Tutorial for KR-Sabers Ahsoka (2022) ECO Chassis
Padawan and ECO Chassis are fairly easy installs.
Follow our instructions below to understand the general guidelines.
GOTH-3Designs cannot be held responsible for any mistakes made by DIYers during their install. You must have a good understanding of what you’re doing, of the components used and the safety measures associated to them. Always wear protective gear when working on install (gloves, eye protection, …), GOTH-3Designs cannot be held responsible in case of accident.
Always use the smallest wires to make your install easier. There can be big differences between one wire type and another for the same AWG specs. PTFE Wires with the smallest OD are recommended such as those sold at The Saber Armory. A good wire management is also required, routing wires properly helps a lot saving space.
These instructions will not cover how to wire the soundboard, make sure to learn how to by reading the manual. Always test your install along the way! Verifying that everything works after important steps is better than having to dismount everything because something wasn’t wired properly.
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Chapter 1 – Chassis parts preparation
Chassis parts come joined together with sprues. They need to be separated using scissors and xacto knife or equivalent.
Note: not shown in this video, there are also 2 kill keys included, that need to be cut away from the assembly.
Chapter 2 – Small Hilt Preparation and Chassis Fitment
The only trick on this hilt is the switch install. As the side plate can create different tolerance once glued on the hilt, the switch plunger screw could need adjustment. So it is important during preparation to test the switch once the plate is glued on the hilt (hold the chassis pressed into the hilt when testing the switch actuation).
1 – install the NPXL Connector or Tri-Cree led in the emitter
2 – install Recharge Port and Speaker chassis
3 – install the main chassis battery contacts and soundboard.
Chapter 3 – Large Hilt Preparation, Tweaks and Chassis Fitment
1) Minor tweaks are required to allow the side plate to sit flush and to ease the plate opening.
1.1) The “ribs” silver part could require a bit of sanding. As low tolerance is present between the rib part and the area shown in blue below.
Test the fitment and apply the tweaks below until the silver “ribs” part first sit perfectly flush in the hilt, and then the side plate sits flush as well on top.
Step 1: separate the black and silver part
Step 2: sand slightly the corner shown below
Step 3: if necessary, also sand the following areas (highlighted in blue).
Step 4: re-assemble the black and silver part, do not overtighten the screw that attaches these 2 parts, as it can create a misalignment.
1.2) The side plate can be difficult to pull out, because it is retained both at emitter and pommel level. The tweak consists in sanding the bottom show in blue, so that the is no longer blockage to remove the plate and reveal the chassis.
2) Same point as the shoto hilt regarding the switch install:
As the side plate can create different tolerance once glued on the hilt, the switch plunger screw could need adjustment. So it is important during preparation to test the switch once the plate is glued on the hilt (hold the chassis pressed into the hilt when testing the switch actuation).
Electronic components Install
Follow the Master Chassis DIY instructions and videos to learn the detailed steps to install these hilts.