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damn, I bet those are loud as $hit! nice..
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haha yea they are..just wait until i get the firetruck ones on.. woot woot
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Here's a look at my compressed air plant, 10 gallons @ 150 psi, filled by a trusty Puma DC5000 and a York 210R that you can't see:




Here's what I've currently got on the truck. The trio over the cab are Kahlenberg commercial boat horns, which hit every bit as hard as real AirChime train horns, but are much lower in pitch due to their length. In the back is a larger set from a Great Lakes passenger ferry:




And a couple shots to show the size of the cab-over brass horns relative to the largest trumpet in the Hornblaster 4-chime kit:






The Hornblaster black 4-chime horns sound great BTW, and they are decently loud, but not as loud as these Kahlenbergs or the 37" Grovers you see on 18-wheelers. I'm putting the Hornblaster horns on my wife's Focus so she has something to toot back with.

Of course, it's the horns in the back that people are always asking me to blow... I oblige if I'm on the highway, but I don't like to blow them downtown because they are ridiculously loud. Next week I'm swapping that 10 gallon tank for a 30 so I can blow my really big horns! TOOT TOOT!
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holy crap, can we say over kill lol... id never **** you off on the road...
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man the 93-97 horns are so high pitched....I'm wandering if I can use an expedition horn or new F-150? BTW where is the horn located?
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man the 93-97 horns are so high pitched....I'm wandering if I can use an expedition horn or new F-150? BTW where is the horn located?
You can use any 12V DC horn you want, from any vehicle. There aren't any compatibility issues to worry about because the horn has its own relay that can handle any 12V auto horn (or pair of 12V horns). If you get a hi-lo pair, it will have a much better sound than just one horn. You can get new lower-toned horns at a junkyard, or any auto parts store.

Some of the most powerful, lowest 12VDC horns available are the ones that came off late 1950's cars. Check this one out:



The smaller horn in this pair is the same size as what's on today's autos (Ford vehicles included). They just don't use electric horns like the larger one anymore on cars, but you can get them on eBay (which is where I just nabbed this photo from). There is also a Federal Signal "Traffic Blaster" horn which is a special 12V fire truck horn, those this usually get bit up to around $200. And then there are 12V DC long-trumpet boat horns... these will also work off existing car/truck wiring. The there is JC Whitney's 12V "Ocean Liner Blast horn", which doesn't sound like an ocean liner, but it is very low-toned and mean. Anyone who wants an easy 12V horn replacement to get lower tone has a lot of options available! Be creative.

I don't know where the horn is on a 93 ranger, but it can't be that hard to find. Just look under the front, on either side. On my '02, the single horn is just in front of the left front wheel.

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Get a cadillac horn, those sound pretty tight.. almost a train horn sound to them
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man the 93-97 horns are so high pitched....I'm wandering if I can use an expedition horn or new F-150? BTW where is the horn located?
yea an expidtion one would sound really nice.... anyone know if its a plug and play?
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holy crap, can we say over kill lol... id never **** you off on the road...
Good Gosh Man! Do you have to put ear plugs in when you honk your horn?
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Turns out my '02 Mazda has two horns after all, one of them has just never worked (the low tone one). Dang! Now I need me some new electric horns too.
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well darn you adam..just brust my bubble..haha..i thought i was pimp rockin the HORNS..haha

its all good man..just something for me to work at..

great set up..but im still learning and growing..one day :)
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DAMN! That's about all i can say. DAMN!
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well darn you adam..just brust my bubble..haha..i thought i was pimp rockin the HORNS..haha
You know, it starts off slow... a Wolo horn here, Hornblaster there, then pretty soon you got forty train horns in your garage and you can't decide which one should be on the truck today... LOL.

For me, it all started at a garage sale about 14 years ago, when I found this old Universal Security Instruments car alarm siren (an old-school motor-drive type like a small version of what's on fire engines). A few years later I had yellow freight backing up to my garage and unloading a 750-pound, 22-trumpet, cold-war era air-raid siren. And then I got into the air horns...

Hornblaster horns getting upstaged:

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thats awome...i got those hornblaster ones..i got the hornblaster phsyco ones too..lol

im workin on single grovers now..buying em clean em down, paint em, repair em sell em make some profit to that a few times to get some cash to buy a bigger set..takes time but keeps me busy..
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this is probably a dumb question...but are air horns the same as train horns?
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Get a cadillac horn, those sound pretty tight.. almost a train horn sound to them

when i pull cars into the shop at work i have to honk the horn and i always get a kick out of the old cadi horns
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this is probably a dumb question...but are air horns the same as train horns?
Modern locomotive horns are diaphragm type air horns, usually in sets of 3 or 5, made from cast aluminum and driven by compressed air at 120-140 psi. There are also chrome 3 and 4-note truck horns on the market that are called "train horns" by the manufacturer because they sound similar to train horns, though they are really truck horns by design. A real train horn is one that was manufactured specifically for locomotive use, such as those by Nathan-AirChime and Leslie Controls.

There are lots of different kinds of air horns, of which train horns are only a small subset. "Air horns" covers any horn driven by gas, from small party horns to the largest fog horns.
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cool man thanks, i want to get some type of air horn soon, not sure which kind tho, dont wanna spend like 300 bucks just for a horn you know, i aint saying i wouldnt love to have train horns but yeh, little pricey for me.
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Unless you intend only to scare people $hitless, there is no point in putting a real train horn on your daily driver. It would be too loud to use as your regular road horn. Even the 3-chime, $150 "trucker train horns" are pushing the limits of what's reasonable. For guys looking for a big sound for their truck, I generally recommend that they find space underneath for the 34" and 37" Grover big rig horns. These are much lower toned than train horns and they sound positively bad ***, while not being ridiculously loud.
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piaa makes a pretty hefty horn to replace the stock one..apparently there pretty load
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Unless you intend only to scare people $hitless, there is no point in putting a real train horn on your daily driver. It would be too loud to use as your regular road horn. Even the 3-chime, $150 "trucker train horns" are pushing the limits of what's reasonable. For guys looking for a big sound for their truck, I generally recommend that they find space underneath for the 34" and 37" Grover big rig horns. These are much lower toned than train horns and they sound positively bad ***, while not being ridiculously loud.

yea...i got the 3 chime set its pretty mo fo loud..and i got the single grovers..but if i had to do any of it..the single grovers are the way to go..you can find em for a good price on ebay..all day long..AND..they dont take that much air to honk...Hadley makes some good ones..along with Mack, or frieghtliner..

but im workin on the real train horn for my DD now..ive got enough in my setup might as well go big or go home
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why in gods name do you need so many horns. i think mine does just fine.
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why in gods name do you need so many horns. i think mine does just fine.

something different...i like being different..

and it gets attention....not many people know what goes into an air system or even horns..its something fun to work on..i guess thats my reason lol i dunno i cant remember what made me want to get some...
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im soon to follow evan just not 11 lol...maybe one set and thats it
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Here's a sound clip of my cab horns and the horns in the truck bed, for your amuseument!

http://www.shiphorns.com/media/s1d2t4.mp3
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