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Old 03-10-2012, 07:58 AM   #31
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A way to make me smile. Even thru a hard day at work, stress, not feeling well, and even when Im having a great day, I smile every time I look at my Jeep. Cant help it, it just happens lol.

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Old 03-10-2012, 08:04 AM   #32
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A way to make me smile. Even thru a hard day at work, stress, not feeling well, and even when Im having a great day, I smile every time I look at my Jeep. Cant help it, it just happens lol.
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The common thread I have found over the years is that ppl who own the wranglers and earlier models seem to have a certain amount of ruggedness about them and a desire for freedom from con-straights. Even though I think Jeeps are Americas Hotrod and the coolest damn vehicle and have a high cool factor, I don't believe that owning a Jeep "makes" the owner cool. What my Tj says about me is that I like Jeeps and I like to go off roading in my lifted big shoed Tj. But I'd never suggest that it defines me, it is only a small part of my life. The experiences I've had in my 44 years have defined me.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:55 AM   #34
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Mine is a tribute to all the hard work my grandfather did at Jeep and in the Korean War. I bought it beacuse its reliable, and capable, just like he was. It also symbolizes Independence, and the ability to "Go anywhere, Do anything" except when your stuck, and need a fellow jeepers assistance.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:13 AM   #35
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He said nothing. He just likes driving jeeps because he likes them in them self. Not for an associated or assumed reason. at least that's what I got from it.
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Old 03-10-2012, 09:42 AM   #36
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It's my midlife crisis vehicle for a real midlife crisis.

I owned 3 jeeps in my 20's. When we had kids we traded our last jeep as it was falling apart on us. We drove subarus for several years.

Then came my current Jeep.

See I was a very active person. Ran, hiked, played basketball etc all the time. Two years ago I had unexplained swelling on my ankle. Was on crutches for 8 weeks thee times over the last two years. I have not been able to do anything active without swelling and going back on crutches. It has been the worst 2 years of my life.

So I figured since I couldn't get outside hiking I might as well drive in the outdoors.

The good news is after major ankle surgery to correct a few minor issues ( none of which probably caused my problem) the surgeon found a bone fragment in there from a fracture I had 30 years ago that no o e knew was there. I am recovering right now but the prognosis is now good for me to regain my active lifestyle.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:26 PM   #37
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For me the Jeep is a symbol of the positive emotional feeling I get every time I drive it. I used to be kind of an optimist, but I've become more of a pessimist -- EXCEPT when I'm driving my jeep. It's really the only thing that actually makes me *feel* happy, like an emotional response (similar to how somebody might *feel* embarrassed, angry, sad, etc.).
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:09 PM   #38
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Ok let me give this a try, I drive a jeep because it is the vechilular ( may be spelled wrong ) representation of myself. It's big, loud and unrefined just like me. Just like my jeep you either love me or hate me. The jeep is just the closest vechile i have come across to represent me. Oh yeah, there is the BADASSNESs of feeling like you can go anywhere you want anytime you want.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:36 AM   #40
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Everything you guys said and more. My kids are grown and it' s me and the wife. It's my "motorcyle" the wife will enjoy with me. It's freedom. independence, a little bit of "look at me". It's the jeep community, it's a reminder of my military days. It's just plain fun. Love putting my own personality into it.
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To me a Jeep represents:

1) Childhood memories of offroading with my father and older brother in a '65 CJ.
2) Learning to 'legally' drive on the same Jeep.
3) Owning a vehicle that carries on a long line of tradition since they were first used to help win a war.
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:34 PM   #42
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Mine is a symbol of dept!
and still......
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:39 PM   #43
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Around here, it just means you live in Taos, NM. Kinda like wearing your hiking boots everywhere. I mean, everywhere. No big deal.
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Old 03-11-2012, 08:51 PM   #44
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We love Taos. Went there a couple of years ago for a weekend and had a blast....but next time I'm taking my jeep....there has to be some good trails around the enchanted circle
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:43 PM   #45
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Adventure, Fun, Individualism. It is a symbol that most can pick out, but only a few know and understand like we all do on WF and a lot of others. It is a symbol of our country and it can never be stopped or changed. It symbolizes our power and demonstrates the freedom of this country. It is the best vehicle simply because of its capabilities and its symbolism and how it is used and the people that drive it. You can just drive a regular car and just get by and go on by yourself or you can drive a JEEP!!! It is a brotherhood and is a sign and makes the Jeeper that drives it we may all come from anywhere in the world, from any background and yet we still take the time to wave. It is a honor to talk to other jeepers because they automatically have some of the same intrests as you. I am proud to drive a jeep and I hope I am speeking for all of the other Jeepers in the world.
U took the words right of my mouth
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LOVE it. Keep the thread alive!
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U took the words right of my mouth
Yeah I just reread that and I dont think I have wrote anything as well worded like that not even on our english research paper let alone I do it on WF only bout jeeps!!! lol haha
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:45 PM   #48
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Exploration. I was born in the wrong era. Times I feel I should've been around in the heady days of Lewis and Clark, Jim Bridger and John Fremont
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:57 PM   #49
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I also feel that driving a Jeep is a symbol of unity. I can't count the number of waves I received today. Not only does it unite fellow Jeepers, but those who have defended our nation and rode in or drove Jeeps have an appreciation for them. It makes me feel very special to know that I have a vehicle that has roots to the very fundamentals of what this nation once truly represented.

The last sentence can go in a number of directions. Please keep this post about the symbolism of your Jeep.
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Adventure, Fun, Individualism. It is a symbol that most can pick out, but only a few know and understand like we all do on WF and a lot of others. It is a symbol of our country and it can never be stopped or changed. It symbolizes our power and demonstrates the freedom of this country. It is the best vehicle simply because of its capabilities and its symbolism and how it is used and the people that drive it. You can just drive a regular car and just get by and go on by yourself or you can drive a JEEP!!! It is a brotherhood and is a sign and makes the Jeeper that drives it we may all come from anywhere in the world, from any background and yet we still take the time to wave. It is a honor to talk to other jeepers because they automatically have some of the same intrests as you. I am proud to drive a jeep and I hope I am speeking for all of the other Jeepers in the world.
Well said!
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Good fortune. It popped up when I needed a vehicle back in 2004. So I bought it, and even though it's a money pit, I've never owned a vehicle that I've loved more. I didn't buy it because it was a Jeep, but because I could afford it. Just God's way of looking out for me, I guess.
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Pragmatism.

Nobody makes corner armor for DJ-5's, so I bought some 1/8" aluminum DP and bent up my own. I can do that because it's a steel box on wheels (try that with a mustang or camaro...). Even a 2010 JK with all the little gadgets and gizmos is at it's heart a steel box on wheels. Easy to fix, easy to modify, easy to carve up to suit you. Like a blank canvas waiting for you to angle grinder up whatever suits you best

It has all the aerodynamic properties of a flying brick, handles like crap on the road, gets horrible gas mileage, and overall it looks like someone forgot to pay the folks that do the body styling part of the design. You have to either not really care about roads, or want to look like you don't for it to have any appeal to you at all.

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"I JEEP, therefore, I am"
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We love Taos. Went there a couple of years ago for a weekend and had a blast....but next time I'm taking my jeep....there has to be some good trails around the enchanted circle
Red River has lots of trails, and there are a number of forest roads near Taos that are open. Goose Lake is best know near RR. Jeep rentals in RR have trail maps, and order Taos Illustrated Trails Map for the Carson Natl. Forest near Taos.

Oh, and don't wave at other Jeepers around here. They will think you're from Texas.
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My jeep for me is about getting out off the concrete and enjoying GOD's creation. Jeeping is way of life and I am addicted to that way of life. LOL. Also, I just love the infinite things you can do with a jeep as far as mods are concerned, they are a grown ups lego set.
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For me its what i have wanted since Daisy Duke drove hers.. I always wanted one and when i could afford it I did.. LOVE IT
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I've actually offered my Jeep to draught stricken areas because when I rip my door offs and lift the back window it will rain...I make it rain...i can and I will

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