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Question Horn change?

Has anyone changed their stock horn?

If so, can someone please share some pics or vids? I don't see anything on the web on how to remove the bumper and install an aftermarket horns...

I have purchased a FIAMM AM80S and I would like to DIY the install... Hope that someone can share
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@zoeigel: I recall @lovemysantafe changing his horns on the 2014. Installed some LOUD ones. He may have a How-To on the MD forum.

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I don't imagine that a 2017 bumper removal is much different than a 2013, so basically unscrew the bolts under the wheel wells, remove all the bolts from the plastic splash trim under the bumper, all the plastic clips from under the hood and remove any liner there, and a bumper cover bolt or two.. then just pull it out starting under the headlights.

As for the horns... never used the AM80S but they state on the website that they are a "snail horn chosen by the car makers all around the world".. which generally translates to same as OEM loudness. If you are changing them to be louder I doubt you'll notice anything different with these.

I installed Hella horns and didn't really think they were any louder than the stock horn.

This was my 2013 pic when I was looking to fit the horns.. I ended up mounting them hanging down from the bumper bar and they were slightly visible through the lower grill.


You can see the factory horns in the picture...

I used a battery relay to power the Hella horns as recommended, so depending what you do you can either just tap your factory horn wires or use a relay. If you keep your factory horns you'll have quad horns which might make it sound louder/different.

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My Tucson is the first Asian car I felt no desire to upgrade the horn.
My previous cars (4 Hondas and a Toyota) all had the "road runner" MEEP-MEEP horns, which I replaced.
Imagine a 1975 Civic with (small) air horns and a compressor.
The current draw made the idle drop a little.
My 1976 Nova horn wasn't so bad.

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I tapped into the factory horn wiring but it sounded a little low for me? Do I still need to put the relay? If yes, where?
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If someone can please share a screenshot on how to wire my dual horns with a relay.... Please please please
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Sure changed horns on my Supra, European beepers, like American two note horns, sold just about anywhere, Fleet Farm, Walmart, any auto supply store. Found 150 db horns for my motorhome., 130 is more typical for automotive. Problem with purchasing one, have no idea what they sound like until you buy one.


30's and prior cars had the horn mounted on the headlamp bar, but later between the radiator and the grille. Wasn't a problem as there was plenty of space, is now with unibody, the shod between the radiator and grille is attached underneath so the only way to get at the horns is to remove the bumper first. Two horns are located on either side, high and low pitch. The horn relay is located in the underhood fuse/relay box, but under the top, have to take that apart to get at it.


Have no reason to replaced the horns on my 2017 Limited, two note and plenty loud, good old American type. If they do go bad, covered by that six year warranty.


Boat has a real expensive chrome horn on it but has screws, could take it apart and clean the contacts, also has a pitch adjustment but adjusted for maximum current. Automotive is throwaway.
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The best are the GM 3 and 4 note horns. Some are knockoffs some re rebuilds. You will not be disappointed.

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Return that FIAAM horn immediately and get yourself an ahooga horn. On my old lexus I installed one through a relay and was a blast to use. brought tons of laughs and smiles.
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I have dual horn on my Elantra md. It had a single tiny horn. Not loud enough, with the dual tones (high & low) it sounds like a Ferrari.

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