This installation of TCS DP5 Decoder is for HO Scale Athearn Genesis F7A Freight and was performed by A.G.

Important Soldering Tip:
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. It will damage it. Use only Rosin core solder approved for electronics use.
We recommend to use only Kester "44" rosin core, SN63PB37, .015" diameter, part number 24-6337-0007.
This can be ordered from Techni-Tool under Techni-Tool part number 488SO157

The pictures above show the beautiful Athearn Genesis F7A Freight 101 prior to the TCS DP5 Decoder Installation.


Remove the front coupler by detaching the phillips screw circled in red.


Remove both phillips screws circled in red.


Here is a picture of the locomotive with its shell removed.


Remove the 9PIN JST Dummy Plug as shown in the picture above.


Insert the TCS DP5 decoder exactly the way shown above.


Here is the picture of the finished TCS DP5 decoder installation. When the installation is successfully finished, the beautiful light effects can be seen and the engine runs quiet and smooth.

Other solder tips: When stripping wire, only strip a tiny little bit of the insulation. Strip no more then a 1/64 of an inch. When the wire gets tinned with solder the insulation will shrink back more. Try to not expose any more wire then half the length of the solder pad at most. In no case should solder or exposed wire wire ever be outside the boundary of the the solder pad you are attaching a wire to.
Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire

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