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Thread: Early Panhead Horn

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    Default Re: Early Panhead Horn

    Originally posted by D.Mac
    I got to wondering what the difference is between a 6 and 12volt horn, and could an OEM 6volt be converted to 12? All sources I've seen say not to put 12volts to a 6volt horn when converting, but I have an old 6volt horn in one of my old trucks (converted to 12 volts) that been OK for years- maybe I just don't use the horn much. Guess I could hide a volt-drop behind the fork tins. I'm sure I'm not the first to 'rassle with this problem, anyone have any ideas?
    Doug.
    The difference between 6 and 12 volt is the size of the wire and the number of turns. When doubling the voltage, The rule of thumb is to half the wire size area and double the number of turns.

    Now, that being said, I've been involved in converting several (4-6) Harleys to 12 volts with converted 32E generators and the regulator from Kurt. None of the horns have been changed out. At most a minor adjustment was needed to get the honk to sound right. I assume if people have had problems it's been with the motor driven horns. The Delco Remy 16 horn is pretty much indestructible ... Perry

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    Thanks for the replies, I feel more comfortable with using a stock horn with my 12v system. Eventually that is what I will do, for now I'm stuck with my Taiwan "replica", because I got mad and modified it to look at least a little bit better. (post terminals, no phillips screws, etc) I don't have a problem with re-pop parts per-se, but I don't understand why anyone goes to the trouble to have a part reproduced that either doesn't fit, is just plain wrong or both. This month the worst offender has a 2 page spread in our magazine, seems to me like a slap in the face to all of us. Sorry for the cranky rant, I feel better now.
    Doug.
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    All that was mentioned in this thread was the Model 16 horn. I want to run 12volts and use a '54-'64 style jubilee horn with a stock 6v power pack. Do I need to add a resistor or? Is anyone currently doing this that could comment on whether 12v into a 6v power pack will work? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDR View Post
    Bill,

    Actually Colony USA (& soon Colony Europe) are my companies. We are a worldwide distributor for Colony....both retail and wholesale.

    The link to the Ebay sales is only temporary as we are working on a new site for their entire line of products. We have them all listed there (Ebay) now, but I honestly dislike Ebay and want to have a website of my own.

    Kurt
    I agree and thanks for all you do Kurt.
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    resistor m.jpg This is from a book called 'Motorcycle Science' written in 1977. Does anyone know the resistance value of the horn or how I can determine it, or the amps required to operate the 6v horn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by duffeycycles View Post
    Roger, Thanks for the suggestion, I knew they were available in 12v but prefer to stay with oem. After receiving suggestions from several friends I believe the oem will work.
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