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Old 09-25-2013, 02:01 PM   #1
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Replacing OEM Horns

Has anyone replaced their OEM horns? If so, what to you replace them with?
Actually I think the 330 horns sound whimpy and they don't get any attention from stupid cell phone/texting drivers.

Looking for something a little louder, but not air horns or train horns.
Maybe Hella Supertones or something.

Do you have to remove the bumper to get to the OEM horns?

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Old 09-25-2013, 02:07 PM   #3
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I went with hella super tones.

I had two incidents where I almost got hit because people didn't hear the stock horn.

First I put in some little motorcycle air horn, it was loud, but sounded kinda high pitched and whimp. That broke and that's when I went with the hella supertones. I was able to get them to mount on the bumper bracket near the OEM location using existing holes using L brackets that came with them.
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Has anyone replaced their OEM horns? If so, what to you replace them with?
Actually I think the 330 horns sound whimpy and they don't get any attention from stupid cell phone/texting drivers.

Looking for something a little louder, but not air horns or train horns.
Maybe Hella Supertones or something.

Do you have to remove the bumper to get to the OEM horns?

THX
yeah the horns are mounted to the inside of the bumper IIRC.
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I'm thinking hella supertones myself. My friend has them and they're freaking loud. A truck came into my lane while I was passing the otherday, was lucky there was a left shoulder. Don't know if he would have heard me with the supertones either, but at least it's more likely than with the OE horns
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^ Yeah i was kinda looking at them myself. i wonder if they can be installed with little fuss/modification. anyone have pics installed on an e46? custom wiring? plug and play?
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yeah the horns are mounted to the inside of the bumper IIRC.
Is it possibe to get to them without removing the bumper or is that what has to be done or the easiest way?
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Is it possibe to get to them without removing the bumper or is that what has to be done or the easiest way?
i'm pretty sure you have to remove the bumper. its fine cause removing the bumper is easy.
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Can I have your stock ones?
If or when I change them, you can for the cost of shipping.
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^ Yeah i was kinda looking at them myself. i wonder if they can be installed with little fuss/modification. anyone have pics installed on an e46? custom wiring? plug and play?

I can't really get a pic because I don't plan on having my bumper off, but they weren't too bad to install. Playing around with different orientations and an L bracket I managed to get them mounted using some holes that were already in the bumper.

They have spade connectors on them, so I had to cut off the stock bmw connectors. I put on some crimp all weather female spade connectors to hook it up.

If you could get the other end of the connector I guess you could make an adapter so that you don't have to cut off the stock connector. I wanted to do that, but couldn't source the connector I needed.
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Re: Replacing OEM Horns

I installed the PIAA horns are they are pretty good. BTW, i removed my headlights to change them and had to cut the original plugs.

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I can't really get a pic because I don't plan on having my bumper off, but they weren't too bad to install. Playing around with different orientations and an L bracket I managed to get them mounted using some holes that were already in the bumper.

They have spade connectors on them, so I had to cut off the stock bmw connectors. I put on some crimp all weather female spade connectors to hook it up.

If you could get the other end of the connector I guess you could make an adapter so that you don't have to cut off the stock connector. I wanted to do that, but couldn't source the connector I needed.

Can you post a picture of the stock connector?
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I had two incidents where I almost got hit because people didn't hear the stock phone.

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Haha, probably more accurate than what you actually meant.
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Can you post a picture of the stock connector?
I don't have them anymore, I did it like 2 years ago.

I want to say that the connector is shared with another part, maybe the heated windshield washer jets. I think I remember seeing a post where some one was able to order the jet heater connector to use for it. I could be thinking about a completely different project though....
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Re: Replacing OEM Horns

Been thinking of doing this same thing. Stock horn is so wimpy

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