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Old 06-04-2011, 09:15 AM   #1
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I've become disturbed lately at the number of JK drivers who feel that other Jeep owners are hating on them because of their rigs. Several threads and posts have popped up from people who are afraid they won't be accepted as a "serious Jeeper" because they drive a JK. Nonsense!

I've only driven JKs. But I love all Jeeps. And I've had many pleasant "parking lot talks" with drivers of CJs, TJs and YJs who just love to talk about their rigs, with never a disparaging word about my stock JK. They proudly tell me about their lifts, spacers and other mods and then show genuine enthusiasm when I show them the hitch receiver I installed myself. It's enough, it seems, to be excited about a Jeep.

But people still report some animosity between drivers of different models. It often reminds me of the relationship we sailors had with Marines. We fought like cats and dogs on base but became very protective of one another when confronted by others. (The most notable "ruckus" I was ever involved in outside a hockey rink came after a squad of Marines attached to our base was accosted by a group of locals.) We had our differences, but we were on the same team and we knew it. After all, how many of you could just drive past a Jeep sitting on the side of the road?

The "Jeep wave" is like the secret handshake of our "tribe" as it were. I didn't know about it until a few months into my first Wrangler. But now I try never to miss a Jeep. Not everyone waves back, but that's OK. A few are too busy driving. And not everyone is aware of the custom. Lots of ladies seem to think they are being hit on while some of the guys seem to think you must be someone who knows them.

But my most favorite wave comes from the drivers who are obviously having a bad day. Scowling expression. Eyes glazing straight ahead. And then I pass in front of them with a quick wave. They press their lips together and throw up a hand to honor the obligation of their ride. They didn't enjoy it, but as bad as things were they still thought to wave.

Those are the waves - and the Jeep drivers - I appreciate most of all!


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Old 06-04-2011, 09:34 AM   #2
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I don't know what to say other than....... hi! And I'm glad that you are having good experiences with being a jk'er a lot of people don't understand that change is a GOOD thing yes there is pros and cons to the jks, but all change is done to progress the jeep brand foward and adapt to the world. Anyone who has been in the jeep "game" since the cj dynasty can tell you their will always be animosity with the new models! First came my jeep of choice (yj) that ended the cj era and had square headlights....oooo blasphemy. Then came the tjs oh no they aren't rugged and look they have coils! They are grocery getters. Now its the new kids on the blocks the jks that are "too" big and can have four doors like a soccer mom van and even the two doors have the soccer mom van engine grrrr. The fact is we drive wear and talk jeeps proudly and when it comes down to it we will always defend any model of any era if we are 100% true red white and blue jeepers!

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Good rant. Needed to be said. Totally agree. I drive a yj and still here people ridicule the 'squinty' eyes on the front. Water down my back. Keep waving, keep loving your Jeep. There are more like you than 'haters' out there. Cheers.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:43 AM   #4
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Good rant. Needed to be said. Totally agree. I drive a yj and still here people ridicule the 'squinty' eyes on the front. Water down my back. Keep waving, keep loving your Jeep. There are more like you than 'haters' out there. Cheers.
Yup it uurrkkss me when I see a jeep roll up for a trail run or just seeing one around that has a bumper sticker that reads "REAL Jeeps Have Round Headlights!"
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Old 06-04-2011, 11:14 AM   #6
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"REAL JEEPS".... don't have A$$HOLES driving them......... 'nuff said?????

I recently had someone on here say that my saying "I had a fully funded 401K".... was the gayest thing he ever heard.......and suggested I get rid of my Jep and get an H3

The jokes on them.... I have had Jeeps since before they were BORN......
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You all DO know that there's an official Jeep Wave Thread don't you? Soon a mod will come in here and close this thread and link it to the other official one. There have been WAY too many wave threads posted on this forum...they're trying to clean it up. Just so you know.
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"REAL JEEPS".... don't have A$$HOLES driving them......... 'nuff said?????

I recently had someone on here say that my saying "I had a fully funded 401K".... was the gayest thing he ever heard.......and suggested I get rid of my Jep and get an H3

The jokes on them.... I have had Jeeps since before they were BORN......
You saying my jeep's not real?
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