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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #50 on: July 18, 2020, 09:51:10 PM »
Nice work, Bill!  :thumbs

You're making me look bad though as I still haven't got around to installing mine...  :fp :-[
 

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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #51 on: July 18, 2020, 11:37:37 PM »
In the 1100, I separated the horn into the compressor and Sound maker joined by plastic tubing. This made it easier to fit both bits. I usefd a relay switched by the horn button, with power coming from a custom fuse setup.
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #52 on: July 18, 2020, 11:42:19 PM »
In the 1100, I separated the horn into the compressor and Sound maker joined by plastic tubing. This made it easier to fit both bits. I usefd a relay switched by the horn button, with power coming from a custom fuse setup.

Yes- when I put one in my ST1100 there simply wasn't space to mount the unit without separating the compressor from the horn.  This meant there was a slight hesitation as the air in the tube was compressed.
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #53 on: October 22, 2020, 02:13:08 PM »
Well, that was a waste of time...  :||||

I finally decided to have a go at installing the airhorn I'd bought ages ago.

After getting the right hand side fairing off I was confronted with a birds nest of extra wiring and black boxes etc related to the HID headlight setup that was already fitted to the bike when I purchased it...right smack bang where the air horn was going to be located.

I'm gonna see if I can move stuff around a bit but it's not looking good... :o

If I was more confident with electrical stuff I'd probably rip out the HID headlights as I've never been particularly happy with them and go back to the standard setup.

To be continued... :popcorn

 

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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #54 on: October 22, 2020, 09:00:18 PM »
Well, that was a waste of time...  :||||

I finally decided to have a go at installing the airhorn I'd bought ages ago.

After getting the right hand side fairing off I was confronted with a birds nest of extra wiring and black boxes etc related to the HID headlight setup that was already fitted to the bike when I purchased it...right smack bang where the air horn was going to be located.

I'm gonna see if I can move stuff around a bit but it's not looking good... :o

If I was more confident with electrical stuff I'd probably rip out the HID headlights as I've never been particularly happy with them and go back to the standard setup.

To be continued... :popcorn

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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #55 on: October 22, 2020, 09:37:20 PM »
The HIDs actually throw a better beam, but there's a noticeable lag when they are cold.  The current drain is definitely higher than LEDs and the LEDs' wiring much simpler.  You just need to get LEDs with as tight a beam as you can afford.  Too many just throw a "glow" rather than a beam, but they all look to on-coming traffic as if you are firing lasers.
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #56 on: October 22, 2020, 09:43:47 PM »
You're possibly right, Steve, trouble is, aftermarket LED conversions aren't legal as far as I'm aware...

I actually thought the HID's wouldn't be legal either but it passed the roadworthy no worries so I can only assume their brightness is under the limit.
I did question the seller about them and he said the roadworthy guy told him they weren't an issue...


Oh, getting back to the birds nest of wires etc, I did manage to reroute a few things and eventually cleared a bit of room around the horn area but I actually don't think the airhorn is gonna fit there regardless...  :||||

 
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #57 on: November 01, 2020, 09:02:11 PM »
To be continued... :popcorn

Well, after rearranging the birds nest of wiring & little black boxes I ended up installing my airhorn in the same location that Shiney recommended.  :thumbs

One change I did make though was with the position of the airhorn relay. This I mounted close to the battery behind the side cover.
I figured it would be much easier to replace it if it ever craps itself...and, I wouldn't have to rip the fairing back off...
This did make the routing of the extra wiring that much harder to run but I think it should be worth it.

Once back on the road, I'll be almost looking forward to some idiot doing the wrong thing so I can give them a good blast... :grin


What a birds nest of wiring! Hopefully none of it will interfere with the fitting of the fairing...



That frame gusset made the perfect spot to mount the relay. It even had a ready made hole for the bolt!

 
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #58 on: November 01, 2020, 09:28:45 PM »
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #59 on: November 02, 2020, 07:59:58 PM »
I love the idea of the relay being accessible near the battery. Good thinking.

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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #60 on: November 03, 2020, 09:14:42 AM »
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #61 on: November 03, 2020, 01:18:25 PM »
Thanks Dave!  :beer
 

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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #62 on: November 05, 2020, 08:55:41 AM »
Well, yesterday I made an executive decision to remove the HID's and it's associated "birds nest" of wiring.  :law

It's back to a pair of H4's for me...
It shouldn't be majorly hard as I believe it was all plug & play...famous last words, I know...  :rofl
 

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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #63 on: November 06, 2020, 06:40:52 PM »
All done and dusted, no more HID's and associated "birdsnest".
I now have some nice Philips X-treme Vision +130% H4's in their place... :thumbs
 
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #64 on: November 06, 2020, 07:18:47 PM »
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #65 on: November 06, 2020, 07:33:40 PM »
Good stuff!  Would they be about the brightest H4s you can get without going to LEDs?
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #66 on: November 06, 2020, 08:50:44 PM »
Hi Steve...

There are slightly brighter ones than the ones I fitted but they tend to burn out even more quickly.

I've used these particular type in my car and found them to be a reasonable compromise regarding brightness and longevity.

I guess time will tell if they last as long in my ST as they did in my car...  Wot thuh
 
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Re: Air Horn install (ST1300)
« Reply #67 on: November 07, 2020, 10:37:55 PM »
Well, I took my ST for a brief spin tonight after finally getting it all back together.

Pretty happy with the headlights so far, certainly an improvement, I believe, on the HID's....much better spread too.

I guess a decent run at night is now in order to fully determine how good they are but from my brief ride tonight the results are certainly encouraging... :thumbs

These are the globes I used...

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