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Old 08-06-2002, 02:33 PM   #1
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Smile Hella Supertones review

Hella Supertone horns are nice high quality units, but they did not include any connectors or wiring harnesses. All you get is a box that contains 2 horns, 1 relay, and 1 instruction sheet. Oh well... time for a trip to the hardware store to make some wiring harnesses.

Installaltion is fairly flexible. You'll have to decide where to put them. Supertones are directional so they will work better when facing forwards. I put mine in the standard location that most people are using, right behind the grill. To make them a bit more stealth I painted the red covers black.

Note: you will have to build your own wiring harness with Hella Supertones. I felt mildly cheated by the Hella's lack of a wiring harness, considering that PIAA driving lights all come with nice high quality wiring harnesses ready to go right out of the box.

Oh well... so it's off to the hardware store to get connectors and wire.... I used 14g stranded copper wire and insulated weatherproof connectors throughout.

Both horns and the relay require ground. Rather than depend on chassis ground I ran 14g to a real ground point on the driver's side fender where the negative battery terminal also connects. I mounted the relay in front of the battery next to the relays for my PIAA lights. It's a handy little nook for hiding electrical stuff that is ultra close to the battery.

The horns are loud, but not in the way I expected. There is one 300 Hz and one 500 Hz horn, for approximately a low G/G# for the low horn and a B/C for the high horn. It's a lot higher pitch than I expected, which makes it seem less loud. I was expecting a deeper more authoritative HONK. The Hella Supertones are loud, but they are shrill and piercing.
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Old 08-07-2002, 01:28 AM   #2
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i remember my friends hella supertones,
kinda reminded me of a ferrari horn
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Old 08-07-2002, 03:02 PM   #3
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They're a lot higher pitched than I expected.
High pitch =
Low pitch =

Oh well. At least they're freaking LOUD. That's what counts.
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Old 08-08-2002, 03:55 AM   #4
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I don't know why you're complaining about the pitch. You knew that they're 300 & 500 Hz horns when you bought them, right?
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Old 08-09-2002, 05:44 PM   #5
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They sound like the stock horn on steroids.
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Old 08-09-2002, 07:17 PM   #6
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They are meant to be startling...and that they are....from 100 ft in front of your friend while driving on the road!
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Old 08-14-2002, 12:09 AM   #7
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I can vouch that they have startled people on occasion.
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Old 11-14-2002, 11:40 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by AK_2002_WRX
i remember my friends hella supertones,
kinda reminded me of a ferrari horn
lol does it sound like the Ferrari F50 horn?
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Old 03-29-2006, 11:58 PM   #9
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Default Another Hella Supertones Question

Alright guys. I've been doing searches for Hella Supertones thoroughly in these threads. Everyone talks about how much they loves these horns. Now, I'm wondering if there are any guys out there who installed these and hated them. I'm planning to get a pair soon and I don't want to regret the decision. So, who bought supertones and has any kind of bad review of this product?
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Old 03-30-2006, 12:28 AM   #10
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Sorry...I love mine
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:28 AM   #11
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^ +1

easy install, quiet in the cabin, loud out front.

sorry for the positive comments
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:51 AM   #12
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i read alot of comments on them before i decided to buy some and havent found a bad review yet. what clinched it for me is when i was getting out of my dads porsche which he had them installed on but i didnt know that. i hit the horn accidently and scared the hell out of myself. haven't looked down on getting them since.
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Old 03-30-2006, 12:37 PM   #13
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I hated the fact that i only got two horns in the box... So i picked up a 3rd one. 300Hz, 380Hz, and 500Hz of fury.
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Old 03-30-2006, 11:29 PM   #14
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hahaha good story skunkfifty. You guys have solidified the positive reviews. Think I'm going to place an order for a pair tomorrow. Hope I can figure out how to install them from the threads. (Real scooby newbie here).
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:04 AM   #15
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Love mine.. I don't have mine wired with the relay.. when I got them put in ( i was having other work done at the time so I was like toss em in there ) they just didn't use the relay.. still hella loud..

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=839236
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Old 04-26-2006, 08:37 AM   #16
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The centers of my hella supertones are rusting after one NY winter

I'll try to get some pics.
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Old 04-27-2006, 11:01 PM   #17
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I have a set ( 1 pair ) . For sale.

Used for a year ( no winters )

I dont have the box or the instructions. Just hook them up like a standard horn and you are set. These are HELLA loud for sure. I have enjoyed using them when the were needed.

I'm selling because i want to try something different.

30.00 plus shipping and they are yours.
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Old 04-28-2006, 03:51 PM   #18
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How have people gone about installing these behind the grille? Are there existing holes you can use, or have you had to drill, or fab a bracket to make them fit?

Thanks,
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Old 04-28-2006, 04:39 PM   #19
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there are exisiting holes behind the grill.. no need for drilling.
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Old 04-29-2006, 08:24 PM   #20
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they are loud. good investment over stock. no sense not using the relay. it's there and it takes 2 seconds to hook up. mounts easily behind 02 grill. can't vouch for later.
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Old 04-30-2006, 04:11 PM   #21
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Default I found the Supertones to be piercing as well, so......

I rounded them out with some Hella Compact Trumpets.



I posted a little write-up in Interior and Exterior last week......
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...mpact+trumpets
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