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 Post subject: Re: Replace horn with REAL horn
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:27 pm 
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Just got the Rav4 EV for my wife, and neither of us are happy with the horn.

I installed one of these: http://screaming-banshee.com/all-produc ... orn-1.html
on my daughters PT Cruiser and it works great.

I think I will try one on the Rav4.

Scott

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 Post subject: Re: Replace horn with REAL horn
PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:47 pm 
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sbessel wrote:
Just got the Rav4 EV for my wife, and neither of us are happy with the horn.

I installed one of these: http://screaming-banshee.com/all-produc ... orn-1.html
on my daughters PT Cruiser and it works great.

I think I will try one on the Rav4.

Scott


I wish i could install one of those ships foghorns!

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 Post subject: Re: Replace horn with REAL horn
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:26 am 
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it seems to be popular around here to install train horns on cars. I've seen 2 different vehicles (both pickups) with one installed.

However those are compressed air horns so they require a compressor to operate. Likely not enough space in the Rav4 to mount one...

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 Post subject: Re: Replace horn with REAL horn
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:45 am 
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n3ckf wrote:
it seems to be popular around here to install train horns on cars. I've seen 2 different vehicles (both pickups) with one installed.

However those are compressed air horns so they require a compressor to operate. Likely not enough space in the Rav4 to mount one...


Stebel Nautilus compact dual tone motorcycle air horn:

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/stebel-n ... -or-chrome


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 Post subject: Re: Replace horn with REAL horn
PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:26 pm 
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The advantage of the Screaming Banshee horn I posted is it gives the best of both worlds. You can still give a polite beep when needed, but press for longer and you get the full blast of a VERY loud horn, and you can also wire it to pulse the headlights. You want to get noticed, this is the method. I can tell you it saved my daughter in her PT Cruiser as well as mine on my bike countless times.

As soon as my wife gives me clearance to mess with her car a bit I will put one on the Rav4EV.

Scott

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 Post subject: Re: Replace horn with REAL horn
PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 11:19 am 
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I suggest you to buy a car horn for your car. chrome vintage ooga horn an exclusive horn that costs only $18.88 .
Check : https://www.sickspeed.com/product/chrom ... -ooga-horn for best deals.


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 Post subject: Re: Replace horn with REAL horn
PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:59 pm 
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The wire harness on my 2014 does not have the two long separate wires, one to each horn, as shown in this picture from upthread:

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Instead, it's a single wire to one connector, then a branch from the first to second connector. That branch wire is fairly short, 4-5"?

Like Conan, I was unwilling to apply enough force to the 10mm nut on the outboard horn's stud to break it loose; the entire bracket & horn support member was flexing quite a bit and I found it hard to backstop the horn to apply counter-torque. The weather was good, I decided to remove the whole horn support member and work outside the vehicle. I don't recommend doing this, as although the horn support member comes out fairly straightforward, reinstalling it is a more advanced topic, due to having to position the two outboard bolts without dropping them. It's tricky. I dropped both, they both came out on the driveway, but I also have a very good magnet-on-a-stick as a backup.

I bought two low-tone Fiamms, and while the packages imply that one is F and the other B, they both are within a few beats of the same tone, definitely nowhere near a fourth apart. They are plenty loud for me.

I used:

Fiamm 72112 Freeway Blaster LOW Note Horn, $16
and
Fiamm 72012 LOW Note Replacement Horn, $12

Both have a limited lifetime warranty and are made in the USA.

Be sure to mount them horn down or they've been reported to fill up with water when going through a car wash.

I had to try a few different mounting options and orientations in order to get the terminals oriented close enough together to use the factory wire harness without modification.

The Fiamms' stud is 8mm and would not fit into the factory horns' original mount bars, so I used the supplied mount bars. Additionally, the instructions sheet that comes with the horns indicate that using their mount bars is requires and that it affects their warranty if they are not used.

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