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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Mon May 23, 2011 10:02 am

HarryHouck wrote:I suggest using recycled parts. Horns can be found in salvage yards for a few dollars and some effort. Find the model you like and unbolt them. Most salvage yards also sell batteries, use them to test the horns before you buy. Mercedes Benz have nice ones and they have the frequency stamped on them.
Now, there's as sound idea! :lol:
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Tue May 31, 2011 11:24 pm

After a week and a half of ownership, today I almost got taken out by motorhome drifting into my lane! I laid on the horn, and to my surprise, I couldn't hear it, let alone the knucklehead motorhome driver!

I'm now researching horn upgrade options and will soon have this pitiful stock horn replaced! Yikes!
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:53 am

I have purchased and received a Stebel Nautilus horn and plug-n-play wiring harness from BikeHiway via Amazon....Free shipping...$31.99 + $19.99...

Horn:
http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-Nautilus-C ... B000NPRTII

Wiring Harness:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028Z ... Y7V3KR59AD

Will get them installed in another weekend or two....

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:14 am

Randy wrote:I have purchased and received a Stebel Nautilus horn and plug-n-play wiring harness from BikeHiway via Amazon....Free shipping...$31.99 + $19.99...

Horn:
http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-Nautilus-C ... B000NPRTII

Wiring Harness:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028Z ... Y7V3KR59AD

Will get them installed in another weekend or two....

For those ordering this horn be advised there is a motorcycle version and a car version and the car version is lower and louder. The motorcycle version is slightly more compact.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:30 am

Perfectly doable mod for even the faint of heart. I'm a DIYer, but I tend to steer away from mechanics. This is truly an hour mod (if that), and gives you a nice upgrade.

I went in through the top, and simply lifted the coolant tank out of the way. The PITA was the wiring harness. I didn't have the connectors and needed to make a trip to the Shack. Wish I could have purchased one as making one took the most of the time.

Thanks to OrientExpress for the detailed instructions and pics.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:20 pm

Randy wrote:I have purchased and received a Stebel Nautilus horn and plug-n-play wiring harness from BikeHiway via Amazon....Free shipping...$31.99 + $19.99...

Horn:
http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-Nautilus-C ... B000NPRTII
EVDRIVER wrote:For those ordering this horn be advised there is a motorcycle version and a car version and the car version is lower and louder. The motorcycle version is slightly more compact.
Actually, despite what I claimed earlier, both the "regular" Stebel Nautilus and the "compact" version have the same sound output. I misread the specs sheet, sorry! They are both 115 dB at 2 meters and 135 dB at 4 inches. The only difference is the size.
Randy wrote:Wiring Harness:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028Z ... Y7V3KR59AD

Will get them installed in another weekend or two....
Good find!
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:31 pm

We had these on an RV... they really make a statement but you need an air tank

http://www.hadley-products.com/catalog/ ... v=3&cat=32

I remember now... they were called "The Ambassador" - funny I just now got the joke :lol:
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:33 pm

aqn wrote:
Randy wrote:I have purchased and received a Stebel Nautilus horn and plug-n-play wiring harness from BikeHiway via Amazon....Free shipping...$31.99 + $19.99...

Horn:
http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-Nautilus-C ... B000NPRTII
EVDRIVER wrote:For those ordering this horn be advised there is a motorcycle version and a car version and the car version is lower and louder. The motorcycle version is slightly more compact.
Actually, despite what I claimed earlier, both the "regular" Stebel Nautilus and the "compact" version have the same sound output. I misread the specs sheet, sorry! They are both 115 dB at 2 meters and 135 dB at 4 inches. The only difference is the size.
Randy wrote:Wiring Harness:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028Z ... Y7V3KR59AD

Will get them installed in another weekend or two....
Good find!

I don't trust the spec sheet, why have two models if they are the same output. They sound files I heard sound different as well, does not make sense, humm.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:39 am

leafnode wrote:After a week and a half of ownership, today I almost got taken out by motorhome drifting into my lane! I laid on the horn, and to my surprise, I couldn't hear it, let alone the knucklehead motorhome driver!

I'm now researching horn upgrade options and will soon have this pitiful stock horn replaced! Yikes!
Same thing almost happened to me last night, with a stupid MBZ driver wanting to change into the lane I was in. Stock horn was completely ineffective! Well past time for change!
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:07 am

mwalsh wrote:
leafnode wrote:After a week and a half of ownership, today I almost got taken out by motorhome drifting into my lane! I laid on the horn, and to my surprise, I couldn't hear it, let alone the knucklehead motorhome driver!

I'm now researching horn upgrade options and will soon have this pitiful stock horn replaced! Yikes!
Same thing almost happened to me last night, with a stupid MBZ driver wanting to change into the lane I was in. Stock horn was completely ineffective! Well past time for change!
I had a similar near miss from a merging driver at the I-24 / I-75 junction.
The horn was nearly useless.
I don't know what the codes / standards / requirements are on horns, but I don't see how the horn on the Leaf could meet any reasonable standard. Absolutely the worst thing about the car.
Will be the first thing I change about it.
But Nissan should step up and replace it as a safety recall.

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