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Old 10-01-2013, 07:45 AM
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Or do the factory horns seem a little lack luster compared to others? maybe it's how well sealed the cab is, or that the horns themselves are in the very front of the truck, but it seems like the horns don't have as much oomph behind them like they used to. they're still loud, but i remember the ones on the 3rd gens had some punch behind them. also, the horn pad can be finnicky at times. like on other models, or even makes, all you have to do is just poke at the steering wheel and it'll sound. on the 4th gens, at least mine, you have to completely depress the center of the ram head to do so (making it hard to get that short quick "friendly" honk). i'm probably just knit picking and need to get over it, I just wanted to see if anyone else has noticed this.
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The horns are a bit less loud than the 3rd gens, they are also controlled by the computer so when you punch the horn you have a delay, it sucks and I hate it, there is no such thing as a friendly honk with these 4th gens. up to 2012 its not bad but the 2013's the horn is located under the battery, when you honk your horn you feel like its honking youself in the cab.
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Might as well get one of the squeaky horns you put on the handle bars of a bike and clamp it to your mirror....
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I am not a fan of the horns even on the 2012's, there is a guy around here (forgot his username on the forum he was at Gatty though) that happens to have a train horn and that thing is loud lol! ever since I have heard that thing for about 15 miles on a couple cruises at Gatty no factory horn has sounded sufficient since.
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I agree with you.. I have tried, and failed, on numerous occasions to tap out that friendly honk. I've all but given up. The only way to get my horn to even sound is applying direct force, usually requiring a rush of anger - say, I-15 during rush hour. And even then, it sounds rather wimpy for my Ram.
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That makes total sense. I couldn't figure out why it didn't honk, then would honk to long, lol. Electronically controlled... wow.
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I agree with you.. I have tried, and failed, on numerous occasions to tap out that friendly honk. I've all but given up. The only way to get my horn to even sound is applying direct force, usually requiring a rush of anger - say, I-15 during rush hour. And even then, it sounds rather wimpy for my Ram.
Glad i'm not the only one. and it wouldn't be AS bad, but you have to press the very center of the horn pad. on other vehicles, you could at least press the outside of the horn pad or top or bottom to get it to sound. with this, i've done that but nothing happened because i didn't depress the center of it. almost seems like a borderline hazard. not to mention the delay of it
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Glad i'm not the only one. and it wouldn't be AS bad, but you have to press the very center of the horn pad. on other vehicles, you could at least press the outside of the horn pad or top or bottom to get it to sound. with this, i've done that but nothing happened because i didn't depress the center of it. almost seems like a borderline hazard. not to mention the delay of it
Agreed. Just goes to show that not all things are better computerized. For anyone 30 years old or more, remember when your cable box would change channels instantly, instead of having that F@!*ing digitized delay?
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Agreed. Just goes to show that not all things are better computerized. For anyone 30 years old or more, remember when your cable box would change channels instantly, instead of having that F@!*ing digitized delay?
I don't understand why it even needs to be computerized in the first place. Dont fix what isn't broken. It's a frickin horn...why the hell does it need to be run through a computer.
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I failed to mention earlier that my application of 'angry force' must still be applied to the exact center, directly over the Ram Head, in order to sound. One would think that applying enough pressure anywhere along the 'floating' center of the steering wheel would engage the horn.. but sadly, the days of the horn 'wave', as I used to call it, are in the past.

This problem also puts me between a rock and a hard place.. when I deem another driver, or a pedestrian, is deserving of a toot, I want to be able to sound the horn without fear of breaking my steering wheel. I also care very much for my truck and I am getting tired of having to wipe off the Ram Head every time I use the horn (call me crazy, I know, but that chrome gets it every blasted time).
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