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a440
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Posted - 06/09/2019 :  11:28:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
what Kadee type couplers should I use for all my athern, Walthers, Bachmann, Life Like, Tyco and atlas cars and loco motives?
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tloc
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Posted - 06/09/2019 :  11:55:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have replaced everything with Kadee 148 whiskers, just easier for me to install. Not sure they will fit everything you mentioned but Kadee does does have a page to match up couplers to rolling stock.

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desertdrover
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Posted - 06/09/2019 :  2:14:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What Tom said! The 148 whisker couplers will fit into a lot of company equipment's original boxes. And, there are easy replacement boxes for the odd ball equipment. https://www.kadee.com/convpl.htm
Below pictures are the Kadee #148 coupler.




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jbvb
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Posted - 06/10/2019 :  09:33:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've been using Kadee's #148 and #158 for freight cars and locomotives, both to convert horn/hooks and to replace plastic-spring and plastic-shank knock-offs. They generally work well, but in some coupler pockets they're more prone to up/down floppiness than their MKD-5/10 predecessors. I just checked a #158 vs. #5/10 & centering spring: the same thickness to .001". I think the difference is that the 5/10 bronze spring extends to or beyond the front of the pocket, which offsets casting warp, sloppy mold work etc. at the opening of the box.


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desertdrover
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Posted - 06/10/2019 :  1:02:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jbvb

I've been using Kadee's #148 and #158 for freight cars and locomotives, both to convert horn/hooks and to replace plastic-spring and plastic-shank knock-offs. They generally work well, but in some coupler pockets they're more prone to up/down floppiness than their MKD-5/10 predecessors. I just checked a #158 vs. #5/10 & centering spring: the same thickness to .001". I think the difference is that the 5/10 bronze spring extends to or beyond the front of the pocket, which offsets casting warp, sloppy mold work etc. at the opening of the box.


This is very true in very few cases, but using a plastic shim, or cutting the sides off the bronze spring fixes that problem of sloppiness in the box area.



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