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Stebel Air Horn

Question for you guys who have installed the Stebel Nautilus Compact Motorcycle Air Horn. Will it fit in place of the original horn using the stock bracket, or is it necessary to fabricate a new bracket. I like the looks of it insatalled in the stock horn location. Thanks.
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Guys here have put it on the stock bracket, under the left fairing i used the bracket that is next to the right top right hand side of the engine

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Stock bracket works fine. Just run a piece of clear tubing from the horn's air intake to a (dry) place so that it doesn't suck up any water.
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I used the stock bracket just like Hammer...but I still need to run the tubing. It has worked great and is facing forward where I generally want the sound going.

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Thanks for the answers, I'm going to get a horn on order. Planning to use the
Plug-n-play wiring harness that is available from Biker Hiway to wire up the horn. Thanks again.
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The stock horn mount worked OK for me with a bit of bending and a spacer to push it forward away from the body work.

That was my comment earlier in this thread. Well, here's an update. If you're considering mounting your Stebel in the OEM location, you might want to reconsider.

While giving my bike a once-over yesterday, I noticed the threaded tab where the stock horn mounts...the same tab I attached the Stebel to...had cracked. I assume it's a result of stress from the extra weight of the Stebel. A bit of JB Weld fixed the crack, but I no longer feel comfortable using or recommending the OEM location.

I remounted the horn in the space under the left side body panel (the tank colored panel that attaches to the tank). I split the compressor from the trumpet, reattached the trumpet on the opposite side of the compressor, and used a big zip tie to hold it in place to the compressor. The same clear plastic tubing that I use to keep water from coming into the compressor's intake nipple works perfect for feeding the compressor's output nipple (which is exposed when you split the compressor and trumpet) into the trumpet's intake. A piece of 1.8" aluminum stock ($4 at Home Depot) got drilled and bent to shape so the horn sits in the empty space with plenty of clearance all around. Only change to the wiring was a longer hot lead from the relay to the horn. HONK!

Probably should have taken this approach in the first place.


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Here is a link to a previous Stebel thread. http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ht=stebel+horn I mounted my Stebel under the left fairing like Fasteddiecopman in that link. I can't help but think if the horn was up front in the stock position it wouldn't eventually be affected by rain, rocks, etc...

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Yes, it also fits fine there if one has SW-Motec engine guards.



It looks close in this picture, but I can slide my finger in between the horn and everything surrounding it.
Be sure to run a fused hot wire from the battery and use a 12V relay, as the horn uses quite a bit of juice.

This one has lot' o miles in the rain, both on this bike any the bike it was previously mounted on.

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Can anyone tell me what gauge wire to use from the battery and to ground? 30 amp fuse so is that like a 12 gauge wire? Also, no instructions with the horn so from what I'm reading here the little plastic barb included with the horn is for the air intake and the hose should be run to a location that does not get water. Thanks everyone!!

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Can anyone tell me what gauge wire to use from the battery and to ground? 30 amp fuse so is that like a 12 gauge wire? Also, no instructions with the horn so from what I'm reading here the little plastic barb included with the horn is for the air intake and the hose should be run to a location that does not get water. Thanks everyone!!
Installed the Stebel a few weeks ago in the stock location. Ran the 30-amp fused line from the battery and was able to use the stock horn wires to activate the relay mounted under the left tank fairing. All silliconed up and intake tube run to the top of the trees to avoid water (behind the fairing). Couldn't stand the galvanized look so I took the compressor off and painted it black. As others have said.. THIS IS A LOUD HORN Also installed a 12-volt watertight outlet next to the gauge panel while I was at it for GPS, MP3, Phone, ect.




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Hi,

Being elecricity challenged does anyone have good instructions as to how to wire the horn & relay please? I looked at the instructions that came with the horn, but my old eyes can't see the tiny print too well.

I am interested in the colour of the wires that you use from the old horn, and how do you trace the existing horn button wires?

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Hi,

Being elecricity challenged does anyone have good instructions as to how to wire the horn & relay please? I looked at the instructions that came with the horn, but my old eyes can't see the tiny print too well.

I am interested in the colour of the wires that you use from the old horn, and how do you trace the existing horn button wires?

Thanks in advance
Try this set of instructions from Twisted Throttle. Color of the wire you use does not matter, but I prefer the standard red for positive and black for negative. I used 10 gauge wire from a local autoparts store for the horn power and ground and also picked up the inline fuse from them. I used crimp on end connectors that were heat shrink rapped and used additional shrink where needed. I used sillicone at the relay and the bottom of the horn to protect the connectors. As for the original horn wires, just remove them from the original stock horn and use them to activate the relay. I'm not sure the colors but I just tested each wire with a continuity meter between each of the wires and ground until I found which one was ground. Make sure to disconnect the battery before you start.

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Thanks Green Versys, I will have a go this weekend.

I have all the wire, connectors and shrink tube, but when I had a look at the wiring I thought this is something I should ask about before I go ahead and fry something.

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This is not a steble but about the same size. I mounted it under the left upper fairing. It's out of the weather and works fine. I simply used some black electrical ties to mout the actual horn and ran some extension wires from the original horn location. Works great and no clearance problems with the forks.

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what am I doing wrong?

I just connected my second horn and wiring harness from twisted throttle and just as the first one it's not working. I have everything wired just as the directions say, the relay is clicking but the horn won't blow. any ideas?
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If everything is wired correctly and the relay is clicking then your first thing to check would be if you actually have a good ground on the horn itself. You should just be using the original wires from the stock horn to actuate the relay. At which point you only need to run power through the relay to the horn and then ground the horn itself. Did they send you a new relay with the new horn? There is a possibility you don't have good continuity through circuit 30, even with the relay clicking, it's a long shot, but possible. But I would check your horn ground first.

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I've tried two different relays. I grounded the horn to a radiator mounting bolt. I'll try another place tomorrow when my roommate isn't sleeping
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Finally put my on.
I wanted to put it in the same spot as weljo2001, but my mechanic (yes, I needed help) wouldn't let me because he thought it was ugly.
So I put it as many others have, upside-down under the left fairing.
Had to build a bracket to carry it but other then that it's an easy enough job*.


*Unless both mechanic and you get cocky towards the end of assembly and connect the wires incorrectly and then little copper spring that supports the horn button burns instead of the fuse on first test run.
Luckily, there was a run down scooter ready to donate it's horn-button spring so all well what ends well.


Important!
Make sure everyone covers their ears when this thing is activated.
People said it was loud and I thought they were exaggerating but this is a boat horn!



Here are some pictures of the bracket. Similar to what others have done.







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I'm pretty sure in the directions it said it had to be mounted right side up. Might want to look into that a bit closer. Had something to do with the oiling of the compressor.
Here is a link to a very easily made bracket. Scroll down to Fasteddiecopman's 3 pics. That is the approach I used. Same place, different orientation.
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ht=stebel+horn

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I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong. I used fast Eddie's pictures as a guide, made a bracket, tried bending a stagger in it a few different ways and tried it flat too. I also rotated the horn/bracket position several ways and I couldnt find a way that it would fit in the space behind the fairing. After a half a day, I went on to another project and decided to revisit it later.
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