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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    In need of a really loud horn

    Ok after almost getting Bugsy trashed by a Soccer Mom in a SUV yesterday when she changed lanes on me without looking. Only my lightning reflexes and Bugsyís ability to avoid idiots saved me. And unfortunately his wimpy horn did nothing to draw to Driverís attention as I rendered a one fingered salute.

    So so what are other LBC driverís recommending in the way of a 150db horn to keep from getting run over. I am jealous of a guy around her who has 2 actual train horn 5 foot trumpets bolted to the roof of an old Buick Beater. For several years I could never figure out ehy I was hearing a train horn when the closest train tracks are at least 5 miles away. And then one day I was in traffic and saw someone cut this car off and he unleashed the might of compressed air and multiple trumpets. Granted not practical with Bugsy but looking for something a bit louder that draws attention. Recommendations gentlemen?
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    Try a FIAMM air horn with air compressor. https://www.amazon.com/FIAMM-66020-2.../dp/B000DLBHP8 They're pretty loud and have a distinctive sound that gets people's attention.


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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    Those Fiamms are what I have on my Sprite. Nice and loud.
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    My introduction to FIAMMs came about because they were standard equipment on the Fiat 124 Spider. The Spider had a small back seat you could reach by tipping the front seatback forward. But if you weren't careful, the headrest would land right on the horn button and scare the crap out of you. They are really pretty loud and fit in a relatively small space. You could probably mount them behind the grille or on the inner fenderwell. They sound like this:



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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    This is what I have..

    https://www.amazon.com/Stebel-116900...+nautilus+horn

    120 db, complete with relay..

    You'll need to run a 10awg wire from the battery for the horn (this thing draws 18 amps!). DO NOT go smaller, The existing wiring should only be used for the coil of the relay.
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    Quote Originally Posted by Pythias View Post
    This is what I have..

    https://www.amazon.com/Stebel-116900...+nautilus+horn

    120 db, complete with relay..


    You'll need to run a 10awg wire from the battery for the horn (this thing draws 18 amps!). DO NOT go smaller, The existing wiring should only be used for the coil of the relay.
    They really need sound files on the advertisements for horns. The Nautilus sounds pretty good as well:



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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    HealeyRick, I didn't know you were a former Fiat 124 owner. I have owned 3 of them in the past, 2 coupes and 1 spyder. Fun little cars. They all came with the FIAMM horns. And yes, I kept at least one and it is the horn in my Prefect.
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    Quote Originally Posted by Bayless View Post
    HealeyRick, I didn't know you were a former Fiat 124 owner. I have owned 3 of them in the past, 2 coupes and 1 spyder. Fun little cars. They all came with the FIAMM horns. And yes, I kept at least one and it is the horn in my Prefect.
    Yep, I owned a nice yellow 1970 Spider that got totaled when I was rear-ended on Boston's SE XWay one night. Car had just 13,000 miles on it. It was replaced by a '72 French Blue Spider that I put 135k on before trading it on an X 1/9 that I drove for 105k before selling it. I really loved the Spiders and look wistfully at the ads for them. Probably one of the best values in a sports car if you can find a rust-free one.


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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    Rick That's just the ticket. A gal in my office in Milwaukee had a 124 Spider in early '80's. I can recall her having 1) L & R Mirrors fell off of the car 2) Front Bumper Fell Off 3) Rear Bumper fell off. All over a 6 month period.Now the fact that she was single at the time and a pretty heavy drinker might have had something to do with that.
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    Ordered tonight, here on Monday. $34.95 w tax and Amazon Prime. And I found horn in chrome.More bling.
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim_Gruber View Post
    Ordered tonight, here on Monday. $34.95 w tax and Amazon Prime. And I found horn in chrome.More bling.
    I saw that one too.. The relay probably isn't worth the extra $30, but you'll still want one.

    You're gonna LOVE that horn.
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    I have the Nautilus horn. It's a loud one! I eventually added a second smaller horn, with a push-button, for those more friendly honk situations. I call it my courtesy horn.
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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    While law enforcement might frown on it, a Federal Signal Q Siren would definitely get someone's attention: 123 db at 10 feet.

    I have a Federal Signal WL Series siren light for my Plymouth project. Unfortunately, something happened to the motor during shipment, so I haven't had a chance to test it yet.

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    Re: In need of a really loud horn

    word of warning: I purchased a Stebel Nautilus and thought I'd try it before fitting, so connected a couple of short jumper cables lent over the engine and connected them to the battery, my ears were still ringing two days later!!
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