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Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Fri Apr 10, 2015 12:43 pm



Will a set of Freeway blaster horns fit right in as a replacement to the OEM's. I had them and put them on several bikes, just don't remember if any of the was a 1500.


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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby spiralout » Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:33 pm

I don't know but this will probably tell you Horn Upgrade Fiamm Freeway Blaster

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:51 pm

EXCELLENT FIND on an already answered post.....I just put in a new 90 amp alternator with a new fuse panel so I just gotta figure out how to make the stock horn button operate them. I had the right plastic off the other day and saw the horn. After I put it on I had wanted to remove the horn and go to autozone and check the size, side by side. I originally had air horns and theres an accident waiting to happen........nothing like a 2 second delay before the horn blows......anyway thanks for the electrical class but was looking for more if the horn will fit without aloot of mods. On second thought REALLY thank for the electrical class cause I woulda wired them in as is if the plug fit......
I always had a no worry clause about wiring and horns, even if I had to put a bigger fuse in. I can't see a quick toot causing my electrical system to burst into flames.....but since the 90 amp install and actually putting in a complete heavy draw wiring system over the top of the stock to hadle things like Halogen lighting and heaters, I now am more aware of my load system. I was happier bein dumb...... :(
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:01 am

I have air horns on my GL1500. They were on it when I got it - I always was against them because of the delay, but these sound instantly, no delay.

I also wanted to put a set of FIAMM Freeway Blasters on my GL1500 to supplement the air horns, because I put them on my GL1100 and they were SO LOUD. I spent quite a bit of time trying to get them to fit into the spots where the OEM horns go, and finally gave up, leaving the OEM horns in place.

I learned (the hard way) that when mounting the Freeway Blasters, you cannot modify the mounting bracket it is supplied with. The horn uses the length and resonance of that bracket in order to make the vibrations it requires. Try bending, modifying (or omitting) that bracket, and the horn will make just a weak "meep" sound.

So take the space required by that bracket into account when planning your installation.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:16 am

Thanks scott.....i'll just nix the horns......nobody pays attention to them anyway....I was just curious about the fit.
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Phunnybone » Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:14 pm

Where's the link of the guy with train horns on his bike?

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Mon Apr 13, 2015 12:54 pm

There's a really hot girl walking and a homo past her.....I blow (?) the air horn at the chick and it don't go off til i'm in front of the homo........Watch them horns......you might get one you didn't want....... :D
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Mh434 » Mon Apr 13, 2015 3:58 pm

I, too, tried to find a way to put Freeway Blasters on my GL1500 and, to date, I haven't found an acceptable location for them. One poster managed to put them in the stock GL1500 horn location, but had to cut slots in the fairing for them to fit. He did a fantastic job of it, and it looks great, but I'm not sure I trust my measurements enough to cut into my fairing.

If they were chrome, I might put them somewhere that they could be seen but, as they're black plastic, I don't want 'em showing. I've grown partial to the chrome trumpets WingAdmin has on his GL1500...if ya' can't hide em, FLAUNT EM, I say!!

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:46 pm

FLAUNT EM......about 2 seconds too late..... I was really amazed at the delay time of the air horns 'assuming chrome trumpets' are air. guess i'll stick with the 'meep meep'....heck, it scared whyly coyote...........I think that was 'shock and awe' cause he was always just a tinge over the edge of a cliff............
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Phunnybone » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:35 pm

Here they are:


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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Mh434 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 2:35 am

Dogsled wrote:FLAUNT EM......about 2 seconds too late..... I was really amazed at the delay time of the air horns 'assuming chrome trumpets' are air. guess i'll stick with the 'meep meep'....heck, it scared whyly coyote...........I think that was 'shock and awe' cause he was always just a tinge over the edge of a cliff............

WingAdmin says his air-horn trumpets have no delay at all...just instant LOUD. After needing my horns a few days ago to warn a cager, and only giving him the "meep-meep" sound, those trumpets are sounding better (sic!) all the time.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:46 am

This was Scotts quote
"I have air horns on my GL1500. They were on it when I got it - I always was against them because of the delay, but these sound instantly, no delay."

My horns had a delay, must be a different brand. The only way they can not have a delay would be to have a reserve air tank like a semi. Mine had an electric pump that took a bit to build up. It was definatley not as fast as an electric horn.
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Mh434 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:28 pm

As far as the delay is concerned, I can only go with my own experience from the past. I had a set that had a fairly considerable delay - at least a full second. Eventually, I decided to tinker with them.

I did three things: 1) shortened the tubes between the compressor and the horns, so, much less air needed to be compressed; 2) securely clamped all the hose connections against leakage; and 3) installed a relay, powered directly off the battery, as they'd been hooked up to the original horn's wiring. These 3 things resulted in no-delay horns, none at all. I don't know whether it was one of the individual things that fixed them, or the combination, but it worked.

Clearly, Scott's horns don't have any of these issues.

Just a thought, for those experiencing a delay in their air horns.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:18 pm

Mh434 wrote:As far as the delay is concerned, I can only go with my own experience from the past. I had a set that had a fairly considerable delay - at least a full second. Eventually, I decided to tinker with them.

I did three things: 1) shortened the tubes between the compressor and the horns, so, much less air needed to be compressed; 2) securely clamped all the hose connections against leakage; and 3) installed a relay, powered directly off the battery, as they'd been hooked up to the original horn's wiring. These 3 things resulted in no-delay horns, none at all. I don't know whether it was one of the individual things that fixed them, or the combination, but it worked.

Clearly, Scott's horns don't have any of these issues.


Mine are set up the exact same way - the compressor is right inside the fairing, just a couple of inches away from the trumpets, so the length of the tubes is very short. I have screw clamps holding the hoses tight against leakage. And I have a dedicated circuit, fused, directly from the battery, and triggered with a relay that is activated from the original horn wiring. This ensures the compressor spins up very quickly, there is little hose to pressurize, and the horns as a result sound the instant you hit the button.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:17 pm

OK, my system was in the right rearsaddlebag next to the horn mounted under the bag......maybe 3 or 4"s.

The relay would be irrelevent because it is only a factor if the bike is on or off. when the bike is running, it's providing power. The question I stated was an electric pump will not provide instant 'HORN' without a resrve tank.....how did the unit you had compensate for that time delay????? What make and model was it?
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Mh434 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:05 pm

I think these are the ones WA has - http://www.cruisercustomizing.com/rivco ... /RIV-AHFRT

As for delay/storage tank, etc., here's a quote from the manufacturer about this model -

"The air compressor creates instant air pressure to the horns. Since the pressure is created so fast there is no need for a storage tank as on Semi Trucks and RVs. Although the pressure is very low (12-15 psi) it delivers a large volume of air (3 CFM or cubic feet per minute)."


I'm thinking that all air horn compressors are not created equal. IIRC, the ones I had were VERY low volume, and very high pressure. Maybe that's the issue with others brands/models?

Sounds like that's WA's experience with them, anyway.

The ones I fixed up were Fiamm, their el-Cheapo 2-horn plastic set.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:22 pm

Good lord almighty........200.00 for a set of air horns that would give 5 seconds of awareness in consideration to a pair of fiamms........ WA gotta come up with maybe at least a brand name of what he had.........this is good though.

Here's what a horn does.....it sounds the instant you blow it.............................no delay
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:34 pm

Dogsled wrote:Good lord almighty........200.00 for a set of air horns that would give 5 seconds of awareness in consideration to a pair of fiamms........ WA gotta come up with maybe at least a brand name of what he had.........this is good though.

Here's what a horn does.....it sounds the instant you blow it.............................no delay


Yes, mine are the Rivco - as shown in the link above. And I would probably not spend $200 on a set of air horns (ok, definitely would not). However, they were already on the bike when I got it.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby TAZZ » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:00 pm

I like my Wolo loud horn they are LOUD they sound like an 56 Buick I get people attention then i Hit the horn button with no delay and it only cost me about 25.00 dollars at O'reilly auto part some come with a relay and my bike horn still work too.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:05 pm

Where do they mount??????
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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby TAZZ » Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:34 am

Dogsled wrote:Where do they mount??????

Look up HORN by T=Trouble went look for me tazz you get to see pic. of my GREEN bike and were I mount my horns.

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Re: Freeway Blasters

Postby Dogsled » Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:05 am

Very nice installation Tazz. And a prime contender if I decide to buy something. I'll have to scratch them up first to match the rest of the bike first, but..... :lol:


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