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Stangshcky12 04-09-2011 01:48 AM

Air Horn Install
 
I've had everything for awhile but I'm planning on finally installing my air horns tomorrow so I figured I'd go ahead and start a write up for them for anyone else who might be interested in an inexpensive kit.
Most kits you see are around $400 with the compressors being usually $150 or more of it.
Not being able to afford that I started putting together my own pieces minus a compressor.
I was planning on just getting a pair of old horns from my dads work but unfortunately the scrapped all of the trucks three days earlier.
I started looking around for horns, listened to alot of sound clips and found these:http://www.assuredautomotiveproducts...ACHRSK-106.htm
They have triple trumpet horn too but I liked the sound of the double trumpet better (most others the triple trumpets sound better)
It ended up working out that the brand new horns and solenoid were $50 shipped when the solenoid alone was $30.
For the air tank I was looking at 5 gallon portable tanks from Harbor Freight. Being christmas time I found a craftsman tank on sale at sears for $25.http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...0_285245_n.jpg
It'll be a bit of a pain haveing to fill the tank up myself but it shouldnt be to bad. Playing around with the horns a good 15 second blast dropped the pressure from about 75psi to about 71 psi (planning on running 125psi)
My plan was to have a quick connect on the tank so I could still use the air chuck if needed. The connect leaked so that was scrapped (I keep a small portable compressor in the truck anyhow)
So maybe another $15 for a momentary push button switch, and inline fuse, 30A relay and some hose I have this:
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._3898262_n.jpg
http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot..._7189967_n.jpg

Stangshcky12 04-09-2011 01:58 AM

I made a switch mount off of the trailer brake controller from one of the many broken hockey sticks I have for the push button switch (decided to keep it separate from the regular horn) I'll get a picture of it when I can.
With the 5 gallon tank under the tool box in the bed tomorrow I just need to mount the horns, probably under the bed, and do the wiring.
The website I got the horns from doesn't list the amperage of the solenoid
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/p...2/solenoid.jpg
I hooked it up to an 18v drill battery and was getting about 3.6-3.7A without any pressure through the solenoid so 16 G wire should be more then enough for this (along with the 25A fuse and 30A relay haha)
Hopefully I have more to come tomorrow!

Stangshcky12 04-09-2011 02:04 AM

O and here's the horn installed on another truck for a sound clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yCqm...layer_embedded
The beginning makes me laugh every time. The horn sounds really similar to that (video sound usually doesn't do justice) but it is MUCH louder haha

RyanG 04-10-2011 01:46 AM

Sounds pretty sweet....how has the install gone??? any more pics or a sound bite?

Stangshcky12 04-10-2011 03:09 AM

I got them in today! I was a bit crunched for time so I didn't get any pictures but there really isn't much to see, just a bunch of wires. I'll try to get pictures of the switch, where/how the horns are mounted and the tank under the tool box(talk about an interference fit)
Not the best quality but I do have this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VlLR...el_video_title

RyanG 04-12-2011 05:51 AM

Nice...it'll definetly get some ones attention!!

Stangshcky12 04-12-2011 07:20 PM

Its been raining ever since I got back to school so I havent gotten pictures of where there mounted or anything yet.
They're a ton of fun. There not extremely loud but they get the point across very well. I beeped at everyone I saw one the way to school and got tons of waves!
They really came in handy as a car came flying up on my right side and tried to squeeze between me and the car I was passing. As soon as the girl got right next to me I hit the horns. She just followed the car I was passing after that haha

Stangshcky12 10-18-2011 04:39 PM

Well it's only taken six months to get pictures of everything lol
I just have the tank wedged under the toolbox, I tried taking it out to paint it and can't even get it out
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/p...2/972599fc.jpg
I mounted the horns just infront of the passenger side rear wheel, not sure it's the best lace but it's convenient
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/p...2/c7888e72.jpg
I made a little bracket for the switch from an old hockey stick and mounted it to the right side of the brake controller
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/p...2/e11bf3e4.jpg
Mounted the relay off an existing hole in the battery tray, the thicker red wire I the inline fuse for it
http://i403.photobucket.com/albums/p...2/f32ddb6d.jpg

Stangshcky12 10-18-2011 04:41 PM

And in 6 months I still haven't been able to make it to fastenal to get real air line. Suprisingly the cheap stuff has held up to 115 psi in 20-30 degree temperatures

Stangshcky12 10-29-2011 04:31 AM

Busy weekend here in penn state, sucks my flash was on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WYs6...e_gdata_player


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