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This installation documentation is for the HO Scale LifeLike Proto 2000 GP38-2. This installation utilizes the WDK-LIF-3 WOWKit including the IB-MB1 motherboard, WOW121 diesel decoder, and UNIV-SH4C speaker kit.
NOTE: This installation requires milling/cutting and modification to the locomotive frame in order to create sufficient space for the decoder and speaker.
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.
When stripping wire, only strip a tiny little bit of the insulation. Strip no more than a 1/32 of an inch. When the wire gets tinned with solder, the insulation will shrink back more. Try to not expose any more wire than 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.
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