Use the TCS DP5 decoder, T1 decoder with E7 harness, or M4P-SH decoder for the HO Scale LifeLike Proto 2000 E7. Performed by TCS. We recommend using the DP5 decoder as the first choice. Second choice is a T1 with the E7 harness. Third choice is the M4P-SH.

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 three upper pictures shows the beautiful LifeLike Proto 2000 E7 with its shell on. Gently unsnap tabs from circles above fuel tank on both locomotive sides. Grasping the shell at the center top of both sides (being careful not to crush the grilles), lift the shell straight up and off of the chassis.

Picture of the locomotive with its shell taken off and original light board in place. There are many options for decoder installation for this loco. We recommend the DP5 as the first choice. A T1 decoder with a E7 harness as second choice or M4P-SH as a third choice.

Photo below shows DP5 decoder plugged in.

A second option is to use a T1 decoder with E7 Harness. The next three photos show this option.


Plug in the T1 decoder with a E7 harness as shown in the image above. Note there is a jumper between the yellow and the green pins, they are solder bridged together. This allows you to use the yellow wire (reverse light output) to control the mars light. By default, when function 0 is on the mars light will come on in reverse. For T1 decoder only, change CV50 = 0, change CV34= 4. This re maps the yellow wire to button 1 with the Mars light on when in forward direction.

Mount the decoder behind the cab as shown above.

Above you can see the T1 decoder with E7 harness installed. Use kapton taped to keep the wires neat and in place.

Photo below is completed M4P-SH decoder installation. Use button number one to activate the mars light, use button number zero to turn the headlight On/Off.


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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