This installation is for a HO-Scale Proto 2000 FA1
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HO-Scale Proto 2000 FA1 shown prior to installation.
The Life Like Proto 2000 FA1 shown with the shell off.
Remove the wires from the original lighting board and then remove the 5 screws highlighted above in red.
Remove the board from the chassis. Save the screw holding the track pickup to the frame and the front one found under the front light tube for reuse.
Shown ready for the RTR-MB1 motherboard. Trim, tin or lengthen the wires as necessary.
Next, to facilitate a surface for the new components, clip or file off flush the small post on the rear weight highlighted above in red.
Using double sided foam tape, mount the AS-MB2 to the frame as shown above.
Next, using the same tape, mount the KA3 to the frame/ Solder the wire leads to the motherboard according to the included wiring diagram.
Finally, with the 25mm x 14mm WOWSound speaker inserted into the UNIV-SH4-C enclosure, secure this assembly to the frame using the same tape.
Solder these leads to the AS-MB2 according to the included wiring diagram.
To access and replace the original bulbs with LED's, carefully separate the top half of the front light tube along the line highlighted above in red.
You might need to break a slight glue bond to do so. Once this is apart, inset the wired LED into the channel and secure the assembly back together.
Shown reassembled with the LED in place and reinstalled.
For the best sound possible and to allow the sound to escape the shell, we found it beneficial to create air holes in the rear fan assembly.
To do so, very carefully remove the rear fan cover.
With the cover removed, rotate the blades to the right and drill 3ea 1/8" holes as shown above.
Rotate these blades again to the left to conceal the holes and reattach the cover screen. Place a small drop of model glue on the the top of the fan blade shaft center to
secure the fans in this position and prevent movement that might compromise the sound quality.
Now you can close up the locomotive and reinstall the coupler assembly. 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 FA1 is now WOWSound equipped and ready to roll!
NOTE: We found when assembling this unit that the motherboard where we placed it interfered with the shell mounting screw. As a result, we lifted the speaker and reset
the motherboard a little further back and replaced the speaker back down. This corrects the installation and functions perfectly.
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