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post #1 of 27 Old 09-19-2017, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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The "Jeep" Wave

So we all are probably aware of "the Jeep wave" when Jeeps pass other Jeeps, the driver gives a little acknowledgment wave... But what is the deal with ZJs?? I got my ZJ about three years ago and probably for the first two years didn't notice any fellow jeepers waving, so I figured it was a Wrangler thing and didn't bother. But now everyone and their mom drive a wrangler so I don't even know if that is still a thing.

Anyway, just this past year though I started noticing some ZJs and XJs giving the wave but by the time it registered they passed and I felt like an ***. ? So I started initiating the wave for fellow lifted ZJs and sometimes XJs but they normally don't wave back probably because they are now in my former situation - can we all just get on the same page??!! ?

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post #2 of 27 Old 09-19-2017, 11:54 AM
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I don't have to anyone but when I drive my truck (commercial licence) almost everyone waves to me lol.

1 time I was in a drive through and another zj owner bought my coffee.
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post #3 of 27 Old 09-19-2017, 12:18 PM
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I just go with the index finger "farmer wave". I think that having someone wave back is not a big deal one way or the other. My ZJ does not look like most ZJs so I seem to get more waves from Jeepers that have also enhanced their Jeeps for off road or sadly, the MALL.

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Yeah, it can tend to be regional, but the best way to get other people to jeep wave is to jeep wave.

A lot of JK's won't or don't wave unless you're built, the older the jeep the more they tend to wave.


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When I hung out with my friend a couple weekends back, we took a road trip in his JKU down to a parts store. I saw way more waves driving in that JKU than I ever saw driving the ZJ. Every time he passed a wrangler, wave. And he'd always get one in return.

it probably helps his JKU has a custom painted front bumper, a Light bar, is set up to flash all lights at intervals for winter rescue, had all doors off and the top off, and a CB antenna.

Vs my ZJ, which without looking under hood looks bone stock, and pretty much is.

Looking Off road ready def helps I find

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All jeeps built prior to '86 get a wave... post '86 only Wranglers (regardless) and built rigs... most true jeepers don't count XJ/ZJ/etc as "Jeeps"
In the Rockies, that is the concensus.
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I don't wave at strangers unless it's an emergency.
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As a WJ owner, I can't help but agree. I've only gotten one wave from another jeep owner in the 2+ years of owning it. It was either ZJ or WJ but I can't remeber, and it didn't register until I past him.

My issue is, every time I go to do the wave, its either a "soccer mom" or a older person driving the jeep, so I assume that they wouldn't know the wave.

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post #9 of 27 Old 09-19-2017, 07:28 PM
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Don't get a whole lot of waves around here, not as many modded ZJs as there was a couple years ago. Used to be like 5-10 around. Lots of XJs and wranglers.

I do recall another lifted red ZJ that pulled up behind me at a stop light, and followed me for a long time probably cause he heard me and saw me shifting with the straight pipe I had at the time.

I always like putting it in reverse backing out of Napa or work when wrangler guys are around. Get that straight cut grind on lol people think somethings broken. That's gets the wrangler guys attention.

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As long as your Jeep/ Toyota/ Land Rover/ Suzuki/ whatever 4x4 vehicle is somewhat built and looks like it gets to see trails, we get a wave here from fellow off-roaders
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As long as your Jeep/ Toyota/ Land Rover/ Suzuki/ whatever 4x4 vehicle is somewhat built and looks like it gets to see trails, we get a wave here from fellow off-roaders
I've taken this philosophy but only for built XJs and ZJs, which aren't a ton around me, so it's manageable.
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When I hung out with my friend a couple weekends back, we took a road trip in his JKU down to a parts store. I saw way more waves driving in that JKU than I ever saw driving the ZJ. Every time he passed a wrangler, wave. And he'd always get one in return.

it probably helps his JKU has a custom painted front bumper, a Light bar, is set up to flash all lights at intervals for winter rescue, had all doors off and the top off, and a CB antenna.

Vs my ZJ, which without looking under hood looks bone stock, and pretty much is.

Looking Off road ready def helps I find
Yeah, my buddy used to have a TJ and every single Wrangler would wave to him. He doesn't have it anymore but I wonder if it would still be the same now that there has been an explosion in my area of Wranglers. My guess is no because it seems like a bunch of soccer moms.
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post #13 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 06:28 AM
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Yeah, it can tend to be regional, but the best way to get other people to jeep wave is to jeep wave.

A lot of JK's won't or don't wave unless you're built, the older the jeep the more they tend to wave.
It's regional for sure. In the Midwest it's only wranglers I've never seen a xj wave.
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Here in the High Country of NC, plenty of lifted Jeeps. I only wave to lifted XJ/ZJ/WJ/WK because they wave back. JK's are ****** bags that never wave back but I see them wave to each other. Typical. Ok Rant over.
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post #15 of 27 Old 09-20-2017, 07:47 PM
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Having driven Wranglers in the past, and now a ZJ, this is what I've noticed. New JKUs (especially fancier stock ones) dont wave. Most of those are dentists and soccer moms who just keep their car 3yrs then trade. Lifted up/modded JKs wave more often than not. TJ guys mostly wave, except for very few...practically all modded TJ and all YJ guys do.

XJ guys (modded) tend to wave if you wave. Especially older ones. Zj guys occasionally do, if it's someone thats into them. You can tell when someone's into them either by mods or condition. Someone that bought a xj/zj for $1k as a beater isnt usually "into them " .

I sometimes get waves in my ZJ, not often but it does happen, and typically from older jeeps. The level of dedication increases with the age of the jeep. I do however have many people stop to ask me about my ZJ, because its pretty clean. If they can tell you spend time on your jeep, stock or not, often they show some love. My take on it

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