Craigslist Crapshoot

Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
 Turbocharged motorcycles were the order of the day last week. We’ll see what you’ve got to do to get blown around here in just a sec, but first this week’s quest.

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new Jeep Wrangler on its way. We can’t wait to go open top off-roading, plus who’s got the kind of cash that new one will cost? With all that in mind, this week let’s look for the best in Jeep Cjs/Wranglers that $5K will buy. For you Canadians, that’s about $6,600 and those of you Europeans, that’s around 4,700€.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.
Got that? Good, now let’s build some revs!
The first motorcycle I ever rode was a Honda Express while the last was a Triumph Trident. Per my wife, I’m not allowed to ride on the street, but that doesn’t mean I can’t live vicariously through the risky actions of others. What better way to do so than with a turbocharged motorcycle, because what better way to go out than accompanied by a high-pitched whine and speed-blurred vision?
Let’s start off with some cool bikes that might not kill you. Both dukeisduke and P161911 found Honda CX500s, one in artistically blurry pics and the other in some cool wet shots. I’ve always loved the looks of the half-clad CX500TC, and I think it may have been the first bike sold here to have a composite headlamp. Luxury Lexus Land-Yacht missed posting that first one by mere minutes. 
Keeping the wonder-twin powers alive, turbo’d Harleys were brought to us by both smalleyxb and discontinuuity, one all chromed and one murdered out. GTXcellent takes the prize for weirdest turbo’d two wheeler for a bike that doesn’t actually have any wheels: a KTM 450sxf Timbersled. And no, I wouldn’t drop $17K on it either. Batshitbox offered up both a Kawasaki Gpz 750 Turbo, and  a nifty little Yamaha WR280X Turbo. A tasty Turbo Seca was found by ptschett, and at a price that was pretty sweet too.
Our winner was dukeisduke for posting the turbo’d bike that’s seriously most likely to kill someone, a 2004 turbo Suzuki Hayabusa. If you’ve got to go, this looks like the most expedient way to get there. Just make sure to alert your next of kin prior to the trip.
Congrats to dukeisduke, and thank you all for the wonderful death threats. Now, let’s get some good cheap Jeepin’ in!

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18 responses to “Craigslist Crapshoot”

  1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Here’s a nice looking (albeit orange with flames) YJ for $4k. It says it needs a top, but a quick search puts the price of a top at $200-$300, so you’re still well under the $5k cap.

  2. P161911 Avatar

    My father was looking for a golf cart or side by side ATV for their lake place. He ended up finding a 1996 Jeep YJ for $1200. It had a new top and 18″ wheels from a JK. It didn’t have a front drive shaft, functional transfer case (found that out later), or rear seat. It also had a rattle can paint job that would rub off on you if you touched it. He got it fixed mechanically and still has a lot less than $2k in it. Much cheaper than a golf cart.

  3. Spin Avatar

    1989 YJ with 1995 4L running gear. $6000 (canuckbucks, located in Mascouche, Quebec) firm.
    Would accept trades of:
    – 2010 or later car or bus
    – side by side
    – …
    (advert translation from French)
    Ford 8.8 rear diff
    Rear locked diff
    Front diff locked in 4×4 only
    4 wheel disc
    Slip Yoke eliminator
    Centre Force Stage 2 clutch
    Rock slider
    Rock protector under gas tank, oil pan, steering box and rad
    HOMEMADE front bumper with winch 8000lbs
    Rear tire rack HOMEMADE for 35″ tire
    Plated, but not recommended for the road
    A war machine×4/1252523126?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

  4. Jofes2 Avatar

    I hadn’t heard of this “Comando” version before, but I like it. It has a nice, sandy colour, a sporty doorline and an interesting rear. Maybe you could make a cool, cozy camper out of it?

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Cooler to travel in in the summer when you can drive it ‘commando’ 😀
      I’ll show myself out….

  5. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    I totally had to cheat by casting my net nationwide, but there is a CJ10a on Houston craigslist for $4k.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      AKA ‘The ugliest Jeep’

  6. dukeisduke Avatar

    YAY! Thanks for the votes, everyone. It’s a very good thing that Ben Roethlisberger didn’t own a turbo Hayabusa back in 2006, otherwise he might not have been around to win two Super Bowls:

  7. ptschett Avatar

    Here’s a ’97 TJ on gnarly tires for $3000. (Driver’s seat looks shot though.)

  8. ptschett Avatar

    Someone couldn’t quite wait for the Jeep truck, it seems. Irrational Harvester frame, Chevy power. $4200.

    1. Rover 1 Avatar
      Rover 1

      Now that I’ve seen the correct spelling of ‘International’ , I can understand their appeal to some members on this site.

  9. Guest Avatar

    This one’s over the price limit ($9999 CAD), so it doesn’t qualify. Have a look at it anyway!

    Why? It’s a Flathead V8 in a Flatfender Jeep!

    I like that its almost from an alternative history, where Ford got to continue making the Jeep after the war.

    I even like the colour, and the general execution. Pretty much the only thing I don’t like is the hood modifications (clearance for the air-cleaner).

    In the fantasy world where I can afford a $10k Jeep, I’d likely let something like this poke through the hood, uncovered:$_27.JPG$_27.JPG

    1. Harry Callahan Avatar
      Harry Callahan

      V8 flatties sound nice…
      GoDevils don’t overheat, Ford V8 flatties ALWAYS overheat. I call that a step backward.

  10. Mr Campbell Avatar
    Mr Campbell

    Asking price slightly over budget. But its a cool old thing:

  11. Sean McMillan Avatar
    Sean McMillan

    4k$ will buy this 55 Willys m38a1
    Seller also has a 67 London taxi for sale in the same ad