I have an old (circa 2001) MTH PS2 E33 that the board went dead on quite a few years ago. I'd like to upgrade it to PS3 and get it up and running again. I understand that the kit comes supplied with LED lights, but I would prefer to keep the original incandescent lights for viewing preference. I'd believe this would limit some of the lighting features such as the dimming of headlights, but that means nothing to me. Is this possible, or will I have to replace with LED's?

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To accomplish what you want, I would buy the STEAM Kit.  It comes with the P3/2 board.  The upper board of this combination has plugs for your incandescent lights (once the boards are installed, all your old plugs are reused).  The kit also has the correct speaker, heat sink, and a lot of extra incandescent lights for you to use.  Another bonus is you can use your current tach reader.  The only down side of this procedure is you must remove the black plug holders from your old 5 volt board, then VERY CAREFULLY remove the white plug holders from the P3/2 board, and replace them with the black plug holders.  You do not have to replace the battery plug as this is not used as the P3/2 has super caps on it (the two pronged plug in the middle of the board is NOT for a battery).  The kit I believe is cheaper than buying the P3/2, speaker and heat sink separately (although if you order the P3/2 board, you CAN get it with the 5 volt connectors already installed).  You would also have to install the correct diesel chain file for this as the steam chain file is probably already installed.

Hope this helps.

 

If you order through an MTH ASC Service tech, you can get the replacement PS32 board and parts kit with the 5V connectors installed.  That way you don't have to fool around prying the connector shells off.  While that's possible to change the connectors, it's pretty easy to damage the PS32 board in the process.

You can get LED bulbs that have the correct color temperature.  I buy 2700K flangeless 3mm LED's for steam upgrades, they look exactly like the incandescent except they're focused and give a much better headlight effect.

mrmacher posted:

To accomplish what you want, I would buy the STEAM Kit.  It comes with the P3/2 board.  The upper board of this combination has plugs for your incandescent lights (once the boards are installed, all your old plugs are reused).  The kit also has the correct speaker, heat sink, and a lot of extra incandescent lights for you to use.  Another bonus is you can use your current tach reader.  The only down side of this procedure is you must remove the black plug holders from your old 5 volt board, then VERY CAREFULLY remove the white plug holders from the P3/2 board, and replace them with the black plug holders.  You do not have to replace the battery plug as this is not used as the P3/2 has super caps on it (the two pronged plug in the middle of the board is NOT for a battery).  The kit I believe is cheaper than buying the P3/2, speaker and heat sink separately (although if you order the P3/2 board, you CAN get it with the 5 volt connectors already installed).  You would also have to install the correct diesel chain file for this as the steam chain file is probably already installed.

Hope this helps.

 STEAM Kit. What is that? I quick Google search, revealed nothing. 

gunrunnerjohn posted:

If you order through an MTH ASC Service tech, you can get the replacement PS32 board and parts kit with the 5V connectors installed.  That way you don't have to fool around prying the connector shells off.  While that's possible to change the connectors, it's pretty easy to damage the PS32 board in the process.

You can get LED bulbs that have the correct color temperature.  I buy 2700K flangeless 3mm LED's for steam upgrades, they look exactly like the incandescent except they're focused and give a much better headlight effect.

So, a PS32 board is a combination of the older PS2 electronics with the PS3 super capacitors?  How much do these boards run for, and is the installation relatively straight forward? I've installed ERR electronics in other engines, it is similar to that, I'd imagine?

 

 

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The PS32 board is a PS/3 board with a piggyback board that makes it appear like a PS/2 board.  They come in 3V and 5V compatible models.  If you have an existing PS/2 installation with a bad board, the installation of the PS32 board is the mechanical mounting, possibly lengthening a harness or two, and replacing the speaker with a 4 ohm model for 5V PS/2 replacement.

It's the same board that's in the PS/3 Steam Upgrade Kit.  With the upgrade kit, you're just buying a bunch of harnesses and the like that you don't need.  Unless your existing wiring is bad, it's just dropping in the replacement board and using the existing wiring.

I have a PA with an older PS2 board and upgrading to a PS3 board.  I have already got the PS3, so how do I keep the incandescent lamps? I don't want to change to led's. How many volts for the incandescent lamps were on the PS2 and will the new PS3 board power the incandescent lamps? Need help.

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