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I like this mounting better then under the faring. But, as this fella from UK forum says, you should get the more rugged, waterproof one.

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Just fitted my new Black Nautilus "Compact Tuning" model . 24.99 from local car spares shop.
Fitted it to the spare frame bracket that is on my Non ABS model. Good 1/2" gap between horn and C/Head + will be kept dry from warm air flow from radiator.

This is the fully Waterproof version which includes air vent adaptor / pipe, to stop water getting in when it's operated. :028:





Unlike the cheaper 15.99 non waterproof versions you get on Flea-Bay. :004:



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I like this mounting better then under the faring. But, as this fella from UK forum says, you should get the more rugged, waterproof one.

[quote author=TowerMan link=topic=7659.msg91960#msg91960 date=1268404634]
Just fitted my new Black Nautilus "Compact Tuning" model . 24.99 from local car spares shop.
Fitted it to the spare frame bracket that is on my Non ABS model. Good 1/2" gap between horn and C/Head + will be kept dry from warm air flow from radiator.

This is the fully Waterproof version which includes air vent adaptor / pipe, to stop water getting in when it's operated.

Unlike the cheaper 15.99 non waterproof versions you get on Flea-Bay.

F***** Loud.

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the only downside in my books is y'con't use that position if you have ABS

also for those who ride on the correct side of the road the horn is pointing away from the source of danger, of course if you ride on the wrong side of the road such as in the US, Canada or continental Europe thats not an issue

so my horn is stuffed under the LHS faring where its discrete and unobtrusive (until it needs tomake its present felt, when its 'kin loud)
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Water hasn't been an issue as you can see from the water spots on the photo on the horn have been in several rain storms and hosed it down real good at the car wash to make sure. The horn is way loud sounds more like a train horn. To and from work every day i have to cross train tracks i always stay back from the cars just getting to the tracks then i hit the horn a few times in an instant there on the brakes and looking for a train.just my way of messing with people

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Water hasn't been an issue as you can see from the water spots on the photo on the horn have been in several rain storms and hosed it down real good at the car wash to make sure. The horn is way loud sounds more like a train horn. To and from work every day i have to cross train tracks i always stay back from the cars just getting to the tracks then i hit the horn a few times in an instant there on the brakes and looking for a train.just my way of messing with people
Weljo, what do you do? Just re-route the original horn wires? Also, how sturdy is the horn after mounting and do you have to modify anything to mount it? Nice job and thanks for the pics. Mark
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Very simple you can use the stock wires but i purchased the optional plug in wire harness for about 16.00. Had the tank off at the time because i mounted an glpro gear indicator and a powerlet 12v outlet. The mounting spot is already on the bike just bolted to it its on very sturdy.i've attached a link below that has the horns and wiring.

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Probably order one on Monday. Thanx again.
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Don't just use the stock wiring. The Stebel horn draws way more current than the OEM horn. That's important for two reasons: (1) with too light wiring, the horn will sound less loud than its potential volume, and (2) you can melt your OEM wiring and burn out the OEM horn switch, especially if you lay on the horn for a few seconds.

Use heavier gauge wire, like 16 or 14. Disconnect your OEM horn hot lead and attach it to a proper horn relay. (My Stebel came with a relay in the package.) Connect the relay to the battery's hot terminal and the horn to the relay and then ground both the relay and the horn. Now when you push your OEM horn switch, the relay closes and the horn draws current right from the battery on heavy gauge wire that can handle the current load. Your horn is loud.

Not complicated -- and way simpler than replacing your OEM horn switch and anything else that gets fried because you connected a current hog like a Stebel horn to OEM wiring.


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Under the left side fairing works more neatly I believe. Mine's a WOLO from Harbor Freight.
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Why not mount it in the same place as the stock horn?
That's where I mounted mine. I used the stock rubber mounted horn bracket, after reforming it slightly.
I also pulled the stock horn wiring up behind the left fairing where I rewired it to a relay.
It's been there for a long time and lot of miles and weather.
Works fine for me and looks better to boot!
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Why not mount it in the same place as the stock horn?
That's where I mounted mine. I used the stock rubber mounted horn bracket, after reforming it slightly.
I also pulled the stock horn wiring up behind the left fairing where I rewired it to a relay.
It's been there for a long time and lot of miles and weather.
Works fine for me and looks better to boot!
Any clearance issues with the crash bars and the Algard engine guard? I plan on ordering the crash bars soon, and if there are issues with the Stebel in that location, it'd be nice to know.

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No clearance issues at at all. The horn isn't even even close to either.
Actually the horn was there first. I removed it from another bike and put it on this one.
The pictures make it look closer than it really is.

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Any clearance issues with the crash bars and the Algard engine guard?
Dave, that's an SW Motech crash bar in the photo, not an Algard.


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Dave, that's an SW Motech crash bar in the photo, not an Algard.
In the photo, it looks like bscott has both. I also have the Algard, and I'm lookin' to get both a Stebel horn and the Motech crash bars. I guess my post wasn't as clear as I intended.

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Why not mount it in the same place as the stock horn?
That's where I mounted mine. I used the stock rubber mounted horn bracket, after reforming it slightly.
I also pulled the stock horn wiring up behind the left fairing where I rewired it to a relay.
It's been there for a long time and lot of miles and weather.
Works fine for me and looks better to boot!

Well, if that is doable why put it under the faring or on the side?
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Stebel do say the horn has to be mounted near vertical
IIRC theres also a comment about not allowing water into the horn aperture

theres several Stebel horns, some are plug replaceable for the stock horn (no realy required), some are much meatier and need a relay and good wiring

some stebel horns can be separated so you can mont the compressor in one place and the horn elsewhere
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As much air as a Stebel outputs, I can't imagine much water staying in there. I have mine mounted in the same place as the stock horn with heavier wire and the relay (which are both required to get the full volume from the horn). I scared the crap out of a buddy when he asked what it was...I showed him! I haven't had any trouble with water, but I avoid riding in the rain if possible. It does take a little bit of bending to get it vertical, but not much.

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I have ridden in rain several times with the horn in this position, both on this bike and with the horn on a previous bike. Last summer, I rode for two days straight in rain coming back from Ohio to Kansas. The horn still worked fine after that trip, although I was thoroughly soggy!

Stebel says to mount it vertical, as I understand there is a drain hole for water that will not allow water to drain if mounted any other position.

BTW, if anyone wonders what they sound like, here is an audio link:
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