My GW Horn sounds sick


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My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby flw » Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:44 am



My 1998 GW se horn sounds sick but is still semi-loud. I looked on youtube but could not find any oem GW horn sounds.

Anyone know where I can find a oem GW horn sound file ? 1500 if possible.

Thanks Dan



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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby BikerGuy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:11 am

You meant Ebay, didn't you?

I went to Harbor Freight, and I bought 2 sets of air horns from there, about $30 each. Them I installed the air pump inside the fairing, wrapping them in a small towel to keep them from bumping around and making noise. You have to remove the glove boxes to install them in the fairings.

Then I lined up the air horns on the sides of the fairing, and marked where to drill the holes for the hoses. Drill those holes, connected them all up, ran the wiring from the old horns up inside the fairings, closed it all back up and presto - all done. It takes about an hour - hour and a half to do. But it's worth it. When I blow those horns, people STOP and they don't get in my way. They're way louder than the oem horns....... That was the first thing I installed when I got the bike. Safety is a big thing with me and I want to be seen and heard...... long before I get to the intersections.......

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:28 am

The little horns on my GL1100 were just far too anemic. I bought a set of FIAMM "Freeway Blasters" - one high note and one low note horn. Amazon was the cheapest place I found, at just over $10 for each horn.

The FIAMM horns draw a lot more current than the Honda OEM horns, and the Honda wiring couldn't supply it - so I ended up running a fused wire right to the battery, and then putting a relay on that wire that was switched by the original horn wiring.

The FIAMM horns are EXTREMELY loud, and almost sound ridiculous coming from a motorcycle, they're so loud. But they get people's attention!

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby BikerGuy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:32 am

Cool idea.... My next wing will get those but for now, the air horns on the sides of the fairing look mean and are very loud! lol....

You won't believe this, but when I started to look for air horns, I wanted to buy train horns but then I found out, they're illegal! SHUCKS!!!!!! It woulda been fun to see the horror on idiot drivers' faces!! lol...

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:36 am

I've seen train horns mounted on tractor trailer rigs...they're massive. I don't know that they would fit on a motorcycle!

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby BikerGuy » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:43 am

Yeah, they are massive. But so are some people and I don't know how they fit on a wing, but they do somehow! :o :o :o I wasn't thinking of size tho.... But I did find out that they are illegal on the road so I don't know how truckers get away with using them. I was in TN when I was looking at the time so maybe they're legal in other states.......

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:16 pm

Ear-busting straight exhaust pipes on Harleys aren't legal either, but it doesn't seem to stop them from putting them on. :)

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby BikerGuy » Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:23 pm

True. It doesn't stop the cops from giving them a ticket too. I've seen them pulled over for it and getting tickets. But then, having drugs is illegal too. So is speeding. Point is, lots of things are illegal. Just don't get caught!

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby Hickey » Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:37 am

Some were I seen that Gl1800 horns will work on a Gl1500

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Re: My GW Horn sounds sick

Postby BikerGuy » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:19 pm

These are my airhorns. The motor is installed inside the fairing, wrapped in small towels to protect them from damage and prevent the wiring from coming apart. I removed the original horns, spliced the wiring into the original wiring, and ran the wiring up inside the fairings to hook up to the motors that power the horns on each side of the fairing. Then mounted the airhorns and ran the air hose into the fairing to attach them to the motors. You'll have to take the glove boxes out. No big deal!... Now I have loud horns that command attention! I bought these horns at Harbor Freight for $30 each and they're still good after 5 years exposed to the elements.








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