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MOTORZ shows you how to install a real 180dB train horn kit on our project truck with 4 horns, a 3 gallon air tank and a ...
160 PSI air compressor.
How to Install Train Horns on a Truck
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I am Chris Duke and this is Motorz. Last year on Motorz, we installed a very cool and innovative products called Horntones which allow us to play virtually any MP3 through an amplified loudspeaker at the press of a button. Now, as cool as that product is, a Train Horn MP3 sound file is no replacement for the real deal of the set of these monsters are real air tank and a real air compressor from www.trainhornsdelivered.com. So we are going to put all these stuff you ask. Well since our project F1 50 is lifted with huge 35 inch tiers, there is no need to carry around a smaller spare, so we have that entire area below the bed just screaming to hold something else.
Now keep in mind, this kit is the biggest one, sold just under 500 bucks but they also carry three other kits including the smallest which is about 300 bucks, you can put that on a car. So let's check out what that kit comes with and how to install it. The three main components of the air compressor, the air tank and the air horns. Now, we are going to mount that tank and the air compressor underneath our canister for our tonneau cover, because we have got a sufficient space underneath there. We need to keep the air compressor away from the element. As far as the air horns are concerned, we are going to mount them underneath the vehicle where the spare tiers used to be.
Now the kit comes with one switch, we are going to use that for the air compressor, that's you want to hook it up to your vehicles horn, you're going to need to get a separate switch to trigger that. Now both of these need to be hooked up to 12 volt power. Now, there are many different ways of installing your train horn kit on your vehicle, but these are all the tools that we use for our particular installation. Some safety goggles, and some tape and a pen, so you can mark all of your wiring because you do have quite a bit, some zip ties and adjustable wrench, a socket wrench and a 14 millimeter socket, some crimpers and some strippers, and some cutters for your wires. Some additional wiring and some electrical tape. Now, we can go there out of using solder and all that, or you can use some connectors.
Now if you don't use your stock horn, you're going to need to pick some switches like we did from our local radio shack and to mount them in your dash, you are going to need a hole saw and use a dremel to clean up that plastic. Now, for mounting the horns, you are going to need a couple of drill bits and a power drill. Now, we also use this velcro and you'll find out why in a little bit.
In addition to your airline, you are going to have to hook up to your horns, you are also going to have to hook up a switch or your vehicle horn to these two wires, that's for the solenoid, that's what it's going to activate the valve and open it up and give you a blast. Now, where we are going to amount this, underneath our truck right here in the spare tier location, since we don't have a spare tire anymore. Now just watch out for this cross members when you put this up there and figure out where you are going to mount it. After you drilled your holes, drop in your three bolts and add on this vibration pads, if you have got this on there, so you can mount your horns and plug in your airline and tuck up your switch.
Due to the fact, that we have got this huge canister for a role top tonneau cover and a bed rug made it very difficult for us to bolt this down to the steel bed. So as a result, we came up with the idea since this is a bed rug of using velcro straps and as you can see these things are on there pretty good and not going to move. The other advantages makes it lot easier to remove if we need to replace or repair. Throughout all the wiring and the airline, from the air tank and air compressor, out of the bed of the truck, it drilled the holes to the plastic, insert it front of the bed brought that everything through that hole. For our switches, we went back to radio shack and got another one that match the first one that we bought and these are going to go to left and the right of the cigarette lighter. They went on the left just going to control the air compressor, and the one on the right, it's going to control the solenoid to activate the train horn.
Use a smaller drill bit to drill your pilot hole where your switch is going to go and for our switch which is three quarter inch round, we're going to use this three quarter inch hole saw to drill a larger hole. Now the reason why we are using the dremels to get rid of some plastic that was on the back side here and make that nice and smooth and flush for a switch, because on the backside of the switch is this ring. Let's go ahead and put this over. This is going to be the compressor switch, so it's right in like that, it's nice and clean, almost stuck, now flip that over, and we'll put this ring around it, that ties it down.
Make your initial connections for 12 volt power in ground that's how we end up with. There are two wires that go from the train horns, all the way up to the front of the cab, one of them is the ground wire, that's the black one. That needs to be grounded, the other wire the red one goes up to the switch in the cab. All the wires come up to this grommet underneath the carpet on the driver side. Now we have got one ground wire, two for the switches, and one for constant power for your compressor. To operate your train horns, which on our vehicle is this switch here on the left. Then once your tank fills up and here is a switch on the right to blast them.
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Now there are many different ways to hook up your train horns to switches. You can blast using your vehicle horn button, we don't recommend you do it that way, unless you have a switch to overwrite it's use. A separate switch like we have installed on our F1 50 is recommended preferably out of reach from other passengers. Speaking of switches, you can refer our website for wiring diagram to see how we hooked everything up. Just visit the page from this episode and look for a link directly below the player. Now, if you are getting trouble with the law, you want to make sure that your stock horn button does nothing more than hawk your stock horn.
Train horns have been used for as long as locomotives are being around, to alert people and motorist that a train is approaching. Now as cool as train horns on vehicles can be, they are illegal, just about everywhere. A stock horn on a vehicle is about a 110 Decibels, but these train horns are 180. quite a bit louder than what's legally allowed. To put a 180 DB into perspective, a jet engine is a 120 Decibels, a gun shots are 140 and any exposure to 140 decibel are higher can actually cause hearing loss. A 180 DB is very, very loud. The reason why they are illegal, they violate noise ordinances, plus you can easily startle another driver and cause a major accident possibly involving yourself. Be responsible and considerate about how you use it and think of it as it a novelty, not as something you want to use on a frequent basis and never use it around moving vehicles. Now, air it up, go have some fun. Well, that does it for this episode Motorz. For more information on train horns that we installed today, go to www.trainhornsdelivered.com. Now for more episodes on Motorz, go to www.motorzs.tv where you can also check out some show notes below the player and also chat it up on our forms, or can ask questions about you particular installation.