Tamiya Wild Dagger
Tamiya Wild Dagger is a 4WD truck with two engines. It is a 'real' radio
controlled vehicle since the radio and the car are not integrated.
The car was bought as a kit. Enjoy the pictures.
Wild Dagger climbs incredibly well. This car does not
jump as good as Tracker 2 since the front always lands first. There are not many places where
this car can not go. The body looks very good compared to other monster trucks. This is possible because Tamiya
uses a narrow body and the suspension does not allow the wheels to move as much as for eg.
Kyosho Tracker 2. Despite some minor flaws I like this car very much.
Some improvements that I have made since I bought the car:
From the pictures below you can see that Tracker 2 is much easier to keep clean and
that the locations of the motors are not very good on Wild Dagger. Dagger has, however,
a very low center of gravity which usually makes it fall back on its wheels.
- A set of ball bearings, this is really the first thing you should buy! There are 24 bearings
in this kit so it is a really good idea to use ball bearings when you are building it.
- Electronic speed controller. The original mechanical one is lousy.
- A 8,4V Sanyo battery makes the car fly! I prefer to stay with the stock motors since
two more powerful engines would cost a lot. The location of the motors is not optimal so
I have protected them agaist dirt, which is not possible with a tuned motor that runs hot.
- The original suspension is not very good so I replaced it with oil filled shocks.
Longer shocks (10cm / 4") requires new upper shock mounts.
- The motors must be protected against dirt. My method is good for the stock motors but
if the motors need maintenance then you have to find another solution.
- I sealed the optional engine mount holes and the bottom seams with duct tape. I read
in some review that sand might get into the gearbox. I do not know if this is really needed but
this car has been driven mainly on sand and the gears still sound ok.