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For those of you looking to replace the feeble OEM horn, I just installed a Denali SoundBomb Mini Horn. It is a direct replacement - installation took about 5 minutes and it is MUCH louder than the OEM horn. Cost is around $30 and is widely available (at least in the USA). Thoroughly recommended.
 

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Nice. I discovered after getting my Varadero that it had a Stebel horn - didn't know when I bought it. Having a louder horn can be quite useful when others are not paying attention to you. :)

I'll check out the Soundbomb.
 

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Ring REH100/300
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/12v-Single-Twin-Terminal-Low-Note-Horn-Blister-Pack-Fitting-Kit-Ring-REH100-300-/401227866026?hash=item5d6b0b5faa:g:E1IAAOSwiDFYLvOH
I use a Ring REH100/300 and at 112 dB it certainly gets noticed, sounds more like a truck than a motorcycle. For me certainly improves safety over stock horn.
Very simple job to swap over with existing horn.
At £11.54 including delivery it is a small price to pay for such an improvement.
 

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I gave the denali sound bomb mini a shot and worked out perfect. First, I bought the piaa slim dual sports horns (http://www.piaa.com/store/p/395-Automotive-Slim-Sports-Horn-400/500Hz.aspx), but the AT doesn't leave enough room or slack in the wiring to make them (even just one) plug and play. The mini almost clicked into place and seems to have enough clearance for suspension and turning radius. The only change I needed to make was to bend the connectors to be parallel with the horn. Much louder than the "meeper" stock horn, but by no means an air horn - sounds like a mid-sized car horn and that works for me, esp. for the no-effort install.
 

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I went with the Soundbomb compact. It is a more complex installation as it requires a relay (buy the "plug and play" wiring kit) but I was doing electrical work anyway so it wasn't a lot more effort to install. The bracket attaches to the crank case cover (it includes two bolts to replace the stock ones) so the horn moves from between the forks to the left side of the engine.

It is extremely loud...
 

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I would second the full on Soundbomb. Had it on my Integra. Just waiting for the dedicated bracket to arrive for the AT. It is very loud and would wake the dead.
 

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just purchased the denali soundbomb motorcycle air horn , harness and bracket from twisted throttle!!! i dont know why it took me so long to change out the weak stock horn!
 

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I ride gravel and Forest Service Roads a lot. Anyone with something lighter and almost as loud as The Denali soundbomb?

I’m afraid of the extra unstrung weight mounted in front of my Rad.
 

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I installed the Soundbomb mini on my AT today and it's not working ... When i press the horn button I hear a click, and the the dash goes blank - blows the fuse. Any idea what could be the problem?
 

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I installed the Soundbomb mini on my AT today and it's not working ... When i press the horn button I hear a click, and the the dash goes blank - blows the fuse. Any idea what could be the problem?
@osbeorn it sounds to me like you have wired in a direct short to ground. Possibly you have your wires swapped, or hooked up the relay incorrectly, and created the direct short. If you don’t have one, a cheap little multimeter would help you figure this out.
 

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I installed the Soundbomb mini on my AT today and it's not working ... When i press the horn button I hear a click, and the the dash goes blank - blows the fuse. Any idea what could be the problem?
@TN-Rider 's tip sounds like a good starting point. I reckon the Soundbomb should be connected to the same relay circuit as the OEM horn? (and disconnect the old horn)

Nevertheless, welcome to the Forum @osbeorn. Feel free to introduce yourself at the New Member Introductions area of the Forum.
 

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I installed the Soundbomb mini on my AT today and it's not working ... When i press the horn button I hear a click, and the the dash goes blank - blows the fuse. Any idea what could be the problem?
Disconnect the horn wires and use a multimeter or test light to check the horn. There should be no connection between either spade lug and the horn mounting bolt.
Plug the old horn back in and check if it works.
Plug the new horn in - with horn NOT bolted to frame - does it work?
Check the wires near where they connect to the horn - did you pinch one under the mount when bolting the horn on?Is one of the spade lugs not fully inserted so the lug is touching frame metal?
It is possible you have a dud horn that has an internal short...
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions, will try everything out tommorow.

Does anyone know what the small screw on the back is for?

@TN-Rider The Soundbomb mini should be a direct replacement, so I don't have a relay hooked up.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions, will try everything out tommorow.

Does anyone know what the small screw on the back is for?

@TN-Rider The Soundbomb mini should be a direct replacement, so I don't have a relay hooked up.
If the small screw is what I think it is, it is used for "tuning" the resonance of the horn. It should be set and "lock tight" (or painted) at factory. However, over time and corrosion you can adjust the vibration to get the horn back to full function.
 

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I used a multimeter to find out which connector is + and which - and connected the horn according to the schematics. The horn is not mounted and only connected. The fuse is now ok, but the only sound I get from the horn is a CLICK sound when I press the horn button ... I have no idea what to anymore. Is the horn dead?

EDIT: I then tried to start the engine and test the horn while running, but the engine wouldn't start ... There was just some clicking sound from the starter. I guess the battery is bad.
 
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