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Motorhead1977

Ordered mine Sunday 6/8 and horn arrived Friday 6/12. Lightning speed.

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Rinkydink

Horn arrived and installed. Took a short ride today so no earplugs. Honked the new horn on the freeway to hear it. Wow, it even hurt my ears a bit. It’s loud. 

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TEWKS

Ok good job, NEXT! :grin:

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AndyS
13 hours ago, TEWKS said:

 NEXT! :grin:

 

That made me smile. That was my bread and butter job in my earlier life!

The title says 'right side view', me thinks it's a left hand view!

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Skywagon

Screaming Banshee's Shockwave

 

Well it came in.  I spent 3 hours in Texas heat today trying to find a way to make it fit.  I could mount it, but there was no way to turn the forks stop to stop.  I made a couple of brackets trying to make it fit but I can't figure it out.  Back it goes.  The mfg says it will fit, but I have no idea how.

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RTinNC
6 hours ago, Skywagon said:

Screaming Banshee's Shockwave

 

Well it came in.  I spent 3 hours in Texas heat today trying to find a way to make it fit.  I could mount it, but there was no way to turn the forks stop to stop.  I made a couple of brackets trying to make it fit but I can't figure it out.  Back it goes.  The mfg says it will fit, but I have no idea how.

 

That is why I opted for the 5 Series car horn.  Truly plug and play and if you go very slow and careful it can't possibly take more than 20-30 minutes to install 

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fourteenfour

oddly, 61338381271 while is plug and play on the 19RT it is too wide to let the forks swing side to side if placed where the original flat horn is.

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Rinkydink

On my ‘17 RT I had to swivel the horn a bit to avoid contact with my fork tube but it fits. I don’t know the difference between the 17 and 19 in that aspect. I did have to rotate the horn and it mostly faces the inside of the dash. It probably reflects a lot of the sound back to me while riding. It is loud. It is humid as hell here and I just don’t want to fiddle with it at this time. 

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RTinNC
18 hours ago, Rinkydink said:

On my ‘17 RT I had to swivel the horn a bit to avoid contact with my fork tube but it fits. I don’t know the difference between the 17 and 19 in that aspect. I did have to rotate the horn and it mostly faces the inside of the dash. It probably reflects a lot of the sound back to me while riding. It is loud. It is humid as hell here and I just don’t want to fiddle with it at this time. 

 

Fit perfect on my 2018 GSW but as noted I did have to swivel it a bit. 

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Sandlapper
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1997-2003 BMW 528i E39 5 Series Low Tone Pitch Note Horn OEM D2

 

Finally got around to installing this horn on my bike and I'll have to say I was disappointed with it....I believe that the  RT OEM horn is louder. I'm going to pull it back off and see if the person I bought it from will refund, otherwise does anyone here want a used horn?

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Skywagon

Sandlapper...  is that the 5 series horn described earlier in this thread?  If so your results are same as mine.  I’m back to meep meep

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gary45

Bass sound penetrates better than treble or midrange, when there is a car around with those big bass speakers you can hear that bass sound at quite a distance, do not hear the rest of the music. We are used to high pitched horns in North America which sound loud to the user, not necessarily to the person in a car you are trying to warn.

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Hosstage

Is there some type of adjustment screw on the back of that horn, possibly sealed with some silicone?

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Sandlapper
On 6/26/2020 at 8:17 AM, gary45 said:

Bass sound penetrates better than treble or midrange, when there is a car around with those big bass speakers you can hear that bass sound at quite a distance, do not hear the rest of the music. We are used to high pitched horns in North America which sound loud to the user, not necessarily to the person in a car you are trying to warn.

 

I understand that, but what I'm saying is that IMHO the car horn seemed to be about same pitch as the RT horn but definitely not as loud.....the site I bought had a low and high pitch for sale and they were marked as such(BTW they refunded)....I also have a LT and that horn will get your attention, hell if it will fit might look in that direction

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What I'd really like is one that sounds like the old Cadillac.....As soon as Denali gets the "CanSmart Controllers" back in stock gonna probably spring for the Sound Bomb

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Sandlapper
On 6/26/2020 at 8:00 AM, Skywagon said:

Sandlapper...  is that the 5 series horn described earlier in this thread?  If so your results are same as mine.  I’m back to meep meep

 

yep

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Janky59

I’ve been waiting to see if others had the same results as me after I installed my 5 series horn. I was sort of underwhelmed by the result, I get the low frequency argument gary45. It was an easy installation, and wasn’t too expensive thanks to the link, but to me, dual tone or air horn is the path to awareness. YMMV.

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RTinNC
On 6/27/2020 at 9:17 AM, Janky59 said:

I’ve been waiting to see if others had the same results as me after I installed my 5 series horn. I was sort of underwhelmed by the result, I get the low frequency argument gary45. It was an easy installation, and wasn’t too expensive thanks to the link, but to me, dual tone or air horn is the path to awareness. YMMV.

 

As I posted earlier ... this solution is certainty not the loudest horn you can buy.  The Sound Bomb (not the mini) or using dual horns are probably both a bit louder solutions.   However,  THIS solution is louder and better than stock and is truly plug and play with super simple installation.   I have it on both my bikes and am very pleased.   To me it's kind of like comparing Clearwater Darla's  to the Sevina's .... the Darlas will certainly add to safety and get you noticed but are not the brightest light made.   But for the cost they are a great solution.   And of course YMMV. 

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LAF

I tried that same horn on my RT it was no louder then stock.  Did not even bother on the GS, just do the Sound Bomb and be done with it.  Those little horns are no better then stock.  At first when I tried it I thought I had ordered wrong or got a defective one, nope IMHO a waste of money for sure.

 

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RTinNC


Well as they say YMMV. But everyone I know who has tried this swap has seen significant improvement.  In fact just got a nit from another on this site saying this Series 5 horn saved his bacon when minivan started to move into his lane.  
 

The Soundbomb (not the mini) airhorn is louder but it a more complicated install.

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TJRL
On 6/17/2020 at 11:35 PM, Skywagon said:

Screaming Banshee's Shockwave

 

Well it came in.  I spent 3 hours in Texas heat today trying to find a way to make it fit.  I could mount it, but there was no way to turn the forks stop to stop.  I made a couple of brackets trying to make it fit but I can't figure it out.  Back it goes.  The mfg says it will fit, but I have no idea how.

Odd, I got my Screaming Banshee Shockwave to fit my 2018 R1200RT and 2020 R1250RT. It is very vtight but it does fit.

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Skywagon

TJRL...Pictures would be nice.  I could mount mine, but could not find a way to clear the forks when turning lock to lock.  i mounted it high, low, original, made a 90 degree short bracket, 90 degree long bracket, and gave up.  Anxious to see what you did and if you can turn your forks lock to lock.  When I did the fork would hit the horn.

 

 

P.S.  Is it really loud?  worth the effort?

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Rougarou

I've got two Stebels mounted on the 06 RT,.....don't know how much difference in room there is between my bike and wetheads, but I managed to stuff both in there.

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92Merc

For those with some clearance issues, you should watch the Stebel install video from Hornig.  If you pay attention, you don't actually use the OEM horn mount bolt.  You move up to one of the fairing mount bolts.  That little added extra height may help a lot.

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Sandlapper

Got my SoundBomb over the weekend, I'm gonna  wait on the CanSmart and D2s before installing....

 

Talked with a sales rep from Denali/Twisted Throttle about the CanSmart and he says that they are on back order but they do get them in in small batches, so all that come in are already sold from orders.......He said that if you want one you need to order one and wait....they do not charge your card till they ship.

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LAF
8 hours ago, Sandlapper said:

Got my SoundBomb over the weekend, I'm gonna  wait on the CanSmart and D2s before installing....

 

Talked with a sales rep from Denali/Twisted Throttle about the CanSmart and he says that they are on back order but they do get them in in small batches, so all that come in are already sold from orders.......He said that if you want one you need to order one and wait....they do not charge your card till they ship.

Well you can go right to the source and order a HEX ezCAN.  They make the CanSmart for Denali. And it is just rebranded for Denali.  Both outfits I really like and support fully, but if you want something on a timetable you may try for a ezCAN somewhere.

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Sandlapper
18 hours ago, LAF said:

Well you can go right to the source and order a HEX ezCAN.  They make the CanSmart for Denali. And it is just rebranded for Denali.  Both outfits I really like and support fully, but if you want something on a timetable you may try for a ezCAN somewhere.

Hey Lee that's good info to know.......

 

I have looked no farther than just viewing the pic of the ezCan controller, but they have pigtails that I would assume(yeah I know) have to be wired onto the device you are controlling. I’m in no hurry for these lights/horn upgrade but by ordering all components from Denali it is a true plug & play......Of course there is about a $60 difference in price but I guess that is just for the convenience no wiring, soldering, or waterproofing of pigtail connections.

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