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    help with horn

    I'm in the process of getting everything together now. but, because of my disability I won't be able to get everything installed myself so I'm planning on hiring a mechanic to do it for me.
    now I've got the horn and a push button starter switch.
    is 14 gauge wire good to use? besides wire loom, connectors and tape, what else do I need?
    add a fuse 15 amp, a relay? if I need a relay which one and what type? forgive my ignorance wiring isn't my thing
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    Does your horn have an Amp spec?
    Same for your switch?
    A relay is used when the Amp draw of the load (horn) is more than the switch is rated. This allows low Amp switches to control high Amp loads and also keeps high Amp wiring to a minimum.
    A relay certainly would not hurt. The relay just needs to be rated for the load. It will have both NO (Normally Open) and NC (Normally Closed) contacts.

    I would use a relay. Run fused power to the relay coil, and loop the power to an NO contact. From the other NO contact go to the horn. From the other coil terminal run to your switch. The other switch contact hook to ground.

    The switch will complete the coil circuit to ground. Relay will then connect the NO contacts and Horn will "beep/honk".

    Alternately you could run fused power to the switch, then run from the switch to the horn. This assumes the switch can handle the Amp load of the horn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zebrafive View Post
    Does your horn have an Amp spec?
    Same for your switch?
    A relay is used when the Amp draw of the load (horn) is more than the switch is rated. This allows low Amp switches to control high Amp loads and also keeps high Amp wiring to a minimum.
    A relay certainly would not hurt. The relay just needs to be rated for the load. It will have both NO (Normally Open) and NC (Normally Closed) contacts.

    I would use a relay. Run fused power to the relay coil, and loop the power to an NO contact. From the other NO contact go to the horn. From the other coil terminal run to your switch. The other switch contact hook to ground.

    The switch will complete the coil circuit to ground. Relay will then connect the NO contacts and Horn will "beep/honk".

    Alternately you could run fused power to the switch, then run from the switch to the horn. This assumes the switch can handle the Amp load of the horn.
    this is the push button I got:
    Momentary Start Switch 12V Weatherproof
    Amazon.com: Engine Start Push Button Momentary Start Switch 12V Weatherproof Push Button Start Switch for Car Truck Boat RV ATV by Big Autoparts: Automotive
    and here's the horn:
    Sickspeed Black Super Loud Single Electric Tone Horn for Utv Q1 for John Deere
    Amazon.com: Sickspeed Black Super Loud Single Electric Tone Horn for Utv Q1 for John Deere Gator XUV 550: Automotive
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    I would use a relay. I like these because they have the fuse holder built in, also comes with the pigtails. I was a little leery of them for the price but couldn't find a single one like them. I've used a couple of them so far in my UTV and OK so far.

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    The horn does not spec the amp draw, but the switch is rated at 20 amp. So relay is up to you.
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