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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-08-2018, 11:42 PM
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The horns on all the TBirds are an embarrassment. I put a FIAMM Freeway Blaster on mine; just fits. Link
Will the electrics be ok as is or do you need a relay?
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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-09-2018, 08:56 AM
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Mine sounds like a sick goose. My 8 yo laughs at it. Maybe my horn is defective.
That's the perfect description of the stock TBird horn. Mine died a couple of years ago and I replaced it with a 2-horn system. Now it sounds like a '74 Chevy Caprice Classic!
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The first time I used the horn on my Speedmaster, I was straight to the store for a new one. The one and only time that I used it.

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No relay required with the Freeway Blaster.
Get the low tone model.
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I thought i was in the wrong forum at first because mine is deep and loud, probably as much so as my car. It's one of the very first birds pre-ordered in 2009 so maybe they changed the horn sometime after that.
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post #16 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-10-2018, 01:02 PM
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Find a horn off a BMW K-model. The one on my old K75/RT sounded like a truck!

(My Sprint came with an air-horn compressor and two trumpets mounted on the inside of the fairing lowers, courtesy of the former owner. It sounded like a BIG truck.)

I've no complaints about the stock horn on my 2014 Stormie. It's not the embarrassing 'beep' you get from most Japanese bikes, but also not the "get the F*** outta my way" blaster the BMW was equipped with.
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Find a horn off a BMW K-model. The one on my old K75/RT sounded like a truck!

(My Sprint came with an air-horn compressor and two trumpets mounted on the inside of the fairing lowers, courtesy of the former owner. It sounded like a BIG truck.)

I've no complaints about the stock horn on my 2014 Stormie. It's not the embarrassing 'beep' you get from most Japanese bikes, but also not the "get the F*** outta my way" blaster the BMW was equipped with.
I bought my k1600 used and always assumed the original owner upgraded the horn as he bought the bike to ride Alaska, but if that is stock I can vouch it is a very capable horn!
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post #18 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-11-2018, 10:48 AM
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The horns on all the TBirds are an embarrassment. I put a FIAMM Freeway Blaster on mine; just fits. Link
Ditto on my Thrux. Used the reflector bracket to mount dual-tone (hi/low) freeway blaster Fiamm horns. Now it sounds like a truck!
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Like PapaSmurfMC & Steve Ford, I found it a quick install, no relay required, and mine will turn heads now. About $15.00 on Amazon and if you need a relay for your particular bike, their only about $6.00. Since my bike is my daily driver and pretty much in town, it gets a lot of work out and hasn't faded yet. Though since I learned to drive in Italy I do have a tendency to use it a lot regardless. This was probably the single best add/change I made to the bike.

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post #20 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-11-2018, 09:37 PM
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If your horn doesn't work you may be able to fix it. Their is an adjustment screw on the horn and all it takes is a slight turn in one direction or the other and it might sound ok. Just a little trial and error but you can mark it before adjustment so if it doesn't get better, put it back to the starting point so it doesn't get worse. It's on the same side as the electrical connections. Maybe a cheap easy fix.
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