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Horn Replacement Recommendations

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Thelum, Jun 30, 2022.

  1. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:30 PM
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    Thelum

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    The low-note horn on my '03 XtraCab recently started failing. The high-note trumpet always works, but as often as not, the low one doesn't. I figure I have three choices...

    1) Do nothing. I still have a horn.
    2) Replace the low-note trumpet.
    3) Replace both trumpets.

    Option 1 really isn't an option. I'm from the "fix things when they break" school. Plus, the high-note horn on its own is pretty prissy sounding. It's sounds like my grandma's Chevette in 1985.

    I'm leaning towards Option 3. I figure that while I'm in there, I might as well fix both. But I don't know- is that just a waste? Are horns like headlights, should you replace both when you replace one? Or if it isn't broken, should I leave the high one alone and just replace the one that needs replacing? Anyone here just replaced one, then found the other one failed shortly afterwards?

    Thanks for any insight.
     
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  2. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:31 PM
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    PennSilverTaco

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    Hella horns; Super cheap on Amazon! I've been satisfied with mine...
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:31 PM
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    Taco critter

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    Fix em both
     
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  4. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:33 PM
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  5. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:34 PM
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    Taco critter

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    Good choice ,,,,some caddy horns
     
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    I use the Hella horns, but I also installed an electronic air horn from Lamphus as well.
     
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  7. Jun 30, 2022 at 8:36 PM
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    Taco critter

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    Air horns or reg horns at harbor freight ain't bad
     
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    This is what I used for the air horn.

    LAMPHUS SoundAlert 12V 100W Electric Police Air Horn Kit [Slim Speaker] [118-124dB] [Hands-Free] Train Truck Police Siren Horn for Vehicles Truck UTV ATV Car POV https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYHQEJF

    For the factory horn trumpets, I used these.

    HELLA 012010901 Black 12V BX Trumpet Horn Kit (Toyota) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EG18SFM
     
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  9. Jun 30, 2022 at 10:58 PM
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    Do it right add a air compressor and Air Horn!!

    One of those fire truck horns would attract attention.
     
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    Install red hella supertone horn kit. I just did that to my 1995 Tacoma and it sounds like a subaru now haha
     
  11. Aug 13, 2022 at 11:40 AM
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    I've run into a problem here. Based on recommendations in the forum, I bought the Hella horns. I replaced them, and....same problem. High works, low doesn't. I switched the horns, and the low works but the high doesn't- so the problem isn't the horns, it's something else. I cleaned the connection on the non-working one, and no luck. I left the low one where the high one is supposed to go- I figure, if I'm gonna have one, the low one sounds better.

    If it was the relay, would this happen? That is, could a bad relay cause just one to go out?
     
  12. Aug 13, 2022 at 11:53 AM
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    HELLA Supertones. Inexpensive, very easy install, scary loud.

    IMG_1316.HEIC.jpg
     
  13. Aug 13, 2022 at 12:34 PM
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    OP already bought them. :burp:

    He/she came back to post that he got them, but has issues with either the wiring or relays.
     
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