First we'll open up 2-XL's enclosure - be sure to disconnect power and remove any cassette before starting. Remove the 12 screws on the back, put them aside for later use, then carefully open the enclosure.

Remove internal organs

To accommodate our new functionality, we'll need to remove 2-XL's 8-track cassette player and button assembly.  Desolder its wire connections, remove any screws and slide the carriage and button assembly out of the enclosure.

If you think you might want to restore 2-XL's original functionality in the future, be sure to label each wire during removal (taking reference photos is helpful as well)

LED eyes

The original LED eyes are dim compared to common 3mm LEDs available today, so we'll give them an upgrade as well. Desolder the wires connected to the eyes and then unscrew and remove the face plate.

Power Connections

Finally, desolder the remaining wires connected to the power jack and volume potentiometer. We'll wire power for the Metro to through these points later on.

This guide was first published on Aug 31, 2017. It was last updated on Aug 31, 2017.

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