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post #1 of 10 Old 06-18-2017, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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I was out for a charity ride a few weeks ago and as I was passing by people who were cheering us on, I used my horn lots of time to acknowledge them... the more I rode on, the more I realized that the little "meep meep" horn that is on the NM4 is both out of character and a safety hazard (little attention from cages).

I did a little research and decided to replace the horns on both my NM4s with the FIAMM Model F72112 "Freeway Blaster", which goes for around USD$16.. note that I went with the "Low Note" version (there is a "High Note" version as well, but the Low one seems to get the most attention judging from online reviews).

Installation was a breeze -- about 15 minutes to remove the old horn and replace it with the new. You can re-use the 10mm nut from the old horn and connection is via two spade connectors (polarity dies not matter according to my research).

The difference is quite discernible, with 130db when you hit the horn button!
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1. FIAMM 72112 Replacement Horn.
2. Old Horn with Spade Terminals disconnected.
3. Stem without horn.
4. Old horn and replacement; re-used 10mm nut.
5. New horn installed and connected (make sure to tilt the new horn downward to ensure proper drainage).
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Nice. Do you happen to have a sound clip comparison to hear the difference? Or at least some db readings to show the improvement?
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Horn upgrade is a pretty common one across motorcycles and scooters.
Here is the one I used:
https://www.amazon.com/Stebel-116900.../dp/B00CMX20H4
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Does it really shoot out 139db?
Is the install pretty simple and straightforward as a swap as well?
Any issues with placement, as in, because of bigger size compared to stock?
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As with all my mods, the mechanic does it not me.
However he did tell me he didn't have any problem with a swap.
Only that he had to use a relay due to the draw.


As to volume, he first tested it out INSIDE his shop.
When his hearing returned he vowed never to do that again.
Keep in mind measurements for all sound are at a certain distance from the source (I think its 1 meter) and sound drops off over distance.
I had this item on my Silverwing when I had it, and got a new one for my NM4 as soon as I bought it because I liked it so much.


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If you look closely at the back of the pkg (zoom in on the last pic) it has a warning and instructions, and an install kit if desired.


Here is a link to a video where someone has done a sound and db meter comparison from his old and new horn.
He only gets 107, on his first try but you get the idea.


Also the compressor and the horn can be separated. and you can connect tubing from one to the other, allowing for custom fitting of parts separately if desired.
Here is a video of someone who has done it for his bike:


There are 2 freeway blaster models: the 72112 which has a low note and the 72102 which has a high note.
The Stebel is both high and low note.

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This video compares the horn to a stock horn over distance up to 100 meters.
Here is an existing topic on this board on the stebel:
Stebel air horn

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Nice. Do you happen to have a sound clip comparison to hear the difference? Or at least some db readings to show the improvement?
This is the video which I checked out:


https://youtu.be/nbxtIkXm4Qo

For his Yamaha installation, he drilled a drainage hole into the horn, but I don't think it's necessary on the NM4, as I was able to install the Freeway Blaster with sufficient tilt to allow drainage (I hope !).

I am *not* an expert, but all I did was unplug the two electrical blade connectors and undo the nut (10mm) behind the stock horn, remove it and then put the new horn in, tighten the same nut (ensure that you have the blade connectors roughly in the same position as the stock one) and then put the blade connectors on the terminals... 15 minutes to do. One tip: it really helps to turn the front wheel all the way to the left to give yourself access to the horn.

You can see/hear the FIAMM horn in action here:

https://youtu.be/Yu5JZELWxfI

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This is the video which I checked out:


https://youtu.be/nbxtIkXm4Qo

For his Yamaha installation, he drilled a drainage hole into the horn, but I don't think it's necessary on the NM4, as I was able to install the Freeway Blaster with sufficient tilt to allow drainage (I hope !).

I am *not* an expert, but all I did was unplug the two electrical blade connectors and undo the nut (10mm) behind the stock horn, remove it and then put the new horn in, tighten the same nut (ensure that you have the blade connectors roughly in the same position as the stock one) and then put the blade connectors on the terminals... 15 minutes to do. One tip: it really helps to turn the front wheel all the way to the left to give yourself access to the horn.

You can see/hear the FIAMM horn in action here:

https://youtu.be/Yu5JZELWxfI
Yeah, I don't know about that second video...don't want to have to replace it every year.
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