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Old 06-20-08, 10:10 PM
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Cars need bells!

I've seen so many threads about honking cars recently, it got me thinking...someone should really put a bell on a car. A bell says, "Hi!" "Excuse me!" "On your left!" whereas a horn is seen as angrier and more punitive.

If cars had bells, those motorists who may or may not just be honking to announce their presence would be able to get their point across.

What do you think?
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Old 06-20-08, 10:28 PM
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I live in NY ,all of the cars here already have ding-dongs in them
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Old 06-20-08, 10:40 PM
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lot's of news about Prius getting some audible alarm like a cow bell or some sort of chirp..

i own a prius and hope to god they don't enforce this, most car's are near silent in the 4 cylinder range anymore..except for tire noise.
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Old 06-21-08, 02:08 PM
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I think it's a heck of a good idea. I have a bell on one bike, and from the reactions, it sounds kind of friendly.
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You think it might be bad for us not being able to here a pirus behind us think about someone that is blind at a cross walk. They have no way to hear them nor see them.

My car friend told me a blind guy once asked him to remove his muffler cause he could then hear him coming down the road (this was in a joking manner)
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Old 06-21-08, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by J.Lockdown View Post
You think it might be bad for us not being able to here a pirus behind us think about someone that is blind at a cross walk. They have no way to hear them nor see them.

My car friend told me a blind guy once asked him to remove his muffler cause he could then hear him coming down the road (this was in a joking manner)
Wonder if I can use this as a reason for the aftermarket exhaust on my Civic..

(actually, this is it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ISnw...eature=related )
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Old 06-21-08, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
Wonder if I can use this as a reason for the aftermarket exhaust on my Civic..

(actually, this is it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ISnw...eature=related )
I have one on my Ford Focus that make it sound much nicer. I am not one of those street racer kids I just dont like the stop sound of the focus.
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Old 06-21-08, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by J.Lockdown View Post
I have one on my Ford Focus that make it sound much nicer. I am not one of those street racer kids I just dont like the stop sound of the focus.
I take driving fun off the street, too. I was pretty hesitant on getting anything for the exhaust because of how buzzy & nasty so many systems sound. This one is remarkably smooth & mellow despite using a straight-through muffler. It's supposed to be within legal dB limits, too, and I've still got the OEM catalytic convertor. Now... boost or swap?..

Back on topic --

Bells might be nice, or maybe a secondary horn with a lighter tone. Our buses at work have a regular horn (which mostly only get used when switching to reverse) and a truck-like air horn for extra attention-grabbing power.

In the meantime, I've settled for a short beep or two being a friendly equivalent of "on your left" and longer honks being anger-driven.
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Old 06-21-08, 03:32 PM
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I have a supercharger, header, no cat, and a free flowing exhaust. My car can get LOUD when I want it to, especially when I install a free flowing intake.

Honestly I hear most cars by tire noise other then engine noise. IIRC, the tires are the noisiest part of most cars.
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Old 06-21-08, 07:02 PM
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I live in NY ,all of the cars here already have ding-dongs in them
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Old 06-21-08, 07:05 PM
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What about one of those old fashioned aoogaa horns? They always seemed like of friendly.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
I take driving fun off the street, too. I was pretty hesitant on getting anything for the exhaust because of how buzzy & nasty so many systems sound. This one is remarkably smooth & mellow despite using a straight-through muffler. It's supposed to be within legal dB limits, too, and I've still got the OEM catalytic convertor. Now... boost or swap?..

Back on topic --

Bells might be nice, or maybe a secondary horn with a lighter tone. Our buses at work have a regular horn (which mostly only get used when switching to reverse) and a truck-like air horn for extra attention-grabbing power.

In the meantime, I've settled for a short beep or two being a friendly equivalent of "on your left" and longer honks being anger-driven.
Exactly! Cars need an "Excuse me" and a "HEY @#$!%*!"
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Old 06-21-08, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by girljen View Post
Exactly! Cars need an "Excuse me" and a "HEY @#$!%*!"
What about a "Hey baby..."?
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Old 06-21-08, 07:49 PM
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Oh, bells. I thought you said... nevermind, my bad.
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Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post


Oh, bells. I thought you said... nevermind, my bad.
http://floridacapitalnews.com/apps/p...NEWS/804180359
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Old 06-21-08, 08:30 PM
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Sounds like a good idea, for those states (like CA) where you aren't allowed to honk except as a safety warning.
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Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post

...I've settled for a short beep or two being a friendly equivalent of "on your left" and longer honks being anger-driven.


For those of you in California, such an "I am here" signal should, IMHO, count as a legal "warning" when it involves a motor vehicle approaching the vicinity of a cyclist...or anyone else who is not a motorist.
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Old 06-21-08, 11:01 PM
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Yeah, I think the item is just silly. I think the legislature not bring able to find anything better to do with their time beyond silly.
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I definitely think that cars should have a "friendly honk" option. Not even a separate horn necessarily, maybe just a button that, when pressed, honks only for a brief second regardless of how long you hold it down.
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Will they also ban chewing tobacco that is always streaked down the side of trucks with truck nutz?
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Hey, chewing tobacco does wonders for tailgaters!
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