Horn relay


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Horn relay

Postby Sidcar » Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:15 am



Does my GL1500 have a horn relay? I'm about to fit a larger, louder horn. I'm going to fit a relay as I don't want to burn the horn push contacts out but if there is already a relay fitted that would suit me fine.

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Re: Horn relay

Postby WingAdmin » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:37 am

The horns are driven directly through the switch. Like you plan, I would advise adding a relay if you are adding higher powered horns.

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Re: Horn relay

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:08 am

Just to be annoying as possibly, I added a very loud horn to mine.
In addition to the original ones.I left them hooked up.The relay is operated by the horn circuit.
The 2 wires that feed one horn....I tapped one set to operate the relay and the relays contacts to operate the airhorn.
In my left pocket,there's a little switch....it cuts the power to the relay coil from the horn...just in case I don't want the air horn.....like inspection time or a roadside PD check.

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Re: Horn relay

Postby peppilepew » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:15 am

You are going to find that unless you are installing exterior mount horns, the only place to mount louder horns on a 1500 is to the clutch housing underneath. Cyclemax sell Rivco horns that come with brackets to accomplish your task. They are as loud as air horns. I have literally scared the c##p out of people with them. Including my wife. :) You can use the signal wire to the horn to trigger the new horn control relay. I left my old horns in with them.

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Re: Horn relay

Postby Dogsled » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:23 am

I NEVER blow my horns......The last time I did some old lady pulled in front of me and I blew them and she slammed on the brakes and dang near killed me........I figure if the military feel operating in stealth mode is the best, it's gotta have merit...... :lol:
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Re: Horn relay

Postby Sidcar » Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:26 am

The horn, 450mm long, stainless steel, meant for a boat, will be mounted on the sidecar frame.
Picture to follow when it's fitted.
Thanks for all your help.

Sid

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Re: Horn relay

Postby tandem54 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:38 pm

Dogsled wrote:I NEVER blow my horns......The last time I did some old lady pulled in front of me and I blew them and she slammed on the brakes and dang near killed me........I figure if the military feel operating in stealth mode is the best, it's gotta have merit...... :lol:


I was thinking of adding louder horns, but you bring up a good argument?
I had to use mine with an old lady that pulled out on me and she started waving her hand like I was saying "Hi" WTH?!
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Re: Horn relay

Postby Dogsled » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:59 pm

Do you notice it's always old ladies......thank god those little old men that can't see over the steering wheel never make a bad move......Must be natures gift.............NOT driving good, just never accusing ourselves, being perfect and all.


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