12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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I'm looking for options/recommendations on a horn that would look similar to OEM and mount in stock 52 pan frame.



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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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I would use an original 6 volt horn. The sound will be a bit different running 12 volts to it. Mine has worked fine for years, since I'm only hitting the button for a second or 2 its held up just fine. Others may disagree.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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Lowbikemike, thanks for the suggestion and if I had an original horn for 52FL I would use it. I'm not trying to build a restoration, that might of been a dream some 40 years ago but way to hard to achieve now a days so some aftermarket parts that work and look somewhat vintage is o/k for now. I've been considering a VT horn (94947-85T), it comes with what looks like a bracket that would work for mounting to wishbone frame and it's 12v.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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That bracket does look like it will work to mount to the frame. It looks just like the one I used to have on my stock '52 horn...

The aftermarket horns themselves (at least the ones have seen), are pretty cheesy, though.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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awander, yeah I'm concerned about the look also and still in the looking stages because I'm still several months away from getting on the road. Something that also needs to be considered though is that 52 pan horn did not have a faceplate on it anyways and it's location does not lend itself to being very visible.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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They look OK, at least if you don't look too closely. But the internals are very light-duty.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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Anyone have experience with the VT 33-1457? It's supposedly a reproduction of DELCO REMY 69001-48A.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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lrcormier wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 4:52 am
Lowbikemike, thanks for the suggestion and if I had an original horn for 52FL I would use it. I'm not trying to build a restoration, that might of been a dream some 40 years ago but way to hard to achieve now a days so some aftermarket parts that work and look somewhat vintage is o/k for now. I've been considering a VT horn (94947-85T), it comes with what looks like a bracket that would work for mounting to wishbone frame and it's 12v.
My '98 1200's oem horn was so quiet it sounded like a "bleat". I scrounged in my parts bin and came up with a springer horn that came with my '48 panhead-- 6 volts, of course. I swapped the stock "cow bell" 12 v unit for the old style 6 volt round style. The old unit beeps with authority and has been working fine for the last coupla' years. Unless you hold the horn button down for a couple of minutes, there shouldn't be any issues with the 12 volt system-- it doesn't pull that much current, anyway. If you're looking at aftermarket horns, and you find one that's 6 volts, go ahead and run it-- it'll work fine.
Just my $0.02 worth,
Good luck, Joe.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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If you want to run a original 6 volt horn on a 12 volt electrical system do this.... I did it on my WLA 6 volt original horn, with a electrical system that was upgraded to 12 volts.

Get a 1.5 ohm 10 watt resistor, or 1 ohm 10 watt resistor and run it inline with the horn. I got mine at Radio Shack in the US before it went bust.

Google search should find you what ya need

Works like a champ.

George

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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Thanks for all replies. I think to be safe I'll try using the resistor method and see what happens. George, how did you come up with 1.5 or 1 ohm resister?

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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Advice from a more experienced biker / builder.

George

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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Thanks George, one more question, do you put the resister on the positive side or negative side of horn?

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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It doesn't matter which side you put the resistor on.

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Re: 12v HORN for 52 PAN recommendations

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It don't matter,

And on the WLA, I cut a slit in the wiring loom and hid it inside, can't tell that the resistor is there.

George

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