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Finally replaced the Taco's silly horn!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Drewski, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. Sep 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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    Drewski

    Drewski [OP] Well-Known Member

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    For as tough of a truck as the taco is, the horn is so oddly out of place. But I've put up with it for a while, wincing every time I hit the steering wheel. Of course, it ticks me off when my wife imitates it, (meep meep!) but hey it could be worse. So the other day, I go to honk at someone crossing the street in front of me, and they looked up and laughed. They @#$%ing laughed. So that was it. I had to replace that sissy sounding horn! I didn't need to install some insane air compressor driven semi or train horn, but I just needed one with a bit more authority. Think: '74 Bonneville, or something like that.

    Since I have an O'reilly's within walking distance, I strolled over there to see what they had for under $20. And sure enough, found the Wolo 320-2T, which had some decent reviews on Amazon. Picked it up and went home to install. It took a little engineering, since the original horn is tiny, and this Wolo horn is much fatter, and in 2 pieces. I put one in the original horn location, and one under the hood, next to the airbox.

    In a rare bout of foresight, I had the video camera running to compare the before and after sounds. Unfortunately, the camera doesn't really capture the difference in volume, but it is definitely there. It does capture, however, the difference in tone, which is quite welcome.

    And since I was off today, I thought I'd mess around with iMovie a bit, do a little comparo. Sorry for the noob quality, but I had fun with it anyway.

    http://youtu.be/LuzF0GGIDL8
     
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  2. Sep 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM
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    Onurnez

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    Sound good man. Love the video!
     
  3. Sep 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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    Jeff350

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    Great video, I loved the "after" comparison pictures!
     
  4. Sep 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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    Tribull

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    Haha, funny video!
     
  5. Sep 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    OMG that video is HILARIOUS!!!! As far as the horn MUCH better sounds like a real horn now. I'm going right after work to pick up a set of new horns I cringe everytime I have to use the stock ones. As far as the new ones go, did you have to do any kind of splicing or wiring or was it plug-n-play?
     
  6. Sep 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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    Fenwick1993

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    x2! I might do this.

    Loved the vid by the way, OP. I thought the pics were funny.
     
  7. Sep 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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    PBR Streetgang

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    Great video. Thanks for the laugh.
     
  8. Sep 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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    yote

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    I dig the video. MUCH better than the stock moped horn
     
  9. Sep 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM
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    Thanks. I've read that some are plug n play, but this one had a positive terminal on two horns which were a fair distance apart. I couldve rigged up something with the right size spade ends, but it was quite easy to splice a Y into the stock hot wire, esp. since the previous owner had hacked into that wire already. And it's not like I'm ever putting that OEM horn back in there anyway. I put that thing on a fast track to the landfill.
     
  10. Sep 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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    Shauncho

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    great job with the mod and the vid. Awesome work! :) I may have to follow suit.
     
  11. Sep 20, 2013 at 3:41 PM
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    Awesome video made me laugh and great fix on the horn!:cheers:
     
  12. Sep 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM
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    very funny vid, and the horn sounds like a horn should now
     
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    Love the video man!!
     
  14. Sep 20, 2013 at 4:30 PM
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    I was entertaining the idea of hooking up an air horn to the ARB compressor that is under the hood of the Yeti
     
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  15. Sep 20, 2013 at 4:37 PM
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    TejasYOTA

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    Great mod! Makes me want to do mine now. :)
     
  16. Sep 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM
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    I've been thinkiong I'd put an 18 wheeler horn on mine. Dallas drivers need an earful sometimes.
     
  17. Sep 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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    great vid.
    im vastly embarassed by the OEM taco horn. This gives me hope as well as renewed street cred.
     
  18. Sep 23, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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    Funny video for sure. I still prefer the four different toned Cadillac horns I put in my Taco. ;)
     
  19. Sep 23, 2013 at 3:24 PM
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    Eh, see my Build Thread sig link. Too many mods to list.
    Great job!
     
  20. Sep 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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    Def sounds a little meaner......good video too
     

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