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    Question on R1200RT horn - suggestions?

    Any suggestions for a better horn (than the stock one) for an 2008 R1200RT?

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    I have a friend with an 06RT and his stock horn is LOUD.

    Perhaps the part number is different? It would be easy to replace if it was.
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    The 2008 RT has an unused wire harnes that you can add a second oem horn.

    A plug and play operation:

    Here is the location of the extra connector (you can almost see it if you remove the left mirror and look towards the frame mount



    Here is where it would mount:


    Here is how it looks mounted


    Mounted view with plastic on


    The parts you will need


    Complexity of work - remove plastic and front nacelle of which we have DIY's for:

    Plastic Removal - note you only need to remove the two outer panels not everything

    Link for removing the front headlight nacelle
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    Around mid 2006 they changed from a dual horn to a single pancake style. I went to the dealer and told them I wanted the horns and hardware for a 2005 horn. They sold me just what is listed below.

    There are some on the forum who changed to other aftermarket brands which cost a bit less. I prefer the stock version for the simple plug and play instalation even though it cost a few $$ more.

    For me the hard part was getting the extra connector free. It is a tight and awkward space. I think they are pretty loud.

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    I installed a set of FIAMM Highway Blasters on my '06 RT. I used the above mentioned second horn wire along with the existing horn connection to connect the High and Low separate horns. I had to cut the BMW connectors off (it only hurts for a second) and install push on types that the Highway blasters use. Total cost was less than $25 for everything. They are VERY loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtboulder View Post
    I installed a set of FIAMM Highway Blasters on my '06 RT. I used the above mentioned second horn wire along with the existing horn connection to connect the High and Low separate horns. I had to cut the BMW connectors off (it only hurts for a second) and install push on types that the Highway blasters use. Total cost was less than $25 for everything. They are VERY loud.

    I was afraid that the hurt wouldn't go away. The extra $50 I spent was my cost to not have an extra worry bead (electrical stuff makes me nervous!!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semper_Fi View Post
    The 2008 RT has an unused wire harnes that you can add a second oem horn.

    A plug and play operation:

    Here is the location of the extra connector (you can almost see it if you remove the left mirror and look towards the frame mount



    Here is where it would mount:


    Here is how it looks mounted


    Mounted view with plastic on


    The parts you will need


    Complexity of work - remove plastic and front nacelle of which we have DIY's for:

    Plastic Removal - note you only need to remove the two outer panels not everything

    Link for removing the front headlight nacelle
    Many thanks for this great post. I printed it, took it to my dealer, they ordered the parts, installed them today, and I now have a LOUD horn! This is a must-have upgrade for an RT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donster View Post
    Many thanks for this great post. I printed it, took it to my dealer, they ordered the parts, installed them today, and I now have a LOUD horn! This is a must-have upgrade for an RT.
    Glad it worked out for you!
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    Horn

    Thanks for sharing, this two tone upgrade is big improvement. Canadian parts are more but ar least installation is DIY. Highly recomended over relays and some aftermarket products. Why did they change it when it was OK in the first place? So we can have fun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnelliott View Post
    Any suggestions for a better horn (than the stock one) for an 2008 R1200RT?
    I also replaced my 08RT horn with either the 05 or 06 OEM horn ( can't remember which, but I think they're the same part anyway) Much better in my opinion as I felt the same way as you about the new style horn. Pretty much what Luis -Semper_Fi suggested.

    The newer horn is more like a hi frequency buzzer which I believe gets attention, but it seems harder to localize than the horn style. Not going to do you much good when a driver hears it and has to start looking around as to where it came from. Some here have referred to the newer OEM horn as "The Vespa" horn.

    As far as I can tell, the 05/06 RT horns seem to be the same horn sound I had on my 1150RT only perhaps with different wiring for canbus.

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    I also replaced the scooter horn on my 08 RT with a 2005 RT setup. Much better and now I don't get embarrassed when I toot the horn. The stock horn was just plain silly. Another example of BMW trying to save money like the new switch gear and the urine jars on the handle bars on the 2010's. The horns can be fixed but owners of the 2010's will be stuck with the cheapo switch gear and the urine jars.

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    Thank you Semper_Fi and all others that provided comments and insight.

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    I installed a set of Fiamm Highway Blasters on my 08 RT. I figured if I did not like them it I would put them on my car and buy the BMW set. It was a big improvement, but still had a wierd sound, like something was missing. So I managed to stuff the stocker in there with them, and it has a very distinct tone now, which I was looking for. It does not cause problems with the CANBUS. 10K on the bike since the install (AND ABOUT 3 ACCIDENT AVOIDANCES).

    And just a tip for you guys that are thinking about aftermarket horns, but do not want to cut the stock wiring......you can buy splice blades that will attach the new horn wiring to the original harness. I just put heat shrink or a quality electrical tape around the spice connectors, and also around the stock plugs, to seal out crud and water.

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    Question?

    In close encounters with cages(cars), whats first, your horn button or your brakes? OR maybe both, if you're really good! I'm a brake guy first and horn guy 2nd, but do find the topic interesting enough to want more horn too. My GSA1200 is weak there too. MY KLT was first rate in horns and I wonder where the logic is, when a company changes a good thing? Anyhow, I had to ask just HOW a horn saves anybody, when its an after the fact, finger approach kind of thing. NOT many are saved from cars cutting you off, when the action has already occured by the time you hit the horn! Yes?
    I HAVE been in other countries where the HORN is a defensive driving tool and they "wear it out", approaching intersections, etc. and its scary riding in a Cab(Taxi) the first time in one of those places. Been there, done that...Maybe they'll just hear me coming, blasting my horn, throttle up!
    Some interesting discussion. Happy Trails, Randy

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    Just to be totally anal about it, I'd note that the horn is mounted incorrectly in this photo ...

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    You'll note the bent-over tabs on the black boss to which the horn is mounted--the bracket/strap that's part of the horn should sit between these tabs so the whole thing doesn't rotate. That is, the horn is currently mounted on the wrong side of this boss.

    This also means the j-nut needs to be turned over and the screw installed from the outside rather than the inside. It's a lot easier to access the screwhead when it's on the correct side, too.

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