DCC Decoder installation in spectrum Loco

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by YmeBP, Feb 6, 2007.

  1. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    got it all hooked up .. my lights are a little off :), but i'll work on that. I used a heat gun in my shell and the little plastic "light pipe" for the nose headlight went all wonky on me. I have to get another. Im also not so impressed w/ the strobe on the dn163. The board that i desoldered all the components from had a stronger strobe and brighter light. The lights actually went out .. it's probably just a cv setting but i've noticed that all my chipped engines (excetp my kato i got from combat) have dim lights :(.
    Anyway i'm rambling hahaha. I'm so happy i got help to get this to work :). I was starting to think i needed to get my materials ready for a static diorama ;).

  2. UP SD40-2

    UP SD40-2 Senior Member

    YmeBP:wave:, GLAD its running!:thumb: , sorry to hear about your lights:(. to be honest with you, in 99% of ALL the "older" engines i have converted, i have had to change out the lights with 16v bulbs;).

    Really, the BEST and EASIEST PROBLEM FREE engines to convert are the *NEWER* Proto 2000's, Atlas, Atlas Trainman series, and Kato's:thumb:. i have had NO light problems with those, and decoders/sound decoders are a "snap" to put in them:thumb:. with those brands, it will take you longer to get the shell off, then it will to install the decoder;). just thought i would throw that info in there for "future" reference:D. :D -Deano
  3. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    The newest Model Railroader magazine, April, has an article on installing decoders.
  4. YmeBP

    YmeBP Member

    Sweet thanks everyone :). I really appreciate the help! I've purchased some led's and w/ the help of some other gaugers i actually understand how to install them hahah. I may replace the light tube thing w/ individual led's for the numberboards and nose lights.

Share This Page