||06-14-2013 2:14 PM
Originally Posted by jsw
bhyatt, this is the best thing I've ever seen. I am absolutely installing these on my 06 v-ride. Any tips or advice???
They are alot of fun. You need to get a $ figure in mind that your comfortable spending when purchasing a horn set. There is everything from cheap plastic setups to full on Nathan brand locomotive train horns out there. I ended up spending about $300 on my set off eBay. The manifold was metal, but the horn bodies were hard plastic and chrome finished. It did what I wanted it to do and was much louder than I expected. We all know sound travels a long way on the water as is, so keep that in mind. Any large 3 trumpet 130psi + set is going to be extremely loud. The set weathered pretty well that summer with minimal fade, but was a bug trap up there on the tower when towing the boat home from the lake.
I installed a "dummy" toggle switch hidden well underneath the dash on mine and I would suggest one as well to anyone installing one. I had the train horn tapped into my factory horn switch, but for events like wakeboard tournaments, it was nice to flip the train horn dummy switch off to disappoint any drunks that may cross the boat line and hit the horn. That was also nice for any normal horn situation in a marina, or just to get a buddies attention or something.
I ran a small 2 gallon air tank with dual 12v pumps. I would suggest at least a 3 gallon setup and a very high quality compressor(s). It does not take much honking to pull down a small tank and you want some reserve at your disposal. Then again, the 2 gallon tank and two compressors fit well under my passenger seat on a piece of 3/4" plywood i mounted it on. This was also nice because it was hidden. Again as i stated, I modified the train mount that came with the kit by drilling out the mount plate and installing U shaped exhaust clamps from the auto parts store in corresponding size to the OD of your tower. Allow space to pad the tower so it doesn't scuff, but not too much that you dont' get a firm hold on the tower.