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Old 07-10-2011, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Dorkstar Productions #2: The Dark Rider

The hard working team at Dorkstar Metalwerks has begun our 2nd "for sale" chassis, this one a direct Wraith boltup. For those who missed the first "for sale" build, it was the Race Bronco: Dorkstar Productions #1: Race Bronco

Please stay tuned for build progress early this week!

Here's what I hope to accomplish with this build:

1) Lower center of gravity, front bias
2) Front mounted full-sized battery tray
3) Chassis mounted steering
4) Winch mount
5) Retain stock LEDS and light buckets, stock skid and tranny
6) Create a durable tube chassis that looks cool and works well

Thanks,
RYan

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UPDATE! 7/24/11 The Chassis is currently on Ebay!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...#ht_500wt_1156

Good luck and thanks for the replies!
-Ryan


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How much did the last custom body go for? I know a lot of people are going to be bidding on this
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How much did the last custom body go for? I know a lot of people are going to be bidding on this
Well, this one will be a bit different and might have more or less hours into it, so its finishing price of the Bronco might not be relevant. I'll try to find the price.
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The bronco is awesome, and i was also just wondering what that went for cause if i had had a bronco id of bid on it.
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Let's begin:

My Wraith as it sits (RHD version)



Apart, fabbing up the rails that bolt to the stock skid:



Cut down the interior to create a single seater, and moved it forward a bit.





Battery tray will sit in the front for better vertical performance:



More tomorrow, as I have the day off to work on this.

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This is the first Gut job I've seen on a wraith. I'm really excited! Subscribed!
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i cant wait to see what you come up with buddy
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Im sure that this thing will turn out like all of your other trucks. Nothing but incredible!!!! Cant wait to see what you come up with!
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I put in about 7 hours today!

Shock mounts:



Frame planning and battery/servo location:



Chassis mounted steering:



I designed it to fit a full-sized battery pack or smaller, and the battery sits as low as possible: (That's a 4200 11.1v)



FYI, the Shortcourse bodies are the perfect width for Wraiths! Here's my hood donor:







Mocked up steering:



Starting the fender work:



Winch option:





Roofline:



Roof support, body mounts, hood placement, roof panel are all on, and that's all I got for today!







Thanks for looking! I'll make a little more progress each morning this week...
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Looking good so far Ryan


The way the running gear unbolts makes the wraith a great platform for custom chassis.
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The way the running gear unbolts makes the wraith a great platform for custom chassis.
Thanks! Yeah, it's a pleasure to build from. No link mounts needed on the chassis, and easy to remove.
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This is going to be freaking sweet! Cant wait to see the finished result, and to get a wraith of my own too!!
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Got the main hoop on, and finished up the windshield. Added the rear shock mounts and the electronics tray, and the front bumper hoop. I also put a few braces in. More tomorrow!








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Here's what I hope to accomplish with this build:

1) Lower center of gravity, maintain weight
Going from plastic to steel, I would think the weight thing is going to be the hardest to achieve.

Looks like a great start so far. What roof is that? Almost looks like you did some lexan heating/forming. If so, good job
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Interesting indeed.
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Going from plastic to steel, I would think the weight thing is going to be the hardest to achieve.

Looks like a great start so far. What roof is that? Almost looks like you did some lexan heating/forming. If so, good job
Oh yeah, I canned that objective almost immediately! Once I start playing with tube, I just keep going and going. It's so fun! No way to keep it light and look neat. ;)

The roof is a hood from an E-revo Proline Slipstream body.
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Is this going to be a one off for sale or are you going to make these by order.
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Wow looks really cool so far!
I like the choice of the short course body for it,
thats good to know. Nice work
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Is this going to be a one off for sale or are you going to make these by order.
For now It's just a one off, but we'll see how things go!
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This going to be Hera's replacement ?
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