MKS Gen-L v1.0 Mount Adapters for Tevo Tornado Control Box

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MKS Gen-L v1.0 Mount Adapters for Tevo Tornado Control Box by gdramos Feb 3, 2018
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  • Original x4 M3x6 screws plus a couple more of the same.


  • These boards are not routed very precisely around the edges, so your fit might vary. Mine was a bit tight.
  • First, partially screw the brackets to the controller board with the two screws on edge of the USB port.
  • Then place brackets/board assembly in control box mounting location.
  • Screw the brackets to the two original mounting points in the case.
  • Place the 2 remaining screws to secure the board to the brackets and tighten everything up.

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They don't fit perfectly on my Tornado because the posts with screw holes that are sticking out are 1mm too long. Also one of the printed pieces is longer than the other.

Which board came with your Tornado?
Mine came with MKS base v1.4; I know there are some that come with the MKS base v1.6, so I'm not sure if those have a change in the control box housing.
The two pieces are not meant to be symmetrical or the same length.

MKS Base V1.4. Just the mounting points on the control box are slightly over 5mm while on your model the holes are only slightly over 4mm deep.

I see. They are 4mm on my machine.

What board come with the tornado by default and why would I upgrade to this one?

Old Tornados came with MKSBase v1.4 or v1.5 boards. The new 2018 Tornado comes with the MKS Gen-L if you buy directly from Tevo, so this thing does not apply for the new Tornados that already come with the MKS Gen-L. The main point of upgrading the board is to have swappable drivers instead of the integrated drivers in the MKSBase board which cannot be swapped for better ones.

Thanks for posting all of this, I've got my MKS and 2130's in finally. In looking over the instructions I don't see any mention of needing to solder/desolder jumpers on the bottom of the 2130's like in some other videos. Is there anything special needed with your firmware other than moving the pins to the topside of the 2130 board? Thanks in advance.

My wiring diagram posted on one of the comments below states on one of the notes that you do need the solder jumpers in the SPI configuration.

Check my wiring diagram, the only change in my firmware is the remapping of the X and Y chip select signals.

I just started mounting my board... you seriously put in draft angles on the screw holes?! Brilliant! Unbelievable attention to detail man.

Lol I think that's just an artifact of 3D printing itself, but I'm glad it worked out that way. :)

do you use the touchscreen features on mks?or do you use original screen?it could be great to install touchscreen with this board

I'm just using the original screen. The touchscreen would be a nice upgrade, but I don't know if it fits in the original control box.

what is the original size screen?

great sharing
do you use original tevo firmware for this new board?

No, I configured the firmware myself for this one from Marlin 1.1.8 because I wired the TMC2130 drivers in SPI Mode in order to use features like Stealthchop and sensor-less homing.
The firmware is attached in case you wanna take a look.

how do you configure spi mode??do you have a pictures to show us how to mount correctly to have this features?

Wow.. Your responses to this guy just made my upgrade so much easier. Thank you so much!

I'm glad it helps. :)

It really does. Is there any more info / a tutorial somewhere I could follow?

Tom's YouTube video and article were my main sources of information: https://toms3d.org/2017/12/09/tmc2130-guide/

thanks a lot!!!