05 Forester: better horn? better tires?

Discussion in 'Subaru Forester' started by Andrew Webber, Apr 12, 2005.

  1. Is there any way to get a horn that doesn't make me sound like a toy
    car? I tend to forget how squeaky it is and then I'm embarassed when
    I use it.

    I'm not looking for a 18-wheeler air horn (though that would be nice),
    nor do I want something that plays Yellow Rose of Texas. But a good
    solid horn like my ancient Explorer's would be good.

    Also how important is it to replace the stock tires? I got through
    winter with no problem which I know was wrong (but next year I'll get
    winter tires, really!). Should I run the issue tires this summer, get
    winter tires on steel wheels in November, and new tires on the alloy
    wheels in Spring 06, or are they bad enough to replace now? I drive
    very little but expect to do more now that the snow is gone.

    Thanks!
    =aw


    andrew []
     
    Andrew Webber, Apr 12, 2005
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    tuttlejr24 Guest

    Try J.C. Whitney catalog. Great selection of horns from OOGA to large
    ship horn and many in between. Even a cow and bull horn.
     
    tuttlejr24, Apr 16, 2005
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  3. Andrew Webber

    tuttlejr24 Guest

    Try J.C. Whitney catalog. Great selection of horns from OOGA to large
    ship horn and many in between. Even a cow and bull horn.
     
    tuttlejr24, Apr 16, 2005
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  4. Thanks, lots of options there. Apart from the various novelty horns,
    can anyone suggest an appropriate sound for a Forester?

    =aw


    andrew []
     
    Andrew Webber, Apr 17, 2005
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  5. um - maybe a chainsaw? Or crackling fire?

    Actually I think others have reported using something from Pep Boys
    (IIRC) called a FIAMM horn.

    Carl


     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, Apr 17, 2005
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    Bonehenge Guest

    I can't think of anything "better" from J.C. Whitney.

    Has their quality improved?

    Barry
     
    Bonehenge, Apr 17, 2005
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    l.lichtman Guest

    Why not go to a wrecking yard and buy a horn off of an ancient
    Explorer? Or, you could walk around the yard with a portable jumper
    setup and "audition" a lot of horns.
     
    l.lichtman, Apr 17, 2005
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    Mike Bender Guest

    I just installed a Fiamm Freeway Blaster (low note, $17.99 US @ Pep
    Boys)

    http://www.fiammamerica.com/Product.asp?ProductID=156

    in place of the anemic OEM horns in my '03 Forester and am reasonably
    pleased with the sound. I had intended to install both a high and low
    note horn, but the high note horn was missing the hardware kit (grrr). At
    this point I'm just going to try the low note for a while and see if it
    gets the attention of other drivers more readily. Then I'll either return
    the high note horn or get a hardware kit.

    One thing I will warn you about if you haven't discovered it
    already: Subaru for some reason saw fit to squirrel the horns away behind
    the bumper above the left side driving/fog light. You'll need to remove
    or at least dislodge the wheel well liner on that side to get at them.
    Even then the opening is kind of difficult to get both hands in to do the
    job. Ideally I guess you could remove the road wheel and the wheel well
    liner but this is way more than I'd ever needed to do to get to the horns
    of any other car I've worked on.

    -- Snuffy --
     
    Mike Bender, Apr 18, 2005
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  9. Thanks for the suggestions. I like the first one, how about "I'm a
    lumberjack and I'm okay, I drive all night and I sleep all day..."?

    =aw


    andrew []
     
    Andrew Webber, Apr 23, 2005
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  10. Thanks for the tips. I suspect I'll be getting someone to install
    this so how much work it is just means it costs more. :(

    I imagine that when the vehicle's on the assembly line, behind the
    bumper looks like a perfectly accessible location, it's only when
    there's a body stuck on it that it becomes tough.

    =aw

    andrew []
     
    Andrew Webber, Apr 23, 2005
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  11. I like that idea, would there be issues related to size or mounting
    hardware? I do have one of those portable boosters (from the last
    couple of years driving my 91 Explorer, when the battery would
    mysteriously die).


    andrew []
     
    Andrew Webber, Apr 23, 2005
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    Mike Bender Guest

    Horn installation follow-up:

    After using just the low note horn for a week, I decided that it still
    wasn't getting the attention I felt is needed so I installed the high
    note as well. It definitely has more attention-getting ability. I would
    highly recommend installing both horns.

    - Snuffy -
     
    Mike Bender, May 11, 2005
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  13. Pardon my ignorant questions;
    Is it fairly easy to do?
    Is there plenty of materials in the kit to accomplish the job?
    Does it use the stock relay/wiring,mounting,etc.?
    Any pitfalls to watch out for?
    tia

    Carl


     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, May 11, 2005
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    Mike Bender Guest


    Hi Carl,

    There are no ignorant questions here! Well, not this time, anyway. :^)

    Other than getting to the horn mounting location, it was pretty
    straightforward using the parts in the horn kit. One thing I did
    differently was instead of bolting the horns to the front of the
    mounting tab (between the tab and the front bumper) I mounted them to
    the rear side of the tab since it made the bolts easier to reach. I used
    the single wire installation with the factory wiring and relay. The
    biggest pitfalls I ran into were breaking a couple of the fasteners that
    hold the plastic pieces together on the underside (they needed to be
    removed to allow access and they were a bit brittle) and I accidentally
    put a small tear in the wheel well liner. All-in-all it took me about an
    hour in my driveway and didn't require any tool fancier than a
    screwdriver and ratchet set.

    - Snuffy -
     
    Mike Bender, May 11, 2005
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  15. thanx!

    Carl

     
    Carl 1 Lucky Texan, May 11, 2005
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  16. Hi,
    I just installed air horns on my xt. Living in south florida with super
    quiet cars and deaf older drivers had me spooked.

    I had to fabricate a bracket for the air horns in front of the battery.
    Took one wire from the horn and attached it to the relay. I jacked up
    the car and took off the lt front wheel to better access the horns in
    the lt front quarter. Four clips and a little bending did the trick.
    Horn did not work at first till i figured out that the compressor had to
    be totally isolated. Mine grounded out thru the mounting bold.
    Works well, never fails and drains to the builge. What more can you ask??
    mitch
     
    the one and only, May 12, 2005
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  17. Thanks for the info.

    =aw


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    Andrew Webber, May 18, 2005
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