It was Nice Knowing You: YZ400 Powered Buggy-Thing

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We’re always astounded by mismatched levels of fabrication ability. Case in point: the creator of this buggy thing had the means to build this death trap contraption, but elected not to fit it with a windshield, cage or body panels beyond what looks like plexiglass. He (no way this was a girl) apparently has two sets of rims available!

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A mere two lines of completely un-punctuated text fills us in:

nice, 18”rims, good tires, motor is yz400, slap shift 5speed, runs good, i cant kbb it so make an offer, anything, trade for nearly any vehicle, need somthin to drive more practical ###-###-#### like i said make offer, im negotiable and open to all trades, vehicles dont have to be flawless, they can be worth less

Worthless? Score! I’ll trade you this sweet turbo BMW project for your buggy that’s definitely going to kill me. Oh…”worth less”…damn.
Anyway, for $4000, you can have a Yamaha YZ400-powered thing with enough grip to get you in trouble turning a corner, no visible front brakes and some bitchin seats with four-point harnesses that’ll ensure you’re well strapped-in when it goes dirty side up.
Bloomington, IN Craigslist
Thanks be unto MArnold!

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  1. SeanKHotay Avatar

    Looks like a cross btwn a KTM X-Bow and Ransom Olds’ original buggy.
    Was this built for a Sam Raimi futuristic SciFi film?

  2. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    what could possibly go wrong? <img src=>

  3. P161911 Avatar

    He couldn't even find a decent 4th photo for the basic Craisgslist 4 photo layout?
    Is that a 3rd seat on the back?

  4. CptSevere Avatar

    There’s an old fart here who has a snowmobile engine powered golf cart, and another one who has a golf cart with a Suzuki 550 four cylinder (which I secretly crave). They take them out and hoon around on them occasionally. They’re legal, the cops don’t care. Both are more outrageous than this thing. Maybe if this buggy had a cage and offroad tires I’d like it more.

  5. engineerd Avatar

    I don't see anything wrong with this. You pansy kids these days with your padded playgrounds and bicycle helmets. In my day we didn't have any of that crap and we're still around! This is just the adult version of our childhood.

    1. baldy_pm Avatar

      Yes, I recall escaping Darwin a few times… Dangerous acts makes the heart grow fonder.

    2. Dr_Dangerously Avatar

      I know, we made 10' bike ramps in the middle of the woods and jumped them only wearing t-shirts and short 80's shorts. Many times I came home bleeding and missing a leg.
      But we sure did have fun.

      1. engineerd Avatar

        Ah, yes. We used to stop at the top of a hill and see how fast we could get our bikes going. The bottom of the hill was a road that we had to cross during the runout. I was hit by a semi once, but only my right side is flattened.

        1. discontinuuity Avatar

          <Yorkshire accent> Luxury! We used to dream of getting hit by semis. Back in my day, it was nothing but freight trains and space shuttles running us over, dawn to dusk. And none of this half-flattened business; we'd have to scrape each other off the road with spatulas. </Yorkshire accent>

          1. BrianTheHoon Avatar

            "And the incredible thing is when you tell this to kids today, they don't believe you!"

  6. CptSevere Avatar

    I tried to say something about this earlier, but my comment disappeared. Yeah, this is scary, but there are two old farts here who have golf carts powered by a two stroke snowmobile engine, and a Suzuki 550 four cylinder. They're both scary as hell. They're licensed and street legal and you see said old farts hooning around in them every so often. The guy with the two stroke fell out of his once, on his ass onto the asphalt, while racing it. See what we have to look forward to?

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Smokey burnouts in a golf cart. I love it.

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        What a Drag it is getting old.

  7. joshuman Avatar

    Brakes? PAH! Who needs 'em?

    1. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      exactly… brakes are anti-pah…

      1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

        I don't see a bumper, do you think he ripped it off doing a wheelie? PAH!

  8. _Tomsk_ Avatar

    Hmmm…looks a little too tall and wide to fit in the back of a hearse, so your next-of-kin will have to spring for a casket.

    1. iheartstiggie Avatar

      Naw, they can just strap you in and roll ya down…no need for a death caddy.