Air horn install on 08


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Air horn install on 08

Postby BigBear515 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 1:38 am



A friend of mine gave me a FIAMM 300 air horn. Is there a good place to install other than around the engine area? I have no switch or wiring, I was planning on using the stock switch. What fuse would I need to protect the circuit?
Thanks in advance!!!!



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Re: Air horn install on 08

Postby WingAdmin » Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:57 am

BigBear515 wrote:A friend of mine gave me a FIAMM 300 air horn. Is there a good place to install other than around the engine area? I have no switch or wiring, I was planning on using the stock switch. What fuse would I need to protect the circuit?
Thanks in advance!!!!


Most motorcycles have rather anemic horns that don't draw a lot of current. Every time I have attempted to put an aftermarket horn (all of which draw a LOT of current), the existing wiring and horn switch was insufficient to actuate the horn. The horn would either not work, or would emit an anemic groan. In every case I had to install a 30 or 40 amp relay, fused, from the battery to power the horn, and use the original horn wiring to actuate the relay.

As for the fuse, the fuse required will depend on the current requirements of the horn. Under no circumstances should you just use the existing horn wiring, and replace the fuse with a larger one to handle the current requirements of the new horn. This is a good way to melt your expensive wiring harness and/or cause a fire.

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Re: Air horn install on 08

Postby bluewing2010 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:12 am

Can I ask a stupid question?? Why on earth would you want to install an air horn? The stock horns will wake the dead at 100m. If they aren't loud enough, maybe you need to check that they're both working, as they are a tuned set. I have a Stebel air horn on my commuter bike, and the stock Goldwing horns are just as loud, if not quite as obnoxious.

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Re: Air horn install on 08

Postby dadiam » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:09 pm

bluewing2010 wrote:Can I ask a stupid question?? Why on earth would you want to install an air horn? The stock horns will wake the dead at 100m. If they aren't loud enough, maybe you need to check that they're both working, as they are a tuned set. I have a Stebel air horn on my commuter bike, and the stock Goldwing horns are just as loud, if not quite as obnoxious.


I had an air horn on my 1500, and I can point to at least 7 definite times it saved my life. There is nothing better to get someones attention than an air horn. My 1800's horn is better than the stock 1500, but it sounds like a car, and is basically ignored. I am installing a Screaming Banshee next week. I've found that being obnoxious gets you noticed! I also have modulating headlights and brake lights. Both are annoying, but I also know I am noticed.
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Re: Air horn install on 08

Postby venture1 » Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:34 am

I also would like to get info on possible "locations" and "wiring" for an 08 Goldwing. I have 1 each of the following that I can use: Wolo Airsplitter Mod 415 and Wolo Bad Boy Mod 519.
Thanks,
David




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