NOTE: While this installation demonstrates the use of an DP2X 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 DP2X Decoder is for HO Scale LifeLike/Walthers Proto 2000 GP20 High Hood and was performed by A.G.
This is a new release from LifeLike/Walthers that uses the LEDs. When converting to DCC make sure you install the voltage dropping resistors to accommodate the proper LEDs voltage.
BE CAREFUL - You will damage the LEDs if you do not install the resistors! See details below.
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
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.
Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire