*****NOTE: In some versions of these models, the interior varies slightly, changing the space available for an install. For this reason, there are three different versions
of installs listed on our web site. PLease review and slelect the most appropriate version for your particular model *****
This installation is for a HO-Scale Life Like Proto 2000 E8/9 Locomotive using a TCS WOW121-Diesel Decoder, AS-MB2 NC Motherboard,
KA3 Keep Alive™ and UNIV-SH4-C WOWSpeaker kit.
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HO-Scale Life Like Proto 2000 E8/9 shown with the shell on.
Shown with the shell off. Remove the two screws highlighted above in red and remove the original lighting board all the wiring connected to it.
Set aside these screws for future use. Carefully disconnect the front headlight assembly and remove and discard the original 1.5 V bulbs.
For this installation, the will be replaced with a LED inserted into the original housing.
In this version, the front interior of the shell has two hidden fans, one which will conflict with the newly installed components.
This tutorial shows how to correctly install a kit for this variation.
In this installation, the unit has a blue wire shown that connected the right track pickup to the motor and then back to the track.
This connection 'loop' must be removed to isolate the motor. The outgoing motor lead and the original track pick up lead will be connected directly to the motherboard.
The locomotive shown with the wire leads trimmed and lighting board removed.
Using double sided foam tape, secure a platform similar to the one shown onto the rear of the frame to support the components,
feeding the rear track pick up leads to ease the routing.
Next, using the same double sided foam tape, mount the AS-MB2 NC as shown onto the platform.
Insert the 25mm X 14mm WOWsound speaker into the UNIV-SH4-C enclosure and using double sided foam tape,
mount this assembly onto the rear roof of the shell.
Insert these front LEDs into the original light holders with a small dab of hot melt glue and solder these wire leads to the motherboard according to the included wiring diagram.
Using double sided foam tape, install the Ka3 behind the front cab as shown and solder the wire leads to the motherboard according to the
inlcuded wiring diagram.
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 Life Like Proto 2000 E8/9 Locomotive is now WOWSound equipped and ready to roll!
Click here for important information on properly Stripping and Tinning wire