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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sat Sep 17, 2011 4:38 pm

TRONZ wrote:OK, we need a poll on this or something.


I went with the PIAA, but in 400/500 Hz. I liked that sound a little better than the 500/600 Hz...

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:03 pm

Leafboy wrote:
gatico wrote:Thanks so much! I was honking the horn and trying to find out where it is. I was afraid the horn would be some kind of "integrated sound module." Glad it's simple!

What happens when you hit the lock button on the remote trying to find the car in the parking lot? Does the new horn honk loud enough to locate the vehicle? I was thinking that there might be a problem where the power to the horn is not supplied for an adequate time to "rev up" the bigger horn. If that happens, might have to add some circuitry to impose a few hundred ms "minimum honk time."
The horn is not a problem. The horn is a direct connection to B+ via a relay. But, the sounder for the lock/unlock is a different source.
The beep you hear outside the vehicle when you press "lock" is not the horn? If not, what is it?

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sat Sep 17, 2011 6:12 pm

Nope, the alarm horn and lock meep come from a separate sounder. It is possible to have that sounder also blow the horn if you wanted, however; you simply need to run a wire over.
gatico wrote:What happens when you hit the lock button on the remote trying to find the car in the parking lot? Does the new horn honk loud enough to locate the vehicle? I was thinking that there might be a problem where the power to the horn is not supplied for an adequate time to "rev up" the bigger horn. If that happens, might have to add some circuitry to impose a few hundred ms "minimum honk time."
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:13 pm

Are the El Grande "Red covers" attached/glued to the horn assembly or loose?
Mine came and both covers were unattached, there is a white blob or some kind of rubber substance on the body of the horn but I am not sure if this is supposed to hold the red caps on the horn or just be some crap to stop the plastic cover from rattling.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:18 pm

Brightonuk wrote:Are the El Grande "Red covers" attached/glued to the horn assembly or loose?
Mine came and both covers were unattached, there is a white blob or some kind of rubber substance on the body of the horn but I am not sure if this is supposed to hold the red caps on the horn or just be some crap to stop the plastic cover from rattling.

Loose. The bracket and nut will hold them in place.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Ya Thanks

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Mon Sep 19, 2011 5:18 am

Anyone know anything about the Wolo 419 Bad Boy? Besides the irresistible name, it looks like it is a one-piece dual tone. I haven't found the amperage rating on it, but it looks tiny.

Edit: Looks tiny on the web, but it is hefty in real life. Still don't know current requirements.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:00 am

nogajim wrote:Anyone know anything about the Wolo 419 Bad Boy? Besides the irresistible name, it looks like it is a one-piece dual tone. I haven't found the amperage rating on it, but it looks tiny.

Edit: Looks tiny on the web, but it is hefty in real life. Still don't know current requirements.
This one will need a either a relay/battery connection, or a higher amperage fuse, as its startup current draw is higher than the stock fuse is rated for.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:08 am

I recommend a set of standard "snail shell" duel tone horns. They are loud and can be installed with no electrical retrofitting. Read, "plug-n-play". Horns with air compressors will most likely need some additional current to operate properly.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:26 am

OrientExpress wrote:This one will need a either a relay/battery connection, or a higher amperage fuse, as its startup current draw is higher than the stock fuse is rated for.
Then it's el Grande or Harbor Freight for me. I'd rather stick with the present wiring. Thanks!
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