Stryker on Watch

A Stryker vehicle with 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, provides security while other soldiers conduct an area reconnaissance mission through the town of Rawah, in the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, March 16, 2006, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew D. Young

This appears to be an M1127 Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle. They’ve got a spare tire on top in front, but what’s that old tire tired to the armor on the rear ramp? A bumper against civilian traffic?


  1. Perhaps its a rubber bumper for the rear ramp/door. a little bit of cushioning when the ramp drops??

  2. When you posted an article that was a review for the striker quite a while back, I remember that they had a problem with the door clanging. I guess they never got the problem fully sorted. Or maybe the solution was not adequate.

  3. My guess (as stated by the first poster) is that it is to protect the ‘fence’ armour when the rear gate swings down. Last thing you want is to get the gate stuck in the dirt, damaging pavement, or damaging the fence itself. That said- it really is amazing just how ‘junk yard wars / mad max’ the stryker looks all kitted out like that. Certainly doesn’t look like a multi million dollar vehicle belonign to a world super power…

  4. If you ask me, it looks like a heap of junk with tyres hanging off the side 😉 But I happen to like tracked vehicles. I’ve made a whole bunch of models of them (from kits – I’m not very good at making the shape but I like painting them). I guess I’m just a track snob 😉

  5. Shipmates, I know it’s a nifty vehicle, but everytime I see pix like these, I think to myself that the only thing missing is Granny Clampett sitting in her rocker, strapped up on top….. US Strykers with the ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ modification package… Respects, AW1 Tim

  6. Interesting note is that at least SOME M113s in theater are now being fitted with slat armor cages as well. I’ve seen a couple of film clips (including one of a 113 getting flipped by an extremely large IED) of them with cages. Although the photo in the post below would seem to indicate that not all have received the cages.

  7. I have a question. My wheeled recce is shaky and I am trying to find out what the 6×6 APCs assigned to IA 3 Bde/1 Div in Habinaya are? Saw them in background of Fox news. Specs? Also specs on Reva APCs the MOI Divs are getting? Reva is way too common in a search online and I know someone here knows… Retired squid

  8. I was on the Stryker Team during my previous life. My guess is the crew put it there to keep the ramp from 1)banging on the ground and 2) to keep the ramp from being so steep during dismount.

  9. i was browsing the internet when i came across this picture. As a member of this unit i can tell you that we put tires on the back so when we dropped the ramp to get out the ramp wouldnt slam on the ground and let everyone know we were coming. just a little cushioning