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I have not done it myself yet. I will be doing it this weekend but by removing the front bumper since I need to get to the fog lights as well and some other stuff behind the bumper.

The procedure documented in KGIS is through the under cover. This requires the car to be lifted. Here are the applicable diagrams.

Note that the undercover diagram is for the back but the front in the same concept.
 

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I was always wondering what people find so terrible with the Rio horn. Some said it does not represent the character of the car. I thought it just sounds like any other car out there and after all it is just a horn. Then I came across another Rio at the parking garage when the owner just locked the door (and I heard the honk) and I thought that sounds really... cute, more like something you will find in a scooter.
What strikes me is that the horn on my Rio sounds so different from what I heard this morning. I have not done any modifications on that part so I am wondering which one is the real horn. I tried to find some video examples online but was not successful so far. Was Kia running out of the cute ones when they manufactured my car and gave it a grown up size?
 

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I was always wondering what people find so terrible with the Rio horn. Some said it does not represent the character of the car. I thought it just sounds like any other car out there and after all it is just a horn. Then I came across another Rio at the parking garage when the owner just locked the door (and I heard the honk) and I thought that sounds really... cute, more like something you will find in a scooter.
What strikes me is that the horn on my Rio sounds so different from what I heard this morning. I have not done any modifications on that part so I am wondering which one is the real horn. I tried to find some video examples online but was not successful so far. Was Kia running out of the cute ones when they manufactured my car and gave it a grown up size?
Maybe You got lucky. But everytime I use mine it reminds me of the roadrunner. I hope to get them replaced this weekend.
 

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I was in a parking lot as well yesterday and heard an Optima horn. It was a much better sound and I was wondering if an Optima horn would be "plug and play" in my Rio. I would like something that sounds "beefier" but do not want to cut and splice on my Rio for warranty proposes.
 

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@KCOPE316, I think the Optima sounds better because it has 2 horns (low / high tone). The Rio only has 1 horn (high tone). If you either add a second low tone horn or replace the single high tone horn with a low/high tone horm combo you will get the same Optima sound.

See attached diagram. #3 in the diagram is the horn.
 

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@KCOPE316, I think the Optima sounds better because it has 2 horns (low / high tone). The Rio only has 1 horn (high tone). If you either add a second low tone horn or replace the single high tone horn with a low/high tone horm combo you will get the same Optima sound.

See attached diagram. #3 in the diagram is the horn.
Tony, your last post kinda confused me. My rio has two horns one located between the front bumper and the radiator next to the license plate and one on the back side of the engine. When you said the rio has 1 horn did you mean just one tone or just one physical horn?
 

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The diagram only shows one physical horn when you honk. So, I meant both 1 physical and 1 tone. I don't know what the one to the back side of the engine is. Can you try to honk and see if both make a sound? It could be the other one is for the alarm. I don't really know to be honest. I am just going by the diagrams at KGIS. I will try to look later to see if I can determine which it is. Thanks for pointing it out.
 

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I'm confirming it. See attached diagram. #8 = Burglar Horn according to KGIS.

1. Tailgate actuator & switch
2. Rear door switch
3. Body control module
4. Key warning switch
5. Front door switch
6. Front door lock actuator & switch
7. Rear door lock actuator & switch
8. Burglar Horn (5Door)
 

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I'm looking to replace my horn too. The stock one is just too wimpy. I've been looking at train horns, but I'm not sure where to put the compressor, reservoir, and trumpets...
 

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Stopped procrastinating today and got to install my new bosch horn. Took my time and did not have to splice the cable or the connector. I used a relay to install both the hi and low tone horns off the only connector the rio has. Will post a video tomorrow if weather allows.
 

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The number of horns depends on the country. My U.S. 2012 Rio 5 SX has one horn located at the rear of the right fender well, inside the engine compartment, close to the firewall. When I blow it people look for a Vespa.
 

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The number of horns depends on the country. My U.S. 2012 Rio 5 SX has one horn located at the rear of the right fender well, inside the engine compartment, close to the firewall. When I blow it people look for a Vespa.
Yeah, I didn't like the sound of the horn one bit and that's why I swapped it out. I too thought my rio had 2 horns but if you see the diagram Tony flags posted I the first post of this page you'll see that in the rio 5 the one closer to the firewall is actually the burglar alarm horn.
 

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Here is the video of my rio with the new horn installed. It took me about 45 minutes since I lifted the car til I put it down again. I installed a relay and didn't splice the factory connector so I case of a warranty claim I can always put the stock one back. Sorry about video quality.
 
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