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Anyone replace the horn?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by artsci, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. artsci

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    Thinking that an extra margin of defensive safety is a good idea, I've always installed air horns on my cars. To that end I've ordered a PsychoBlasters V2 Electric Air Horn from Hornblasters. Here's a sample of the sound: http://c.hornblasters.com/audio/horns/psychoblasters-v2.mp3

    Has anyone else installed air horns? Frankly, I don't even know where the stock horn is located. Some tips would be helpful. Thanks!
     
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    I've never had good luck with air horns as the compressors go out after a year or so. I've had good luck with Hella Supertones, but I'll make the call once we get the car in 2-3 days.
     
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    Never had a compressor failure before with the Hellas.
     
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    Holy crap! We took delivery yesterday and the horn is LOUD! I don't think I'll be upgrading them. ;)

    One gripe I do have about the horn is the lack of direct interaction. One tiny blip of the horn button gets you a long "BLAAAP" of the horn. I've had some rental cars that did this, and I didn't like it. If I want to give someone a light honk to, I can't.
     
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    I left the stock horns - but here some pic's:
    (1st pic, horn is on far left, 2nd is showing where both mount on the front core support)

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    #7 artsci, Dec 7, 2013
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    The video is hilarious. That's a train horn on a very small EV.

    The Model S apparently has two horns, a high tone on the right and a low tone on the left.
     
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    #8 DrTaras, Feb 8, 2014
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    So Artsci... did you replace it? Do tell. I am interested and know that if anyone can do it, its you! :wink:
    PS-Can you pretty much get any 'standard' horn for the Model S or is there something specific? :confused:

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    I think this is a fab idea!
     
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    Personally, I think the MS horn is plenty load, AND I really would like some sort of pedestrian alert.

    I hate blasting the horn in parking lots, but the MS is so quiet, and many people are just oblivious to their surroundings (we also live in a 55+ community and there may be more "hearing issues" around than most places) so I don't have much choice:) If I could find a little 12v bicycle bell type device (or anything a little more "gentle" I'd install in a minute.
     
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    #10 artsci, Feb 9, 2014
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    I haven't yet. It's a bit of a job and I've had other priorities with the car. I think the Model S horn is an electric horn

    The air horns require a compressor or air tank of some kind, making installation a bit more complicated. Plus space in the frunk innards has to be found for the horn trumpets. So I may have this done.
     
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    The video was hilarious, but this is one mod I'll skip.
     
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    So if I wanted to simply replace the Model S horn with a different 'electric horn' is that something that can easily be bought on the Internet and then swapped? :redface:
     
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    I've always imagined something like an ooga horn or a farting noise for something to warn peds that a stealth car is right next to them. Maybe a bicycle bell?
     
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    #15 Zextraterrestrial, Feb 12, 2014
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    bicycle bell?


    gets some pretty funny looks from peds sometimes :tongue:
     
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    I have a Nathan M5 horn. it is not very loud, but works great. i have recently purchased a truck and wants to buy horn for it. want something loud. any suggestion?
     
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    bike horn.jpg

    This would be even better! Nosecone drops down, horns pop out and......berp, berp.
     
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    The Hella looks almost identical to the existing horns and could probably be a direct replacement on the existing mounts. There is quite a bit of room up front there to fit in the air trumpets as well but they would require a more elaborate installation.
     
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    Model S's with air suspension have both a compressor and a fairly large air tank. Maybe that could supply air for the short period of time an air horn would be used.
     
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    How about mount it on top of the driver's side mirror!! Roll the window down and squeeze with your hand! I think the curvy one would look the best. :)

    Seriously, Mercedes S-Class from the 1980's had City (quieter) and Country (louder) horns. There was a switch on the dashboard to toggle between them. Just leave it in Country mode until you need City, was a great setup for the manual button era. I do like the end of the stick Volt method (like older Peugeot's) for the City horn. Just how to rig it tastefully in the Model S interior?!

    -m
     

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