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post #1 of 49 Old 08-12-2008, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question 919 stock horn db?

Does anyone know what decibels the stock horn on the 919 is rated at?
I'd like to get something louder but not knowing the stock rating I'm not sure which one to get.
I know you'll tell me to get the Stebel Nautilus horn but I don't want to have to do all the wiring, I just want plug & play.

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Hell yes the stock is too quiet, I'm looking myself for something compact and like you said, Plug & Play!
Had the need for an attention getter the other day and felt damned screwed when it just tooted. Man, I'm talking about wanting something loud as a semi to GRAB inattentive drivers attentions!
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Sorry to ignore your request in the OP, but I've got to 2nd what RD said. The horn install is really a simple affair. The stebel has treated me well and gets my recommendation.

There are dozens of guys here with more than enough experiance to help you through it if you need a hand.

If you want to you can even make the short trip up here to Kenosha and I help you out with it. Then we can fire up the sparkle wrench and weld you up a purdy bracket to hang the thing from.

If we time it right maybe we can get Oak and LemonHead on-board for a 9er ride...

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i opted for a low tone freeway blaster from advance auto. $15 and some change out the door. Plug and play. 135 db

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i opted for a low tone freeway blaster from advance auto. $15 and some change out the door. Plug and play. 135 db
Take a look a the link Mr. Mike posted. You tend to get what you pay for these days... if you're lucky.

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That is a very good article from Web Bike World. They certainly don't like the Stebel!
After reading that, looking at the ratings and listening to the sound comparison I'm kind of leaning towards the Hella or Fiamm.
@2000TJ - Thank you very much for the kind offer to help install the Stebel. I really appreciate it. However, no disrespect to your recomendation, I think I'll look at the other two horns. The Fiamm Freeway Blaster sounds good and I was never really liking the looks of the Stebel ( I know it's not about looks but you know you gotta consider aesthetics! LOL!) But, since you and others are so close I'm always open to a nice Sunday ride. Kenosha isn't far and it's nicer riding up in WI than down here.

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i opted for a low tone freeway blaster from advance auto. $15 and some change out the door. Plug and play. 135 db
I got one of those too from Autozone. Louder than stock. Sounds real loud with the bike sitting still, but not so loud at hwy speeds. Hey whaddaya expect for $15

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I think i will stick with my FIAMM, half the price...and do the job fine. Stebel...i have heard over 100 people use them for a long time with no problem. I dont' know how or why it was their problem.

I just stay out of the way of people anyways. Plus the fiamm are similar to what is probably on cars anyways and i never hear people complain about that.

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Does anyone know what decibels the stock horn on the 919 is rated at?
I'd like to get something louder but not knowing the stock rating I'm not sure which one to get.
I know you'll tell me to get the Stebel Nautilus horn but I don't want to have to do all the wiring, I just want plug & play.

Thanks for any information.
Get the PIAA Sport Horn. I got it on my bike. It's inexpensive, light, and LOUD! Ask XRCajun, he's heard it!!

No compressor, just bolt on and plug in.

It doesn't look too bad on the 919 either:

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Friday I caught up with a couple of friend's in their cage as they were exiting the freeway four lanes over. So I tapped my stock+stebel duet while passing. Turns out Mr. Golden Ear thought it was a huge truck behind him getting frisky and they other friend (who I had demoed it) argued in vain to convince him it was me. Apparently Golden Ear was so impressed with 9er's sporty nature he couldn't believe it!

You can't defy the laws of physics with "plug n' pray", so wire up a great horn.

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Friday I caught up with a couple of friend's in their cage as they were exiting the freeway four lanes over. So I tapped my stock+stebel duet while passing. Turns out Mr. Golden Ear thought it was a huge truck behind him getting frisky and they other friend (who I had demoed it) argued in vain to convince him it was me. Apparently Golden Ear was so impressed with 9er's sporty nature he couldn't believe it!

You can't defy the laws of physics with "plug n' pray", so wire up a great horn
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You need to hear the PIAA Sport Horn. It's LOUD. I'm not dissing the stebel, but the PIAA is an awesome horn!

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You need to hear the PIAA Sport Horn. It's LOUD. I'm not dissing the stebel, but the PIAA is an awesome horn!
I had been thinking about a stebel, going to give one of these here PIAAs a try first

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Not to hijack the thread, but any of those that have the Stebel mounted on the 919 willing to pop up some pictures of how you mounted it? I've got the Stebel that I had on my Nighthawk when I wrecked it (I'm assuming it still works) and I'd like to mount it on the 919 I'm going to be getting. Just not sure about how best to mount it without it being all fugly and stuff.

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You need to hear the PIAA Sport Horn. It's LOUD. I'm not dissing the stebel, but the PIAA is an awesome horn!
Very glad there is an outstanding horn that meets the stock current wiring and therefor installed with minimal effort. It will usually save you when a clueless cager with the windows rolled up changes lanes into you without looking. After the described inches near miss in Santa Barbara I added (not replaced) the high current custom wire/relay stebel. Using a stebel proactively will save you MOST of the time (remember HUGE TRUCK). Now I want to replace the stocker with PIAA!

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Not to hijack the thread, but any of those that have the Stebel mounted on the 919 willing to pop up some pictures of how you mounted it? I've got the Stebel that I had on my Nighthawk when I wrecked it (I'm assuming it still works) and I'd like to mount it on the 919 I'm going to be getting. Just not sure about how best to mount it without it being all fugly and stuff.


Mine's still fugly. Here she is 6000 miles ago.


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I have the German-made Hella Supertones in my xA. They are directional...sometimes I have to have a friend honk the horn while I stand in front of my car to make sure they are doing their job. They do.

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OK, well, I ordered the PIAA horn. It should be here Friday and I'll install it right away and post up my opinion.
This does not rule out the possibility that I'll try others too.

Thanks for all the input guys.

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Good deal. You'll like it. It's 115db/500hz

XRCajun and I were riding the Houston freeways a while back, and some idiot cager slowed down and started to switch lanes on us on the exit ramp to Beltway 8. I was riding postion 2 behind Cajun, and blew the PIAA horn. It got the attention of the cager, and startled Jim because it was so loud. He thought it was coming from a cager behind him.

Btw, PIAA does have a 2-horn setup for automotive applications, but I'm sure it can also be used for motorcycles. One horn is 400hz, and the other is 500hz (or maybe 500hz/600hz).

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Good deal. You'll like it. It's 115db/500hz
Btw, PIAA does have a 2-horn setup for automotive applications, but I'm sure it can also be used for motorcycles. One horn is 400hz, and the other is 500hz (or maybe 500hz/600hz).
I bought the two horn set from Amazon.com I didn't know you could get just one. I looked around and didn't see a single one. I figure it's for a 12v system so it should work. I was gonna try one, see how it sounds and try the other then go with the one I like best.

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I bought the two horn set from Amazon.com I didn't know you could get just one. I looked around and didn't see a single one. I figure it's for a 12v system so it should work. I was gonna try one, see how it sounds and try the other then go with the one I like best.

Then use the 500hz one for the bike. That's what comes with the motorcycle setup.

Aerostich has it for $35 now. It usually sells for $40-$50. http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/...n-p-20507.html

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Type in "Piaa horns" in youtube, it'll link to both the Piaa and Hella's. Listening to 'em.....well.....easy decision for me anyways.

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Good deal. You'll like it. It's 115db/500hz
Stebel's included spec sheet claims 117db at 1meter for 18A, versus twistedthrottle shows 139db? It sure sounds closer to 139. Even using stebel's conservative 117db @+2db, makes it is 58% louder than PIAA. Sound waves diminish exponentially with distance, so to maximize effectiveness I mounted it 3' "closer". So it is atleast twice as LOUD as PIAAA mounted in the stock location. Plus the sound projection is forward instead of reflecting from the pavement into you. twistedthrottle now sells a plug and play kit to make its install MUCH easier.

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Rob 919,
I'm mechanically challenged, how hard or easy is to install that Sport Horn? Any special mounting or wiring?

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How easy is the PIAA Sport Horn to install? Any mounting brackets or extra wiring? Pretty mechaniclly challenged

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all this talk, i may actually have to hook my horn back up....



nah, the button now serves a higher purpose

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all this talk, i may actually have to hook my horn back up....

nah, the button now serves a higher purpose
Yeah you should and retire your "beam me up scotty" button!

The combo upgrades of stebel and HL modulator essentially eliminated my previously all too frequent close calls with cagers not looking before violating my ROW.

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i cut off the bracket and shoved the horn under a side cover.
neat, clean, and potentialy dead-but better than alive and ugly.

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I'm mechanically challenged, how hard or easy is to install that Sport Horn? Any special mounting or wiring?

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Real easy. Just pull off the 2 wires, and unbolt the stock horn, then mount the PIAA and slip the wires back on.

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How easy is the PIAA Sport Horn to install? Any mounting brackets or extra wiring? Pretty mechaniclly challenged
No really! I mean it. It's that easy!!

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potentialy dead-but better than alive and ugly.
I prefer it the other way.

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Stebel's included spec sheet claims 117db at 1meter for 18A, versus twistedthrottle shows 139db? It sure sounds closer to 139. Even using stebel's conservative 117db @+2db, makes it is 58% louder than PIAA. Sound waves diminish exponentially with distance, so to maximize effectiveness I mounted it 3' "closer". So it is atleast twice as LOUD as PIAAA mounted in the stock location. Plus the sound projection is forward instead of reflecting from the pavement into you. twistedthrottle now sells a plug and play kit to make its install MUCH easier.
Wow! Now that's REALLY LOUD! and that strategic placement really oughto get your message across!!

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Wow! Now that's REALLY LOUD! and that strategic placement really oughto get your message across!!
Yes "the message" gets express VIP delivery everytime! I'm glad to confirm after several Freeway close calls it performed brilliantly!

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Got the Piaa horns today. i got the two horn set, 400Hz & 500Hz. i tired them both and put the 400Hz on as I liked the lower tone.
It is definitely louder than stock. My bike now sounds like a car!
That should wake up those sleeping cagers!
Here's a couple quick vids. Not very good as I took them with my little digital camera. I think the horn was too loud for the microphone! LOL!
The one vid with the gate behind me is under a covered area so there mightbe some echo making it seem louder. The camera is about 2-3 feet away from the bike. The second vid is in my driveway and the camera is about 8 feet away.



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I think you'd be REALLY impressed with the Stebel.

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I'd like to hear one in person some time so I can makek a true comparison.

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Real easy. Just pull off the 2 wires, and unbolt the stock horn, then mount the PIAA and slip the wires back on.



No really! I mean it. It's that easy!!
No relay required? Sounds too easy!

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