Do you need this repair kit?
Anyone who has purchased locomotives from the initial production run of the SD60M Tri-Clops should request a repair kit. Unfortunately, the models were produced with an error in the tooling which can cause the locomotive to derail. In order to perform to Athearn standards, the model will need these repair parts. This repair kit was specifically designed to address the tooling error on the SD60M Tri-Clops units. It is NOT applicable, nor is it needed, for any other Athearn locomotives. We have included a link below with a list of the affected models.
What do the repair parts remedy?
The improved bottom gear cover was designed with longer pegs to better capture the truck sideframes. Without this part, the sideframes can pull away from the gear tower and cause the bearing caps to fall off. To repair the binding, derailing, and "warped trucks," it is necessary to add shims to the two sideframes. These sideframe shims were not included with the production units. When placed according to the instructions, these shims as well as the added security of the improved bottom gear cover, the SD60 Tri-Clops locomotives will perform as intended and match the engineered specifications; providing you with the experience and enjoyment for which Athearn is known.
How to obtain a repair kit or request service?
We have prepared this repair kit with comprehensive instructions and the necessary parts to complete the repair at home. A link to the instructions and a short video demonstrating the repair procedure can be found below for your reference. The repair takes only a few minutes and does not require extensive disassembly of the model. For many modelers this will be an easy repair. To request a repair kit to complete the repair yourself, add this item (ATHG99507) to your cart. Go to your cart and apply Coupon Code: SD60M. Then proceed to checkout to finish the order. The repair kit will ship to you at no charge. If a large number of kits are required, please contact email@example.com. This code will only apply to the ATHG99507 Repair Kit.
If, however, after reviewing the instructions and video you would prefer to have Athearn make the repair, please copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.horizonhobby.com/content/service-center-render-service-center to submit your model for repair by the Athearn service team. Should you opt to pursue this option, there is no need to request a repair kit as the Service Center will have the parts on hand.