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    I was going to clean and lube my Kato RS-2, but I find the trucks hard to remove. I'm afraid to really yank them, in case I break something. And I tried to take the trucks apart, and same thing, they are hard to disassemble. On the trucks there are four tabs. Do I have to press down on all four tabs to get the truck apart?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaos Railway View Post
    I was going to clean and lube my Kato RS-2, but I find the trucks hard to remove. I'm afraid to really yank them, in case I break something. And I tried to take the trucks apart, and same thing, they are hard to disassemble. On the trucks there are four tabs. Do I have to press down on all four tabs to get the truck apart?

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Is this the Kato/Atlas made variant? Those can be quite a chore.
    Daniel Dawson

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    Yanking on Kato trucks is rarely a good idea as it's possible to damage the clips on the truck collars that hold the truck inside the chassis. I would recommend removing the shell and then loosening up the two chassis screws first.



    The truck sideframes and bottomplate are all one piece that clips to the bottom of the main truck assembly. I generally just bend the sideframes outward from the top to free up the clips.

    -Mark

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    Daniel,

    I'm not sure which model I have. The trucks have two axles each, and the instruction sheet is labelled "Alco RS-2 RSC-2".

    Milne

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    Thanks Mark. Will have to give this a try.

    Milne

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    RS2 is 4 axles,RSC2 is 6 axles...…..the chassis are identical and you can put either set of trucks on the chassis or 1 of each if you want. As Mark said, remove the shell and loosen the screws to remove the trucks...…..they are a bit sturdier than some Kato trucks mounts, but better safe than sorry. And yes, you need to unsnap those 4 little clips to get the truck apart......sometimes the flex method works, sometimes I've had to resort to sliding a thin screwdriver in and prying. I've also used a toothpick to push each tab out one at a time...…..start with the least abusive method and work up till they come apart.

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    Thanks Mark. I took your advice and loosened the chassis screws. It worked.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookshow View Post
    Yanking on Kato trucks is rarely a good idea as it's possible to damage the clips on the truck collars that hold the truck inside the chassis. I would recommend removing the shell and then loosening up the two chassis screws first.

    https://www.nscale.net/forums/cache....ators2mech.JPG

    The truck sideframes and bottomplate are all one piece that clips to the bottom of the main truck assembly. I generally just bend the sideframes outward from the top to free up the clips.

    -Mark

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