Okay, after owning a 2014 Camry, I was pretty disappointed (and embarrassed!) by the OEM horns of my 2016 RAV4 XLE. So after doing a lot of reading on this site, I decided to change them out.
I purchased a set of Fiamm El Grande Horns (Part No. 74100) from Amazon. I knew just from looking that I didnít want to have to remove the entire front-end of the vehicle just to change out the horns. So after doing a bit more reading, I found a thread where someone had simply removed the top fasteners and then, using a couple of 2x4ís, held the bodywork out far enough that he could accomplish the mission. Sounded simple enough to me!
So I removed the six fasters that held the top of the bodywork to the vehicle (as you can see from the picture, I had also previously removed the fasteners that held the trim piece over the radiator, but thereís no need to do that since it accomplishes nothing and doesnít provide any access to the needed area). I also removed the three bolts that hold the top portion of each headlight in place just to loosen up the headlights to make it easier for the bodywork to slide out from under the headlight.
As you can see, I then wedged a couple of pieces of 2x4 in there to make a space large enough for me to get my arms down there to do the necessary work. It was surprisingly easy! One bolt to remove the old horn, pull off the electrical connector, plug the electrical connector back onto the blade of the new horn (it doesn't lock in place as on the OEM horns, but it's a tight enough fit that I don't think it will come off), and bolt the new horn back in place. The center horn is the more difficult simply because itís in the middle of the vehicle and is lower down, but itís easy enough. The top horn is located high on the driverís side and is dead simple. I also didnít use the red plastic piece included with the horns. Itís just decorative and would be facing the radiator anyway, so itís really unnecessary. There was also no need for the included relay.
Iíve included a few sound files so you can hear the before and after differences. Since there is only one of me (unfortunately!
), I was standing behind the driverís door, pushing the horn and holding my phone forward pointed under the hood, so youíre hearing the horn from the back, but you can still tell thereís an obvious difference between the OEM horns and the Fiamm El Grande horns.
So all in all, this was a very simple mod, much easier than I thought it was going to be considering that apparently some people have removed the entire front fascia just to swap out the horns! I highly recommend it! Here in Tex-Ass, all
drivers are extremely
courteous and generous toward all others, drivers and pedestrians alike, so there's very little need to actually use the horn for anything other than shooing away the occasional deer standing on the side of the road gazing all doey-eyed at the passing vehicles, but should the need arise, it is nice to have horns that are considerably more substantial sounding than the meep-meep horns provided by our favorite vehicle manufacturer!
Fiamm El Grande Horns.jpg
Remove these six fasteners (and three top bolts for the headlights):
Bodywork held out by 2x4s 2.jpg
2x4's holding bodywork out for easy access:
Bodywork held out by 2x4s 1.jpg
OEM Horns (factory marked with orange dot):
Original OEM Horns.jpg
Fiamm El Grande Horns installed:
Replacement Horns Installed.jpg
Fiamm El Grande Horns:
Hope this information helps!!! C ya!