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Oh, how I've missed them so...
After 10 months of driving a car without them, I have airhorns once again.

No, these are not BJ McKay horns, nor do they play La Cucaracha. These are quality German Hella 3-trumpet horns that will get the attention of the old lady in the sensory-deprivation Lexus.



That's a pic of the 2-trumpet.

BeepBeep! :thumb:
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Yikes! What is the db rating on those suckers?

Did you mount them in place of the stock horn(s) or do you have them set up as a secondary for when the stock horn doesn't quite cut the mustard?

I would think that those could scare the dirt out of anybody. heh Out of curiosity, do you have any pics of the way you wired/mounted them? Or better yet, do you have pictures of the reactions you get from pedestrians that are standing immediately in front of your car when you blow your horn of death?

Too funny...

--SONET
Hella rates both 2 and 3-trumpet kits at [email protected], although the duals seem louder to me. I like the sound of the triple better, though. The stock horns are 420 and 510Hz, and the Hellas are 795 and 840, and the triple adds a 630Hz (which is about 2in longer than the other two making installa bit tougher in tight spaces), so they're noticeably higher pitched as well as louder.

You could wire it up to switch between these and the stocks, but its not like I'm a NYC cabbie and use em all the time, so I removed the stocks.and wired these in directly, although that's not necessarily a good idea.

The compressor sucks notiiceably more power (max wattage is rated at 240w), and in my old car, I had to replace the 15A fuse with a 20A one and never had to replace it again. The stock horn wiring is pretty shrimpy, but I never had problems in my old car, and current draw is momentary enough that simply putting in a bigger fuse (pos. 55 in the glovebox; I haven't done it yet) to handle the short-term current draw instead of using the included relay and running dedicated power feels safe enough for me.

I didn't take any pics since its pretty straightforward. I took off the bumper, and built some brackets out of pipe strapping to attach the compressor and horns in the area behind the right foglight. Then I made up a wiring harness to connect the factory horn connector to the compressor.
I would love it if car companies would put in a button for a very low level horn honk... Just a quiet little reminder for other people, you you don't have to tap repeatedly on the airbag until you get just the right pressure.
Nick325xiT said:
I would love it if car companies would put in a button for a very low level horn honk...
That's a great idea! They could call them the "Excuse me horn", and the "F. you horn". :)
Kaz said:
I didn't take any pics since its pretty straightforward. I took off the bumper, and built some brackets out of pipe strapping to attach the compressor and horns in the area behind the right foglight. Then I made up a wiring harness to connect the factory horn connector to the compressor.
Some pictures would be much appreciated, as well as pricing and availability. Looks like a fun project!

--gary
Here's what I've found



classicgarage.com : $44.99

"Strong sound through 3 separate trumpets. Trumpets constructed of impact resistant plastic. 630Hz 12V low-tone/795Hz 12V middle-tone/840 Hz 12V high-tone. Acoutic pressure: 118dB at 6.5 feet. Powere consumption: max 240w. Kit contains horns, compressor with air filter, relay, mounting brackets and installation instructions."


Griot's Garage : $69.95
118db and easy replacement of existing horn.
"GERMAN HELLA HORNS. LOUD AS CAN BE!
Tired of those wimpy, factory installed horns? You'll get some respect with these. I only honk my horn when it's absolutely necessary. For those times I do honk my horn, I want to be noticed. And just in case you haven't noticed, stereo systems are getting louder and interiors are getting quieter, which means you need to be heard! Plastic? No way! Durable, metal casing for years of survival. Easy installation. If you have horns presently, just swap the horns and use the existing wiring. If you want to add them to your present horns, a relay and directions are included. Loud as can be! 118 dB. Stoutly made in Germany."

--gary
One of the cheapest places I've found the Hellas is at www.rallylights.com in Pennsylvania. Ordered them Thursday night, got a human e-mail Friday morning, and they showed up yesterday. Paid $37.65. They also carry those Griots ones for a few bucks less.

I'll take a pic if I ever have the bumper apart again, but essentially I have the pieces mounted in the area behind the right foglight.

I recall one of those old commercials they occasionally run on SpeedVision for the Renault Dauphine that has a 2-mode horn. Really cute!
I found these awhile back..These horns would wake the dead! :yikes: :D

Click below for samples :yikes:

5 Trumpet

4 Trumpet

3 Trumpet

2 Trumpet
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