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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-22-2017, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Replace Terrible Horn?

I just purchased a 2017 Outback and am generally satisfied with the vehicle. But I HATE the horn... sound like a bad version of the roadrunner. Will changing the horn affect the warrantee? If so, I guess I'll wait out the 3 yr. 36000 mile coverage before I do anything.

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You have a lot of options. Generally speaking you can bolt in any horn you like. You won't have any warranty problems unless you somehow manage to butcher the electrical system.

Subaru uses very ordinary horns, so they're very easy to augment or replace. You might need to add a relay for a very high powered horn but for many installations that step isn't required.

There are many threads on this site covering exactly this subject, so a quick search will get you some useful results on wiring and mount locations.



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Thanks for the reply. I can't understand why an auto manufacturer would invest so much into developing an advanced vehicle and end up utilizing such a sub-standard horn. I was totally surprised by the sound.
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Since most drivers totally ignore sirens and lights on a emergency vehicle, do you think they'll pay attention to a average car horn? Probably why Subaru didn't spend much $$ on it.

I think you'd need an electric train horn to get most drivers to stop texting and pay attention to their driving.
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You should hear the Forester horn!! EMBARRASSING!!!!!!!
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Hella supertones

FIAMM

HIghway Blasters

as said, many options. Some folks use the existing relay and wires and are happy - but usually you'll get loudest results with new wiring from the battery and a separate relay.

your car is kinda new, but probably any write-up or youtube video would be helpful.

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I install Hella Supertones. Just buy or make a wire harness and they bolt right up behind the grill.

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Definitely Fiamms, but I went with the El Grandes instead. MUCH fuller tone, certainly gets attention. They make the Blasters sound like the OEM Subie horns.

The only thing louder in my experience would be a full-tilt air horn system.

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I remember honking to alert a car that was about to back into me, and wondering if the horn was even loud enough for the other driver to hear. And that pathetic tone! So, changing the horns was one of the very first mods I did on my Outback.

By far the Hella Supertones are the most popular aftermarket horn option on Subarus. You will see them on WRX cars all over. They are very loud. But after listening to sound clips on Youtube, I was concerned that, while the Supertones are very loud, the tone sounds like the Roadrunner on steroids. So I went with the PIAA Sports Horns, 500Hz/600Hz. P/N 85112. They are rated 2 or 3 db less than the Supertones, but they are still plenty loud. And, imho, the tome is so much nicer.

It seems that the only risk to the warranty would be related to the horns and horn circuit. All the rest of your warranty should be OK.
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When I hear the horn, I expect to see a 10 year old girl on a bicycle. Not very manly at all.

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