83 1100 horn quit


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moneypit
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83 1100 horn quit

Postby moneypit » Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:39 pm



All the horns do is make a thud sound when the horn button is released.. anyone have any ideas , maybe a relay if so where is it . both have power to them all the time ..



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Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby redial » Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:30 pm

It may be that the horn's "use by date" has come and gone. You should test it by running a pair of wires directly from a battery - but only for a very short time. If it doesnt work, then the use-by-date has definitely been and gone - unlike us, who never wear out or bow out.
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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby newday777 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:04 am

As redial said, your Horns have gone bye bye.

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Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby newday777 » Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:14 am

Get these Fiamm or the Badboy , tuck them in behind the lower side faring tupperware and you will wake up caggers in a hurry.


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NEDan
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Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby NEDan » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:04 am

I have taken both horns apart cleaned and lubed what I could reassembled and to my surprise they still work most of the time. Occasionally I get the two tone goose sound but less often as time goes by. It was a little tricky but I was brave since they were not working. Same thing with my turn-signal noise thingy.
If anything ever fails I take it apart for fun before replacing it.

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1999SE Totaled by cager at 105,000 miles

Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby newday777 » Sat Sep 06, 2014 6:21 am

The original Horns were inadequate at best. Do you want to be heard when you hit the horn or not?

NEDan wrote:I have taken both horns apart cleaned and lubed what I could reassembled and to my surprise they still work most of the time. Occasionally I get the two tone goose sound but less often as time goes by. It was a little tricky but I was brave since they were not working. Same thing with my turn-signal noise thingy.
If anything ever fails I take it apart for fun before replacing it.

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Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby NEDan » Sat Sep 06, 2014 8:32 am

newday777 wrote:The original Horns were inadequate at best. Do you want to be heard when you hit the horn or not?


Odd you should say that.
I find them to be quite loud as does everyone I ride with. Most comment on the wonderful old American car sound as in Cadillac...
Probably cleaning and adjusting them on the bench with a 12v source via the internal screw & lock-nut helped.
Maybe you had bad horns

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Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby HawkeyeGL1200 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:52 am

As with most things electrical, you can trace the circuit back to the battery through the horn button. If your have 12v at the horn(s) when you depress the horn button, then either your contacts aren't made up properly, your grounds are bad, or your horns are no longer any good.

I've been looking to get a nice aftermarket horn for mine, and may get a Bad Boy set... I wear ear plugs when I ride, so I don't care how loud the horns are. If I decide to press on the horn button, I'd like it to scare the living heck out of the offending party...
I am wrong as often as I am right concerning what is wrong with someone else' motorcycle without having seen the machine in person. Guessing with limited information, as to the source of the trouble, is sketchy at best.

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moneypit
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Re: 83 1100 horn quit

Postby moneypit » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:03 am

My horns are after market . They draw so much power that they wont work wen the engine is off and battery is down around 12 volts . They work just fine after the engine is running and the battery is up in charge. When my voltage monitor is steady green they work every time.




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