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Old 08-16-2011, 05:32 AM   #1
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This is my install of Nathan K5HL on my 2007 F-150 screw.

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I will be purchasing a turn key kit from realtrainhorns.net | Real Train Horns , I have already talked to the guys there and they helped me decide on a kit.
I will be installing a 8 1/2 gal air tank and two compressors, and I am planning on everything being installed under the truck. The K5s and air tank will be mounted where the spare tire goes and the two compressors will me mounted under the bead just in front of the rear axle on a bed cross member.

Tonight I got the horns ready to paint by taking them apart and masking off the manifold where the horns mount up, and I covered the Nathan serial number tag. I used Dupli-color Acetone to prep the surface and remove the dirt/ oil/ ect.

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Taped all 5 horn mounting locations, the mounting plate, the serial number tag, and the allen head screws
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Self etching primer, Acetone, and painters tape( tip: get the 1 1/2" tape and the 1/2" tape, and a X-ACTO knife)
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Do notremove the rubber gasket on the horn, just tape over it, just be sure not to remove it with the tape later.
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It was easier for me to tape the outside edge with small pieces, use a knife to remove the over hang then tape the center
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Here is everything prepped, masked and ready for the self etching primer.
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I then used 2 cans of the primer to apply about 3 solid coats of primer to all pieces.

Bells
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Back plates, used tooth picks to plug the holes in the back.
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Manifold
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I left the diaphragms and cushions in there sets and wrapped them in shop rags so they would not get over spray on them.

I will be purchasing black gloss spray paint and silver spray paint. I am painting the inside of the bells silver while the outside will be black. I Have not decided if I will be putting a clear coat over it or not.

Test run of horns
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Ok I finished painting tonight. I used Dupli-color gloss black and Dupli-color Stainless Steel paint. Both covered well and I applied about 3 coats of each color.

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I sanded the primer with 800 grit paper them went over them with a micro fiber cloth.
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I ran a line of tape around the bell so I could paint the inside of them with the SS paint.
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Once I had all the bells inside painted I placed them over the heater to speed up the drying process.
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I them placed each bell up side down on a shop cloth so I could paint the outside black without taping up the inside of the bell.
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Here are all the bells and the manifold drying
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Here is a close up
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Here are all the bells painted up and tape removed
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Not perfect but I think they look good.
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Trying to figure out how to make the lettering and numbers stand out on the horns. I really want them to be SS too.
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They will be assembled tomorrow. I did not have blue loctite to put them together tonight.
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Ok so I got them finished up tonight, I did clear coat them, but first I got some touch up white paint to out-line the letters on the horns. I am happy with the outcome. They are not perfect but good enough to go under the truck. lol

Here are all the tools and materials I used to do the project
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Here is a preview of my digital air pressure gauge and the vent pod.

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Well got the horn tank and 2 compressors mounted to a metal plate that has a hole in the center. I can lift or lower my entire set up with it. There is some other security in place to keep it from being lowered and someone walking off with it. Here are some pix.

Plate by it's self.
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All parts that will be mounted on plate.
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Compressors mounted
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Horn and compressors mounted.
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Wiring ground and compressor power to pressure switch.
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Everything mounted.
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It is flipped over and ready to go under the truck.
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And .... Under the truck!
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Looking through the bumper, where the license plate goes
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Passenger side view.
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From 10' behind the truck.
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Pop off valve and quick connect. When in position it is located right beside the end of the leaf spring pointed toward the side of the truck.
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Here are some VIDEOS!

Just a honk at 200psi in the tank and horns regulated down to 150psi.
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Video of how fast the K5HL consumes a 8.5 gal tank.
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We were at the state park boat ramp and I honk 3 times, then you can hear the Eco afew seconds later. Much louder when in person.
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Here is a good pic of the horns all up under the truck.

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my thing would be to put all that time and money into it and now that your truck is a lot more offroad ready i would be scared to tear it up or something while offroad
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