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    The horn on my truck is.... umm, less than impressive. Is there such a thing as an aftermarket horn? I mean I know there is, but is there an easy way to replace my existing one?

    Thanks.
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  • #2
    u sure can get aftermarket horns.
    u can get ur standard horn like most cars have, but u can get louder ones..

    but if u want something loud. go air horns.
    u can get from 1 to about 6 horns
    if u are going to replace ur normal horn there east to install as the compreser hooks up to the wires that are already going to ur cars horns.. then u just gota mount the horns and plum some plumbing. easy and loud.
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    • #3
      heh heh, my friend has air horns on his buick, scares the crap out of people.
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      • #4
        I finnaly had some luck... I'm reading up on it now...

        I think an electric horn is easier... 135 db should be fine... plus a PA and songs... the systems are cheaper than I thought.
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        • #5
          for those of us wondering..

          how much is "cheaper" ?
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          • #6
            $10-100
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            • #7
              Real air horns don't have to be that expensive, if you're lucky and shop in the right places. I picked up some new-in-box Grover http://www.groverproducts.com air horns at swap meets cheap, plus one big used horn that's over 2 feet long. For a compressor I've got one that came out of some car application (maybe air shocks); not sure how good it'll be, but for $10 I'll take a chance. Watch out for antique auto swap meets, or go down to a wrecking yard; you might be able to buy a whole system for cheap off some truck or RV (horn, tank, compressor, valve).

              The ultimate air supply is to adapt a car A/C compressor (York is supposed to be easiest); popular among 4-wheelers. Do a google search on on-board air and york compressor and you'll find all kinds of examples.

              All this isn't exactly "easy" unless you go down to the truck or RV store and wave your credit card, but it'll be so worth it the first time some @#$%$ cuts you off and gives you an excuse to yank the cord.

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              • #8
                I'd love an electronic airhorn, similar to what's used in emergency vehicles. Only use it in special cases, of course Nothing like 100 watts of broadband sawtooth waveform to wake up the idiot about to change lanes into you...
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                • #9
                  I'm installing one on my friends Vibe this weekend. It only costed $10 at harbor freight and it is 130dB!!! They are easy to swap out.

                  http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44760

                  Doh! you just missed $5 off and free shipping coupon code.

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                  • #10
                    I'm a bit dejected...

                    ... NO ONE thought to play AirHorn.WAV through their carputer and 800w soundsystem via frodoplayer.

                    <sigh>
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                    • #11
                      ooooooh. i like it. Like in one of the other posts, short 2 pins on the com/lpti port and have it play the above audio file!!!the horn can be wired (only 2 wires anyways) to short the pins!!!
                      http://www.digital-car.co.uk

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                      • #12
                        Wolo http://www.wolo-mfg.com/ has .wav and .au files of their horn sounds.
                        But, doing it electronically isn't that easy. You need a high-efficiency horn (100 to 110 dB/1w/1m) that can survive a couple hundred watts if you want to get near 130 dB outside the car. Still, an external PA horn is a worthwhile accessory for applications like verbally abusing squeegee kids and unsightly pedestrians, or playing novelty horn sounds or ice cream van tunes.

                        I finally bought a proper tank for my air horn(s); 5 gallons, rated to 150 psi, so hopefully I'll have system plumbed together in time to ring in the New Year.

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                        • #13
                          I either want a tug-boat horn, or an "AH NU GAH" horn. has anyone seen these?
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                          • #14
                            You can get ah-oo-gah horns from J.C. Whitney, or from Wolo:
                            http://www.wolo-mfg.com/spec.htm
                            http://www.wolo-mfg.com/330.au

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by e_z_street
                              I'm installing one on my friends Vibe this weekend. It only costed $10 at harbor freight and it is 130dB!!! They are easy to swap out.

                              http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=44760

                              Doh! you just missed $5 off and free shipping coupon code.
                              Ok - just installed friends horn last night. It sounds much louder than his original horn, but still not as loud as the stock horn on my Malibu. What can you expect for $10. I would look for something > 130dB.

                              I'm diggin the idea of using the carpc as the horn.
                              Here's one that might work:
                              Sample 1

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