By on March 7, 2008

TTAC commentator Winklovic recently posted a link to an interesting website that introduced me to aftermarket air horns. I don't mean the pissant little Marchel and Hella beepers. Go to and you can hear them; by God they're straight out of a Johnny Cash train song. I drive an ambulance with an air horn– the kind where you reach up and pull a chain when the kids on the sidewalk pump their elbows– and I'm here to tell you, those things can evoke miscarriages, soiled pants, split colostomy bags and pacemaker misfires. I was never aware that it's legal to put them on a car. A search of FMVSS, ISO and DOT standards turns-up nothing about maximum-horn-noise regulation. There are, however, numerous local noise regs that can get you ticketed for blowing one (apparently silent ownership is perfectly legal). Unfortunately, people who actually have these things seem to use them solely to cruise city streets at 15 mph and get close enough behind pedestrians to literally blow them into the weeds. That ain't right.

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12 Comments on “Hoons’ Horns...”

  • avatar

    I used to have a set of air horns on my Miata. The reasoning was, the Miata is a little car and doesn’t do well when impacted with a large SUV, so the horns help to show that chatting-on-her-cellphone soccer mom that her Yukon is coming over into my lane. Plus the stock Miata horns are pretty wimpy.

    I only used it to scare one biker, I swear!

  • avatar
    John R

    LMAO! But, seriously, that’s messed up. You just look like an ass when you use it that way.

  • avatar

    I guess that’s a great product to have….if you’re 16.

  • avatar
    Stephan Wilkinson

    You didn’t have one of these in your Miata, ZCline. The compressor and motor to feed it wouldn’t fit. It’s about the size of a large suitcase.

  • avatar
    Virtual Insanity

    I’ve seen this video before, and I always laugh. On my first turbo car, we did the animal hoon trick. BOV was vented, so we hooked up a duck call…

    You get some interesting look when you are cruising through a parking lot in a 1st gen turbo Eclipse, rev, build boost, lift…and get the quack.

  • avatar
    Johnny Canada

    Interesting, but I’ll stick with Whistle Tips for my car.

  • avatar

    No, it wasn’t anything like that, something more like this:
    (I am not affiliated with that site, FYI). Still, they were pretty loud and cheap, and easy to install.

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    My Boss has an Air Horn on his Harley. It isn’t train sounding, more like Tractor Trailer. Crazy loud for a Bike.

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    Some of those people even had drinks in their hand and didn’t throw them at the car!

    I have the small Fiamm horns on my car. I had two sets on my previous car. I don’t honk at other cars that often, but when I do it’s for good reason and I want them to hear it. I don’t want it to sound apologetic like most factory horns.

    In university, I once hooked up one of those swearing keychains to a small Rockford amp and bolted an old 6X9 behind my front grille. It didn’t scare anyone, and most people laughed at it.

  • avatar

    Where you guys been? This site has been around for years.

  • avatar

    off the topic a little but a guy I got a ride to work with years ago suffered from road rage.
    there is not much funnier than angry guy in an mid 70s civic with pathetic meep meep sounding horn

  • avatar

    But it takes the genious of Stephan to point it out to those who are unaware Factotum. Stephen: Keep up the great contributions. More and more I see myself looking for your comments; they are usually spot-on!

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