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Has anyone added an air horn to a XCT? If so, what brand and where did you put it?

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Has anyone added an air horn to a XCT? If so, what brand and where did you put it?
I've installed a Stebel Nautilus air horn under the rear fender. Been blasting it for over a year, and couldn't be happier with the product and the stealth install location. Here's the thread describing my install, including pics: https://www.victoryforums.com/showthread.php?t=4443.

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Decided to go with a louder horn for my XC and after readin different comments on this forum, I went with a Stebel. Looked around a bit and decided to buy the Pat Walsh Designs kit sold on E-bay for the Suzuki V-Strom. Paid more but it came with an excellent wiring harness and mount that worked perfectly under the fairing. OUTSTANDING HORN!! I just hope it doesn't blow out my headlight!! Glad to share my install pics for anyone interested.

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Sorry I missed your post Terry. I just posted a new thread about installing a Stebel air horn under the fairing of my XC. It fit perfectly and with the wiring harness that came with it, it was a really clean install. I'll go ahead and post my pics and some suggestions that may help.

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Sorry I missed your post Terry. I just posted a new thread about installing a Stebel air horn under the fairing of my XC. It fit perfectly and with the wiring harness that came with it, it was a really clean install. I'll go ahead and post my pics and some suggestions that may help.
Merged your thread with this one to keep it all together. Feel free to post those pics.

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So for Terry and anyone else interested, here's my install. I checked out CrossRoads install under the rear fender but that gets a lot of road grime so I thought why not under the fairing? Checked it out while I was wiring up my heated grips and there is plenty of room. As I posted previously, I went with a PWD kit which was more expensive but it turned out to be a great buy just for the wiring harness. First thing to do is remove both the face of your fairing and the chin fairing (don't forget to disconnect the oil cooler from the left side of the chin). When you have the fairing off you'll see there are 4 bolts that secure the frame to the forks. I connected the horn mount using the top right bolt (pic 1, yellow arrow).
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Mounted the aluminum bracket (pic 2) that PWD supplied after I put an extra bend in it so the horn sits pretty perpendicular.
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Here it is installed (pic 3).
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Then just a simple matter of attaching with the supplied 2-way locking bolt and she's in (pic 4).
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Wiring was very straight forward following the directions supplied. I used the old horn mounting bracket to mount the relay in the open space next to the battery (pic 5) .
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Ran the wiring across the front of the battery to hook up with the stock horn wires and ran the power wires up the left side of the chin to keep clear of the exhaust pipe. The power wire was just the right length to run from the battery, up the left side of the chin and steering head into the back of the fairing were I secured it with two cable ties. Last bit was to atttach the air intake tube which I ran up and around the left speaker box. Probably not necessary since the horn will be protected from water and dirt under the fairing, but what the hell. It's in. All and all a pretty clean and simple install that took me about two hours start to finish.

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Thanks CrossRoads.

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Good timing. The mechanic at the dealer was looking at the under the fender idea when he had a thought. There was a bike on the rack with the headlight out. He decided it would fit nicely right there. Great minds think alike.

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Good timing. The mechanic at the dealer was looking at the under the fender idea when he had a thought. There was a bike on the rack with the headlight out. He decided it would fit nicely right there. Great minds think alike.
Oh yeah...lot's of room. Still gonna have space to mount the ballast for my HID low beam (next project!).
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The Stebel Nautilus is my choice. Have not got it yet but it is on the todo list. Was riding 3rd bike back, CB on, and some tunes in the back ground when the leader layed on a double toot at someone coming up from the side street a little too fast. Scared the livin crap out of me because I thought it came from behind me. Hers was mounted to the frame just in front of the rear wheel at axel height. Im on a TC and hers was a cruise, I know differnt bikes but sound level performance is what I commenting on for ya. The rest of the folks got the location laid out.

I ride with a shorty but had the ear pad/neck warmer in so it wasnt like I was riding with a full face. My thoughts, best bang for the buck and compact to keep it hidden. If my current set of twin horns wernt so loud I would have already replaced them with this. Hope it helps.

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