The Super Striker

The Super Striker

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Submitted By
Evan Lee
Strathroy, Ontario, Canada
Build Information
Readers Ride Title The Super Striker
Vehicle Class Buggy
Chassis Brand Tamiya
Chassis Model Striker
Body Brand Tamiya
Body Model Striker
Power System Electric
Electric Motor Brand and Model The motor is a generic 23T brushed open-endbell motor, with custom decals.
Speed Control Brand and Model The speed control is a generic brushed ESC, rated down to 12T brushed motors, and with extended motor cables to reach the rear-mounted motor on the chassis.
Battery Brand and Model The car usually runs either a Traxxas Powercell 1800 mAh or a Reedy Wolfpack 2400 mAh battery. Both are 7.2 V Ni-MH batteries.
Wheels and Tires Brand and Model This buggy uses dBoots Nano tires on Kyosho Turbo Scorpion-style wheels.
Shocks Brand and Model Tamiya CVA dampers – Short dampers on the rear, Mini dampers on the front – are fitted to the chassis. The rear dampers were a popular period upgrade, but the fronts required a new shock tower from the later Tamiya Sonic Fighter to be fitted. With the custom 3D-printed shock tower on this example, that is no longer an issue.
Paint Brand and Model Paint is all by Tamiya: the shell is painted TS-26 Pure White, with additional details painted with XF-1 Flat Black and X-10 Gun Metal. The driver suit was painted with X-3 Royal Blue, XF-7 Flat Red, and X-9 Brown, with two coats of XF-86 Flat Clear to dull its appearance. The helmet was painted with X-2 White and XF-1 Flat Black, with the interior foam simulated with X-9 Brown. The face was painted mainly with XF-15 Flat Flesh and XF-2 Flat White, with grey and black paints for the eyes.
Graphics Brand and Model Decals are by MCI Racing. Their stock Striker reproduction decal sheet was ordered with green and red replacing the blue and teal, respectively.
Radio System Brand and Model The radio is a Spektrum DX4C, communicating with a Spektrum SR210 receiver.
Other Options Brand and Model Front suspension is a mix of Team CRP and 3D-printed parts, for a true double-wishbone setup to replace the stock swing-arms. The front wing is a Team Blue Groove reproduction Avante wing, while the rear wing is a genuine Tamiya Egress/Super Astute type. The rear differential is from a Tamiya Rising Fighter, with mixed Tamiya parts for the diff joint cups and drive shafts to make it work. Tamiya's Hi-Torque Servo Saver was fitted with some modifications to the lower chassis.
Further Description/Back Story I picked up a Tamiya Striker about 10 years ago – not a popular choice, but one of my favourites. After the front suspension arms broke, the scarcity and high prices for genuine replacements convinced me to fit the Team CRP FX-10 Front Suspension Kit that was a popular upgrade for the Tamiya Striker (the Futaba FX-10 was actually based off the Tamiya Striker, produced under licence from Tamiya). My engineering background soon had me pursuing other means to upgrade the humble Striker, leading to the highly-modified machine you see here. I upgraded it with the intention of increasing its driving performance, while retaining the spirit of the original concept – the Striker was devised as a sort of off-road Formula 1 car; hence, the addition of the front wing. It remains to be seen if the front wing actually works, though! The car has a few different appearances in photos, reflecting its near-constant evolution – different wings, suspension layouts, and parts were tried, as were graphics. Some subtle details, such as replacing the body clips with screws to make the upper shell a true load-bearing component, have also resulted in driving improvements. A stock Striker was built from all the spare parts I had, and provides a nice contrast to the modified version. While the Striker remains a polarizing buggy, this "Super Striker" shows some possibilities for the chassis!

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