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Need help with installing SoundTraxx Tsunami sound

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Need help with installing SoundTraxx Tsunami sound
Posted by CodysTrains on Sunday, July 30, 2017 11:27 AM

so I got a Kato SD90/43MAC and im trying to install a SoundTraxx Tsunami Sound 2 and I am having trouble with installing it.  I also dont know what speaker to use.  Any one have tips?

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Posted by richg1998 on Monday, July 31, 2017 9:59 AM

Welcome.

Other than the speaker, exactly what problems are you having? Be specific.

This is what SoundTraxx suggest for speaker. 810113 35 x 16mm Oval Speaker. Is this your speaker?

I have done SoundTraxx installs and SoundTraxx instructions were very clear. The decoder selector told me which decoder and speaker from their list.

I just Googled Kato SD90/43MAC Tsunami and found suggestions and a video.

Rich

 

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Posted by Captain_Bill12 on Monday, July 31, 2017 2:09 PM

I would recommend using a rail master hobby speaker; the largest one that will fit. This will require measurement on your part. If you have a hobby shop to go to they maybe able to provide more immediate assistance. As far as having difficulty installing the decoder we would need more detailed information about what your difficulty is to be able to help you.

Bill

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Posted by richhotrain on Monday, July 31, 2017 2:35 PM

Call or email Soundtraxx and ask them and be sure to install the correct baffle for the speaker. Otherwise, you will not be able to achieve the proper volume.

Rich

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, July 31, 2017 3:38 PM

Cody welcome to the forum. Welcome I looked at your youtube page and it's great to see young people in the hobby.  I and many of us predate the lego craze and did not know there were lego railroads.

You did two things that most newbies don't, you told us which loco and which decoder.  Usually we are left to guess what my loco doesn't work means.

If I can be honest, installation requires soldering skills which may be beyond you if you have never done it before.  I tried to build a Heathkit short wave radio when I was your age, it came with a ton of parts and diagrams and my soldering weren't up to the task.

Soldering isn't brain surgery, but it does require practice.  I would not recommend an expensive decoder installation as a first project.  If your parents don't have any friends, neighbors, or relatives that like to dabble in electronics, get a plain piece of circuit board and some wire and practice your soldering.  I'm sure others here can provide more specific advice as to solder, soldering iron selection.

Henry

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Posted by graymatter on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 11:31 PM

Cody

I am near the Union Pacific in San Bernardino.

I have a brand new weller soldering iron. You can come over here and I will solder it or you can solder it. I was certified by NASA for soldering electronics. So talk to your parents. See how far you are from Yucaipa,CA. Send me a message if you want my help.

Thomas

I have a  SD90/43MAC that needs sound too! 

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, August 02, 2017 11:41 PM

graymatter
I have a brand new weller soldering iron. You can come over here and I will solder it or you can solder it. I was certified by NASA for soldering electronics. So talk to your parents. See how far you are from Yucaipa,CA. Send me a message if you want my help.

Thomas! That is a very generous offer! Cudos for helping newcomers to the hobby.

I'd offer too, but I'm 3000+ miles away.Smile, Wink & GrinSmile

Dave

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, August 03, 2017 12:07 AM

I hope I didn't scare him away

Henry

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