NOTE: While this installation demonstrates the use of an MC2 in this locomotive we have since added the LL8 to our decoder line. The LL8 is designed to fit the Life Like Proto 2000 series and would greatly simplify this installation.

This installation of TCS MC2 Decoder is for HO Scale LifeLike Proto 2000 GP20 and was performed by TCS

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

First remove the couplers by unscrewing them. Make sure you do not lose any part of them because they do have a tendency to spring apart.

Next remove the shell by squeezing it on either side and gently rocking it back and forth until it comes off.

Now remove the screws holding in the lighting board and remove the clips holding the wires on the board.

Next install the MC2 as shown below.

Use 680 Ohm resistor for every LED as shown above.

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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