OK, so please feel free to laugh loudly, poke fun, call me an idiot(don't be too cruel) or etc with the first of many stupid questions I'm gonna be asking on this forum over the next few weeks/months/years.
I just picked up a 1996 Cherokee Sport yesterday. It's a 4dr, 4.0L, 4x4 model.
I owned a 1998 TJ a few years ago, but my wife and I have been without a vehicle for the past two years, because of financial issues(out of work for a while). A friend just sold us this 1996 XJ yesterday for pretty cheap, so we took advantage of it, since cash is really tough to come by at the moment.
The Jeep is a little rough, mostly cosmetically: passenger door lock does't work(or if locked, doesn't open!!), rear hatch door and panel have issues with locking mechanism, rear wiper does't work, sunroof leaks like Niagara Falls, and many other little things.
Mechanically, I think it's ok, but today was the first day that I had to look at anything and only for about an hour, because of work schedule.
I'm gonna get oil and fluids done this week and I'm anticipating a laundry list of issues that will need to be addressed, but keeping my fingers crossed.
I think brakes are pretty shot and need service. I'm also al little concerned about stabilizers/shocks. It does have a 3" lift, but I think this was in place years prior to our friend owning it and may need some service.
Ok, long story short....the girl we bought it from had the spare tire on top of the roof and secured it down with bungie cords, which resulted in collapsing/denting/damaging the roof a little bit, so I took the spare down from the roof and looked for where the spare should be mounted.
I assumed underneath the chassis, but didn't see a mount for it????
On my TJ, the spare mounted on the back of the tailgate, but there's no mount for this on the Cherokee.
So, go ahead and laugh, because I feel really stupid asking, but did the OEM spares come mounted on the inside of the rear cargo area of the Cherokees??
As I said, this will be the first of many stupid/silly questions until I get familiar with this family of Jeeps, but I'm really stoked to be part of the Jeep family again.
This XJ is a little rough, but I see a Diamond under that roughness and I'm looking forward to it shining again someday.
PS.....if any of you also have any advice on specific things/issues to look for with XJ's of this year, motor & etc, I'd appreciate it.