Fillin’ Tires and Blastin’ Ear Drums
Story By: Kyle Callen
Photos by: Brandon Bunch
For the most part, I like parts and products that make you go fast, stop fast, or make vehicle prep in the shop easier. So when Kleinn Air Horns sent us a kit for our 2020 Can-Am Maverick X3 Max X MR Turbo RR, I kinda chuckled and wrote it off. Then, just before we left for a mud event out in Texas, I slammed the kit on, wrongfully assuming the mud would destroy it…
Thankfully Kleinn’s instructions are beyond detailed, because the kit takes some time to install. As it was going together, it was easy to see the components were very high quality. The fitment of the brackets is spot on, and Kleinn spent a ton of time engineering everything to fit under the rear fenders, besides the horns. The horns themselves are installed on the front bulkhead. As complicated as the bracketry seemed, it all went together without a hitch, thanks to the fantastic direction Kleinn provides.
Hitting the mud we wheeled around in some deep water holes actively trying to kill the horn and compressor, but as we exited each hole and hit the button the 2-bell horn rang out loudly (we mean loudly), making everyone stop in their tracks and turn around to see what the fuss was all about. Some of our mud buddies could not believe the system was still alive as we watched water and mud pouring out of the horns. The compressor also has a snorkel that’s routed up to the same level as the factory snorkels on this X3 X MR, so if your engine is still breathing air, so is the compressor. It was quite entertaining pulling up to camp and laying on the horn and watching everyone jump.
What really sold me on the kit was not the horn, but the included 3 gallon air tank. This is great to keep the big air horns fed, but they also have a remote fitting that taps into the tank. Supplied with the kit is an air hose which can be utilized to air up tires, blow sand away while working, or even run light duty air tools. This was a great feature and it sure came in handy when we had to air down, like for rock trails in Sand Hollow, then back up to finish the trail. At the end of the day, a product I didn’t take too seriously turned out to be a very useful tool on the trail. Oh, and the fun of blasting the horn and scaring people was an added bonus!