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Upgrading your horn?

Anyone upgrade it to a louder and or deeper tone?

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Re: Upgrading your horn?

Like a train horn?
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

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Like a train horn?
i wish, but something like a Hella - if it's even worth it? not sure if it's louder or has a better tone?

my OEM sound like crap and it rattles

how about the Hella Sharp Tones?

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Re: Upgrading your horn?

My wife's made a rattle 50% of the time she used it. Turns out its been doing it since day one of purchase, so we could have had it replaced under warranty back when we first bought it, if she had only mentioned it to me before (she is the primary driver).

Luckily, the way Jeep did our horns is the same way that universal horns work, so they are very easy to replace. I went down and bought a $25 set of Wolo Horn 2 universal horns (they come together in a pack) from Advance Auto. They are the same tone we had, but slightly louder (the difference is barely noticeable). Plus the red caps on them can be pried off fairly easily so that they are just black.
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Old 02-08-2015, 03:40 PM
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

One of the first mods I did to my Jeep was to install this bad boy: http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-1169001...mpact+air+horn

Works wonders when I'm in the left lane with traffic in front of and behind me and a concrete wall to my left and idiots on their cell phone start drifting into my lane.
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One of the first mods I did to my Jeep was to install this bad boy: Amazon.com: Stebel 11690019 - Nautilus Compact Mini Air Horn Black: Automotive

Works wonders when I'm in the left lane with traffic in front of and behind me and a concrete wall to my left and idiots on their cell phone start drifting into my lane.

I installed the exact same horn! It is LOUD!! Easy install, great price, and REALLY lets those idiot drivers know you're beside them! Priceless!
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

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One of the first mods I did to my Jeep was to install this bad boy: http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-1169001...mpact+air+horn

Works wonders when I'm in the left lane with traffic in front of and behind me and a concrete wall to my left and idiots on their cell phone start drifting into my lane.
Is it hard to install that horn? Also would I be able to have the people at the service shop install it for me if I were to buy it and then give it to them to install it? Also how loud is it compared to the stock horn?
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One of the first mods I did to my Jeep was to install this bad boy: http://www.amazon.com/Stebel-1169001...mpact+air+horn

Works wonders when I'm in the left lane with traffic in front of and behind me and a concrete wall to my left and idiots on their cell phone start drifting into my lane.
that looks promising, did you have to buy two of them? i assume you have to cut and splice into the wiring and no relay needed?

any other install tips is much appreciated, how did you access the horns?

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Is it hard to install that horn? Also would I be able to have the people at the service shop install it for me if I were to buy it and then give it to them to install it? Also how loud is it compared to the stock horn?
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!

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that looks promising, did you have to buy two of them? i assume you have to cut and splice into the wiring and no relay needed?

any other install tips is much appreciated, how did you access the horns?

thanks.
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.
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

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).
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

There is no need to remove the front bumper. Remove the 4 pushpins on top and then remove the far left plastic honeycomb grill. You will need a small & extra long blade screwdriver to push the clips out. Once it's out, you have easy access to the horn. With the relay kit, wiring is easy peasy! The Stebel is WICKED loud & you only need one of them. Using 2 will not make it any louder as they share the same frequency. Trust me, you WILL be noticed!
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Re: Upgrading your horn?

thanks gents - i assume the OEM wiring is just one strand of wires and it's split into two?

plus do you recommend installing it (looking at the engine) left or right side for maximum sound output?


sorry my wife has the jeep and i can't look at it.
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