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Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« on: December 22, 2018, 07:45:18 am »
I installed these in less than 30 minutes and the kit includes the relay for only 9 bucks.
The pictures explain the installation, no modifications were done except for a small hole to mount the relay and they are completely hidden. I will replace the relay mount bolt with a shorter 5mm bolt. (Yeah, it's too long)
Wiring is straight forward with a 10 amp fuse and inline holder near the battery. That plastic looking stand off is a piece of delrin.
I have used these horns on other bikes without any failures and they are louder than the horns on a gold Wing.
https://www.harborfreight.com/2-piece-12-volt-electric-horn-set-99911.html

Video of the sound;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEAiE_erYdI



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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 05:49:23 pm »
I can only assume that because there are no comments that everyone is satisfied with the oem squeaker that came on the bike? ;D

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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2018, 06:36:21 pm »
I can only assume that because there are no comments that everyone is satisfied with the oem squeaker that came on the bike? ;D

oh no, on the contrary every one hates the OEM's, and thank you for posting your find and install..

Seems like there has been a sharp decline in the normal traffic here lately, so don't take that as a barometer...

I really like what you did, and you can't go wrong for $10, even if they don't last, which I can't see any reason they wouldn't, mounted inside.

I actually bought a Wolo Bad Boy clone from H/F, for 3 x what you spent (still it was cheaper by far than anyplace else), and have it sitting on my bench to install.

good job, thank you.. I may even copy your setup, just for the economy and ease, along with the mounting space. And I'd probably use the relay it came with, just because.. well, it came with it... I might waterproof it a bit tho. (the air horn takes a bit more thought on location)

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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2018, 06:56:18 pm »
oh no, on the contrary every one hates the OEM's, and thank you for posting your find and install..
Thanks; I guess there many more c14 riders on the other forum and I was once a member there (and here) but all of a sudden my log-in no longer worked and it looked like it was going to be a real pain to get back in so I did not...

I have had such good luck with these horns that I continue to use them and I have about a dozen of these relays just in case but have never lost one yet.
These horns are really loud, before with ear plugs I could not even hear the stock horn at hwy speeds. I can't hear the engine at those speeds either and have to rely on the tach to shift if passing. (stock exhaust)

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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2018, 07:00:37 pm »
Been busy with Christmas.  I did watch/listen to your video.  Sounds much better than stock.  I might pick these up.  Nice job!
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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2018, 07:13:29 pm »
Thanks, It's much louder than the video depicts, the camera's AGC grabs the volume level and reduces it so you can't really tell how loud it is but the tone is accurate... People don't ignore these horns I can attest to that...


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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2018, 07:41:09 am »
That's a nice simple/clean installation. and frugal!!  :thumbs:
Well done

Not sure why I haven't seen your discussion before.
I routinely open mine with "Unread Posts since Last visit", and never saw it.

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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2018, 07:59:54 am »
I like the price and might check these out. But curious was there room to install in place of the old horns? I installed a fuse block in the same location so my horn installation will have to go where the stocks are at.


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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2018, 08:08:11 am »
I like the price and might check these out. But curious was there room to install in place of the old horns? I installed a fuse block in the same location so my horn installation will have to go where the stocks are at.

No, I don't believe so, the front fender is pretty close and may hit the horns on large bumps?
Plus these types of horns should be mounted with the flimsy thin straps that comes with the kit, the straps are part of the magic...

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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2018, 05:37:57 pm »
I can only assume that because there are no comments that everyone is satisfied with the oem squeaker that came on the bike? ;D

Are you kidding?  I installed an AIR HORN right after I got the bike.  I doubt anything can match THAT loudness :)  (except having several.... and finding a place to mount even one is a challenge).
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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2018, 05:40:25 pm »
No, I don't believe so, the front fender is pretty close and may hit the horns on large bumps?

Probably.  I have seen people somehow mount the Nautilus air horn up front.... I can't believe it wouldn't be hit or hit something.  And the idea of putting something that large and heavy in front of a very expensive, important, and relatively fragile aluminum radiator doesn't sound (pun intended) like a great idea.

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Plus these types of horns should be mounted with the flimsy thin straps that comes with the kit, the straps are part of the magic...

LOL!
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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2018, 06:11:11 pm »
Are you kidding?  I installed an AIR HORN right after I got the bike.  I doubt anything can match THAT loudness :)  (except having several.... and finding a place to mount even one is a challenge).
It was a rhetorical statement...

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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2018, 09:12:28 pm »
It was a rhetorical statement...

Just call me Mr. Literal...
There ARE worse things to call me...
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Re: Harbor Freight Horns and install...
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2019, 06:05:55 pm »
I can only assume that because there are no comments that everyone is satisfied with the oem squeaker that came on the bike? ;D

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