Installing the Turnigy 9x backlight kit ?>

Installing the Turnigy 9x backlight kit

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Here is a walk through on how I installed the Turnigy 9x LED backlight kit from hobbyking.com. You get a foam backing and the actual backlight panel that has a wiring harness attached to it.

As my old soldering iron is fried, and all I have my butane field iron, I am only going to do the plug and play install for now. I don’t really want to use the field iron to solder things to the TX’s logic board as it is not precise enough.

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To start, I removed 6 screws on the back of the transmitter to crack it apart. I had to do this carefully as the front and back pieces are connected by a cable that has to be unplugged from the logic board.

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Next I carefully unclipped the ribbon cable that was connected to the top of the logic board. This is the only cable that I disconnected for fear of damaging it when I flipped the logic board up to access the LCD panel, and tear out the old foam backing.

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After this I removed the 9 screws that held the logic board in place. These are of different size so I laid them out on the table the way I had removed them so that I would not place them in the wrong place later.

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With the logic board free, I now had access to remove the thick foam backing that was going to be replaced.

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After a bit of tugging and prying, here is the logic board with the foam backing removed. I am going to be replacing this with the thinner one included in the kit. This is to make space for the extra thickness that the LED panel adds to the mix.

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With the foam padding on, I then position the LED panel on top of the LCD panel. The instructions from hobbyking as the wiring on the right together with the 4 directional buttons. I choose instead to have mine positioned the other way as it was easier to avoid the wiring interfering with the buttons. On the left, there are only 2 buttons to contend with, and thus I had more space. The LED panel is taped in place and the logic panel with the new foam backing sits on top of it.

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I secured the logic board back in place and you can see that having the wiring come from the left also made things much neater top side cause I don’t have as much excess wire to deal with.

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The finished product after reassembly.

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