Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oneonta, NY (Formerly Winston-Salem, NC)
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I fitted my Stebel Compact Nautilus last night.
I was not overly excited about fitting it in the left cowling as others have done. It looked to me like I would need to fab up a decent bracket to keep the horn stable and off of the air sensor. Instead, I decided to split the horn into it's two components (compressor and black part).
I installed the compressor in the right side of the headlight bracket and the black part in the left side. I ran a bit of vacuum hose between the compressor outlet and black part inlet, using a vacuum hose fitting and RTV gasket compound to make the connection to the black part.
I disconnected the leads to the OEM horn and rerouted them to use to trigger the new relay for the Stebel. For a clean installation, I cut the electrical tape on the factory harness to free the two leads and then retaped both sets of wires. It pretty much looks factory for that part. I rerouted the horn wires forward through the various wire guides. The length was perfect to reach all the way to the right side of the headlight.
I rerouted the left city light wire just a bit to clean up what looked like goofy factory routing. This opened up a convent bolt hole that I used as a mount point for the horn relay. I modified a leftover L-bracket from a previous bike and secured the relay right next to the Stebel compressor.
The whole job took a few hours, but that's because I was trying to figure out mount points, modify brackets and so forth. When I do that kind of stuff I generally work at a snail's pace to avoid screwing something up. If I were doing it for a second time, the actual work involved would probably only take an hour, including all of the wire fitting, shrink tubing and so forth.
I took a few pics but I don't have them available for upload yet. I will add to the thread later tonight.
Chris in Oneonta, NY
08 Versys that replaced my beloved 07 KLR650
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