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Old 07-18-2013, 09:17 PM   #1681
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I've had my TJ for 2 weeks now, and it's impossible to miss, as it is bright yellow. I give "the wave" and I have yet to hae anyone return it. Did I fart or something? LOL

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #1682
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:40 PM   #1683
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I've had my TJ for 2 weeks now, and it's impossible to miss, as it is bright yellow. I give "the wave" and I have yet to hae anyone return it. Did I fart or something? LOL
Lol it happens I get at least 3 waves a day just wait till they look "wave" ;-)
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:02 PM   #1685
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Lol it happens I get at least 3 waves a day just wait till they look "wave" ;-)
I stopped lookin :d is that mean
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:09 AM   #1686
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I stopped lookin :d is that mean
Lol no it isn't I always wave n get my fair amount of non waivers ha...
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:10 AM   #1687
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Being new to my TJ myself, I do notice I get a lot more waves from TJ's and older than from JK's. Also noted that when the tops up and doors on people seem less likely to wave, but then it could just be because they have a more obstructed view than doorless/topless, lol. I wave all the time, regardless. Sure, I may look like an idiot, but I'm a happy idiot, enjoying my day
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:11 AM   #1688
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Being new to my TJ myself, I do notice I get a lot more waves from TJ's and older than from JK's. Also noted that when the tops up and doors on people seem less likely to wave, but then it could just be because they have a more obstructed view than doorless/topless, lol. I wave all the time, regardless. Sure, I may look like an idiot, but I'm a happy idiot, enjoying my day
Lol yes!! Jks don't wave much I have noticed also
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Old 07-19-2013, 01:16 PM   #1689
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I have a YJ and only wave if waved at, because no one around here does. Then when people do I'm caught off gaurd and end up missing it
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When I drive my wifes car I catch myself waiving at jeeps all the time n remember I'm in a altima lol
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:17 PM   #1691
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When I drive my wifes car I catch myself waiving at jeeps all the time n remember I'm in a altima lol
I do the same thing and even in my pete. I get some odd looks some times.
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I've had my TJ for 2 weeks now, and it's impossible to miss, as it is bright yellow. I give "the wave" and I have yet to hae anyone return it. Did I fart or something? LOL
I would wave at ya in my humble JK
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:20 AM   #1693
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I try and wait until the last minute to see if they will wave first so I don't look like an idiot who thinks mistakenly that I know them. My general rule is that the stockers usually don't wave- the modded (especially older) Jeepers do more often.
If they don't wave back give them the "phone" signal (thumb to ear/pinker speaker), nod, wink and pretend like you know them. They will pick their brain apart trying to place you.
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When I drive my wifes car I catch myself waiving at jeeps all the time n remember I'm in a altima lol
Glad it isn't just me! One more reason I avoid driving hub's car!
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:23 AM   #1695
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I have a YJ and only wave if waved at, because no one around here does. Then when people do I'm caught off gaurd and end up missing it

For those of you just joining the thread that haven't read all the past pages. I posted this back on page 50 or something around there.

"Just joining in on this and I read a little ways back about waving. This is straight out of the horses mouth. A few years back Mark A. Smith told me the reason we wave and how it came to be for not only jeep owners but bikes also. If you don't know who Mark A. Smith is GOOGLE HIM NOW.
While having lunch with Mark he told me that after WW2 the men were getting home and needed a ride or wanted to buy a car. They were offered many surplus vehicles. 1 was a Harley, the other was a Willys MB or Ford GPW. So as time passed and somewhere in the country one Jeep /bike driver would pass another they would wave. They waved out of respect. They knew that the vet they had just passed not only was lucky enough to make it home alive but that more then likely he saw some of the same terrible things. It was a sign of respect. Not just a common interest. When you drive your jeep and you pass another you wave no matter what. We wave to honor and remember the people that gave it all. It's not about what jeep is cool or driven by a soccer mom. It's not about who waves back or if they wheel it. I wave no mater how far across the highway I am or if it has 20" wheels. I wave first if I'm in my 1945 Willys or if I'm in my 2013 company Jeep AEV Rubicon. I wave to built XJ's, WJ's, WK's etc... So next time you're driving your Jeep and you see another one of us wave even if you know you're not going to get one back."
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^ Being a 20 year vet, makes the wave even more important for me. I had no idea. Thank you for bring it to light. I did Google Mark A. Smith, but did find this:

After all the research I had done on the progression of the MB/GPW up to the JK and all the M.A.S.H episodes I watched over at a buddy's house (he was M.A.S.H. fan) I never gave it one though. At first when I realized this forgotten fact I felt a little ashamed not realizing how basic and how obvious it was...but then again I'm just a youngan and wasn't around during the time the Military Jeep was first introduced.

Just picture it... The European Theater, the air is thick with dust and smoke. Off in the distance is a GPW carrying a few badly wounded soldiers to a M.A.S.H. unit not to far away from the battle grounds and as they rounded a corner of trees there is a MB on its way back to the front lines to pick up another group of soldiers who are wounded. As these two Jeep pass one another they give a simple hand gesture.

This particular gesture was basically used to acknowledge one another in a rather depressing environment and on occasion a solute would be given to a superior officer in a passing Jeep. I’m sure this simple gesture was also a good way to identify spies.

The first GPW/MBs that were introduced in the civilian market were mainly owned by retired and active military personnel because they liked the vehicle so much while in the war they HAD to have one for home use. By pure habit these men who fought so hard to fight for our freedom would wave at one another and thus began an almost 65 years of honoring those who died for us on a daily basis in a battle to protect our freedom.

So honor our vets from today and those who have past by presenting this simple gesture and don't worry about if you get one back. It’s a wave to honor those who fought for us.

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New Jeep owners soon discover a tradition that has been around perhaps as long as Jeeps, the Jeep Wave. Some may think it strange or even silly, but before you judge perhaps take a moment and consider this:

During World War II the Jeep was always on the move, often running back and forth from the front lines delivering vital supplies or urgent messages, or to carry wounded soldiers, attempt rescues or bring reinforcements. Some say this is where the Jeep wave began as a way to know friend from foe or to acknowledge an officer without a salute that might alert enemies of a high ranking official. Or perhaps it was just a simple gesture from soldiers in one Jeep to another Jeep as they passed. A sign of camaraderie and respect between courageous souls in dark and dangerous times.

Other's say the Jeep wave began after the war when the soldiers returned home. During the war the Jeep had earned a place in the hearts of many soldiers and as a result, many of those who made it home, wanted to own their own Jeep. Often the drivers of Jeeps passing on roadways would wave at each other, as they knew most likely each other had served.

Finally some claim the wave began only when civilians started buying Jeeps and taking them off road. The shared fun and excitement of tackling seemingly impossible trails and obstacles in the nimble Jeep, naturally builds a kinship with other Jeepers. The wave acknowledges that shared understanding and appreciation of the Jeep's amazing capabilities and the enjoyment ownership can bring.

So next time you see a Jeep, give a wave and if you don't get one in return, don't be offended, just consider it a wave for the 'One and Only Jeep' and what it represents, our freedom and the brave souls who fought for it.

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Old 07-22-2013, 10:06 AM   #1697
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Great comment! Thanks for that post. People seem to forget the wave is bigger then just that jeep they're driving.
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Do you have a link to that? I'd like to share that page or link.
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I also didn't know any of this and I was a 19d in the Army always great to learn something new and know the history....
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I don't have the links. Google History of the Jeep Wave. Most of it came from Jeep magazines and articles.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:47 PM   #1701
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I am not totally sure, but I think I got my first "wave back" from a YK today!
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I am not totally sure, but I think I got my first "wave back" from a YK today!
Whoooooo congrats I bet tomorrow ull get one.. Mine has been broke for a week no waves for me yet
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:44 AM   #1703
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I've had mine for 2 months. I've found that about 75% of the jeeps I wave to wave back. That's cool. Lol
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:49 AM   #1704
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I've had a few jeeps over the years. The recent phenomenon that I am seeing is with the newer 4 door unlimited jeeps. Many of these are suburbanites/soccer mom types. They buy these vehicles for different reasons that “we” do. I rarely get the return wave from these folks, even when I am driving my wife’s Sahara Unlimited. Some folks just don’t get it.

I sort of equate it to the “rubbie” invasion to the Harley Davidson scene 15 years ago. American Chopper hits the airwaves and all of sudden, everyone’s a biker....

Oh well, it’s all good. The more the merrier.
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In general: the newer the Jeep, the less likely the wave. Keep waving though cause they'll catch on eventually.
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:12 PM   #1706
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There should be a label on the steering wheel letting all Jeep owners know (I had no clue when I bought my Jeep a couple weeks ago). If it wasn't for this forum, I would probably have no clue!
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:40 PM   #1707
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I guess now I fully understand the phrase..."its a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand"
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My first YJ (stock) in the early 90's, waves galore. My second YJ (stock and beaten) in the early 2000's, not so much. My current JK (mod's well under way), next to non-existant. But I always wave, always.

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For the two weeks I've owned my new black JKU i've been at about 50% waves. I find it's funny that it's usually like 5 jeeps in a row or nothing. Kind of reminds me of highschool. There are always those too good, or just plain ignorant. But for everyone that does wave makes me smile and proud to be a Jeep owner.
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I am 50 and have owned 11 Jeeps, still have 3 of the 11. Let me tell you about the wave, with a background from the early 80s. Back then, before Chrysler, AMC and older Jeeps pretty much had problems from age or lack of quality. This meant it was not uncommon to see a Jeep broken down on the side of the road. When I would see this, I would stop and help as others had stopped and helped me. So this went far beyond the trail. We waived because we helped each other and owning a Jeep meant we were in it together, may have met or may be nearing soon. And I had never found a fellow Jeeper who didn't mind you walking up and talking Jeep talk. It was a club by necessity. This is why Chrysler failed to successfully market "the wave". It was an insult to me that they tried. The fact of the matter is that Chrysler increased the quality of Jee by so much that Post AMC Jeep owners have little reason to know why to wave. There are also more care drivers buying jeeps as wagons or as cars so it really does not matter. Plain and simply... Quality killed the waive.

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