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Old 10-19-2008, 05:49 AM   #1
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Exclamation DIY - TROMBE STEBEL NAUTILUS 139dB

As far as i'm concerned, this is the best car air horn I could find. I find train horns and tuck horns just too much.

I don't do my own installs. I'm not good mechanically, nor electrically. I pay an auto elec to do it for me. He's done all my installs from my ECHO to Camry to Yaris. I can give you a brief run down of what he did.

1. Unplugged original horn through the front grill, (did it with a tiny telescopic mirror and a very small set of pliers, was awesome to watch).
2. Pulled the wire (possibly added more length to it by splicing it) through to the other side of the engine bay.
3. Fixed horn to engine bay. There was a spot already there for the bolt, there was no need to drill a new hole.



4. Connected the negative and positive power cable to the terminals on the air horn.
5. Upgraded horn fuse from 10amp to 15amp. The 10amp blew after I held the horn down for 5 seconds, I have not had a problem with the 15amp.
6. Never looked back since.

I know it's not the most detailed D.I.Y. but I hope it helps.

IMPORTANT INFO FOR EVERYONE.
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Just to let you all know I had a problem with my horn recently, the compressor is still working but there is no sound coming out of the horn. I've had it for about 10 months but the original ebay seller I bought it from is no longer a seller on eBay so I don't know where to claim warranty.

I've ordered a new STEBEL NAUTILUS DUAL TONE AIR HORN KIT RED 12V ITALIAN MADE 139dB from a company called Online Auto Parts (OnlineAutoParts.com.au) Exactly the same one that I have. I seriously would not buy anything else.

They have them on sale for $44.95 Australian Dollars (roughly $31.84 US Dollars). But if you enter a promotion code "SAVE5" all in capital letters when your at the checkout you'll save 5% on everything you purchase.

The 5% discount code can be used until December 31st 2008 and as many times as you like (They may change their promotion at any time).

Yes he ships internationally with tracking numbers too. He sells on ebay as well and has an eBay store. If I was you Id jump on this while the Australian Dollar is so low (70ish cents US).

Below is a direct link to the horn I've bought. You can get them in Red, Black and Chrome.

http://stores.channeladvisor.com/Onl...20MADE%20139dB

You can pay via credit cards, direct back deposit, paypal, money order......

He sells other things than horns too so check it out.
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Video/Sound Test of Horn

http://s208.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=5c75db10.pbr

I finally got around to shooting a video. I must say that i used my Nokia 6110 navigator (2MP) cell phone to record this video. I fully admit to having no skills as a movie maker, nor am i a sound engineer so what you get is the best i could do.

I had no tripod and just some basic shareware to edit the video. I rested my cell on a edge of a dumpster, turned it towards my car and started shooting. I notice that the sound of the horn in the video dies off towards the end of the video. I must stress that this does not happen in real life, it must be the nokia cutting the mic volume down.

First video i've ever made using a cell phone.

P.s. Mods sticky this please.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:50 AM   #2
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My installer took out my broken Trombe Stebel Nautilus air horn, we tested it on a electrical workbench and it still would not work, so the theory of the stock horn relay not being able to handle the 18amps it needed was wrong (was in this thread before the hack).

The horn had water inside it and even rust next to one of the terminals. I really have no idea how water could get to it where it was. I had the installer move the location of the horn. I'll post a pic tomorrow.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:57 AM   #3
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:08 PM   #4
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This is where we moved the horn to. Should not get water where it is. There already is a factory drilled hole there so once again we did not have to drill.





This is where i reccommend to install now. Plus the horn is now facing the front more so A Holes who cut me off or fall asleep at lights get more of a blast now.

p.s. Check out the new, working and updated video link in the #1 post.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:10 PM   #5
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Your video link isn't working.
Fixed, check it out
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:02 AM   #6
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nice horn, i think it would be loud enough for miami, lol
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Old 02-18-2009, 04:37 AM   #7
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Can anyone tell me where is the Fuse of the horn, think I busted mine...
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Old 02-20-2009, 08:05 PM   #8
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:25 AM   #9
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I just picked up one of these horns and I'm looking to do the install today. Does anyone know if the OEM relay works for this horn, or should I use the one that came with the Nautilus horn? Where is the horn relay if I do need to change it?
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:08 AM   #10
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I just picked up one of these horns and I'm looking to do the install today. Does anyone know if the OEM relay works for this horn, or should I use the one that came with the Nautilus horn? Where is the horn relay if I do need to change it?

I just used the wires the OEM horn ran off and it works fine and has so for almost two years, just remeber to upgrade your horn fuse as stated in my D.I.Y.
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It's under your hood in your fuse box. Look at your manual.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:53 PM   #12
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I'm thinking about doing this upgrade soon.

Some searching online has indicated that the Stebel Nautilus is the SAME as the Wolo Bad Boy, just re-branded. At the very least their specs are similar, they look the same, and both are made in Italy.

This is interesting because you can get the Wolo for about $40, and the Stebel is about $52, both in local stores here in Michigan.

I just saw the Wolo today at Meijer for $40, and I think it might be the way to go.

Thought I'd share this info for anyone thinking about the upgrade.
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:19 AM   #13
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Me too

Red Hatch09,

I'm interested as well. Keep us posted as to what you do.

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I was at Harbour Freight today, and they have the Wolo Bad Boy for $40 also.

It must be a newer version though because the packaging is slightly different, and this one is made in CHINA, not Italy like the ones at Meijer.

Harbour Freight also had an Oogah horn on sale for $16. That would be kind of funny on a Yaris.
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