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Hella horns or the nautilus are all I've ever seen people upgrade to. If this is genuinely 120db,it should also be pretty good.

I've actually got an BMW m3 horn laying around which I think I'm going to install. Got it for a few bucks at a flea market and should be able to wire it up easily enough. Anything is better than a standard bike horn, they are on a whole, pretty disappointing.
 

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I emailed the guys at Twisted Throttle, and asked if the Soundbomb Compact or the Soundbomb Mini would be more suitable for the R3 and they suggested i get the Mini. The mini just installed where the old horn is; no wires, no fiddling with placement. I haven't ordered it yet, but i'm considering it.
 

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are you talking abou the dual-tone soundbomb or the soundbomb mini?
 

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What was the installation like for the Nautilus? I'm pretty good with wiring and stuff but would like to hear your opinions.
The hardest part was finding somewhere to mount the horn. I put mine in the gap in the left hand fairing near the indicator. This was pretty much the only place that it would fit, but from this location I could also run the wiring from the existing horn system without having to extend it.

You could probably fit the whole assembly in the space in the fairing but I separated the compressor and the horn, and used an air hose to connect them. This was mainly so the horn outlet could be mounted in the gap in the fairing for maximum sound output.



It's hard to see, but the circular metal object in this picture is the compressor mounted in the fairing gap. You can just see the air hose leading to the front of the fairing too.


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The "mini" listed by Twisted Throttle is not an air horn, it is electromagnetic like my Fiamm Freeway Blasters.
I swapped a Lo-tone Fiamm for the stock horn to get me through autumn until the snow started. It was marginally better and a 5 minute job.
For a real improvement you must have two (low and high tone), and they must be powered through a relay.
It took me days. The biggest job was figuring out where and how to install everything, then wires had to be made.
This is the fourth time I have used a pair of these horns. That, and a SS front brake line are the first things I do when I change bikes.
I am not a sound engineer so I can't explain it, but the way the two horns sound together is much more than twice as loud as one horn.
 

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Bluebird:

So I got the Mini after consulting TwistedThrottle. Installed it into where the OEM horn was, using the two arm brackets that were provided. it IS wider than the OEM horn, so I had to bend the brackets back a bit so the horn fit and doesn't scrape against the rear of the headlight housing.

I like the sound of the horn. Comes out sounding like a mid-size sedan and grabs attention well. I'm sure with a little fiddling, you could position the Compact somewhere but if you want just an easy plug and play, then the Mini is the way to go
 
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I have the soundbomb compact on my R3. I mounted it where the stock horn was, had to do some fiddling with positioning but I got it on there. Sounds amazing.
 

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I have the soundbomb compact on my R3. I mounted it where the stock horn was, had to do some fiddling with positioning but I got it on there. Sounds amazing.
Please any picture on how you did it. I tried but it hit the mud guard lol. I am planning on dismantling it and put it inside the left fairing.
 

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Sorry to bump an old thread but I'm looking at getting one of the Denali's and wanted to know whether the R3 uses blade style horn wire connectors or not.

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Sorry to bump an old thread but I'm looking at getting one of the Denali's and wanted to know whether the R3 uses blade style horn wire connectors or not.

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R3 uses what in the UK is 'spade' connections, 'blade' like a flat head screwdriver will be the same.

Previous poster mentioned problem about wiring, if fitting a more powerful horn (Current/amps)! Just use the two horn connections to power a 12vdc relay, come of your Pos, red, + connection on your battery, have a suitably rated inline fuse, (Have a spare or two fuses) run that to the N/O side of your relay contacts other side to the horn.

Would do the same for Neg, black, -, on your battery via the relay then to your new horn.
 

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R3 uses what in the UK is 'spade' connections, 'blade' like a flat head screwdriver will be the same.

Previous poster mentioned problem about wiring, if fitting a more powerful horn (Current/amps)! Just use the two horn connections to power a 12vdc relay, come of your Pos, red, + connection on your battery, have a suitably rated inline fuse, (Have a spare or two fuses) run that to the N/O side of your relay contacts other side to the horn.

Would do the same for Neg, black, -, on your battery via the relay then to your new horn.
Excellent, thank you. The reseller I'm looking to go through offers a plug and play solution that includes all the in line fuses etc. Just needed to make sure the connector type was suitable.

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I have the soundbomb compact on my R3. I mounted it where the stock horn was, had to do some fiddling with positioning but I got it on there. Sounds amazing.
Jay did you have any fitment issues with the soundbomb compact? I'm looking at getting the split version so I can have a smaller unit to mount in the original location.
 
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