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Old 11-01-2009, 01:18 PM   #91
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I'll Second that Emotion

I knew that these horns were sensitive to dirt, water and vibration, so I took EXTRA PRECAUTIONS when mounting mine. I mounted it per the instructions and installed the recommended fuse and relay.

I've had it installed for ~3 months and its deader n' dog shit.

I'm going to order a Honda GL1800 horn for mine. They're super loud and last forever.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:15 PM   #92
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Got one on my VStrom, had it for about 4 yrs now, ridden in cold, toad strangler rains, etc, has always worked, never not worked. Maybe I am just lucky? Doubt it.
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Old 11-01-2009, 02:15 PM   #93
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I killed my Stebel after about 2 weeks. Admittedly it wasn't mounted well and likely ingested both dust and water. We shall see how the replacement does...
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:23 AM   #94
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I killed my Stebel after about 2 weeks. Admittedly it wasn't mounted well and likely ingested both dust and water. We shall see how the replacement does...
the replacement came, and was faulty from the get-go. i'm done with stebel.

note the asymmetry of the two contacts. namely, the negative contact is "pushed in" and is missing a corner. methinks it was misaligned when the machine that squares off the corners came along to do its thing.



thankfully, twistedthrottle.com has a lenient return policy, so the horn and the wiring harness are on their way back to them for good.
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Old 11-12-2009, 04:55 PM   #95
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I like the ones I have, I don't use them very often.. I hope they still work. Will have to run a fleet test this weekend.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:15 AM   #96
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New improved Stebel Nautilus.

Looks like Stebel is coming out with a new improved air horn. They are
advertising that this is: "More water proof than Nautilus Compact".

http://www.stebel.it/stebel2009/prod...pologia=TUNING
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:08 PM   #97
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Hmm, mine was on the bike for about 60 thousands km... broke the first bracket was mounted on this year right after I crossed in Labrador, now I used a beefier one.
It is mounted as per instructions, but it's still exposed to water/dust, and unfortunately mud from time to time
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:10 PM   #98
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Looks like Stebel is coming out with a new improved air horn. They are
advertising that this is: "More water proof than Nautilus Compact".

http://www.stebel.it/stebel2009/prod...pologia=TUNING

The exterior looks pretty identical to the original one...
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:14 AM   #99
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hmm...it seems many user have a problem with this horn. I use Stebel Nautilus for 4 years and till now it's still OK. Even in hard rain, dusty road and mud condition, the horn sounds still loud. At least better than i kick the rearview mirrior of car

I try to share how to fix and maintain this horn ( sorry my bad english, hope you understand ) :

1. Pull out the complete dynamo from the plastic cover, using flat screw driver by slowly.
2. Open the dynamo from the tube ( use flat screw driver ).
3. You will see naked part of dynamo.
4. Spray the tube and air channel with air compressor. The dirt will get out...
5. You can spray with WD-40 the tube of dynamo and angker of dynamo ( sometimes many rust in both place ).
6. Install back the dynamo to the tube.
7. Connect the positive and negative probe of dynamo to battery, the dynamo will energized. Keep it energized untill the WD-40 include the dirt out. Usually 1 -2 minutes energized.
8. Put in back the plastick cover to dynamo. Please be carefull of crack the plastic.
9. You can add some of power glue to fix the cover with dynamo body.

Soonest i will send the pictures ( still try to find out where i put the picture... )

If you have question or maybe confuse, do not hesitate to ask me. I will glad to answer it.
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:48 AM   #100
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Mine is going on 5 years and still scares the crap out of half asleep motorsists. Mounted on my GS and seen it's fair share of dust, mud, rain and even snow! What gives???
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Old 09-13-2011, 11:58 AM   #101
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I had a Stebel on 2 cars. One went through 2 horns and is on the third, the other is still on the original one. Same mounting location on both.

My advice if you want one is to buy it from Griot's Garage. http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/...rrivals&page=1 They currently have free shipping until Oct. 17, they charge the same $40 as everybody else, and have a lifetime warranty on anything they sell.

They replaced the horn free twice for me with no questions asked.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:05 AM   #102
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Long term update:

Over 130,000Km on my Bandit and the horn is still blowing hard (i.e. not sucking :) ). It is pretty well protected from the elements, but it has survived a lot of washes and some pretty terrible torrential downpour rides. As far as vibrations go, it's mounted solidly on the fairing frame with two anchor positions (both held with zip ties and hose clamps). Those who know the 1200 Bandit know that vibrations don't get much worse than that.

All in all, I'm quite happy. The horn has lost a bit of it's loudness over time - it recently measured 110dB from 1.5m away. I just found these that look like perfect clones for less than half the price, so I'll get one for the car and my wife's scooter:

http://dx.com/p/110db-snail-compact-...d-black-155338

http://dx.com/p/snail-style-car-elec...ver-12v-154940
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:25 PM   #103
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I run twin electrics.. hi and lo, sounds like a Buick and commands instant awareness. Fiamm Highway Blasters
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:05 PM   #104
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I wonder how many have a spider nest in them? Perhaps a little piece of screen is in order. Might do that with mine, been on there for... I think about 4 months, come in handy a few times, no issues.
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:31 AM   #105
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I run twin electrics.. hi and lo, sounds like a Buick and commands instant awareness. Fiamm Highway Blasters
This is what I put on my bikes. When someone starts into my lane, they hear a Buick and get away. The 'screaming girl' sound that the Nautilus makes just confuses them, so I removed it and went back to the Fiamms.
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