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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:28 am

I may have helped convince another LEAF driver to do a horn upgrade. I passed a blue LEAF on the road the other day and did a "BEEP BEEP!" salute. In reply, he went "meep meep!" :D
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:36 pm

aqn wrote:I may have helped convince another LEAF driver to do a horn upgrade. I passed a blue LEAF on the road the other day and did a "BEEP BEEP!" salute. In reply, he went "meep meep!" :D


LOL! I am having much more success getting the attention of other drivers now. Definitely a worthwhile upgrade!
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:43 am

How much louder does the Hella make the VSP?

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:49 am

The VSP does not use the horn so the mod has no affect on that. Likewise for the lock meep.

shay wrote:How much louder does the Hella make the VSP?
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:55 am

mogur wrote:The VSP and lock "meep" from the fob do not use the horn so the mod has no affect on either.

Thank you mogur! I assumed that the horn was the source of the VSP. I am going to go ahead with the mod now. The horn is one of the few dislikes I have with the car.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:18 pm

I just put in the Wolo 320-2T horn mentioned by turbo2ltr on page 2. Quick and easy, glad I read through this topic to find out about the release button on the connectors. My positive terminal release button was mounted towards the old horn, so I needed a small screw driver to push it down while pulling it off, not so easy in the tight space.

Attached the ground wires provided to the brackets, made a pigtail using the male connector from the old horn, and did the vertical mount using the original bracket as attachment point. Left the original ground connector unused to blow in the wind. Had to find a bolt that fit the hole on the original bracket, as the supplied bolts were too thick. Worked fine, nice and loud.

They are available at any local store, but here's the amazon link:
http://www.amazon.com/Wolo-Model-320-2T ... 999&sr=1-1

You can hear a sample here, down towards the bottom of the page:
http://www.wolo-mfg.com/elec.htm

There are also several videos available on the web of different horn sounds.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:13 am

Here is the YouTube video of my before and after, in case you weren't able to see it via the FB link I posted a few weeks ago:

2011 Blue Ocean SL with 80,000 miles
2015 pack on 12/30/15
Tinted windows
Bridgestone Ecopia 422+ tires
L1 EVSE upgrade
FIAMM horns
Superbright LED lighting
2013 sun visors
LED shifter
Heated seats
GT-R map lamp lenses
Altima illuminated door switches

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:50 pm

turbo2ltr wrote:...I did go in from the top ( I was lazy and didn't want to go under the car), but I didn't remove the reservoir. I unbolted it and flipped it to on top of the radiator support. No need to remove the hoses.
I bolted the two horn brackets directly to the main bolt, not to the OEM horn bracket. i.e. I removed the OEM horn and bracket. I felt the bracket(s) would be flapping in the wind too much...


I just did mine the same way, using the $16 Fiamm El Grande kit from Amazon. When I tested the new horn, it sounded... normal. Which was a nice change from meep-meep.

Now I'll be able to properly signal those slow idiots in front of me, and the aggressive jerks behind.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Sep 01, 2011 5:08 pm

DeaneG wrote:Now I'll be able to properly signal those slow idiots in front of me, and the aggressive jerks behind.

I see you employ the same logic I do in determining who is driving correctly on the road. It's nice and simple: if they're not me, they're doing it wrong! There's a slight bit of leeway in that rule depending on how long I've been at work, the temperature, state of charge, audio being played, traffic conditions, colour of offender's car, cleanliness of offender's car (in relation to my own), and sentiment expressed by offender's bumper sticker(s). :mrgreen:
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:03 am

I upgraded my honker today with the FIAMM horns. I mounted them away from the radiator to minimize impact to the cooling capacity. One at each end of the grill for increased stereo effect :lol: .

Passenger side exterior
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I used some stock L shaped aluminum mounted with self tapping screws to the aluminum impact absorber in the bumper.

Passenger side interior view
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My recommendation is to install the horns from below. When working from the top it is fairly easy to bang up the radiator fins with the hand tools.
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