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Old 12-30-2012, 07:42 AM   #1
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Replacing horn?

Just got back from a fabulous trip across country...really do love our Sprinter Van. But, during our trip, we had a need to use our horn. What can I say...the road is full of crazies. I had one person turn left in front of me causing me to slam on my brakes....and come to a complete stop...just barely. And another occassion, an 18 wheeler decided to come into our lane with out signal while we were passing....both times our little horn was...disappointing, to say the least.

Has anyone replaced the horn, and if so, any recommendations, cautions, etc.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:26 AM   #2
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You can buy replacement horns at most any auto parts store. If you want louder, and less expensive, go to a junk yard and buy a pair of horns off a big American car.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:32 AM   #3
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You might want to check out this thread on the Sprinter-Source Forum: Replacing Horn - Sprinter-Forum
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Has anyone replaced the horn, and if so, any recommendations, cautions, etc.
Replaced ours and even left factory one in place. Just cut wires and hook to this one. Excellent European sound!

http://www.wolo-mfg.com/air.htm
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We used the 'Bad Boy' one
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:23 AM   #7
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Since it apparently is a fairly high current device, did you use the relay to supply a separate 12V source?
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I have a set of Hella Supertone horns on my motorcycle; these are pretty loud and have stopped quite a few bonehead drivers. The stock horn on our 1996 F250 is plenty loud, and I'd bet are cheap from the pick & pull.

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Since it apparently is a fairly high current device, did you use the relay to supply a separate 12V source?
I hooks directly up to existing 12v source with no modifications.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:03 AM   #10
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One thing to consider, when I lived in Texas back in the 1980s I installed a set of air horns on my 1977 Dodge van TV. I left the original horn hooked up in parallel. When I had the van inspected I was told that the air horns didn't qualify by themselves, but since the electric horn was still working it was OK.

Besides, it adds more sound even is it is weak.

The best horn I ever had was a 1957 Ford that had the two original horns and two more from a later model vehicle that a PO had installed. Made a lovely, loud sound.
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There are some small compact form factor motorcycle air horns that tend to get more attention than the feeble "eeep" sound many cars and vans have stock.

One I have used is an Italian Nautilus Compact "trombe Stebel" that generates a 139 db sound. The form factor is similar to a really large grapefruit. They use a relay (included) as it draws 18 amps when the button is pushed. I have a spare one in a package from several years ago and the price was around $40. The part number below the bar code is 8 007850 002033. Here is a link to their website for a picture:

http://www.stebel.it/stebel2012/prod...CTROPNEUMATICS

I had a person merge into my lane from the right that never looked in their mirror as the front of the truck was even with the driver door. Fortunately, there was a break down lane for me to get into as I hit both the stock horn and brakes.

Maybe a super loud PA system with the sound of a machine gun going off would wake some of these numb skulls up from their texting/sleeping/whatever mode.
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I bought a set of the old school 4-tone cadillac horns. ACD and F notes IIRC. Sounds like a chord from a pipe organ when you sound them. Pretty loud, I've heard louder but these get the job done and I love to hear them! I see the seller I got them from on Ebay a couple of years ago is still selling them. Cadillac DeVille Buick 4 Note Horn Set A C D F 120 DB Loud Impressive | eBay
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I had a person merge into my lane from the right that never looked in their mirror as the front of the truck was even with the driver door. Fortunately, there was a break down lane for me to get into as I hit both the stock horn and brakes.

Maybe a super loud PA system with the sound of a machine gun going off would wake some of these numb skulls up from their texting/sleeping/whatever mode.
Depends. In the great third-world country that is New Orleans, they'd just shoot back, with real bullets.

But your tale does point out something I find strange. How is it that a vehicle as large as a Sprinter van is so invisible to other drivers on the highway? I've noticed that myself, on several occasions, usually at highway on-ramps, where they pull up exactly alongside, and then try to merge directly into my sliding side door.
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But your tale does point out something I find strange. How is it that a vehicle as large as a Sprinter van is so invisible to other drivers on the highway? I've noticed that myself, on several occasions, usually at highway on-ramps, where they pull up exactly alongside, and then try to merge directly into my sliding side door.
It doesn't matter what vehicle you're driving. I had someone do something very similar in broad daylight last week while I was driving our gray car, and a few months ago someone else nearly hit me in my red car the same way. My conclusion: They don't look.
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