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I installed a Wolo bad boy horn in the stock location. I went over a hard bump slowly and bottomed out the front suspension. It forced the horn into the front fender and put a 3in split in the fender and messed up the paint. It's gonna set me back $250 to get the fender fixed and painted. Anyone have a good location for an air horn or other mounting advice?

Thanks in advance.
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That sucks.

Some people have put their horns underneath the side covers but I wasn't that crafty so I put mine by the shifter.

 

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Just like Graybush, mine is on the left side frametube, however higher up by the top of the Rad. I would be concerned with it being down lower, because my left foot and horn could try to share the same space. The relay is higher again on the frametube to keep it out of the weather as much as possible. Sorry to hear about your bike.
 

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Solved!!!

Thank you for your suggestions. I bought a Stanley metal bracket, and longer bolts and mounted it on the left side. My wires reached and the horn is a safe distance from the ground. Not a 10 in the beauty department, but it turned out ok.
 

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I installed a Wolo bad boy horn in the stock location. I went over a hard bump slowly and bottomed out the front suspension. It forced the horn into the front fender and put a 3in split in the fender and messed up the paint. It's gonna set me back $250 to get the fender fixed and painted. Anyone have a good location for an air horn or other mounting advice?

Thanks in advance.
Brandon
Don't mean to hijack the thread,:eek: but I was wondering if you went to a heavier wire size and fuse? I've had one on the shop shelf for several years, because when I mounted it, it would blow the 10A fuse. That to me, indicated that it needed a heavier fuse, which also means heavier wires needed, at least I would think that would be the case. I didn't want to go to the hassle of rewiring just for the horn, which I think involved lifting the tank to do the job.
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Re: Wiring

I used the wiring kit that Wolo sells with a relay and it works great.

 

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Don't mean to hijack the thread,:eek: but I was wondering if you went to a heavier wire size and fuse? I've had one on the shop shelf for several years, because when I mounted it, it would blow the 10A fuse. That to me, indicated that it needed a heavier fuse, which also means heavier wires needed, at least I would think that would be the case. I didn't want to go to the hassle of rewiring just for the horn, which I think involved lifting the tank to do the job.
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Use a relay and you will not have this problem. I mounted mine on the brake side like brianinkanata. Works excellent.

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fender crack

I had the same thing happen to me. I mounted the stebel horn and kept hearing a noise when I hit a bump. I thought it was the perfect place. Wondered what it was then I saw the 2 inch crack in the fender. Don't notice it much as it's between the forks so I never fixed it. Ended up relocating it on the right side of bike on the highway bar. Have had good luck with it, faced it forward so it would be heard easier.
 

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Use the relay provided at all costs. The horn button probably will fail early due to the additional current passing through it. With the relay the horn button only sees milliamps.
 

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+1, one this location.
You're not REALLY gonna spend $250 to restore the stock fender are you?
I was planning on it...... There is a crack in the plastic and the paint is messed up.... It doesn't look very good. I don't own a show bike, but I would like it to look nice.....
 

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I was planning on it...... There is a crack in the plastic and the paint is messed up.... It doesn't look very good. I don't own a show bike, but I would like it to look nice.....
I did the exact same thing and hit a bump and toasted my front fender. I found a brand new replacement online painted the exact color for $150. I don't off hand remember the website but I think it was out of Wisconsin and they sold snowmobile parts as well...
 

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how do those things sounds? cant hear my stock horn unless im stopped at a light.
 

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It is loud, 2 to 3 times louder than stock.
 

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I had a slightly different kind of damage from the horn. I mounted my Wolo in the stock horn position, and dented a cover on my forks when I turned my wheel full right. Not a lot of places to mount on a Voyager (or I'm not very creative).
 

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I was so sorry to read this. Strangely enough when I got
my 'nine' it had the horn mounted up under the tank, not
out front! Then I looked at my wife's original and
realized what that threaded boss was for.

NOTE TO ANYONE INSTALLING A WOLO OR
OTHER AIR COMPRESSOR: Please try your best to
install the motor VERTICAL. From sad experience,
I know that if you miss this recommendation in the
instructions, (like I did many years ago on my first
install), the motor bearings will fail and you will
have to purchase a new compressor. If it is the kind
with integrated (compact) horns connected, then you
will have to replace the entire unit.

I chose to locate this install on the left side, away
from the exhaust heat (and well out of the way
of the front fender, ha ha). It took some head-
scratching and trial fitting but eventually some
scrap cyclone fence strapping became a custom
mount.

If I ever figure out how to post here I will put
a shot of the install up. Years ago I burned out
a horn button by taking a shortcut so listen to
the guys here who say always use the relay.
It's not hard and you don't even have to remove
the tank.

I found a most excellent way to provide power
to the front for aux lights and accessories: Do you
have a Battery Tender Jr. pigtail attached to your
battery for charging (which is already fused!)?

Then you only need to purchase a 12v outlet that
already has the matching, polarized plug to mate
to the existing BTJr. one. You will have to extend
the lead with some zip cord (be careful to preserve
the polarity) but if you use heat shrink and wire
loom you may even get by without soldering.

Fish it from front to back with some coat-hanger
or welding rod and route it through the existing
wire guides on the frame near the triple tree.

You can easily unplug the lead for adding circuits
or for battery charging!

I Velcro the 12v outlet to the handlebar so we
can plug in our GPS's or phone chargers, etc.

You can tap into this power line for the horn relay,
which can be mounted at the 6mm bolt up
under the right side of the tank front. This
location allows plugging the original horn
leads directly onto the relay and is far enough
from the exhaust heat to survive a year or two.

Keep a spare relay on hand as these are prone
to fail, or ditch the supplied relay and buy one
from one of the parts houses that is certified
for outdoor use. They are a little more expensive
but will last much longer if you ride in crappy
weather much.

Again, keep that motor vertical if at all possible.

I love my Wolo Bad Boy. My wife would not
hear of it and enjoys a pair of matching electrics
that mount out front under the outboard crash
bar bolts. The rich red color matches the Vulcan
badge and the rich LOUD sound helps keep the
cages off her. Plus they are out of the way of
that up-coming fender if she ever bottoms the
front!

If anyone, especially noobs, needs help or advice,
I'd be happy to respond to PM's or even help
fabricate something. I hope I can get some
photos up...
 
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