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Car Horns #4785627
06/13/18 08:49 AM
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Ifixyawata Offline OP
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This is a bit of a first for me, so I'll ask around and see what the great minds of BITOG have to say on the subject.

Since I bought it almost 3 years ago, the horn on my Focus has sounded anemic. The first time I got under the car it became clear why. There are two aftermarket horns and one was smashed by a rock, both are wired up with junky crimp terminals. During the cold winter the one remaining horn started to randomly stop working. Now, finally they've both stopped working.

Rather than go the 'boring' route and get an OEM replacement horn, what are some other interesting options for replacement?

I'd like to stay around $20 or so, so I realize this may limit my options. Maybe there's a junkyard, other-car-OEM option that will suit me as well?


2004 Mercury Mountaineer 4.6 M1 High Mileage 10w-40 (Summer)
2001 Ford Focus 2.0 Zetec Pennzoil Euro L 5w-30
Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785630
06/13/18 08:53 AM
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Are you going for novelty like Dukes of Hazzard Dixie style or something louder? Because OEM horns from late 80's early 90's Buick/Oldsmobile's were definitely loud. I imagine the can be had at a junkyard for real cheap.


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785640
06/13/18 08:59 AM
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Find a 60's VW horn grin2


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785643
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Ifixyawata Offline OP
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I'm thinking definitely something different, preferably louder... Not sure I want the VW sound.


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785647
06/13/18 09:02 AM
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New England, USA
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I am a big fan of the loud Hella horns, but for ~$20, I'd go to Napa or your local auto parts store for a FIAMM or Wolo...look for the loudest db you can find. You may have to either make a jumper or add blade connectors if your car has a proprietary horn connector, most do.

Glad to hear (get the pun?) I'm not the only one who replaces anemic OE horns...


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Re: Car Horns [Re: wings&wheels] #4785677
06/13/18 09:34 AM
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Kinda blows the $20 out of the water, but hey!

https://www.amazon.com/Meditool-Trumpet-...train+horn+kits


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785678
06/13/18 09:34 AM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Mid 90's buick horns will get peoples attention.


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785686
06/13/18 09:42 AM
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Last I checked, harbor freight has an air horn kit for around $15. I've gotten a few years out of each kit, and they are surprisingly powerful.


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785706
06/13/18 10:06 AM
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New York City
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Maybe its a NY thing, but I find that the length of time the horn blows has a more meaningful impact than the decibel level.

Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785711
06/13/18 10:10 AM
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Plymouth Roadrunner horn..


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785731
06/13/18 10:26 AM
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Texas
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Originally Posted By: Ifixyawata
This is a bit of a first for me, so I'll ask around and see what the great minds of BITOG have to say on the subject.

Since I bought it almost 3 years ago, the horn on my Focus has sounded anemic. The first time I got under the car it became clear why. There are two aftermarket horns and one was smashed by a rock, both are wired up with junky crimp terminals. During the cold winter the one remaining horn started to randomly stop working. Now, finally they've both stopped working.

Rather than go the 'boring' route and get an OEM replacement horn, what are some other interesting options for replacement?

I'd like to stay around $20 or so, so I realize this may limit my options. Maybe there's a junkyard, other-car-OEM option that will suit me as well?


Lots of used horns on eBay Ö the GM horns of the 70ís - 80ís do blast Ö figure out if itís the high or low you need or get a pair

Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785735
06/13/18 10:28 AM
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Mississippi
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Be the John Boy Walton of your neighborhood with an ooga horn from the fine folks at Harbor Freight. Only $9.99!


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785746
06/13/18 10:42 AM
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I liked the horn on a 94 DeVille, had a nice low tone to it. Loud enough too.


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Re: Car Horns [Re: Ifixyawata] #4785769
06/13/18 11:14 AM
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Virginia
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Stebel Truck Horn
Or
Wolo Bad Boy Max....

Sounds like a loud lovesick moose...


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Re: Car Horns [Re: VeryNoisyPoet] #4785790
06/13/18 11:30 AM
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NE Ohio
Ifixyawata Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: VeryNoisyPoet
Last I checked, harbor freight has an air horn kit for around $15. I've gotten a few years out of each kit, and they are surprisingly powerful.


I like this idea. I see there is a 2-horn and 3-horn model for $15 and $20 respectively. Reviews say that the relay is a weak point, though. I wonder if the factory horn relay can be replaced with a more robust one or if it needs to be totally separate?


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2001 Ford Focus 2.0 Zetec Pennzoil Euro L 5w-30
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