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Originally planned on installing a Genright whole hood louver today but got a later start than I had hoped. Sooooo.... instead I started looking for a spot to mount a four note set of late 70's/80's horns from a Cadillac that I bought off eBay a couple months ago. How long could that install possibly take? 8 hours later.... and we're done! (Includes a trip for more wire, sitting down for a second round of turkey, and garage clean up)

I'll admit, I didn't think it would take longer than an hour or two and it shouldn't have. I'm pretty much a rookie when it comes to wiring and was only able to get through it with the surfing I've done on this site, and I think, a Miata forum that I borrowed a wiring diagram from.

They're mounted above the rear axle (hopefully they won't get smashed or too waterlogged) and are activated with the steering wheel button via a leftover relay. Power & ground from battery to relay, power from relay to horns, OEM horn trigger to relay, and ground from horns to chassis. The horn pigtails came with factory type connections making it fairly easy to wire them up. Most of my time was spent working/reworking that part of the harness. I know I should've soldered the connections but butt-splices and heatshrink will have to do for now. After installing the horns, wiring the relay, and running the power lead and horn harness did I realize I failed to "bench test" the harness and horns..... surprisingly, they worked!

Did this do anything to improve on or off road handling? No.

Did I giggle like a little kid the first time I hit the button and was rewarded with that beautiful chord? YES! I was probably smiling from ear to ear as I imagined the reaction from the next snowflake I drug back to reality from their phone at a light that'd been green for far too long. My 10yo son was elated, he's into anything that's loud, obnoxious, and "fun".

All told I've probably got less than $150 in it. The bulk of it being the eBay horns. Most of the wire and relay were left overs from partially used light harnesses (Baja Designs doesn't skimp on their harness). I'll consider the heatshrink, splices, and loom as shop supplies.

(I apologize for the lack of pictures. My nonexistent Photobucket fu is embarrassing. I need to switch to a different image hosting site)
 

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soooooooooo. wtf does it sound like now? video. we had a guy on here a few years ago install an 18 wheeler horn and then there were stories of a guy with a train horn.

Ware you from you? Ware you stay?
 

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Homeless, that's exactly what they sound like!

Rubicajun, I'm in Baton Rouge.

(Lets see if this works)


Video is dark (what's the best way to post video?)
 

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Saint Francisville.
 

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why is it that easy shit seems to take like 100 hours longer than it should.
 
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