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Do all bikes have two horns? I recall testing an 84 Interstate and the horn sounded great. The horn on my 84 Aspencade sounds kinda tinny and no harmonic.

Should there be one or two? Depending on the answer, I will investigate.


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Should have two, one is high pitch the other is low so the sound covers a decent spread of the hearing spectrum.

on the '84 they are fitted either side of the radiator behind the lower fairing, if you upgrade them then it might be best to fit a relay (operated by the original wire from thehorn push) to cope with the higher current.
 

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My 83 Interstate has two. I also have added air horns. I bought them at a local auto parts store for $25 US. I mounted them on the lowers, ran the hoses into the false tank where I laid the compressor on its side nestled in foam on top of the air box. I used the relay that came with them and tied them into the horn circuit.

THEY ARE REALLY LOUD AND GET PEOPLES ATTENTION. Especially since I'm still using the OEM horns. They have gotten attention from cagers getting ready to do something stupid.

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Based on the answers I got, I took off the lower side fairing and felt the right horn as I pressed the horn button and although the other side sounded, there was no vibration from the one I was holding, so I removed the wires and measured the voltage as I pressed the horn button. I got about 11 volts, so I removed the horn to the bench and started fooling with it. It is probably the points inside but there seems no way to service it. Does anyone have any info or help on this one?

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Hawker22 wrote:
Based on the answers I got, I took off the lower side fairing and felt the right horn as I pressed the horn button and although the other side sounded, there was no vibration from the one I was holding, so I removed the wires and measured the voltage as I pressed the horn button. I got about 11 volts, so I removed the horn to the bench and started fooling with it. It is probably the points inside but there seems no way to service it. Does anyone have any info or help on this one?

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I can now answer my own question. Since nothing seems to have been written on the horn on this forum, I went on a search and found this;

http://www.firstfives.org/faq/horn/horn_faq.htm

After reading the article, I cut the ring offmy horn and carefully pried the diaphram off the front. It was severly rusted inside and the points were frozen with rust. I cleaned it up and set the adjuster so that I was just getting continuity between the spades with the diaphram held in place. A collar on the diaphram acts as the point breaker. I assume that the frequency is set by this screw, but it may be set by the center screw inside the big set nut on the back. Anyway, I did not change the setting of the center bolt. The horn is now fully functional once more and sounds almost correct with regard to the harmonic.

If anyone knows how to tune the horns, I am all ears, so to speak. I am leaving the horn space on myWing open for tonight in the hopes that I may get some info before I button it up.



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Well, no horn tuners in the crowd. I think I found a good description here:

http://www.vernco.com/sparks/id516.htm

I tried it and forgot to use earplugs so my old ears are ringing a bit this AM. It works, and so now my previously defunct right horn is back in there, mixing it up with the left one.

Sounds just like the other Wings now. Hope this may help to bail out any other horn defficiency suffers.

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There is alway Viagra or Cialis :goofygrin:for people who have horn problems.:shock:

Glad you got up and going.:D

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