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Old 02-21-2003, 03:58 AM   #1
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Cool The History of the SS

This should be helpful for those who want to know about the SS.
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The History of the S10 SS

The 2nd generation S10 was introduced in 1994. Along with that came the all new Chevy SS S10(RPO – B4U). About 2756 (est.) SS's were made a year. They were each equipped with the 4.3L V6 producing 180 hp and on up to 195 hp Stock!,and were all 4L60 automatic transmissions. The SS was introduced with only three colors:

Onyx Black

Summit White

Apple Red.

In 1994 and 1995, the SS came with 15" cast aluminum wheels, and chrome center caps and red bowties. SS badging and fog lamps were standard equipment as well. The rear-end was a 3.42 limited slip gear. In 1996 they received the upgraded ZQ8 suspension which now lowered the truck about 1.5 inches, had Bilstein shocks, fatter front and rear sway bars, in rear you had a anti hop shock that went from the axle to the frame, and a faster turning steering box. 1998 was the last year of the SS model, and also the first year the new front end was introduced. All SS S10 94-98 were all regular cab and step-side bed was available from 96-98.

Production #’s

1994 - 5,670
1995 - 1,619
1996 - 1,240
1997 - 1,459
1998 - 1,324

Necessary RPO Codes

B4U – SS Trim Package<---has to have this to be a real/true SS!!!
L35 – High Output 4.3L Vortec V6
M30- 4L60E Transmission
G80 – Locking Rear Differential
GU6 – 3:42 Gear Ratio
YC3 – LS Trim
ZQ8 – Sport Suspension

(thanks to Ricesmoker95ss for this info)


If im missing something let me know

Last edited by orangesonoma; 06-16-2007 at 11:55 PM.
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Old 02-26-2003, 02:48 PM   #2
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Re: The History of the SS

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In 1994 and 1995, the SS came with 15" cast aluminum wheels, and chrome center caps and red bowties.
What kind of wheels were on the '96 and up?

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Old 02-26-2003, 02:53 PM   #3
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Re: Re: The History of the SS

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What kind of wheels were on the '96 and up?

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zq8's
Old 02-26-2003, 03:34 PM   #4
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zq8's
Well I hate to sound like a newbie...but I am.

What are ZQ8's?

You wouldn't happen to have a picture of them?

I have a plain Jane 2003 and want to make a few modifications and I've seen on some members SS's five spoke wheels that looks a lot like ones that were on Camaros and I would like to find a set of these in the 16 or 17 inch version if they are available.

I know I have a lot to learn here and I'm looking forward to many modifications down the road when the money becomes looser but the right now I would feel happy with the wheels I've mentioned above.

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Old 02-26-2003, 09:19 PM   #5
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Zq8's are five spoke polished aluminum rims with a red bowtie in the center cap. I have a set for sale, for 450 with tires if your interested. Since I just switched to fittipaldi tubolores. Check out my SS album at http://community.webshots.com/user/lobodomingo7.html . To see pics of them.
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Does it have the rpo code B4U......I wanna see pics of that. Dealer just threw some badges so it can sell faster and it did
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one thing about my 98 SS it didnt come with the 3.43 gears it came with the 3.73 Posi. and i am the first owner and i know i havent switched it.
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whats the code for the third shock?
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All S-10's with the ZQ8 suspension should have this 3rd shock you speak of.
Old 06-11-2003, 02:12 PM   #10
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All S-10's with the ZQ8 suspension should have this 3rd shock you speak of.
not true

seems like only std cabs got the shock up until 2000, then nobody got them, then they were started to be put back on in later years...i really don't think there was a definate pattern as to what trucks got it...
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hey if my 91 has the same engine trans does that make it an ss before they were called ss?
This debate kinda' rears it's ugly head every now and then on the Lightning forums............to answer your question...No, it doesn't make your truck an SS. That is like saying, if I have a ext. cab L35 V6 Automatic ZQ8 with a .342 LSD......and a leather wrapped steering wheel does that make it a SS because........they never made ext. cab's.........but it has the same powertrain........no. No matter if you take everything from an SS and put it into a reg cab of the correct years. It all boils down to the almighty VIN. This is no flame so don't get me wrong.... I just think that this should be clarified. Just like if you have a Noma........no matter what configuration you have........it can't be a S-10 SS..........it would be a reg cab Sonoma.......with a ZQ8, bucket seats, L35 V6, auto trans, and a .342 LSD.

InSiDiOusSS.........by chance is your truck a Sonoma??? This is the only way, other than a non-factory paint job, that I can think that your codes match.

There is a guy on the Lightning forum who took a "totaled" Lightning and a reg. cab Fleetside bed F-150 and installed EVERY part off of the Lightning that "makes" it a Lightning......onto his reg. cab Fleetside F-150..........is it a Lightning???? NOPE.......VIN says different and it still has a fleetside bed.........Very nice truck.....with all of the L' running gear.........not a Lightning.

Anyway, Like I said before.......not meant to Flame or trash anyone's ride.............just expressing my view. Jimmy
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no mines a s10 onyx black leather steering wheel zq8s with red bowtie everything but the seats
Sorry InSiDiOusSS.............I thought you were the one with the Indigo blue one............oops..........okay.....that statement above was directed to guy with the blue truck. And, I believe you are correct about the seats............I am ALMOST.....almost.....positive that you could get the 60/40 bench as an OPTION......where the 2 buckets w/ console were standard....kinda' bass ackwards.....eh.
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my ss came with 60/40s i wish i had the console and buckets they look soooo much better.
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mine has the 60/40 seat too
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all s10 ss;s ive worked on allways had the bucket seats and center console. even when i ordered my 98 ss said that ss package was bucket seats with center console
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60/40 is weird on a s10 ss sounds like chevy went cheap on the trucks lol no offense
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oh well guess you could get the seats my baddddddddd
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am6, 60/40
b4u, ss package

i recently got flamed on ebay for saying my 60/40s were out of my ss. someone was saying it wasnt possible. for the non-belivers....
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yup that was me i just have never seen 60/40 in the 98 up ss the 3 that i worked on and when i ordered mine buckets came with it there was no 60/40 option. i also could have ordered no pw/pdl and no ac. i just ordered no ac cause where i live you dont need it
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