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Old 08-19-2013, 04:42 AM   #1711
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Interesting read. Had never heard that about the origin of it.

Checked into it and came across this;

An honor bestowed upon those drivers with the superior intelligence, taste, class, and discomfort tolerance (exception to 87 and newer Jeep owners) to own the ultimate vehicle - the Jeep. Generally consists of either a raised hand waving or 4 fingers extended upward from the steering wheel, but may be modified to suit circumstances and locally accepted etiquette.

I see there are many complaints about JK owners not returning waves. The exact same thing was said about YJ and TJ owners when those models came out. It took a while to educate them and now they are doing the same complaining us CJ owners did back in the day. YJ and TJ owners finally caught on (for the most part), won't be too long for the JK owners as well I imagine.

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Old 08-19-2013, 07:28 AM   #1712
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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.
I bought my first Jeep in 1995. I was 19 and had wanted one since I was 7. So by making a company succeed and be profitable killed the wave? Lol seriously? By making a product with better "quality" it also killed the wave? It makes me laugh when people get all pissy about Chrysler and how they killed Jeep. Willys-Overland went out of business, Kaiser Steel and Motors went out of business, AMC went out of Business. Chrysler is the only company that kept the name alive.
You're right,... Chrysler had this planned, I can see them sitting at some huge wooden desk rubbing their hands laughing because they will now KILL THE DAMNED JEEP WAVE! Lol
We need jeep to make the 2018 Wrangler so it breaks down and rusts all to hell. We also don't want anyone to buy it that isn't a true Jeeper. This way no one will buy them and pissy narrow minded jeep owners will be happy that the name will die and the company will go out of business. Makes me wonder why the wave is dead...lol
So if I'm driving my 2a I'll get waved at? If I'm in my YJ or Jk I don't get waved at? I guess it's not really important to remember the men and woman that made our jeeps famous.
I'll still wave to every jeep. I'll still stop to help a mom driving a Jk fix her flat.

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Old 08-19-2013, 09:02 AM   #1713
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I have now instructed my kids that when we roll topless/doorless, everyone Jeep waves. They love getting in on the fun. Yesterday we were on the highway, which is a 65mph. I set cruise at 62ish and keep in the far right lane. When I spot Jeep coming up on us, I let the kids know and we wave.
Incidentally, I own a 'Vette, and regardless of what year, generation or age of driver, Corvette owners seem to wave more often across the board/platform. But again, I think its more the JKer's are a different group of buyers. More the SUVer looking for something different. The number of Jeep Wranglers selling each year has been record breaking.
Either way, its a great tradition, continue to pass it on and be good to each other
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:13 PM   #1714
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Being a new Jeep owner I quickly was educated on the "wave". On my way home from work today I waved at 7 Wranglers and couldn't get a single wave back! I was disappointed in my fellow owners.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:24 PM   #1715
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My father, who is 68, bought his first jeep in 2005 brand new. His wrangler was his pride and joy and he drove it stock until it hit 150,000 mikes...

At 150,000 mikes he rebuilt the engine, transmission and floor boards that had rotted out. He THEN put in off road suspension, lift kits, tires, sound system and completely redid his wrangler making me so jealous I just bought my first one last night.

It's a 2011 wrangler sport.... I'm addicted already looking a a new bumper and windshield decal before I even have it off the lot.

This long story had a point.... Why did I want it so bad? They are fun! Not just badass fun to ride, but the WAVE and being part of the "group". The "in" crowd. The rare few that own jeeps. Not any jeep... A wrangler. The rare few who say... Screw it! I don't need a trunk! I can take my doors off! This is what made me want a her
Since I was 15 and in now 42.

I finally get to be one of you. Yay me!

So me..... I waved to everyone with my dads jeep. Ill wave to everyone with my jeep... And I hope you all wave back. Stock jeep or not.

I do however think in my humble opinion it IS a wrangler thing though....

If not every SUV driving mom, which I was one of, will start waving. We would never put our hands down lol.

Just a newbie opinion! I'm just honored to be a part of the cool kids :-)
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Old 08-22-2013, 06:23 AM   #1716
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Being a new Jeep owner I quickly was educated on the "wave". On my way home from work today I waved at 7 Wranglers and couldn't get a single wave back! I was disappointed in my fellow owners.
Welcome! And don't give up! Many folks are new and just don't know about the wave, many don't know about the site. See a Wrangler owner, approach, engage and inform! Whatever you do, don't give up, keep waving, we are out there! I'll be there first!

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Old 08-22-2013, 01:22 PM   #1717
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I live in Ouray County Colorado. Every other vehicle is a Jeep. My arms getting tired!
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:28 PM   #1718
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I live in Ouray County Colorado. Every other vehicle is a Jeep. My arms getting tired!
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:56 PM   #1719
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i love getting waves! it makes me feel special my tj is bone stock it makes me sad but im glad people will wave or honk at me, sometimes people dont wave back but i think its cuz mine is right hand drive and they dont think to look at the passenger side of the jeep! haha

also when ppl dont wave they get the southern welcome single finger wave ,,|,,
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Old 08-24-2013, 08:08 PM   #1720
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I am a JK owner and I know I am one of the few...but never doubt...if you pass me I will always return the gesture!
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:43 AM   #1721
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Either way, its a great tradition, continue to pass it on and be good to each other

Love this !
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Old 08-25-2013, 03:49 AM   #1722
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I think I get waved at less because I'm a girl. Ive had my jeep 4 days :-) yup 4 whole days !

I've added a bra on the front, Tail light covers, hand grips and running boards....

I'm starting to "Trick out my ride " as my daughter says.... So I don't think it's a Stock vs non stock thing.

When my husband drives everyone waves, when I do maybe one out of every 5 wave at me.

I hope I'm wrong. It's made me feel bad though... So I eagerly wave if someone waves at me, but I don't do it first.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:54 AM   #1723
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Yesterday I got HUGE wave from a lady in a top-down Wrangler, blond hair aflappin', flying down the highway, northbound 95 south of the Washington beltway. I couldn't keep up with her but gave as big a wave back as I could. I just love it!
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:18 AM   #1724
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I live in a tourist area of Northwest Iowa. There are a lot of 4 door JK driving suburbanites roaming these parts this time of year. They are not "wavers". They don't get it or they're too cool to wave to a person driving a 20 year old soft top. I think the same thing happened when accountants started driving Harley Davidson Motorcycles too. They just don't get it. To some folks, these things are more of a fashion accessory than they are the passion and lifestyle that some of enjoy.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:36 AM   #1725
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I live in a tourist area of Northwest Iowa. There are a lot of 4 door JK driving suburbanites roaming these parts this time of year. They are not "wavers". They don't get it or they're too cool to wave to a person driving a 20 year old soft top. I think the same thing happened when accountants started driving Harley Davidson Motorcycles too. They just don't get it. To some folks, these things are more of a fashion accessory than they are the passion and lifestyle that some of enjoy.
Iowa has a tourist area? I thought it was just corn and bean fields. LOL. I'm just messin' with ya. I'm from Nebraska the good ole plains states. I'll wave at anyone in a wrangler. Doesn't matter what it looks like or what year it is. I own a motorcycle as well and I must say the wave response is much better on a bike than in a jeep so far.
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Old 08-30-2013, 11:12 AM   #1726
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When I got my TJ about 3 months ago, the first few days I drove it I saw plenty of other Wranglers on the road and got tons of waves, that's how I started figuring it out. Since those first few days, I don't see as many out anymore despite the weather still being hot and sunny, and rarely get waves. Guess only the first few days of ownership are magical haha
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Old 08-31-2013, 12:16 AM   #1727
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The motorcycle waves are awesome, just being part of the same tribe I guess. Jeep waves are their but far and in between here in NM. Wranglers, two or four doors are always good to wave at. Folks in the Liberty's, Patriots and other Jeep labeled products seem less likely to wave. I figure they do not know what they are missing and probably don't care. I used to drive a BMW 2002 back in the day and we all flashed our headlights at each other. Then they became popular and that was the end of waves or headlight flashes. Hope it does not happen to Jeep!
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Here's an odd one....I get more waves in my JK when the cb antenna is on. I find that odd...except from stock JKs. And right after I put on the smittybilt armor fenders...waves went down big time. They are back up and wavin but it made me super sad for a lil while.
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Love the wave! Here in north-central Mass. there are a lot of wrangler drivers, a good percentage of them being YJ owners. We have a couple of good dealerships in the area too, keeping the needs fulfilled. And just about everyone waves. It's a fraternal sign of friendship, saying in effect that "I won't leave you stranded by the side of the road." Same kind of thing when I drove Studebakers and little British sports cars (MG and Spitfire). I may not have the tools or parts you need but I always have my cell phone and ham radio! See you on the road. bob.c, K1QED
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I have noticed that JK owners don't wave! TJ, YJ and CJ owners all either wave back or initiate the wave... i have yet to have a JK driver wave back.
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It seems like people only wave when doors are off I never get them if they have doors on
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Might be time for a write in. Maybe if enough of us write to Jeep to let them know if would behove them to pass it on to their salesman about the wave, owner loyalty goes a long way in buying OEM aftermarket parts, buying Wranglers for their kids, buying Wranglers aging, etc...
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I have noticed that JK owners don't wave! TJ, YJ and CJ owners all either wave back or initiate the wave... i have yet to have a JK driver wave back.
I try my best to force them. I just wave frantically like an idiot
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Old 09-01-2013, 09:43 AM   #1734
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I recently bought a used JK and had no idea about the "wave" until I read this post. I have received waves from other jeep owners & made sure to return the waves back. I also initiate the wave in hopes of breaking the cycle or reputation of JK owners not waving. My wife asked me last week who are you waving at so I explained to her about the Jeep wave. I think a lot of it is just not knowing about the "wave".
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back in 86 i had a CJ and everyone waved, missed having a Jeep for years, now I have a JK and have noticed not many people wave anymore, Jeep ownership is special we should always wave.
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I'm new to the Jeep world too (30 days) and learned fast about the Jeep Wave. I think it's the coolest thing. But sadly there are many Jeep owners that just don't wave. Most of them are young kids and some women, but I wave at them anyway.

I think that anyone that sells a Jeep, must pass on that knowledge.
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Old 09-03-2013, 03:14 PM   #1737
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back in 86 i had a CJ and everyone waved, missed having a Jeep for years, now I have a JK and have noticed not many people wave anymore, Jeep ownership is special we should always wave.
I agree. If some weren't so concerned with who is driving what, modded or un, JK, CJ, TJ, Flattie, whatever, we would all be carrying on the tradition. Maybe waving just isn't for some.

That's ok...there's enough of us that we shouldn't worry TOO MUCH...EEK! As I say this, I wonder about the Jetsons...we may zoom by each other so fast we may need to modify how we wave!
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When I had my Corvette I got the Vette wave all the time. In the short time I've had my Jeep I've rarely got a return wave.
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Don't be so hard on us JK-ers! I just got my new stock JK a week ago & I wave at the others I see! Most have waved back, a few have not. I knew about the wave before hand but only because I read about it in this forum. Maybe the ones that don't wave just don't know they're supposed to! I'll spread the word & see if I can help fix this problem. :-)
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I let my wife drive my new jeep when it had 11km on it to the local Wallymart. I told her she had to wave if we passed another Jeep but only Wranglers. Wouldn't you know it pulling out of Wallymart the first Jeep we see has top off, doors off and she gets a great big out the door wave.

I passed three on the highway yesterday and got three out the window waves, all from stock Jeeps. I'll drive with the window down most of the time now.

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