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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Oct 16, 2011 1:40 pm

Yes, the compressor start up would likely blow the 10 amp fuse...
Leafboy wrote: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

Tue Nov 01, 2011 10:05 pm

I did this today, and this entire thread was very helpful. Horns from PepBoys, visually identical to the original post. I went in from the top, via the "flop the tank over with the hoses attached" method. Worked great, no leaks.


Sounds MUCH better.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:14 pm

I posted this in another thread, but sort of relates to a new loud horn. Pedestrian warning.

This is my solution for now:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/4OXxdMmOBgc" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:20 pm

What a great idea. If you could just find one that plays La Cucaracha, or something like that, it would be perfect!
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Nov 02, 2011 3:53 pm

Two-Horn Mod:

How about adding a rocker switch in an unused switch position,
perhaps the driver-side heated seats position, and wire both
the original (meap-meap) horn to one contact and the newer
LOUD horn to the other contact (perhaps ground to the common contact)
so that either the softer warning "meap" or the louder "BRAATT"
horn could be easily selected by the driver?
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:53 pm

garygid wrote:Two-Horn Mod:

How about adding a rocker switch in an unused switch position,
perhaps the driver-side heated seats position, and wire both
the original (meap-meap) horn to one contact and the newer
LOUD horn to the other contact (perhaps ground to the common contact)
so that either the softer warning "meap" or the louder "BRAATT"
horn could be easily selected by the driver?
hmmmm, I think "BRAATT" is the word they would have used in Mad Magazine.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:43 pm

Leafboy wrote:I posted this in another thread, but sort of relates to a new loud horn. Pedestrian warning.

This is my solution for now:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/4OXxdMmOBgc" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Very clever. Not for me, but very clever. By the way, nice towncar horn! I'm very happy with the one suggested on this forum but that one does sound mighty nice :)
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:38 pm

Does anyone know where the actual alarm horn is located in the car? I did replace the stock horn with the El Grandes but the alarm horn does not activate that. I fired off the alarm in an attempt to locate it but no luck. My idea is to somehow tie the alarm horn into the El Grandes. Thanks.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Nov 06, 2011 9:18 pm

+1. Pretty sure the stock alarm wouldn't scare anyone.
vin944 wrote:Does anyone know where the actual alarm horn is located in the car? I did replace the stock horn with the El Grandes but the alarm horn does not activate that. I fired off the alarm in an attempt to locate it but no luck. My idea is to somehow tie the alarm horn into the El Grandes. Thanks.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:46 am

When I listen using the fob lock car button I can hear the little beeping sound. Hard to pinpoint though. I think it comes from the passenger side down low. Probably have to remove the bottom panel as if doing a bottom side horn mod.

This sound from the keyfob lock is the same sound as the car alarm so they are both using this noisemaker/horn.

If anyone knows where this noisemaker is located, it would be much appreciated.

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