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  • What's the best way to wire a Wolo Bad Boy using the stock horn switch?

    I've mounted my Wolo Bad Boy between the down tubes under the voltage regulator. Based on Figure D in the installation instructions for use with the factory horn switch, I'd like to mount the relay under the side cover and tap into the connector for the factory horn under the front pulley; then connect them to posts 85 and 86 on the relay. Are the factory horn connectors + & - and if so, which one goes to which post on the relay? Also, can I just unplug the other horn down by the shifter, or do I have to bridge the connector?

    Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!

    Doc_V

  • #2
    What you are describing is how I done mine. The wires from the rear horn that will go to the control side of the relay will energize a coil that is not polarity sensitive. I chased the front wires back to where they split and removed them.


    Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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    • #3
      You can just unplug the front. I believe the positive in the original installation is pink, but the relay coil won’t care. It pulls, regardless of polarity and is insulated from the main poles and the housing.


      Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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      • #4
        The horn switch uses a ground signal, not a positive. The positive is constant on the horn wiring, the switch gives it the ground.
        i bridged the 2 positives on the relay and used the horn wiring to activate the relay

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        • #5
          Thanks guys. It will be nice to finally have a horn people can hear.

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          • #6
            I shoved the connectors into the front horn connectors. Both my stock horns are still in play with the WOLO.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by tapeit59 View Post
              I shoved the connectors into the front horn connectors. Both my stock horns are still in play with the WOLO.
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              Would this method draw too much power ? Maybe weaken the WOLO output ?

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              • #8
                The horn switch PROVIDES a ground path, yes. Has no influence on the operation of a relay coil which leg of the energy supply is switched, but it is most common for switches in DC systems to provide a ground path. Generally reduces the total amount of positive energized wire in the system when it is not operating. This is a safety feature.


                Wherever you go in life, ride there if at all possible.

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                • #9
                  I mounted my relay under the seat. I also have a bus bar and a ground stud as well. I used the horn below the seat to trigger the relay and mounted the horn on the downtube with a p-clamp.
                  Peace,
                  Baron Wilhelm Gustav von Schmidt III
                  (But you can call me Joe)

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                  • fastjohnny
                    fastjohnny commented
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                    nice and neat!

                  • Txulrich
                    Txulrich commented
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                    Thanks.

                • #10
                  This is how i got mine mounted. You have unlimited options

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                  • #11
                    I first hooked my WOLO to the stock connectors and went with it. Sounded okay but didn't seem loud as it should be. Hooked the stock wires to the relay and ran battery power right to the relay for the horn and WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Way louder. Stock wiring just can't pass the current efficiently.
                    "Do or do not, there is no try."

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                    • #12
                      It is a great upgrade. I mounted mine under the left passenger floor board. I never flip them up got the wolo on one side and rap for roadwing on the other. Did the same wiring as jd did.

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                      • #13
                        WOW what a difference! Now I can't wait for an excuse to honk my horn.

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                        • #14
                          The wolo gets power from it's own feed not the horn power it gets signal from the horn












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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Rodzim View Post
                            This is how i got mine mounted. You have unlimited options
                            Have you had any problems with your WOLO mounted horizontal ? The instructions say to mount verticle . Just wondering ?

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                            • #16
                              It still works fine after almost a year.

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                              • #17
                                Update on mounting location. I used an extra frame clamp I had and mounted the horn just above the rectifier. it was based on the recommendation of others who've done the same and I had no problems until I got a flat tire had my bike towed. The towing company tied down the front so tightly that the horn hit and scratched the fender and it also likely damaged the fork tubes in the process. Now i have a bunch more scratches on the front fender from the horn hitting while riding. I plan to rebuild the forks as soon as the weather permits and will test to see if it still hits. I'lll post an update later.

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                                • Doc_V
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                                  Correction: It's mounted just *below* the rectifier.

                              • #18
                                Originally posted by Doc_V View Post
                                Update on mounting location. I used an extra frame clamp I had and mounted the horn just above the rectifier. it was based on the recommendation of others who've done the same and I had no problems until I got a flat tire had my bike towed. The towing company tied down the front so tightly that the horn hit and scratched the fender and it also likely damaged the fork tubes in the process. Now i have a bunch more scratches on the front fender from the horn hitting while riding. I plan to rebuild the forks as soon as the weather permits and will test to see if it still hits. I'lll post an update later.

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                                • D-Fresh
                                  D-Fresh commented
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                                  Sounds like they cinched your bike down within an inch of its life... You'd think the towing company wouldn't be so ham fisted, they do this for a living. Although, they probably don't do too many bikes compared to autos. They probably figure "better too tight than bouncing off the truck"... Makes me think about the future if i'd ever need a tow what would be the best course of action?

                                • Doc_V
                                  Doc_V commented
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                                  Don't get me started! That wasn't the only damage they did. They dropped the bike too and wrenched the quick release tour pak off, scratching my rear fender and bending the mount. Both the towing company AND AAA [who hired them] REFUSED to pay for the damage because, due to extenuating circumstances beyond my control, I had to leave the bike on the side of the road and the tow truck driver had to get the bike on his own. So, in their words, "Since I didn't witness them dropping the bike, and had no *detailed* photos of the bike when I left it on the side of the road, I had no proof they did it.!" Grrrrrrr... Like I said, don't get me started.

                              • #19
                                Originally posted by Txulrich View Post
                                I mounted my relay under the seat. I also have a bus bar and a ground stud as well. I used the horn below the seat to trigger the relay and mounted the horn on the downtube with a p-clamp.
                                I did the same mounting and removed both OEM horns . I removed all OEM wireing up to that which goes to the switch . Used brown and pink for relay hookup , Hot wire to +battery pole , ground to mount for Regulator/Rectifier . BAMM ! Now I can HEAR THE HORN OVER THE EXHAUST !!! Sounds almost as good as a SEMI ! BLAAAAPPPP !!!

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                                • #20
                                  That sucks Doc....that tow cost you plenty in more ways that one! Here is where i installed mine. Like i said above, my passenger foot rest cannot be moved in the up position. It hits the bags guards. Used the front horn wiring for the switch and pulled and hid the wiring for the rear horn. Simply installed an angle bracket and wiring from relay exits the left side cover. Pretty much goes un-noticed.

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                                  • Horsehammerr
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                                    Nice installation , compact position. The only thing that stopped me in going there was being tucked in on the side towards the rear . Seams a warning Horn should be Boldly Out Front for an " IN YOUR FACE BLAST " In fact , I may raise mine up to the top of my engine guard so that the BLAST is not aimed at the road so closely. I think it may be more pronounced in that position.

                                  • Doc_V
                                    Doc_V commented
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                                    I may be moving mine to the top engine guard bolt as well.

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