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Train Horns have increasingly become popular with truck drivers for the same reason they are mandatory on trains and tractor trailers: they enable a driver to “speak” as loud as the law allows. This noise has also proven that it isn’t just a means of expressing frustration in traffic. With drivers becoming increasingly inattentive as they are further insulated from the outside and distracted by cell phones and other gadgets, big volume is necessary for getting the attention of those idling at green lights or ignoring oncoming traffic. As such, modern horns have met demands for higher quality sound, construction, and appearance, as well as lower cost. Train horns for trucks are now less expensive and more powerful than ever before and are limited only by state and federal noise regulations.
Looking to offer the best and loudest horns possible, Vixen Horns has developed the Vixen Horns 4 Trumpets STK 2/2 Train Horn Kit, a massive four-horn system that delivers a chord with as much volume and force as possible. Designed to be heard clearly even over great distances or through modern soundproofing, the Vixen Horns 4 Trumpets STK 2/2 Train Horn Kit is the complete package and includes all parts necessary to serve as either a replacement or auxiliary for the standard horn on any truck or van. All necessary mounting equipment is provided, all that is needed is to drill holes and mounting points in certain parts of the vehicle and install the horns and pneumatic equipment. Indeed, since the kit uses standardized connections and mounting points, if they are available or if the kit is replacing an earlier horn installation, drilling mounting points or running cables is not required.
The Vixen Horns 4 Trumpets STK 2/2 Train Horn Kit is built around the Vixen Horns 200PSI compressor, which feeds into a 3L reservoir. The compressor integrates into any vehicle’s electrical system and is designed to be small enough to fit under or behind seats. All necessary electrical connections are provided. While it is not waterproof, it is rugged, and can withstand most of the bumps and scrapes it will likely encounter. Indeed, the compressor will likely outlive the vehicle in which it has been installed. As with all Vixen-brand equipment the compressor is built to aircraft standards and so it will maintain proper pressure and not suffer from breakages or dry-rot for many years of use. The compressor can refill the reservoir in seconds, which ensures that you can hit the horn almost as much as you want without running out of air. The pump is equipped with thermal overload protection so even when it gets hot due to weather conditions or being run repeatedly it will not suffer damage, although it will be unable to function until it has cooled down sufficiently. The compressor has standard mounting points and can be installed without drilling holes if such mounting points are provided.
The 3L reservoir is likewise rugged, yet small enough to fit concealed within a truck’s cab or under the front seats of a van. Although it is not weather-proof and it is not recommended that it be installed externally, it is more than durable enough to withstand impacts without becoming damaged or leaking, provided that its connection points do not become bent or snapped off. Made of high-quality aluminum, it will not corrode and can take up to 200 PSI. Because of the reservoirs 3L size, it is handily capable of delivering a horn blast for several seconds, more than enough time to get the immediate attention of even distant or inattentive drivers. The reservoir uses standard fittings and can be hooked up to pre-installed hoses if they are available. Otherwise, the kit includes high-quality aircraft-grade hoses suitable for exiting the cab and being mounted externally to connect to the horns.
The reservoir feeds into a four-horn system. While four horns doesn’t mean that the blast will be louder than systems with fewer horns, as it is already limited to 149 dB by state and federal limits, the four horns produce a complex chord which helps the sound feel louder and travel further. It also helps the noise cut through interference and be heard over other noises, making it ideal for use in areas that are crowded and noise-ridden where a less complex horn sound might not be distinct enough to be noticed. Indeed, this four horn system is very hard not to notice, not just in terms of its volume but also in terms of its appearance. The horns are chrome plated, which not only ensures they will last as long as the vehicle they are installed on, but that they will look great and be a bright accent for any vehicle. The horns are mounted using a standard mounting bracket and can be installed using existing mounting points if they are available.
The Vixen Horns 4 Trumpets STK 2/2 Train Horn Kit offers a louder, more complex and pleasing sound than almost any other train horn kit on the market and does so while looking amazing and costing less than a new set of tires. The rugged construction of the kit’s components, while not sufficient for external mounting (unless placed inside a waterproof enclosure) is more than enough to ensure that the horns will last as long or longer than the vehicle in which they are installed. The fact that the horn can be activated using either a button or as a replacement for an existing horn also adds flexibility, and allows drivers to be exactly as loud as they want in a given situation. Additionally, because the system is simple and easy to install, it isn’t necessary to hire a professional or go to a mechanic in order to install the horn. As such, the Vixen Horns 4 Trumpets STK 2/2 Train Horn Kit makes an excellent choice for any truck or van owners who want to bring the noise in a way that stands out in both sounds and looks.