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Recently I had purchased a Stebel air horn to replace the "beep-beep" road runner sound with something a little more . . . Meaty (says the vegetarian ) Since today was a rare rainy day in Austin, it was time to install.

I started off by watching Paul's video for installing an air horn. Although he installed a Wolo Bad Boy, it was similar enough and quite helpful for my installation.

I had everything wired up, even had the diode connected, had my mounting bracket in place under the fairing, and before I mounted the horn I decided to try it out.

Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Bupkiss.

I began tracing things back and finally tried the obvious. I ran a test lead from the battery and a ground to my multimeter. 12.45 volts. I then ran to the + and - on the horn. Nothing. Then re-connected the meter. 12.45 volts.

So boys and girls, the lesson to learn here is to test the damn horn FIRST, before tearing apart the fairing, cutting off the old horn connections. etc.

Guess I'll buy another Stebel from Amazon, swap out the horn, and return the old horn and new kit as defective.

Now I'm debating reverting everything back to stock, which I'll probably do, because tomorrow is supposed to be dry and in the 70's.


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Isn't there a Harbor Freight Tool Company in Austin? They have 'em for $39 less 20% with a coupon you find in everything that's printed.

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Isn't there a Harbor Freight Tool Company in Austin? They have 'em for $39 less 20% with a coupon you find in everything that's printed.
Yeah, there's a HF close by my house. Looking at their website they only carry the Wolo.

I'm gonna try to swap out my Amazon purchase with another and get a refund on the defective one. Guess I'll be hooking my stock horn back up tomorrow.

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This is an accurate diagram. I didn't need a diode.
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Why would there need to be a diode? Edit: Nevermind. I watched Paul's video and understand it now. Remember the British Lucas electrics on the Brit bikes? They used a lot of diodes but for some reason had trouble. I don't think it applies to this mod but it did trigger that memory.

I run a standard car horn that's plenty loud and cost under $7. Didn't need a relay either. Plugged right in where the stock one was. I do have it located different but will change that one day.

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I got one from Harbor Freight and tested it first. I had the same result, dead right out of the package.

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The diode prevents back emf. If you get a relay that has a diode built in, and some do, no problem. Toe jaM you don't get any turn signal lights to flicker when you turn on the horn ?

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I put a Stebel on my Highball years ago and bought the relay. I have NEVER had any issues with it at all! I would remove the diode. Really think that is your problem. If you don't us a powered relay then the horn will just operate very poorly but will operate. Only reason I know this was because a coworker bought a bike with the air horn already installed. He was upset that it didn't sound like mine and I looked at it and noticed that he didn't have a relay. I just happened to have one and put it on. After that all was good!

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I put a Stebel on my Highball years ago and bought the relay. I have NEVER had any issues with it at all! I would remove the diode. Really think that is your problem.

Bucky, the diode is not the problem. To test I ran + from battery and a ground direct to the horn. Nothing. Hence, the horn is the problem.

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I've got the Wolo from HF on my XCT. I used the relay that came with it, bought an inline fuse holder and wired it up as the directions stated. No diode in my install. Works like a champ. Loud ass horn!

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