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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:53 am

A dual horn set up is louder, and makes the sound more prominent. Dual horn setups have the two horns each with a different tone, one a low tone and the other a higher tone.

Dual horns are also more compact than enlarge horn, and they use lest power.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:23 am

jake14mw wrote:I'd like to do this on my 2014. Is there any reason why most people seem to be using the dual horn replacements? Wouldn't just replacing the single horn with another single horn be easier?
Because instead of having the car sound like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBCucybHuAQ

We want it to sound like this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z9HaVvvpjA

FYI, I do not recommend the horn from harbor freight. It stopped working after one winter. I've since replaced it with this Wolo horn. Not only is it lasting longer than the one from harbor freight, but it's actually a little louder too.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:58 am

Thanks. I did not read back through all the pages of this, but is there no single horn that sounds like a normal car horn? If a dual horn is required for that heavy horn sound, then I have learned something.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:19 am

Yep, most cars have twin-tone horns standard.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:27 am

I put in a "wolo Badboy" single horn. Got it at hARBOR FRIEGHT... It has the high and low tone together in the single unit...

I has been working fine for 3 years..

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:43 am

Yeah, there's no reason why the twin tones *have* to be in different housings. Seems like a pain to make them that way instead of in a single housing.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:39 pm

There are logical reasons the dual horns consist of two sound generators. One of which is resonance. But that aside, here is a new type of horn, the “Polite” horn.

http://youtu.be/lv8wqnk_TsA
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:41 pm

I upgraded both Leaf's The VW and the Mercedes already have dual horns.

I have the meepers on the shelf if anyone wants them, Why? The dual horns were around $10 at Autozone and they make the car sound like a car! It is a very worthwhile upgrade and very easy. The existing wiring is fine.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated Jan 12

Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:15 pm

Here's a couple of Air Horns I installed in March 2018. They sound Awesome!

Install pics and links to what I bought on this page: http://www.salsleaf.com/truck_horns/index.htm

Video comparing Stock LEAF horn from a friend's LEAF and my Two pairs of Aftermarket horns:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzWY9H9EYYI

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2018 LEAF Horn Upgrade

Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:31 pm

I'm in the process of working on the DIY for horn upgrades for the 2018 LEAF.

It is a bit more difficult this year, as the front radiator is completely surrounded by ductwork to funnel outside air through the engine compartment and back over the traction battery now. Getting to this area to work will require the entire front bumper cover to be removed.

The horn is in the lower righthand side of the front bumper cover, and it is quite tight in there, so I am working on a rig that will put the horn in the motor compartment and run a power/ground line back to where the original horn is at. To get at this to connect the wires, It will best be done by removing the right front wheel and the wheel well liner.

I have other things in the queue to finish first, but the wiring will be the same as the older car, with just the packaging being new.
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