jlaw99
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sun Jun 12, 2011 9:20 am

I installed the Fiamm El Grande ordered from Amazon with the link provided. Thanks so much for the instructions and photos - they were very helpful. I used my Rhino ramps and went in from the bottom. I had all the parts to make the pigtail as shown. Couldn't find my loctite so I just tightened as much as I could.

I found that after installation the unit could wobble quite a bit on the mount, so I strapped it to the pillar with some zip ties and pulled it snug.

The horn sounds great! Thanks for the postings. :)

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:49 am

Thank you for the detailed instructions! The install went smoothly and now I can find my car with the remote in a parking lot. (main reason for installing :lol: )

With small hands I can get away from not having to remove the fluid reservoir.

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As for the horns, I use two zip ties to wrap both horns together so they don't wobble as much. I also mounted the bolt on the metal frame right above the original horn so I don't have to remove it.

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The install was quick and easy.

One note - the wire connector has a little nub that you need to squeeze as you pull out.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:56 pm

Received my FIAMM El Grande horns yesterday from Amazon (since no local parts store had it). Have to borrow a neighbor's car ramps now so I can come in from below...or maybe I'll be bold and try Lanzer's approach ;)
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:20 pm

Well after almost getting hit twice this week I did the FIAMM 74100 El Grande - Twin Horn upgrade from Amazon, ordered yesterday after afternoon and had them today. $16.60 delivered no tax or freight. I did the top install and just moved the tank to the side. it took about 20 minutes once the pigtail was made, make sure you go by the auto supply and get the wire and adaptors before you start. Horns sound great! :o
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:29 pm

1051 wrote:Horns sound great! :o


Yes, those FIAMM's sure do. Nice easy mod and a big thanks to all who posted pics and tips.

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:56 pm

z0ner wrote:
1051 wrote:Horns sound great! :o


Yes, those FIAMM's sure do. Nice easy mod and a big thanks to all who posted pics and tips.



Yes a big thanks to everyone who posted pics and tips!!
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:40 pm

1051 wrote:
z0ner wrote:
1051 wrote:Horns sound great! :o


Yes, those FIAMM's sure do. Nice easy mod and a big thanks to all who posted pics and tips.



Yes a big thanks to everyone who posted pics and tips!!


I did mine also, this afternoon. Since I have ramps handy, I went in thru the bottom. I used a self-made, heavier steel bracket for mounting, for stability. The sound is MUCHO better than that squeaky little toy horn Nissan is using.
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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sat Jun 18, 2011 1:04 am

Randy wrote:I finished installing my Stebel Compact air horn today. As many others have done, I did the install from the top. I removed the black plastic trim piece at the top and the water bottle. I had to replace the stock bracket because it moved too much due to the weight of the horn. So I put in a stout L-bracket and it worked much better. The wiring kit I purchased from Amazon was indeed a plug and play thing, with no additional wiring or spade lugs, etc. needed. Below are some audio samples...It is a much nicer louder horn....Look out for my car now!!!!


I just ordered a Stebel Nautilus Compact Tuning Horn. According to the wiring diagram, in the LEAF service manual, there is a horn relay already there.

Do I need to install a different relay or will the original work?

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Re: DIY Horn Upgrade Mod - Updated

Sat Jun 18, 2011 2:33 am

hatuey wrote:I just ordered a Stebel Nautilus Compact Tuning Horn. According to the wiring diagram, in the LEAF service manual, there is a horn relay already there.

Do I need to install a different relay or will the original work?
When you receive the Stebel horn, you'll find a warning that clearly says that the horn uses almost 20A and requires its own 30A relay, or else you'll risk ruining your horn switch and possibly ignite the wiring if you use the smaller factory relay. The Nissan factory relay is only rated at 10A, so it won't be adequate to carry the 20A load the Stebel horn will require for sure. The load of the old horn will be utilized as the switch for the Stebel 30A relay.

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