A quick Overview of Installing New Horns
Since you did not state some important points (skill level, bravery, familarity with your car) I will try to go thru the gambit.
i dont know where to start. do i go to the dealer and ask them to upgrade my horns or go to a parts store and buy them or do i try ebay, buy them and get someone to install them? About how much money am i looking at here?
You have to ask yourself a few questions:
Am I able to do this modification by yourself?
If you don't want your way around some simple electrical wiring, you can get someone to install it for you for $20 to $30 on the street to more if you are doing a radical install. If you want cheaper, bring your own tools and prepare to get dirty.
What kind of Types of horns are here?
There are electrical equilivent replacements where you just do a swap of the horn elements (behind the grill surrounding the radiator). Check out the models made by Wolo and Hella.That includes those electric model of airhorns that have the electrical connector and don't need the compressor.
I have a musical upbringing, so I am used to a sweet metal sound for my horns. I guess that came from my dead uncle, who every time he got a car installed airhorns. I prefer the metallic sound of metal horns than the abrasive-sounding plastic horns.By the way, wolo has the wav files on their website if you want to hear them.
Why mention it? Listen to the horns if you can. If you don't like them, don't buy them.
By the way, My local autostore had a demo horn display and it was great but then they removed it. Afterall, do you want to work in an enclosed space with some idiots kid playing with auto horns (grin)?
I am of the old school (the 1970's). If I want airhorns, I will drop in airhorns that operate off of an electrical compressor and don't use a gas reservior. If I want a truck or locomotive sound, then you will need a heavy system: heavy duty compressor, reservior and BIG horns.
Where am I going to put the air horns and stuff?
My favorite question. You could
1. take apart the front of the car
(I don't have a garage, so that is always a Witch),
2. find a new way to hide it
(look at all the spaces under the vehicle and remember if you go off-road, those spaces will fill up with crud.
3. Find a space in the engine compartment
that won't affect safety nor damage the airhorns.
for your project:
Do you want it?
Stand in front of the vehicle and look around
. Take photos of everything.
Take your time
when by yourself and deconstruct the job
. If you don't know what to do, get an elmer
(mentor, someone who will work alongside you).
Enough of blowing my horns(s), blow yours (grin) :drive: