I would like to change the couplers on a LGB car to the knuckle type. I have some on hand but they don't fit right on the LGB trucks. Which brand or type do I need---there are so many to chose from.
LGB couplers are usually much the same but what knuckle couplers do you want to use? They are not all compatible with each other. Do you have other cars already with knuckle couplers to match? As Chuck said more info is needed.
Kadee and LGB knuckles fit perfectly on LGB cars. Kadee comes in small #1 and larger G couplers. G is similiar in size to LGB knuckles.
I never cut LGB tabs as this would make the car less valuable if and when I might sell it.
So first of all I'm new to G scale however many years with American Flyer and HO. Over the past few months I have purchased rolling stock on line. Some from on line stores and some from eBay. I have Aristo Craft, Bachmann, LGB and some USA trains. I thought that as long as each car had knuckle couplers that they were all compatible with each other. Big mistake. I can hear you all chuckling over my assumption. I also learned that I have a different scale in each of these manufactures but that will have to do for now. What are my options for connecting these cars together? They all have couplers attached to the trucks at this time.
You can fight it from now on, or put Kadees on everything. Get a height gauge and match to it. Truck mounting ls the easiest, body mount looks better. Go to Kadees web site and look at large scale conversions. It will cost around $7 per car to do it right.
I found lots of info on the Kadee web site. Plan on ordering the Kadee #831 or the #1831 for my 4 axle LGB car to get things going. BTW how do I know if I have a G scale or #1 scale or does that matter? The Kadee site shows only a slight measurement difference.