Bosch Horns....any good copies?

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Bosch Horns....any good copies?

#1 Post by Craig Colaluca » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:24 pm

My 62 356 has amazing Bosch horns. They are loud and low/deep and the two tones really make them sing out.
My XKE has horns made by the prince of darkness and they are weak, too high pitched, and probably likely to fail like every other product made by the prince.
I’d actually like to create a ripple in the time space continuum by putting Bosch horns on my XKE.
The real Bosch horns appear to be quite expensive. Are there any good clones or replicas that work well at a lower price?
Thanks!!

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#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Nov 25, 2019 8:42 pm

If you aren't concerned about original look, Hella makes some loud 12V horns. I have a pair on my Toyota Tacoma. Wolo horns resemble the Bosch horns except they have chrome grills. The connections are spade rather than screw terminals.

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#3 Post by Martin Benade » Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:08 pm

Stoddard sells 12v repros, with stud and nut connections instead of factory set screw style.

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#4 Post by Glen Getchell » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:50 am

Jeffery Fellman at Classico wheels sells exact replicas of the 356 6 volt Bosch horns right down to the screws.
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#5 Post by Martin Benade » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:40 am

Unless he just changed them Jeff’s have VW style flat blade connectors. He says you can put on the originals, but I don’t see how you could do that.

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#6 Post by Glen Getchell » Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:16 pm

Martin, you're right. I forgot about the connectors.

I know that I had a set on my Roadster and I also had installed a new wiring harness. I don't remember what I did to rectify, because I would not have wanted to cut the harness. I have the slightest of memory that I "might of" made another short wire with the female flat blade on one end and a flat screw connector like the original on the other and used a small machine screw to tie the two connectors together than shrink wrapped the screwed together connectors to hide and protect them.

So I amend my last post. They are exact replicas but different.

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#7 Post by Craig Colaluca » Tue Nov 26, 2019 1:57 pm

Thanks for all the info everyone. I’m not concerned about the look as they won’t be visible in the XKE. I just want to get the loudest and deepest horns south of air horns. Oddly my 356 horns are the best I’ve ever heard. Not really wanting to spend $300 at the moment for horns though.

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#8 Post by Mike Wilson » Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:52 pm

Check out the Hella horns offered by several vendors.

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#9 Post by SPIKE JONES » Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:29 pm

Hey Craig,
If you find any that you really like, post it here. I have an XKE also and remember that I was never real happy with the horns.

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#10 Post by Brad Ripley » Tue Nov 26, 2019 4:44 pm

Loudest on the market, quite different than the 356 Bosch, is this at 150 dB see https://carcaretotal.com/best-car-horn/#11203012%20 which is about as loud as on a diesel locomotive. $48 on Amazon

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#11 Post by Dave Wildrick » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:12 pm

When the original horn on my 58 VW bug died, I installed a 6V J.C. Whitney "Ah-OOGAH" horn, which got lots of attention.
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#12 Post by Craig Colaluca » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:39 am

Thanks again to all. I’m going to try these Wolo horns which are copies of the Bosch. I will report back.

Wolo (306-2T) Super Horns Chrome Plated Horns - 12 Volt, Low and High Tone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00029XGNC/re ... 3Db843K9JB

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