2nd Gen JCW Installing Hella Supertone Horns on the R56

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  1. Metalman

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    After finding absolutely no room behind the front upper grill for the horns, I decided to investigate to see if there was room behind the front bumper cover.

    I partially removed the front passenger side fender liner. Just pulled it up out of the way after removing a few fasteners.

    Looks like there might be a little room next to the back side of the fog light housing. I chose the lower bolt connecting the bumper beam to the "crush" extension that attaches to the front sub frame.

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    Here's the a pic of the horn bracket I made since the bracket that was attached to the Hella unit wasn't long enough.

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    Test fitting the Hella Horn to the bracket.

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    With the bracket installed.

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    And with the Hella Horn installed.

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    I ran out of time, so the driver side will need to wait for another day.
     
  2. Justa Jim

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    Since you mounted behind the fog light, do you intend to use it as a "FOG HORN"? :D

    Jim
     
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    ha ha ha ha ha snerk ha ha ha ha!!!
     
  5. Metalman

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    Jim, you're killing me....:lol::lol::lol:
    Good one....:D
     
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    How can you keep your calipers so clean. Oh wait a minute, Hella sonic cleaning..... :p
     
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    Hi!

    How do you like the Hella Supertones?
     
  8. Metalman

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    It'sa slow journey....
    Haven't done anything since the last post....
    One is hanging, one is still in the box.
    Haven't ordered the Hella waterproof relay yet.
    May go down to the shop and try to fit the second Hella today.
     
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    thats interesting
     
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    I was going to say the same thing.
     
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    So did you ever get around to installing the other horn? I just installed mine under the passage side headlight. Drop the stock one down so I could mount one of the horns on top of it. Then mounted the other one flat next to that one. Just need to wire them up now.
     
  13. Metalman

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    Ummmm... Yeah.... As of today....:eek:

    Now that I have my MINI cave.... Been playing "long overdo" catch up....:D

    With my front bumper removed, I finally got around to finishing up the bracket for the Hella horns....

    The wimpy MINI stock are the Italian Fiamm units.... They are gone now...

    Had to get a little creative with the mount though...

    Finished this one today...

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    Installed....:cool:

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    Now just need to deal with the wiring...:D
     
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    Chuck I love your metal man origami. You are the wizard of sheet metal. :Thumbsup:
     
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    Heh Heh.... Thanks Chuck....

    Oh, and by the way....thanks for the Hellyeahs......:D
     
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    You are most welcome. The check cleared the bank OK. :D
     
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    I'm gonna need one of those brackets. The air horns just aren't getting any attention these days.

    I have been cut off several times lately. Hit the horn and they just keep coming over.

    Time for some more umph in my horn.
     
  18. Metalman

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    I didn't want to cut and splice the OEM horn wiring harness.... So through diligent "Realoem" searching.... I located the matching OEM plug for the horn connection... My plan is to drive a separate remote fused relay with the OEM horn circuit and power the Hella's with a higher amperage circuit....

    Looking at the stock wiring, there is no way the Hella's will get the power they require without this upgrade...:D

    The Hella horns are rated at 72 watts which works out to 6 amps at 12 volts....

    To be continued....
     
  19. Metalman

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    Made a wiring loom for the Hella horns today.... The wiring is protected with a woven abrasion resistant sheath just like the OEM wrap...
    Got the OEM connectors last week which will plug into the stock horn plug.... I'll use the stock horn circuit to drive the remote relay so I get full amperage to the Hella horns.... The stock wiring seems pitifully undersized and this will resolve that concern...:D

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    #20 Justa Jim, Jan 4, 2014
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    You honestly do fantastic work MM, but my only concern is the cost. This install has taken almost two years, so at your hourly rate that would be, $10,000,000.00 plus parts. :lol:
     

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