Kato Mikado 2-8-2 Traction Driver Install
First, cradle the Mike upside down so it will not fall over and break something delicate. I used the Kato box with a piece of foam wedged on one side.
Then remove the two Phillips head screws that hold on the brake shoe plate.
Next remove the plate from the chassis.
The #4 Driver is the one we are after (closest driver toward the cab or rear of loco).
Gently remove the driver; I used a pair of tweezers.
Next, look at the connecting rod position and its relative position to where it would fasten to the drivers on both sides.
Try to match up the connecting rod position as close as possible and insert brass bushings back into chassis making sure they are a square fit and seated properly.
If you donít get it matched up perfectly, raise the driver a bit, to disengage the gears, and rotate the wheels to the proper position before re-seating the bushings into the chassis.
Double check both sides for proper alignment.
Once you have it properly positioned, replace the brake shoe plate and the two screws.
Your done Öitís that easy.
It took me about 6 minutes and 2 tries to get the alignment right, but was very easy and painless operation.
This simple conversion easily more than triples the pulling power of the Mike.
Well worth the $7 and 10 minutes.