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Re: Upgrading your horn?

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Anyone upgrade it to a louder and or deeper tone?
Hi there,
I did that, basically I replaced the original horns with "bad boys", two of them, got them from Amazon.com.

And I also installed a train horn which is very very loud and I only use it in special occasions...the pics are here:
Train Horn installed in my WK2

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Old 02-09-2015, 07:48 AM
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

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I removed the front bumper cover to install an HID kit and the horn; it's very easy with the bumper cover off. Shop would probably charge you 2-3 hours labor just for removing/reinstalling the front cover; I can now do it in 15 minutes. There are instructions on how to remove the cover in the HID upgrade kit threads on this forum. As for loudness; I believe it's rated at 139db - which is higher than a jackhammer. (Which is higher than being near a jet engine at takeoff.) It definitely gets people out of their daydream when you lay on it!



Nope, just need the one. Although two sounds like a fun idea... I believe it comes with the necessary relay, but I highly recommend buying this wiring kit along with the horn: Amazon.com: Deluxe Wiring Kit for Stebel Nautilus Compact Air Horns: Automotive The wiring kit contains all the wiring; fuses; etc. to make the installation much easier. I just spliced the signal wire for the Stebel into the main horn wire on my Jeep so the air horn is triggered along with the factory one by a push on the center of the steering wheel - didn't have to sever the factory wiring or anything. I mounted the Stebel next to the factory horn.
it looks like you kept the factory horns? so you have 3 in total? if you have a pic that would be awesome
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

Hi again,

I circled in red the ones that replaced the original horns, I didnt keep the originals, I have the two small ones (sound very good) for everyday use, plus the train horn !..which sounds very very loud.
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I have upgraded my horns with the Hella Supertones. They are noted to be one of the loudest disc type horns. Note that the dB ratings are not all measured at the same distance. These are 118dB at 2m. Other horns test at only 4" from the source the get a higher reading.

The Jeep GC horns are Fiaam AM80S - 110dB at 2m.

Air horns may produce a loud effect but my previous experience with retail trumpet type air horns found that the diaphragm will corrode after a while. The corrosion then leaves a gap with the trumpet tube and no longer resonates (no noise when I needed it most).
Interesting, never had an issue with either Fiamm air horns [only 180K miles on them] and Hadley Air Horns [250K miles] in really bad midwest to west summers/winters.

8 dB is not a heck of a lot louder, the threshold of hearing difference tends to be about 3dB depending on frequency. They may be perceptually louder...
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

Here's a pic of my setup - the Stebel can be seen underneath the "J" in Jeep; passenger-side factory horn is to the left of it.
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Here's a pic of my setup - the Stebel can be seen underneath the "J" in Jeep; passenger-side factory horn is to the left of it.
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

The Hella SuperTone horns are very popular with the 'beep-beep' Subaru crowd (factory horns suck).

Not unusual to see the twin red circles (or blue) behind the grill on Subarus.
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

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Hi again,

I circled in red the ones that replaced the original horns, I didnt keep the originals, I have the two small ones (sound very good) for everyday use, plus the train horn !..which sounds very very loud.
Rgds.

Could these or other air horns be run off the factory Quadra-Lift air??? Even a short blast would be good for me, cause I wouldn't want to attract the man.
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

The 2 small horns are 12V, and the train horn has its own compressor, so I'm really not sure if you can do what you ask...I wouldnt mess with the Quadra lift air system.
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

The QL suspension is a sealed nitrogen system. You wouldn't be able to tap into that without causing problems with the suspension and its controls.
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

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The QL suspension is a sealed nitrogen system. You wouldn't be able to tap into that without causing problems with the suspension and its controls.
Exactly. Not possible to use the QL system for an air horn...a separate compressor is required.
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

If you want a really nice horn, the four horns from a 1996 Cadillac Sedan de Ville are hard to beat. I upgraded by 1996 Impala SS by adding the two additional horns used on the Cadillac. They are not all the same, but have different notes, producing am excellent combined sound. Here is a web site I found with a quick search:
http://www.local1259iaff.org/cadillac4notehorns.html
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