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Need a better horn on the FJR!

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Some of you guys have replaced the horn on your FJR. Is this just a standard part you are buying at an Auto store?
I assume it's an easy replacement that even a bad mechanic like myself can do?

Also my wife wants to put one on her Indian Scout. I would think the same horn that is used as a replacement on an FJR would work just as well on almost any bike.
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PIAA Slimline Sports Horn. Buy the two pack set. They're around $50 on Amazon and eBay. 300hz and 400hz. They're easy to install, no relay needed, and they're LOUD.
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HotRodZilla wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:02 am PIAA Slimline Sports Horn. Buy the two pack set. They're around $50 on Amazon and eBay. 300hz and 400hz. They're easy to install, no relay needed, and they're LOUD.
! You just reminded me I've got a pair of these in the shed that I never installed. Lets see, I bought them at the last house... so, I've had them for at least 2 years, likely double that.

I guess I don't like rushing into things. Considering I haven't had the chance to ride my bike for two weeks now and the temps have gone to single digits.. could you remind me in the spring?
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Fiamm Freeway Blaster horns have been popular for use on the FJR as well as the Nautilus Compact air horn. I used a pair of the Freeway Blasters for a long time and eventually they lost their punch from grit getting inside, so I switched to the air horn. Either one works great. Take a look in the fjrforum and you will find a lot of discussion about horns and how people installed them.
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bungie4 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:14 am
HotRodZilla wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:02 am PIAA Slimline Sports Horn. Buy the two pack set. They're around $50 on Amazon and eBay. 300hz and 400hz. They're easy to install, no relay needed, and they're LOUD.
! You just reminded me I've got a pair of these in the shed that I never installed. Lets see, I bought them at the last house... so, I've had them for at least 2 years, likely double that.

I guess I don't like rushing into things. Considering I haven't had the chance to ride my bike for two weeks now and the temps have gone to single digits.. could you remind me in the spring?
Ha! I have stuff here that I've had for easily two years that I haven't installed yet. Too busy doing other stuff. I'll tell you what, you remind me, and I'll remind you. That's a perfect plan!
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HotRodZilla wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:02 am PIAA Slimline Sports Horn. Buy the two pack set. They're around $50 on Amazon and eBay. 300hz and 400hz. They're easy to install, no relay needed, and they're LOUD.
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Looks like the PIAA is pretty much plug and play.

Just order them from Amazon. I will try a pair on the FJR. Then probably put them on all the bikes.
Well, except the Valkyrie. That bike came stock with a great horn.
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danh600 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:51 am Looks like the PIAA is pretty much plug and play.

Just order them from Amazon. I will try a pair on the FJR. Then probably put them on all the bikes.
Well, except the Valkyrie. That bike came stock with a great horn.
Not exactly plug and play. The Gen2 came with 2 horns so the wiring is already there. Gen3 come with one horn, you'll have to add the crossover wiring.
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HotRodZilla wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:05 am
bungie4 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:14 am
HotRodZilla wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:02 am PIAA Slimline Sports Horn. Buy the two pack set. They're around $50 on Amazon and eBay. 300hz and 400hz. They're easy to install, no relay needed, and they're LOUD.
! You just reminded me I've got a pair of these in the shed that I never installed. Lets see, I bought them at the last house... so, I've had them for at least 2 years, likely double that.

I guess I don't like rushing into things. Considering I haven't had the chance to ride my bike for two weeks now and the temps have gone to single digits.. could you remind me in the spring?
Ha! I have stuff here that I've had for easily two years that I haven't installed yet. Too busy doing other stuff. I'll tell you what, you remind me, and I'll remind you. That's a perfect plan!
So what your saying is I should just put them in my will...
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HotRodZilla wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:02 am PIAA Slimline Sports Horn. Buy the two pack set. They're around $50 on Amazon and eBay. 300hz and 400hz. They're easy to install, no relay needed, and they're LOUD.
I only see 400Hz and 500Hz. https://www.amazon.com/85114-400Hz-500H ... B004FXMGLY
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rbentnail wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:18 pm
danh600 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:51 am Looks like the PIAA is pretty much plug and play.

Just order them from Amazon. I will try a pair on the FJR. Then probably put them on all the bikes.
Well, except the Valkyrie. That bike came stock with a great horn.
Not exactly plug and play. The Gen2 came with 2 horns so the wiring is already there. Gen3 come with one horn, you'll have to add the crossover wiring.
So basically a third wire that goes from the positive of one horn to the negative of the other horn?
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danh600 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:12 pm
rbentnail wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:18 pm
danh600 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:51 am Looks like the PIAA is pretty much plug and play.

Just order them from Amazon. I will try a pair on the FJR. Then probably put them on all the bikes.
Well, except the Valkyrie. That bike came stock with a great horn.
Not exactly plug and play. The Gen2 came with 2 horns so the wiring is already there. Gen3 come with one horn, you'll have to add the crossover wiring.
So basically a third wire that goes from the positive of one horn to the negative of the other horn?
Only if you want to have a horn that sounds like a fart. Positive to both. Negative of both to ground.
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bungie4 wrote:
danh600 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:12 pm
rbentnail wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:18 pm
Not exactly plug and play. The Gen2 came with 2 horns so the wiring is already there. Gen3 come with one horn, you'll have to add the crossover wiring.
So basically a third wire that goes from the positive of one horn to the negative of the other horn?
Only if you want to have a horn that sounds like a fart. Positive to both. Negative of both to ground.
That would surely confuse other motorists.

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One used to be able to get PIAA's in 500 and 600...... is more of a European sound, while the 400-500 is more like a standard 'Merican car.
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bungie4 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:33 pm
danh600 wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:12 pm
rbentnail wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:18 pm
Not exactly plug and play. The Gen2 came with 2 horns so the wiring is already there. Gen3 come with one horn, you'll have to add the crossover wiring.
So basically a third wire that goes from the positive of one horn to the negative of the other horn?
Only if you want to have a horn that sounds like a fart. Positive to both. Negative of both to ground.
The PIAAs aren't quite plug-and-play, but installation is pretty simple. Used a three-blade connector to add the crossover wire on mine -- two feet of 20 or 22 AWG is sufficient for the crossover. The three-blade solderless terminal connected the power wire to the original location and allowed the 'crossover' wire to get the same signal from the horn button. The crossover wire gets wire-tied to the plastic radiator grid.

Mounted the units with the stock mounting screw on one side, and a radiator mounting screw on the other side. If you're not banned from the FJRForum, look here.

A three-blade terminal looks like this, but any terminal that allows you to piggyback another wire will work.

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