Posted 15 September 2002 - 07:32 PM
the loudest Fiamm electric horns I could find. The high note one
is 130db and the low one is 138db. Now my bike sounds like a
truck!!! I made a quick and dirty bracket out of aluminum bar
stock, hose clamped it to the cross-member behind the oil cooler.
Getting it in place was a real pain, the oil cooler had to be unbolted
to allow some hand access. Getting the nuts and wires onto the
horns in such a constrained location was a pain as well. Running
the wires meant removing the gas tank, but I took that oppor-
tunity to remove the vapor recovery canisters and (most) of the
associated plumbing. The whole job took about two hours because
I'm all thumbs and the two horn nuts were pretty much inaccesible.
The horn relay is fed directly from the battery via a fuse and a rea-
sonably heavy gauge wire runs forward to the horns. Another wire
runs from the original horn wire back to the relay to actuate it.
The other terminals on the horns are plugged into the original
The sound is awesome!!!
Left side. Bracket just barely visible. Note the high tech hose clamp
The relay for the horn. More high tech hose clamp mounting hardware!
Posted 27 February 2003 - 05:38 AM
Posted 27 February 2003 - 07:28 AM
I may have to tinker around a bit until I find some for my needs
Posted 27 February 2003 - 03:44 PM
Posted 23 March 2003 - 12:29 AM
I'll post a picture as soon as I get to it.
The horns are the same as on a K1200 LT but the price was a bit high.
U.S. $38 a piece + $12 for the cables.
Pricy but no messing with adding relay's and brackets :-)
Posted 23 March 2003 - 05:47 AM
Posted 23 March 2003 - 06:00 AM
Posted 02 April 2003 - 04:34 AM
EDIT/ April 2007: The Siemans lasted for about three years and starting giving up. I'm trying the Bosch now .
EDIT/ Sept 2009: The Bosch have outlasted the FIAMMS.
Posted 03 April 2003 - 09:36 PM
You don't need to measure the current draw on a horn if the switch melts when there's no relay. It sort of speaks (or not ) for itself.
Posted 04 April 2003 - 04:46 AM
I'm assuming the stock 'sqeekers' work through the switch with no relay? I was thinking of sourcing Fiamms at the local 'Ad vanced' if they're all the same. My '89 Taurus wagon had Fiamms. They'd work, yes? Probably way cheap from the bone-yard.
Posted 04 April 2003 - 05:47 AM
Posted 04 April 2003 - 05:48 PM
Well said. I have to agree with you on the horns. Last year I got flipped off the bike by a BIG dog. Since then I #1, STOP ( not just slow) for dogs and #2, use the horns copiously. You'd think they wouldn't like the 'squeakers' but the noise just seems to draw them closer like they think it's a mouse and would be fun to play with or eat.
Posted 05 April 2003 - 03:18 AM
The squeakers say "12v, 3 a, 105db". The Fiamms say"132 db" with no amperage claim.
So I wire in a digital amp meter in series with the hot to the right horn. Followed shortly by the confusion. Blowing the horns amperage starts about 2.0 and drops OFF to about 0.5 amps. I tried unhooking the left horn but then the right would not blow by itself.
If the amperage is really that low then they pull no more than the 3 amps stamped on the squeakers. WHAT GIVES??
Posted 05 April 2003 - 03:57 AM
I got a result like you and that's why I tried to ask Carl if he actually measured the current. I used a Fluke meter and my good old BBC analogue meter. I'll repeat the measurement tomorrow for the purpose of the detail and to make sure the details are documented.
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