Beginners Guide to Train Horn Kits
Everyone knows when they hear the sound of a train horn it means danger, get out of the way. If you want the same kind of respect when you drive your private vehicles, then you should install train horns on your automobiles. When you blow your horn people will get out the way. This makes train horns more than just a novelty item. Price is a factor if you are looking for a high quality train horn with the authentic locomotive sound and want it professionally installed. However, good train horns can range in price from as low as $60 to over $2,000.
The cost of train horns depend on a number of factors. If you buy a basic kit that doesn’t have an air horn compressor and air hoses, you can find a decent one for less than $100. In fact there are train horn kits starting as low as $20. But like anything else, you get what you pay for. So although an inexpensive train horn will sound kind of like a train and may get you noticed, if you want authenticity and volume you should be prepared to pay a little more. There are some decent kits sans compressor and hoses that sell for around $60.
A Step Up
If you want the type of volume that will make people jump out of their skins, you’re going to need an air tank and an air compressor. Depending on the type of vehicle you have, you may already have a compressor. If not, you will have to buy a kit which contains one. This can make the price rise dramatically. Kits containing all the necessary wiring along with both an air tank and an air compressor prices begin at about $200 and quickly go past $300 and $400 if you want powerful authentic train horns. Unless you or a friend knows your way around engines, you are going to need someone to install the train horn. That could easily cost $100.
Top Quality Train Horns
The number of decibels the horn puts out, the number of psi the compressor produces, the length of the blast and the speed with which you can blow the horn a second time all play a role in the price of the train horn. The intricacy of the necessary wiring also adds to the price. The quality of the materials used and the finish it has also drives up the cost. It’s not unusual to see a loud, powerful, durable, good-looking train horn kit for between $699 and $1,500. Add the cost of installation and it’s a sizable investment. But a fun one if you can afford it.
Want bring the sound of a real locomotive horn to any kind of vehicle? One so loud you can damage people’s eardrums and their sanity? A horn that can shatter glass will set you back between $1,900 and $2,500. But you’ll enjoy every single dime of it.