This installation is for a HO-Scale Kato GE C44-9W using a TCS WOW121 Diesel Decoder, AK-MB1 Motherboard with built in Keep Alive™
and UNIV-SH4-C WOWSpeaker kit by TCS.
|These items are available in the WDK-ATL-2 which was used for this installation.|
|AK-MB1 Motherboard with Keep Alive™||WOW121-Diesel Decoder||UNIV-SH4-C Speaker Kit|
|Click here for more information on the WDK-ATL-2 and the rest of the WOWDiesel Kits line.|
HO-Scale Kato GE C44-9W shown prior to installation.
To start off this install, we must first remove the front and rear coupler screws highlighted above and their housings.
With the couplers removed, while gently pulling outwards at each end and along each side of the frame, lift the shell off of the frame.
Take care to release the handrails as you lift off the shell so they don't break.
The Kato GE C44-9W shown with the shell off. Remove the wires and bend up the small metal clips from the original lighting board.
Remove the two screws highlighted above in red and remove it from the chassis. Save the screws for later use.
With the original lighting board removed, trim, tin or lengthen the wires as necessary.
Clip the two motor connection tabs to shorten them to a manageable length.
Solder new connection points to these tabs and solder the new motor leads to them.
Using small lengths of TCS 3/32" and 3/64" shrink tubing, insulate these solder leads.
Attach the AK-MB1 to the frame with the original screws and solder the motor and track pickup wires according to the included wiring diagram.
To allow a space for the speaker assembly, remove the rear light tube from the shell and using a small mitre saw,
trim it down to about 1/8" from the face as shown above. Reinsert this back into the shell.
Next, taking the original lighting board, clip the front and rear LEDs from the board. Solder new wire leads to these LEDs and insulate
them with TCS 3/64" shrink tubing.
Using a small dab of hot melt glue, secure the front LED back into the original position in the frame. Mount the rear LED against the rear face of the shell
facing upward into the light tube with a small dab of hot melt glue as shown above.
With the 25mm X 14mm speaker inserted into the UNIV-SH4-C enclosure, using double sided foam tape, mount the assembly up into the rear top
of the shell as shown above. It should rest against the LED to ensure proper clearance upon reassembly for the rear weight.
Wire the lighting and speaker leads to the AK-MB1 according to the included wiring diagram.
Shown with the lighting and speaker leads wired to the AK-MB1 and ready for lacing.
You can now plug in your WOW121 decoder.
Now you can close up the locomotive and reinstall the coupler assemblies. Be sure to be mindful of wire routing and reassembly of the shell as to not damage
or foul the installation. Your Kato GE C44-9W is now WOWSound equipped and ready to roll!
Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire