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Its on the horn itself, how loud it is depends on how much pressure the compressor allows you to push but the type of sound is all horn.
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Okay thats what I was thinking..so do I want a longer set of horns for a deeper sound?
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Now that I don't know, I'm sure someone will chime in though. I want to do this as well I just doubt i'd use them that often.
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No, the pitch is all determined by the diameter of the "whistle" inside the base, general rule of thumb for horns: the bigger around the base of the horn is, the lower the sound; the shorter the horn the "raspy-er" it will sound. To give an idea of the sound (if you buy local) hit the bell and listen to it resonate, hit them all at once and you've got the chord that it will blow when hooked up. Hope you can understand all this, I'm a bit of a music nut.
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well heres the pics as it is now. i just got 35's w/ a spare rim/tire. so, the tank and compressor will most likely be moved to the front of the bed. of course, i'll spend a little time cleaning it up (tonneau cover keeps my quick wiring job hidden).

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Man that helps a ton..thanks!!! As far as mounting the horns them selves did you bolt them to the bed or make a bracket or what?
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The sound of your air horns is the length of the horn. The longer the lower tone. Plus the air volume through the horns.
I have 9" duals on my '99 Victory motorcycle but they have the little direct air compressor. They work fine for me. $59 at JC Whitney.
I don't use them to irritate people. I use them to inform someone I am there.

One poster said they wanted them for slow drivers? Are they doing the speed limit? Have you ever had someone tailgate you or toot their horn at you for going slow and did you slow down or speed up? Weak excuse for an attention getter. If you use them to prevent accidents I am all for it. Trust me, I know riding motorcycles....
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The sound of your air horns is the length of the horn. The longer the lower tone. Plus the air volume through the horns.
Well, this is true with instruments, but with the train horns and any other high psi horn it's all dependent on the "whistle" (which allows different air volumes to pass). The low horns are actually the shorter ones that are bigger around. And, have you ever had "Big Rig" roll up on you and blast his horns? Do you disregard this? Having a big truck AND a big horn can be very persuasive. I realize that sometimes people have places to go in a short amount of time (especially road trips on the interstate) so I do move over or speed up if someone is going faster than the speed limit and behind me. Now, on a motorcycle, I have respect for them while driving (both my mom and my dad ride) so I don't tailgate them and they always have the right-of-way from me.
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the bracket that holds the spare tire in place. i took that pulley system out, and just drilled 3 holes in it.
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That doesnt sound bad at all..I just dont wanna go drilling into my bed lol. Im gonna get some soon..Im sure ill be back for more questions haha
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i didn't go into the bed. theres a gap between the spare tire bracket and the bed. just enough room to fit you hand to tighten the nut and bolts. as for specs. my tank has 200 PSI which is PLENTY of power. i went through a train track while blasting my horns, and the gates went down to stop traffic behind me. that was kinda a one time thing because a train never came, and not really legal.
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mount them on top
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i didn't go into the bed. theres a gap between the spare tire bracket and the bed. just enough room to fit you hand to tighten the nut and bolts. as for specs. my tank has 200 PSI which is PLENTY of power. i went through a train track while blasting my horns, and the gates went down to stop traffic behind me. that was kinda a one time thing because a train never came, and not really legal.
The gates came down!!?? hahaha!!! Thats just awesome!! How did you mount your tank? Or is it just chillin there?
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theres precut holes under the tank, but i couldnt get the little screws to stay. so i chopped up a tie-down strap. holds like a charm!

oh, and talked to a local sherrif officer, who by the way LOVES IT!!!, said the only violation i could get in FL is illegal use. (SAME AS A REGULAR HORN)
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Ya man Im def. getting one first chance I get...I may have some problems trying to figure out how to install it but hey thats what makes it fun right? lol
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straight up in the bed

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or mount the horns in the bed area on the back of the cab, below the window, facing upward.
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not at all my friends got those same ones on his silverado in the spare tire spot and they sound the same all the way around the truck

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Nah, I took the donut out. I would put them there but I'm afraid of how much the sound will get muffled working it's way to anyone infront of me. But that's the only place I could find. What about in the bed?
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or mount the horns in the bed area on the back of the cab, below the window, facing upward.

bad idea..when it rains will fill with water..rust the diaphragm..then bad htings happen..when you honk water gets in line..sits on back side of valve..rusts that..sticks open..ouchy
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company claims that if pointed down at the pavement, it'll amplify itself, and sound equally loud at any point around the truck. i just didn't have enough room at the time. now that i'm 6.5" and 35s... maybe i'll see if i can change that?
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