#143 HO Scale 140-Series Whisker® Metal Couplers with Gearboxes - Short (1/4") Centerset Shank
#143 Whisker® Metal Couplers - Short Centerset Shank
The next evolution of model train couplers starts and ends with the Kadee® Whisker® series of couplers. When we set out to improve upon the venerable No.5® we knew it had to be just as game-changing as the original. We took everything you loved about the No.5® and improved upon it. No more fumbling with centering springs. No more multi-piece assemblies. The Whisker® series of couplers is a true drop-in coupler. Use Kadee® Whisker® couplers in your next model and enjoy the most reliable and smooth coupling experience you've ever had. Always made right here in the USA with legendary Made In America quality.
The #143 is interchangeable with the #23 and most manufacturer's Short Centerset OEM knuckle couplers. For a #33 equivalent use the #143 in a #252 Gearbox.
- (2) Pair #143 Whisker® Metal Couplers - Medium Overset Shank
- (2) Pair #242 Snap-Together Gearboxes & Lids
- (2) Spare #622 Knuckle Springs
It is not recommended to use a metal coupler directly on a metal surface or in a metal draft gearbox to avoid possible electrical crossover and shorting that may cause damage. Use the provided insulated gearbox or insulated #23 coupler.
Refer to our helpful Coupler Conversion Charts to determine the appropriate coupler to use on your model.
Made in the U.S.A.
Distributors must purchase in bundles of 6
|#143 Coupler Specifications|
|Shank Length||Short - 1/4" (center of mounting hole to back of coupler head)||Shank Offset||Centerset|
|Trip Pin Height||1/32"|
|Knuckle Spring||#622||Shank Material||Metal||Knuckle Material||Metal||Color||Black|
|Compatible Gearboxes||#213, #232, #234, #242, #252, #262, and Most manufacturer molded-on gearboxes*|
*Note: Some manufacturers now produce models with non-industry standard coupler pockets (molded-on gearbox). These shallower coupler pockets may require slight modification to the gearbox or coupler to function properly. If the model has a shallow molded-on gearbox, the top of the #143 Whisker® coupler shank may be filed thinner to fit the shallower cast-on coupler pockets.