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Old 01-09-2006, 11:37 PM   #1
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Default Subaru Wave Etquitte, Military Instruction

I had to burn some time here so I thought I'd make a guide for the subaru wave. In true military style even the simplest things are documented in detail. Enjoy!

SOFI 12.3-2 Subaru Owners Field Instruction

Section A - History of the wave
Proper waving is an integral part of customs and courtesies. The history of the subaru wave dates back to the middle-century when 360 owners would nod as a sign of recognition. With the mass production introduction of the WRX in 2001 and Sti in 2003 it has become a common courtesy to wave to another Subaru owner as a sign of mutual respect.

Section B - How to wave
There are various techniques of waving. They all however involve the usage of the hand. The most visually effective meathod of the wave while in the Continental US (Use the left hand if waving from a Non-US right sided vehicle) is to raise your right hand 20 degrees off the steering wheel and spread the tips of your fingers one inch apart. It is very important that you spread your fingers apart so as not to resemble the "heil hitler" salute. You also want to make sure you do not wave your hand from side to side - that denotes you have spotted a friend versus the Subaru wave.

Section C - When to wave
This is to be done when the other subaru is spotted within 8 car lengths in front of you or earlier depending on speed. This ensures the other driver has ample time to recognise the wave and return it. You are to hold the wave intil the wave is returned or the car has gone past. You then place your hand directly onto the steering wheel at a 45 degree angle.

Section D - Who to wave
You are required to wave at any impreza owner. Superior imprezas also require a slight downward head nod in addition to the wave. Although non-impreza owners are not aware of the subaru wave-salute (especially outback owners) you have the option to wave them at your own risk of being ignored.

Section E - Incorrect Signaling
The subaru wave is meant as a courtesy and respect under normal conditions of passing traffic who happen to have made the same wise investment you've made. You should not attempt to signal the other owner by:

Swirving your car back and forth to display the recognizable excellent handling
Waving with both hands
Shining your brights
Flashing hazard signals
Honking your horn
Attempting to yell out the window
Smiling a great big smile
Or lifting your chin up and whispering to yourself "sup"

You should not salute at night, whilst make a hard turn nor should you attempt to wave during an Auto-x event.

Preserve the wave and use it wisely. This is one of the things that distinguishes us from the rest of the punks. Besides having really large manhood and a love for the outdoors.

Revision 4.1 09JAN2006 Department of Awareness
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:39 PM   #2
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Allright...

What branch did you serve in?
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:44 PM   #3
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I flash my lights if oncoming, wave if window is open, and honk if it's just someone who otherwise wouldn't get the message. Sometimes if we're going downt eh same road i'll just pull up next to them until they realize.
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:19 AM   #4
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I flash my lights if oncoming, wave if window is open, and honk if it's just someone who otherwise wouldn't get the message. Sometimes if we're going downt eh same road i'll just pull up next to them until they realize.
you sir are not following proper waving procedure
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Old 01-10-2006, 02:29 AM   #5
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I use my middle finger!
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:44 PM   #6
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Nice write up...you have some time on your hands. Well spent.
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Old 01-10-2006, 06:26 AM   #7
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Nice write up...you have some time on your hands. Well spent.
would kinda have to agree with jbone2322... def have alot of time on ur hands.
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:45 PM   #8
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:01 AM   #9
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Heil Subaru! Great write-up! Nicely done!
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:27 AM   #10
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that is an awesome guide to waving techniques thanks.
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:31 AM   #11
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:34 AM   #12
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Superior Impreza's are subjective. I give the SCIC wave to those that think they are superior, Subaru or Not.
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Old 01-10-2006, 12:49 AM   #13
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I'd love to wave at other subie owners, but I'm afraid the badge on my hood confuses most of them.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:44 AM   #14
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I give the full moon !
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:50 AM   #15
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Well written. I wish more Suby owners in SoCal waved. I've all but stopped waving since nobody else bothers to wave back.
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Old 01-10-2006, 04:01 AM   #16
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don't forget the "special circumstances" below:

when passing another subie who is stopped in the left turning lane at a light: circumstance A) you do not have window tint: i. windows closed: if safe you may exzibit wave by raising right hand to ear height between the two front seats so that parked subie will see. ii. windows open: if safe you may choose first option OR you may extend LEFT arm out window at a 15 degree DOWN angle with any combination of two or more fingers extended.
circumstance B) you DO have windows tinted: i. windows closed: driver discretion. ii. windows open: see A)ii.

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Old 01-10-2006, 05:04 AM   #17
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I always wave in southern california
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Old 01-10-2006, 06:23 AM   #18
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How about a peace sign wave . No one waves at me i wave to every scooby i see. They usally give me a stare or What the f**K, why is he waving look. Do you think it's cause my car is an 93L awd and not a new scoobie??
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Old 01-10-2006, 04:24 PM   #19
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How about a peace sign wave . No one waves at me i wave to every scooby i see. They usally give me a stare or What the f**K, why is he waving look. Do you think it's cause my car is an 93L awd and not a new scoobie??

Nope, its because we live in socal and there are more...punks (for lack of a better word) who mommy and daddy buy them a car that the kid saw on the cover of import tuner or something, these are the kids that look at you like "What are you looking at? want to race?" they get all angery and weird when you wave.
Ps if you see the wagon in Valencia you can be assured I willl be waving first
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Old 01-12-2006, 03:08 PM   #20
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No one waves at me i wave to every scooby i see. They usally give me a stare or What the f**K, why is he waving look. Do you think it's cause my car is an 93L awd and not a new scoobie??
Yeah, I get the same thing. Especially from the WRX/STi crowd. Subie snobs.....
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:51 AM   #21
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Old 01-10-2006, 06:34 AM   #22
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Besides having really large manhood and a love for the outdoors.
Amen.
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:04 AM   #23
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i dont wave at the 02+ cars anymore. they are almost all ******** and dont know what a gc is and give me an odd look when i wave. **** them.
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Old 01-10-2006, 07:32 PM   #24
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i dont wave at the 02+ cars anymore. they are almost all ******** and dont know what a gc is and give me an odd look when i wave. **** them.
i feel you man... but im still trying, i want peace with all the scoobies!
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Old 01-11-2006, 06:54 PM   #25
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LOL! Excellent!

Now you need to make one about what happens when you see another subaru parked in a parking lot.

I'm always an advocate of parking next to another Subaru no matter how far away they are... especially a fellow STi, if only to keep them from getting door dings from the minivans of the world.

yes, I care THAT much.
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