I have been lurking for some time but the time has come for me to scratch the Jeep itch.
I am interested in getting into a 2009-2011 JK Unlimited in the next month. I'd love to find a used mall crawler that I can introduce to at least some dirt roads.
This will be an around town, trailhead, beach, all around family fun time vehicle so I am looking at stock Jeeps and plan on keeping it stock (as of now).
I feel like I want dual tops, actually think i need a hardtop for winter, but want a soft top for summer/fall. Any issues in buying a used soft top? Will 2007 on fit any JKU? Or do I need to match the year?
Is there anything I should be on the lookout for as far as specific issues for the model years mentioned ?
Also don't want to open a can of worms but is the "dreaded" Death Wobble a come and go thing or will I see that on test drives?
Talk me in or out of taking the plunge.
Thanks in advance.
First off, welcome the Forum and the Jeep lifestyle! Do some looking around on here and I guarantee you won't want to keep it stock for long.
You ask some good questions, there's a ton of info on the boards you can find just by doing a search and checking out the JK FAQ
You'll be better off buying the Jeep with a hardtop then buying a Soft Top
from the aftermarket. They are much cheaper than the hardtop to buy later on. There are a ton of different options for tops, you'll definitely want to check out.
There are definitely a few things you'll wan to look out for across the model years. The 07-11 wranglers have the 3.8L motor, which is a little bit underpowered for some people. Since you don't plan on modding it heavily, you should be fine with it though.
Death Wobble is usually common in lifted Jeeps, if it's on a stock Jeep the dealer needs to look into it. You'll definitely notice it on the test drive though, it will happen around 40-60 mph. I drove several Jeeps before I decided on the one I wanted, so I recommend doing that too.
I hope this helps! Fell free to let me know if you have any other questions.