Want to get to know the company known for those loud, obnoxious air horn sounds echoing around town? Then read on about HornBlasters, known by the tagline, “Don’t Blow Your Temper, Blow Your Horns”! Matthew Heller, founder and owner of HornBlasters; Rigo Avila Jr., General Manager; and Manny Rizzo, Director of Marketing are key team members of this company. HornBlasters provides top automotive and marine pneumatic suspension and signaling products out of Tampa, Florida. Not only do they provide a variety of kits for applications, but they also manufacture air horns and other pneumatic solutions for customers all around the world. But, since 2003, they have been most well-known for their line of novelty products made up of obnoxiously loud horns.
An air horn uses a VIAIR compressor to produce compressed air, which passes through the horn, causing vibration or sound waves that are then amplified by the horn. These applications are broadly used as a warning device in most large semi-trailer trucks, fire trucks, ambulances or trains or on ships as a signal.
Expression through Sound
Customizing vehicles with air horn/train horn kits is a popular trend in the automotive aftermarket scene. It’s loud, obnoxious, and a great way to stand out in a crowd amongst a sea of modified rides. Trends for air horn kits are common in lifted trucks and have become more standard in unique vehicle applications such as sedans and other unlikely types of transportation including modified golf carts, power wheels, and more! All of HornBlasters’ air horn/train horn and suspension kits are equipped with VIAIR compressors.
HornBlasters gives us the scoop behind the scenes and how they got started in the auto custom world!
What is the story behind HornBlasters?
HornBlasters is an American company located in Tampa, Florida. The company was born to provide the best in the automotive and marine pneumatic suspension and signaling products, at the best prices, available anywhere. HornBlasters also carries a line of novelty products as well, since we also have a bit of a crazy streak that was bred into the business long ago. HornBlasters has been providing the best pneumatic accessories and obnoxiously loud horns available anywhere in the world since 2003. HornBlasters doesn’t just provide other companies’ parts to its customers; we are a fully capable manufacturer of air horns and pneumatic solutions, proudly manufactured right here in the USA. We support American businesses and take an enormous amount of pride in offering same-day shipping services. We provide expedited shipping services all over the globe, no matter the size of the shipment, or amount of business we do with your company. Our customer service is second to none, and we’re ready to prove it, day-in & day-out.
What inspired you to start this company?
We wanted to bring the real sound of a locomotive right to your vehicle and that’s exactly what we do. We deliver the loudest train horn kits you can buy with the best service possible. Train horns have always been what we did best and our train horn kits are simply ridiculous! We sell the same horns used on real trains and trust us…they are the loudest train horns money can buy. THE LOUDEST TRAIN HORN KITS EVER MADE!
Why do you run VIAIR Compressors?
We run VIAIR compressors because they are the number one brand compressor in the automotive industry! The VIAIR name is well known throughout the automotive industry and brings value to the horn kits we produce.
How has VIAIR been an integral part of HornBlasters Kits?
To create the super loud horn kits that we offer, you need a lot of pressure! VIAIR compressors handle that task with ease by providing our customers with safe, consistent and reliable air pressure.
Most popular trend for air horn kits/ lifted trucks?
The most popular trend right now is definitely our Spare Tire Delete Kit! Customers with full-size trucks are ditching their factory size spare tire and replacing it with a train horn kit. Installation has never been faster or easier with the use of our industry exclusive bracket that holds your choice of one of our Conductor’s Special kits with part numbers between 232 and 244. The kits use the factory spare tire crank and the customer only needs basic hand tools, basic wiring skills and about 3 hours of time!
Approximately how many shows do you attend, and what are your favorites?
The interest of the HornBlasters staff varies person to person, from lifted to lowered, off-road to bass competitions. In total, we attend 4 to 8 shows a year. SEMA is of course the big one, Lone Star Throwdown, Daytona, Orange Beach, Scrapin the Coast, and some smaller local shows.
What other projects are you working on that run VIAIR? Any for SEMA?
We’re currently working on new complete horn kit designs that use the newest VIAIR 485 series compressors. These will serve as a premium horn kit option to our customers and will be presented in the New Products Showcase at SEMA 2018.
VIAIR provides 20 years of excellence in pneumatic applications. VIAIR compressors paired with HornBlasters’ air horn kits will make sure you’ll stand out in a crowd!
If you have any further questions, you can always contact us:
- Call us at 949-585-0011 from 8AM-5PM PT, Monday-Friday
- Chat us with our website’s Live Chat feature from 8AM-5PM PT, Monday-Friday
- Email us at Customer Service to reach us after-hours, and we will reply to you the following business day.