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Location: North Georgia, USA
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Re: Sway bars
ZQ8 = "Chassis Package, Sport"
Yes, that's a RPO code that will show on the SPIDS in the glove box. Tip: Sometimes it's easier to take a picture of the sticker with your phone and read the sticker than it is to read the sticker, especially if the sticker is stuck on the back of the floor of the glove box like many are.
ZQ8 package on the S10/Sonoma included a rear stabilizer bar (borrowed from the 4 door blazers) with bolted on brackets for the end links to attach to the frame, 16" wheels and tires, slightly stiffer, slightly lower springs and a quicker ratio steering gear box. From the factory, that was a complete package, either the truck got all of that (with the ZQ8 on the sticker) or the truck got none of that.
If your truck has fairly stiff rear springs and "rides like a truck," but doesn't have ZQ8, it might have the Z85, "chassis package firm ride, high payload." If you have those springs, you probably don't want or need a rear stabilizer bar. You've already got more rear stiffness than you can use with most tires, and the truck with Z85 springs leans generally slightly toward oversteer from a handling balance perspective, especially if the bed is empty. A rear bar is going to increase oversteer (in NASCAR terms, it "loosens" the handling), and unless you want to go drifting with your truck, that's probably not a good thing. Z85 springs are more common on 4.3L V6 trucks, but I've seen a few trucks with tutus (2.2L 4 banger) with Z85 springs.
The softer springs are RPO code Z83, "chassis package, solid smooth ride."
Of course, these trucks are all over 15 years old now, so there's always a possibility of previous owner(s) modifying the suspension, springs, shocks and whatever.
If you can't light up the tires in the first three gears, you need more power.
If you can light up the tires in the first three gears, you need better tires.