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Old 04-22-15, 06:41 AM
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electricity gurus needed for installing a horn

So I bought a Wolo bad boy knockoff horn to install on my burn bicycle. I have already installed leds and a small 100w motorcycle stereo system on it so i already have an 18ah 12v wheelchair battery. since the horn is a knockoff of the wolo bad boy i followed the wiring instructions shown here


i am also using a motorcycle killswitch button as the horn button. the horn works on and off. it seems that i can do a short honk or two before it stops honking and the relay starts making a clicking sound. any idea on if i can wire this up without the relay without burning up the motorcycle horn button? i would really like simpler wiring as i already have tons of wires on my bike from the leds and stereo.
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Old 04-22-15, 10:26 AM
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Sounds like the battery cannot handle the draw of the horn and I don't think any wiring tricks will help.
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Originally Posted by Number400
Sounds like the battery cannot handle the draw of the horn and I don't think any wiring tricks will help.
i dont see the battery being the problem. it can handle the draw of an electric wheelchair motor. why would a horn draw any more?

edit note* i have used this horn on a motorcycle battery just fine before. i cant imagine a deep cycle being any different

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Old 04-22-15, 03:26 PM
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Use the relay, as you will burn up the switch.
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What size wire are you using? I'd prob be using 12 ga.
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The "clicking" noise you hear from the relay is simply the relay working normally. Relays click when you use them. You can wire it without a relay, but you need a switch that can handle the power. The starter switch is not that.

I'd suspect a grounded wire somewhere.

What happens when you just hold the horn button? Do you own a multimeter?
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