Wolo 'mini but loud horn' - LX 150
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1978 P200E, 1963 GS 160
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:24 am quote
A recent near miss and my own curiosity got the better of me so I bought a Wolo mini but loud horn from ebay for $5.99. I'm admittedly intimidated by the work required for the Stebel Nautilus so I was happy to find a simpler solution.

The swap out was quick and easy so I thought I'd post a few pics if any of y'all wanted to try this.

My opinion? It's LOUD. Probably about twice as loud as the stock horn. The pitch is the same but now your 'meepmeep' will scare someone next to you. I've seen it listed as anywhere from 100-116db on the web. No idea what the stock horn is rated at. Again, it's no Nautilus by any means but for $6 it's a good alternative.

A special thanks to Smorris for answering a few of my electrical questions!

installed.jpg
The finished install.

wired.jpg
All wired up. I didn't pay attention when I took it apart unfortunately .
I don't know if it really matters but I wired it with the GRAY wire on the top terminal
and the BLACK on the bottom terminal, it works just fine that way.

8mmbolt.jpg
You'll have to loosen this 8mm bolt that holds the fuse bracket and the horn bracket underneath.
Hold on to it, you don't want to go fishing for it down in the innards of the legshield.

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The back view. Wolo on the left, stock horn on the right.

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The front view. As you can see they're very similar. The Wolo (left) is actually just a little smaller than the stock horn.

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1978 P200E, 1963 GS 160
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Location: Decatur, GA
Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:27 am quote
And here I though I had everything the right order...

Anway, on to post #2.

MY MISTAKES.
Be careful when you swap out the horn bracket. I put it on backwards at first and the Wolo was grounding against the fuse block inside the legshield and it still worked but sounded really bad before I figured out what I did.

I also re-used all the washers that are on the stock horn setup. The Wolo came with a ground wire but you will not need this.

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The wrong way.

correct_bracket.jpg
The right way.

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1978 P200E, 1963 GS 160
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:32 am quote
Last but not least.

The bolt on the back of the stock Vespa horn is TOUGH to remove. I had to break out the vise-grips and get a hold of the edge of the horn and wrench it pretty hard to break the tension. This bolt is a 10mm.

Also, beware the edges of the legshield, very sharp! I got about five papercuts while messing around with this and I've got pretty small hands. It's a cramped work space to say the least.

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Ouch!

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Vespa 150LX
Joined: 26 Jun 2007
Posts: 40
Location: Fresno
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:21 am quote
horn replacement wolo
thanks for your excellent pictures and procedure. Now where do I find one on the web??? I'm going to start looking right now. RV Dave
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1978 P200E, 1963 GS 160
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Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:32 am quote
Re: horn replacement wolo
RV Dave wrote:
thanks for your excellent pictures and procedure. Now where do I find one on the web??? I'm going to start looking right now. RV Dave
You're welcome. If you google it, you'll find it. I got mine off ebay and that seemed like the cheapest place from what I remember. I found them in quite a few places. Ebay, JC Whitney, Amazon, general auto parts warehouse sites.
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Vespa 150LX
Joined: 26 Jun 2007
Posts: 40
Location: Fresno
Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:43 am quote
Wolo mini' but loud horn
Well, I just found one, actually they had four, on ebay $5.99 plus $6.95 shipping and handling (steep) Oh well. I didn't check to see the what the cost of a new Vespa horn would be. I imagine that you already determined that the price of the Wolo made it a better deal. Anyway thanks again. RV Dave I have a 2006 Vespa 150 LX
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Vespa GTS 250ie, and a GO-PED hehe!
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Sun Jul 01, 2007 10:25 am quote
Gaseous_Clay wrote:
Last but not least.

The bolt on the back of the stock Vespa horn is TOUGH to remove. I had to break out the vise-grips and get a hold of the edge of the horn and wrench it pretty hard to break the tension. This bolt is a 10mm.

Also, beware the edges of the legshield, very sharp! I got about five papercuts while messing around with this and I've got pretty small hands. It's a cramped work space to say the least.
CALL 911!!!! ive got fat pianist's fingers so idd be screwed doing that.
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Vespa PX150 and GT200
Joined: 30 Jul 2006
Posts: 10
Location: Philippines
Wed Jul 04, 2007 7:16 pm quote
Great illustration GC. Appreciate it.

...was just wondering if the Wolo can be used on the GT too?

Thanks.
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Vespa 150LX
Joined: 26 Jun 2007
Posts: 40
Location: Fresno
Wed Jul 04, 2007 11:31 pm quote
Greetings all, Just for the record Today, July 3, 2007, my Vespa dealer quoted me a price of $30.00 US for a new 2006 Vespa LX150 horn. RV Dave
Molto Verboso
Black 2007 LX 150, Crhome Kit, Flyscreen...more to come...
Joined: 03 May 2007
Posts: 1030
Location: West Sacramento
Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:48 am quote
Dave, did you buy them?

I'll gladly purchase one from you on saturday (July 7th) or Sunday (July 8th)

My wife and I are back in Fresno for a wedding. The wolo/stebel is one of my planned upgrades. If I could purchase it from you for $15...that'd be great!
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LX 190, Aurora Blue + Stella FOUR STROKE FURY! + '87 Helix
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Location: Los Angeles
Thu Jul 05, 2007 9:58 am quote
I hadn't heard of these Wolos before. I'm definitely going to buy one—at that price it's worth giving it a shot. Thanks for the tutorial on the install. I'm sure it'll come in handy.
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Vespa 150LX
Joined: 26 Jun 2007
Posts: 40
Location: Fresno
Thu Jul 05, 2007 10:18 am quote
Here is the search results from Google, I bought one horn. I will be in LA Saturday July 8th.

eBay Motors: WOLO MINI but LOUD DISC HORN #260-2T (item ... - 11:06amFind WOLO MINI but LOUD DISC HORN #260-2T in the eBay Motors , Parts Accessories , Car Truck Parts , Interior , Steering Wheels Horns category on eBay ...
cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/WOLO-MINI-but-LOUD-DISC-HORN-260-2T_W0QQitemZ330143651753QQihZ014QQcategoryZ33704... - 85k - Jul 4, 2007 - Cached - Similar pages

I just now tried copying the first line ... eBay Motors: WOLO etc to my browsers "Go" line and found the horns. Someplace in Paramount, CA RV Dave
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1978 P200E, 1963 GS 160
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Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:22 pm quote
A quick update. After a week of driving with the new horn, I would say it's not as loud as I originally thought but it's definitely louder than stock...and about $20 cheaper!
Molto Verboso
Black 2007 LX 150, Crhome Kit, Flyscreen...more to come...
Joined: 03 May 2007
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Location: West Sacramento
Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:35 am quote
Eric, I'm fairly positive the Wolo is the same as the Stebel...
Molto Verboso
2006 Fly 150
Joined: 17 Jun 2006
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Location: Metro Detroit, MI
Mon Jul 09, 2007 3:05 pm quote
Tbone wrote:
Eric, I'm fairly positive the Wolo is the same as the Stebel...
Wolo makes many horns, from what I have heard the Wolo Bad Boy is the same as the Stebel Nautilus, they do look a like.
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Vespa 150LX
Joined: 26 Jun 2007
Posts: 40
Location: Fresno
Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:37 am quote
The Wolo Mini but Loud Horn works fine!
Greetings all, I just installed the "Wolo Mini but Loud Horn" into my 2006 Vespa 150LX. It works fine. I don't have any comparison information as to the sound and volume because my horn didn't work when I bought my Vespa. I bought a used Vespa. RV Dave

$12.94 total cost, something like $5.95 for the horn then $6.99 for shipping and handling. The Vespa dealer wanted $30.00 US.

Many thanks to Gaseous Clay RV Dave
Molto Verboso
Black 2007 LX 150, Crhome Kit, Flyscreen...more to come...
Joined: 03 May 2007
Posts: 1030
Location: West Sacramento
Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:39 pm quote
I'm debating finding back roads way from Sacramento to Fresno one of these days...well once my bike FINALLY gets fixed!

Gotta meet up with you and check out your bike!
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Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:24 pm quote
thanks, GC. Great find, and excellent photos.

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