you can.)

  16. GOINGNUTZ
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    Thanks for the tip and thanks for sharing your idea. Its pretty cool seeing all the different ideas guys come up with while doing mods on there bikes. I have to say it looks like you did a heck of a nice job on it!

  17. G1Jim
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    Thanks!

  18. tunc
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    heres some horns but the price is bit over the top for me
    customdynamics.com/metal_arts_air_horns.htm

  19. GOINGNUTZ
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    those are come kick a$$ horns!

  20. zcoddginva
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    Yes, I mounted mine in the lower left corner by the charcoal canister. Had to make my own bracket. be careful as it is very close to the bottom of the front fender.
    Do you have any photos of the install? I have a classic as well and am worried about getting to close to the exhaust or hitting the fender.

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