This installation is for N Scale Life-Like E8-A uses TCS Z2 Decoder and was performed by J.M.
NOTE: This is an exceptionally difficult installation and should not be undertaken by anyone but the most experienced N-Scale Installers.
First remove the shell by gently spreading it at the fuel tank and lifting it off.
Remove the two screws from the frame, remove the trucks, and lift out the drive train as shown below.
Next remove the motor from the frame and clip the motor tabs as demonstrated.
Now wrap the bottom of the chassis where the motor contacts the the frame with kapton tape.
Next clip and tin the gray motor lead and attach it to the motor tab.
Next we will remove the top tab that connect the chassis to the motor. The image above highlights this section of the frame.
Use a sander or a file to remove this nub so your frame resembles the one above.
Clip, strip, and tin the orange wire and attach it to the top of the motor and remount the motor in the frame.
Now you can reattach the two sides of the frame, replace the drive train and the trucks.
To attach the track leads you will need to file a small furrow in the section of the frame highlighted (note: this must be done on both sides of the frame).
After you have filed out a notch, tin the phosphor bronze bus bars as shown above.
Clip, strip, tin, and solder the red and black wires to each side of the frame.
Finally attach a 1K resistor in series with the white wire and connected a 0603 surface mount LED to the blue and white wire as shown.
NOTE: These suface mount LED's can be purchased in several colors through our shopping cart.
Tucking the LED into the frame facing forward, wrap the installation in a bit of electrical tape to block light from entering the cab of the locomotive.
You can now replace the shell and run your locomotive! Congratulations on performing a challenging installation.
Important Soldering Tip
Please do not use any flux either liquid or paste on the mother board. Over time, the acidic properties of liquid or paste flux will begin eating away at the fiberglass PCB and will damage it. Use only Rosin-core solder or no-clean flux approved for electronics use.
TCS recommends the use of Kester "44" Sn63 Pb37, .015" diameter Rosin-core solder. Kester part number 24-6337-0007.
You can order this solder from the following retailers:
Digikey - PN:KE1110-ND
Techni-Tool - PN:488SO6775
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