Some decoder installation specifics?

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by EngineerKyle, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. EngineerKyle

    EngineerKyle Member

    Oct 3, 2005
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    I'm looking to cross a bridge I will not even come to until March of next year...


    I preordered two D&M Altas C425's. The Digitrax decoder DH163IP was recommended, so I ordered two of those. I was told the hardest part of the install would be getting the shell off (implying the decoder plug-in was a piece of cake)

    Is this true?

    Do all of you think this decoder is a good match for the loco? Maybe I should try to get one with a speaker? I will probably still be using my Bachmann EZ Commander which cannot program CV's... This has not been a problem so far... but will I like the factory speed settings of this decoder as much a the "Equipped" dual mode decoders I am used too?

    What about directional lighting, will I hafta solder those wires in?

    Help a guy who is new at this...