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    Pretty sure mine were FIAMMs too...

    I definitely bought the FIAMMS too (OEM sized) in dual horn configuration. They just sound terrible, albeit louder than the factory horn. I wonder if they need more juice? Perhaps this is a job for Bob Davis' Mod Party in Indiana that I plan on attending. Any chance you'll be coming down from the coast for that John?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dugkim
    I definitely bought the FIAMMS too (OEM sized) in dual horn configuration. They just sound terrible, albeit louder than the factory horn. I wonder if they need more juice? Perhaps this is a job for Bob Davis' Mod Party in Indiana that I plan on attending. Any chance you'll be coming down from the coast for that John?

    Doug
    I didn't care for the sound of the OEM style Fiamms either but it is important to use a heavy guage wire for all the positive feeds & grounds as well as a good quality relay. No plans to head out to Indiana but I'll be at the AMA Vintage Days on my Ducati in July.
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    Quote Originally Posted by commandodave
    It looks from your photos that the trumpet end of your horn does not have a clear exit path outside the fairing for the sound waves. I would think that you want the business end of the horn pointed in the direction of travel.
    I thought the same, so I parked the bike next to a car with a known loud pair of two tones walked 75 yards in front and got someone to blow the horn on the car, and the Fiamms and orginal on the bike (remember both are still working on mine).

    The car was loudest. But not by much.

    The point (at least for me) is that the bike's Fiamms were just sooo much louder and more authoratitive than the original, that even if their position isn't optimal, the improvement in safety makes it no brainer.

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    P.s.

    John B's higher voltage rectifier might get you a few extra dbs too!

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    I want this set

    Quote Originally Posted by Befbever
    I use these quite a lot. Though not on my bike.
    Nice horns bef! If it doesn't mess up their hair it's not loud enough!


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    I haven't pulled more than the side and lower fairings off so far. What is the easiest way to get access to the stock horn location?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AprilIan
    I haven't pulled more than the side and lower fairings off so far. What is the easiest way to get access to the stock horn location?
    While I suspect that this comes much too late; the stock horn lives above the fairing between the radiators. You could probably get at it by removing the four bolts and four hex-head screws that hold the panel in and simply drop it out.

    However, unless all you plan on doing is replacing the wimpy stock horn with a similarly wimpy horn, you want to follow the suggestions elsewhere in this thread; the stock horn doesn't seem to use a relay and so any upgrade would be limited by the capacity of the switch. There's also not much space in there for a bigger horn.

    Thanks to the suggestions here, I've transplanted the old horns from my M3 into the bike. A marked improvement in attention-getting capability.

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    Recently bought a 2001 Futura. First mod was a new horn.
    Installed a Stebel Nautilus Compact Dual-Tone 12-Volt Air Horn, (139 dB) under the right side dash panel. Used a relay to ensure it gets the juice it needs.
    VERY loud!!!
    Cheers!

    http://adventurersworkshop.com/Merch...ebel_Air_Horns

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    Relay?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder
    Recently bought a 2001 Futura. First mod was a new horn.
    Installed a Stebel Nautilus Compact Dual-Tone 12-Volt Air Horn, (139 dB) under the right side dash panel. Used a relay to ensure it gets the juice it needs.
    VERY loud!!!
    Cheers!

    http://adventurersworkshop.com/Merch...ebel_Air_Horns
    What type of relay did you use? Have a part #?
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    Relay Included

    dugkim,
    Sorry, I don't have the part number but it comes with a relay.
    Here's description and instructions for installation on a Suzuki V Strom.
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2137/
    Cheers!

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    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder
    dugkim,
    Sorry, I don't have the part number but it comes with a relay.
    Here's description and instructions for installation on a Suzuki V Strom.
    http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2137/
    Cheers!
    Although, based on the description, I think the guy did not install it correctly. Does the "canister" look vertical and the openings pointing down, to you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stryder
    Recently bought a 2001 Futura. First mod was a new horn.
    Installed a Stebel Nautilus Compact Dual-Tone 12-Volt Air Horn, (139 dB) under the right side dash panel. Used a relay to ensure it gets the juice it needs.
    VERY loud!!!
    Cheers!

    http://adventurersworkshop.com/Merch...ebel_Air_Horns
    Can you post any pics of your install? That thing looks interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dugkim
    What type of relay did you use? Have a part #?
    Go back to the 3rd & 4th post in this thread and you will find lots of info & a pic of the correct style horn relay to use. The problem with these threads is the info & questions just keep repeating themselves because readers don't start at the beginning.
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    Hella SuperTones

    I mounted my Hella Supertones.
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    Hella Supertones

    They look great...I was pondering these myself.
    How do you like them?
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