American Z Line GP7

Scale:
Z Scale


This installation uses the following decoder:

Z2



The installation is for Z-Scale AZL GP7 locomotive. It uses Z2 decoder and was performed by TCS.



Here is what your installation will look like in the end, but please follow all of the steps below to avoid potentially burning out a decoder.
Here is what your installation will look like in the end, but please follow all of the steps below to avoid potentially burning out a decoder.


First remove the shell.
First remove the shell.


Next remove the copper clips from the lighting board.
Next remove the copper clips from the lighting board.




Next slip out the lighting board.

The following steps are necessary to prevent a possible short circuit which would damage the decoder. In this locomotive there is an extra pad on the supplied AZL lighting board. The motor tab will short the motor drive to the track power and burn out the decoder if this pad is left in place. Please follow the next few steps very carefully to prevent losing your decoder to this.

Please locate the pad highlighted below on the underside of the lighting board and remove it with a hobby knife or Dremel tool as demonstrated below.
Next slip out the lighting board. The following steps are necessary to prevent a possible short circuit which would damage the decoder. In this locomotive there is an extra pad on the supplied AZL lighting board. The motor tab will short the motor drive to the track power and burn out the decoder if this pad is left in place. Please follow the next few steps very carefully to prevent losing your decoder to this. Please locate the pad highlighted below on the underside of the lighting board and remove it with a hobby knife or Dremel tool as demonstrated below.


The pad circled in red needs to be removed.
The pad circled in red needs to be removed.


It can be scraped off with a hobby knife as shown above, or ground off with a Dremel tool.
It can be scraped off with a hobby knife as shown above, or ground off with a Dremel tool.


Now the pad is removed and it cannot short out the decoder.

NOTE: While there will still be a spot in the center from the via as long as it is flush, or slightly below the surface of the board you should be safe from shorts. Removing this pad is crucial to prevent your decoder from shorting the motor tab to the track power. Cut the blue wire off.
Now the pad is removed and it cannot short out the decoder. NOTE: While there will still be a spot in the center from the via as long as it is flush, or slightly below the surface of the board you should be safe from shorts. Removing this pad is crucial to prevent your decoder from shorting the motor tab to the track power. Cut the blue wire off.


Now solder the wires to the board (as shown above) and fit the decoder snuggly beneath the long lead LED.

NOTE: When soldering, do not put the wires through the holes in the board because they can short against the frame. Just solder them to the pads and you will be good to go. The following solder method is recommended: First tin each pad on the board, next cut the wires to an adequate length, now strip 1/64" of insulation off each wire, next tin each wire (carefully so as not to shrink back the insulation), and finally solder each tinned wire to the pad shown above.

Red is Pin 3
Orange is Pin 1
Yellow is Pin 6
White is Pin 5
Grey is Pin 2
Black is Pin 4  
Blue wire is not used, cut it off.
Now solder the wires to the board (as shown above) and fit the decoder snuggly beneath the long lead LED. NOTE: When soldering, do not put the wires through the holes in the board because they can short against the frame. Just solder them to the pads and you will be good to go. The following solder method is recommended: First tin each pad on the board, next cut the wires to an adequate length, now strip 1/64" of insulation off each wire, next tin each wire (carefully so as not to shrink back the insulation), and finally solder each tinned wire to the pad shown above. Red is Pin 3 Orange is Pin 1 Yellow is Pin 6 White is Pin 5 Grey is Pin 2 Black is Pin 4 Blue wire is not used, cut it off.


While you have the board out please check for metal flashing (as shown highlighted in red above) that can short against the motor tabs. While this is not in every locomotive, if it is there it must be removed to prevent the motor from shorting to the frame and consequently damaging the decoder. If it is there you will need to split the frame and remove the flashing with a small file.
While you have the board out please check for metal flashing (as shown highlighted in red above) that can short against the motor tabs. While this is not in every locomotive, if it is there it must be removed to prevent the motor from shorting to the frame and consequently damaging the decoder. If it is there you will need to split the frame and remove the flashing with a small file.


Finally, slide the lighting board back in while keeping the Z2 decoder underneath the LED.
Finally, slide the lighting board back in while keeping the Z2 decoder underneath the LED.


As you can see the Z2 decoder fits well inside the AZL Z scale locomotive, making it a true Z-Scale decoder.
As you can see the Z2 decoder fits well inside the AZL Z scale locomotive, making it a true Z-Scale decoder.



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
http://www.techni-tool.com

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