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Fitting Fiamm Air Horns in a 2016 SLC

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Just received my Fiaam air horns (triple) by mail order from Germany. Made in Italy, sold from Germany and received in the UK - how's that for international cooperation

Really this is a bit of a nostalgic exercise as I used to have a set of Maserati air horns on my first car back in 1968. I always wanted Fiamm, but the Harry Moss Maserati badged ones were cheaper and I was still a poor schoolboy!

Now all I have to do is find somewhere to install them without deconstructing the front of the car too much.

This post from @Wrangler in the 'What did you do to your SLK today?' thread really struck a chord. I had a set of Harry Moss air horns on my A35 back in the 1960s! On a whim, after reading his post late one evening, I e-mailed RKL Signaltechnik in Germany, and now have a set of Fiamm Air horns sitting in my garage.


Now comes the comes the confession. I have had (and still have) a Ford Manager's company car) for 40 (yes, Forty) years - now changed every six months - and I have not needed (or been allowed) to do much 'tinkering' for a long time. Now I have a new SLC and I am a bit reluctant to 'deconstruct' too many body panels to access the OE horns to replace with the Fiamms.


The most recent post from @Wrangler provides clear advice for fitting to his R171, but I have not been able to remove the panels inside the SLC bonnet/hood to access the horns. Are there any workshop manual instructions, or can anyone out there offer me advice?


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This post from @Wrangler in the 'What did you do to your SLK today?' thread really struck a chord. I had a set of Harry Moss air horns on my A35 back in the 1960s! On a whim, after reading his post late one evening, I e-mailed RKL Signaltechnik in Germany, and now have a set of Fiamm Air horns sitting in my garage.


Now comes the comes the confession. I have had (and still have) a Ford Manager's company car) for 40 (yes, Forty) years - now changed every six months - and I have not needed (or been allowed) to do much 'tinkering' for a long time. Now I have a new SLC and I am a bit reluctant to 'deconstruct' too many body panels to access the OE horns to replace with the Fiamms.


The most recent post from @Wrangler provides clear advice for fitting to his R171, but I have not been able to remove the panels inside the SLC bonnet/hood to access the horns. Are there any workshop manual instructions, or can anyone out there offer me advice?


Hope you can help
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Memory lane for me to as in the 1960's I bought a set of twin red coloured air horns with Maserati label on the top of the compressor. They were fitted to the Sunbeam Alpine I had at the time & then on very company car from 1972 until the mid 1980's, AND they never failed to work. On buying another Alpine in the mid-1980's they were duly installed with the compressor in the engine compartment & the trumpets out of sight between the grille & radiator. They were operated by installing a second floor mounted headlight dipswitch. Before handing the car over to its new owner Andy White of some group called Oasis I removed all my added extras, cassette tape machine, bespoke boot suitcase, clock, ammeter, tonneau cover etc BUT FORGET TO REMOVE THE DARN AIR HORNS. Now with another owner I see the car at shows & the compressor & trumpets are still there.
Being without air horns for various modern sports cars that followed the Alpine I purchased Fiamm & they all failed after a year or so. The last set I put on a Honda S2000 but cannot find anywhere on the SLK to fit them, in any case the standard horn is loud enough.
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I don't think that there is a manual as such.

One of our more informed members might be able to produce an MB diagram.

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An this a guy who said he wouldn't be playing.
Addictive aren't they?

Yes, I know what I said when it was only about a week old....... I keep dropping hints to Carol about a SmartTop as well!!


You're right, at last a car that's mine - though it's still difficult bringing myself to wield the first spanner!


Looks as though I might have to rig the air horns up as an alternative to the door bell on the house -- I really don't fancy removing the whole of the front-end (I think I recall a post front @Judge Ming (?) suggesting that that job was a 3hour/4 hands operation).


Surely we have some MB workshop guys out there who know the definitive answer and hopefully will share it with us.
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The guys are on the site.

I can remember DAS/STAR folk but don't remember the tech guys for the R172 with certainty so can't do a mention, sorry.

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