Wheelin’ at a mud park or a weekend in the swamps usually starts with a few fun-loving friends making new trails, clowning around, and exploring new areas. Since mudding and listening to loud music go hand in hand, it’s a good idea to fit the vehicles with an attention grabber. The factory horn just won’t do the trick if someone’s trying to get the attention of another vehicle that’s blasting 2,000 watts of country music. Especially if they are stuck a mile or so back in the brush! One crazy option for situations like these is an extremely loud train horn that can be heard for almost a mile away. CBs and cellphones won’t always work in some areas!
The HornBlasters Conductor’s Special Model 232 Train Horn Kit is an easy-to-install, 12-volt system that comes with everything needed to blast your way into obnoxiousness. The setup includes a 2-gallon air tank, a ViAir compressor, a pressure switch, DOT air line, and all the electrical parts needed to install it. The American-made Shocker horns are designed specifically for this setup and include molded brackets for easy mounting. Once installed, the medium-duty, quick-charge compressor can fill up the tank in under a minute and provides five to seven seconds of honk time. The owner of the Custom Truck Shop in Ft. Pierce, Florida, Bob Gorman, and his crew of badass truck builders have been installing anything and everything truck-related for nearly 20 years. The guys wanted to install the HornBlasters system for us so we headed over to the shop and took them up on their offer.
We already have sirens mounted in our mud buggy, so the horns were installed in on our Jeep TJ. We love all things custom and wanted some custom mounting brackets for the system. Gordon has his own in-house CNC laser machine and made us some really cool one-off brackets. Check the easy to follow installation steps for the HornBlasters system—we are now on our way to full obnoxiousness anywhere we go!
Step By Step
The HornBlasters Conductor’s Model 232 Kit comes with everything you need to make your rig as loud as a locomotive. The pressure switch tells the compressor when to shut on and off, so there is always air in the tank when you’re ready to blow. Wiring and hardware are in every package, and the detailed instructions made the install very easy.
With the Jeep on the lift and the battery disconnected, Gorman started making the custom brackets on his CNC laser machine.
We are really happy with the custom brackets; they made mounting the horns and compressor in a tight space easy.
The brackets were welded on so they wouldn’t break off, and then the horns were bolted in place. The horns were mounted up high under the hood to protect them from water. The horns can get wet, just not submerged.
The 2-gallon U.S. made SAEJ10 DOT Steel tank is tough and weatherproof and can be mounted anywhere under the body. We chose to mount it under the driver-side rear floor pan and run the lines on the inside of the frame.
The air line fittings require no special tools to install. We simply cut the hose to the desired length and then pressed the hose into the fitting until it was secure.
The compressor is weatherproof and can be mounted just about anywhere. We wanted to mount it in a dry location with plenty of ventilation and easy access. The guys mounted it on the spare battery rack in the driver-side of the engine bay. A 5⁄16-inch DOT nylon tubing is also run to the air tank. We used a quick disconnect with the air line so we could use the compressor for airing up tires and camping mattresses.
Once the compressor and tank were in place, the �-inch air line was run forward to the horns. The last step was the wiring to the pressure switch and connecting it to the steering wheel horn. Once everything was connected, all the wiring and hoses were zip-tied so they wouldn’t be torn off by trail hazards. Testing the HornBlaster system was fun. We scared the crap out of everyone in the building next to us!
Once technician Gary finished a few last-minute checks for air leaks and hanging wires, we were ready to charge up the system and blow the doors off the shop. The horns are recommended for off-road and show use only, so we’ll be careful using them. We never know who is around the corner just waiting to pull us over.
Now it’s off to the woods for some trail riding with our buddies from the Jupiter Jeep Club. If we get lost, all they have to do is listen for the train horns.