My 2.4L TJ died on me and my wife wants to be free of this Jeep. We love the jeep, but never had enough power, So now we are looking at a JK. In either the 2 door or four door version. What are the potential Gotchas on the early JK's is there anything that I need to be aware of? We might be looking for a 2007 or 2008.
Might want to do a search, this has been discussed in several threads....
08 JK 23S - Colorado Jeep Club No. 204
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About four-five months ago I was looking for a 2007-2009, after looking everywhere for a month I ended up with a 2012 that had 10K miles on it for about only 1500$ over the amount they were asking for the 2007-2009s. Take your time, you'll find a good deal.
There is so much more to this (suspension lifts and whatnot) and way too much for a typed reply. I would highly recommend to do like RockyClymer suggested and do your homework. Spend at least a few days researching and take notes, that way you won’t be going in blind and perhaps end up disappointed with whatever JK you end up buying.
As far as power goes you will definitely have much more than the 2.4 of yours that you have now. Gearing is your friend with the JKs especially with the 2007-2011. Starting with the 2012 a new engine (3.6) came into play along with a new auto trans that gave the JKs the needed kick in the pants and is a great improvement over all, stock to stock.