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Anyone upgraded the horn on this thing? Love the truck, but I use the horn a decent bit and this one is really loud in the cab and not truck-like at all. Pretty sure it's the same horn they use in the dodge caravan...

I've heard it's located up under the wheel well on the drivers side. Just moving it to the grill area would be a nice upgrade so it wouldn't sound like it's in the cab with me.
 

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Well I'm not sure where it is but I know it isn't in the grill area. The bodyshop has the whole front end off the truck and there is no horn in sight. Going over there in the morning and will see if I can find it.
 
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I found a thread on another forum late last night that suggested it's in the area right above the driver wheel well. Wish I knew of a way to upgrade/move it easily. I may keep doing some more research.
 

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I found a thread on another forum late last night that suggested it's in the area right above the driver wheel well. Wish I knew of a way to upgrade/move it easily. I may keep doing some more research.
If you can get to it, moving it isn't a problem, just splice the wires to make them longer.

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Yes it is above the driver's side wheel. You can pull a few screws out and pull the plastic wheel well out of the way to get to it , not hard at all but taking the wheel off is yor best bet to get in there. I have been thinking about doing the same thing plus adding a WoLo electric air horn.
I have a WoLo on my bike and it's Very Loud and the Deer HATE it! Blow that horn and the deer run every time!

And yes it is loud inside the cab, the horns are 2 feet away and the sound is trapped inside the wheel well so it comes back at the cab. Dumb location for the horns to be.
 
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Yes it is above the driver's side wheel. You can pull a few screws out and pull the plastic wheel well out of the way to get to it , not hard at all but taking the wheel off is yor best bet to get in there.
^^^^ what he said
I added a Stebel 11690019 - Nautilus Compact Mini Air Horn. Mounted it behind the driver's headlight. It's loud enough to really piss off people paying too much attention to the phones.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CMX20H4/
 

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^^^^ what he said
I added a Stebel 11690019 - Nautilus Compact Mini Air Horn. Mounted it behind the driver's headlight. It's loud enough to really piss off people paying too much attention to the phones.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CMX20H4/
Bringing this thread back to life. Oddly enough, my horn died today. So I guess I need to replace it.

Crash - does your horn sound deep like a truck or high pitched like a car? I'll just buy the one you linked if I can stick it in, extend some wires, and be done with it.

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Bringing this thread back to life. Oddly enough, my horn died today. So I guess I need to replace it.

Crash - does your horn sound deep like a truck or high pitched like a car? I'll just buy the one you linked if I can stick it in, extend some wires, and be done with it.
It's lower pitched than a car but not deep like a truck. Due to the amp draw(18amps), you should use a relay which comes with the horn. It easier to wire up if you buy a Bosch automotive relay harness, you can usually find them at auto parts stores.
Or: Bosch Style Automotive Relay https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074QV54V1/
You'll want to put a fuse inline when you wire the relay off the battery
 

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Dang. So you're saying to power the horn off the battery, but switch the relay with the existing wire that goes to the OEM horn?

I'd really prefer to use something that didn't require new wiring. I suppose I could just buy another OEM horn, but I really hated the sound of the one I had. It sounded broken from the start though, so I'm not sure if that was it or not...
 

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So you're saying to power the horn off the battery, but switch the relay with the existing wire that goes to the OEM horn?
Exactly, with mine I wired the Stebel horn parallel to stock horn. Everything is so close, the wiring harness I used was plenty long to get to both horns and the battery.
I used one of the slots right behind where the headlight adjustment slot is to mount the Stebel(horn mounts with a single bolt that included). I can't remember if I had to remove the headlight to get the horn mounted there, but my intent was to have both horns. You will want to drop the wheel well liner to access the old horn.
 

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If you find the Stebel horn takes too much room , you can even take them apart
and install the small compressor that comes with the actual horn in a different area .
I did that on my motorcycle , 2 horns in the headlight bucket , but the compressors
are at least 4 feet away , used clear gasoline lines to bring air from compressors to horns.
even on bike I used the oem horn wire to trigger the 2 extra relays to wake up the Stebel horns.
few images of stebel wiring info:
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Stebel , Wolo , all the same to me , same sound , they sounds like that mobile Cantina pulling into the
parking lots where one might work .
images of Horns when you buy them , and apart in 2 pieces .
so you can mount the little compressor in a location you judge less exposed to the elements ,
and the actual horn exactly where you want it .
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I kept the stock horn working , I hear it blow a fraction of a second before the Stebel horn
completely bury the sound of the stock horn .
 

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For the cheap skates in the crowd Harbor Freights version is cheaper and works just as well. I've had one mounted on my motorcycle for 11 years, it still works fine.
 
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Weird update...checked the fuse and it was blown. I can replace the fuse, but the OEM horn had taken a turn for the worse about a year ago and has sounded funky (like it has water in it or something) since then. So I may still order an aftermarket once I get the fuse replaced.
 

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Been a long evening. Tried to take the easy way out, and bought a fiamm "low" note electric horn on amazon for $17. Wired it up and got ready to mount it right behind the grill, and tested it out and it sounded like a clown car horn.

So I stuck the OEM horn back in there. Major pain because the wire isn't long enough to cut far from the connector, so when I had to put the connector back on, it was tough...but it's back.

So now I'm considering something like what you guys are proposing. Since my OEM horn works, the delay isn't much of an issue any more. But I would like something that has a deep truck sound.
 

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Anyone upgraded the horn on this thing? Love the truck, but I use the horn a decent bit and this one is really loud in the cab and not truck-like at all. Pretty sure it's the same horn they use in the dodge caravan...

I've heard it's located up under the wheel well on the drivers side. Just moving it to the grill area would be a nice upgrade so it wouldn't sound like it's in the cab with me.
I have 2008 dodger dully and cant seem to find the darn horn on it
 

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I decided to move the horn under the hood of my truck. It is very convenient in my opinion. In fact, there is nothing complicated about attachment. The installation itself was carried out by specialists from https://hornblasters.com. Btw, you can also relocate the horn to the right handlebar switch. This will save you from the inconvenience of pressing the horn on the spokes of the steering wheel. You will need a 4-pin relay and three wires about one meter long to do this.
 
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