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The other week i was nearly squished by a semi truck that couldnt see or hear me. I used to like the Fiats cute horn, but now it makes me worry. So i installed a WOLO Big Bad Max horn in place of the stock one. Here is a step by step of the process, sorry in advanced about the picture quality and having to use the links (i cannot upload here for some reason?). Enjoy!

to start, remove the driver side wheel after lifting and SECURING the vehicle.
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once the wheel is off, there are 6 philips head screws to remove from the inner fende and two 10mm nuts. once this is off bend the fener around the front suspension, or you can keep removing it fully, you call.
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once the inner fender is folded back, you have access to the area in which the horn is located. in my case there is a Mopar COld Air Intake in the way.
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since the intake is there i have no room to install the horn where the stock one should be.
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once my intake was moved away, it is clear where the horn sits (top of the picture) and all the room where the horn can go for none CAI users.
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the horn is held in with one unbelievably stuborn nut and its wire. disconnect the wire and a 10mm socket to undo the nut.
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the mount where the horn was held will not work with the hardware that came with the WOLO horn. in my case i didnt use the original mount so i left it be. if you were to reuse the mount, you will have to drill out the hole on the mount to fit the bolt.
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regardless of where you mount the horn, you will need to rewire the system to utilize the relay and 20 amp configuration (stock will blow the fuse...trust me). so for me, lengthening the wire and mounting the relay and fuse was a matter of location, location, location.
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my location of choice was the unused bolt hole on the rad. support where the stock intake/filter assembly used to be. the relay was mounted next to it on an existing bolt.
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now all that was left was to clean up the wires and scare some squirrels!
 

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here is the audio of the new horn. i didnt recod the original but if you want to hear it.... go honk your 500. and the beep when you lock the doors is replaced by a faint chirp now.
 

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I went and got a new horn for my truck years ago. Package said "sounds just like the big trucks". Thinking "cool" it'll sound like the 18 wheelers. Got it installed and tried it. Sounded exactly the same as the original horn. :( Did have an "aaaooogggaaaa" horn for a while until it wore out. Wouldn't mind another one for the Abarth.
 

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I went and got a new horn for my truck years ago. Package said "sounds just like the big trucks". Thinking "cool" it'll sound like the 18 wheelers. Got it installed and tried it. Sounded exactly the same as the original horn. :( Did have an "aaaooogggaaaa" horn for a while until it wore out. Wouldn't mind another one for the Abarth.
I have the WOLO Bad Boy which is like 115dB or around there, just cold and me being lazy it isn't yet installed. I heard it though on several and it is great, bonus is the cost on Amazon is around $25-$30. ;)
 

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I installed a dual note horn from a mid-2000s Taurus (from the junk yard, $10). One horn is the same note as the OEM Fiat horn, but then the second horn harmonizes with it to give it a fuller sound. And bonus! The electrical connectors are the same (both the Fiat and the Taurus horns are Fiamms). The Taurus has a 15 amp fuse on the horn circuit while the Fiat has a 10 amp fuse. So far the 10 amp fuse is holding up but if it blows I'll just put in the higher current fuze. I'm pretty sure the rest of the circuit (wiring, relay) can handle the higher amperage.

[video]http://s42.photobucket.com/user/Doohickie/media/MVI_1665.mp4.html[/video]
 

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I just left the stock horn in place when I did my install. Just tapped the existing harness and ran the wires up (inside a pretty black flexible tubing thing). The placement is right where your went as well, its the perfect place for a Wolo on the Fiat, nice continent hole for the mounting bolt :) Nice install instruction, glad to see you are doing well and still modding your Fiat. Still waiting for some stripes :p
 
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I found that a WoLo BadBoy integrated air horn fits great where the stock horn mounts. As a bonus the connector on the stock horn comes off and can be used to make an adapter with some round crimp connectors... no need to cut the vehicle harness!



The yellow looking stuff is a wax anti corrosion spray I like to put on unpainted surfaces.

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The sound clip, sounds like dual horns.

I can't remember the last time, I even used the horn in my car. I'm afraid using it. Someone might take out a gun, and shoot you. You never know anymore.
 

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I guess it's different around DC. If someone is wandering into my lane I'm honking. The horn I installed has 2 trumpets driven off one compressor.

We put a set of quad tone Cadillac horns on our roommates Leaf... people don't expect that sound to come from an electric car!

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I don't know if there's space for the 4 Caddy horns. I'll have to pull the bumper cover and investigate.

On the LEAF there was a ton of space between the aluminum bumper bar and the AC condenser / radiator. We drilled the bumper beam, and used the original self tapping GM screws to mount the horns.

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That dual horn sounds much better. Does it use just one connector or do you have to splice in a second connector?


Also, I would really like a horn that sounds more "foreign". I don't care how loud it is.

The current horn is just too vanilla.

Tedolph
 
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