Kato GS4 preparing for future

kmcsjr May 26, 2017

  1. kmcsjr

    kmcsjr TrainBoard Member

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    Folks
    With the plastic axles failing on some original run units, and the replacement drivers not fitting exactly right, in same units, do I buy a backup now, or just a driver set? How are you preparing?
    Thanks
    Marty



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  2. gatrhumpy

    gatrhumpy TrainBoard Member

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    I prepped by selling mine.
     
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  3. kmcsjr

    kmcsjr TrainBoard Member

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    Not a bad thought, but I like the daylight train


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  4. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    I model the Santa Fe in HO. Am I prepared yet?
     
  5. NorsemanJack

    NorsemanJack TrainBoard Member

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    OP: have you experienced any problems at all with your GS-4? Most of us have not.
     
  6. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have had no issues with my GS4, but after repairing someone else's, I ordered a spare set of drivers to have, just in case. When/if I ever need to switch them out, I will also then need to add the spacers to the #s 1,2 and 4 axles
     
  7. kmcsjr

    kmcsjr TrainBoard Member

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    NorsemanJack. I havent. However, it's the cracking plastic drivers. I'm pretty sure it's when, not if, ala any bad plastic drivers. Since the replacements aren't drop in, I'm concerned. It's not like most trains, where you can drop in another similar loco, when the plastic goes. Since I just put a decoder init, and its first in line for sound, and I'm using it to pull all 18 cars, a few times a week, I'm concerned.


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  8. Eugen Haenseler

    Eugen Haenseler TrainBoard Member

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    I have had no issues with my GS4, but after repairing someone else's, I ordered a spare set of drivers to have, just in case. When/if I ever need to switch them out, I will also then need to add the spacers to the #s 1,2 and 4 axles


    That a good ideea! I also had to change them
     
  9. jhn_plsn

    jhn_plsn TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have the second run and have no issues. If I had the first run I would order a set and to be ready.
     
  10. Burlington Northern Fan

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    I have a later run AFT GS-4, does that really bother me? Thought those were fixed by this run?
     
  11. kmcsjr

    kmcsjr TrainBoard Member

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    I believe, from reading, release 1 has plastic drivers, that are cracking. Release 2 has some issues, with bearing blocks slipping, but there are shims you can make.


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