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Old 11-12-2003, 01:32 PM   #1
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The History of the SS

This should be helpful for those who want to know about the SS.
Can someone sticky this.

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
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Old 11-12-2003, 03:18 PM   #2
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I thought that looked familiar
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Old 11-12-2003, 09:30 PM   #3
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All SS trucks came with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, too

Also, foglights are standard on all year models.

SS badging included red bowtie center caps on all year models.


Rest of it looks good to me
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Old 03-26-2010, 01:23 PM   #4
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Has anyone experienced the leather wrapped steering wheels "wearing" off rather quickly....or flaking off might be a better term. I have had some that looked great after 150K miles...and others that looked like crap after 50K miles.
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Old 03-26-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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My mom's is flaking like crazy at ~75k miles. I blame it on her rings, and it not being garaged in hot Houston Texas.

EDIT: she has an '01 blazer. I don't consider anything with an SS badge new enough to really worry about flaking leather. They're getting old, no matter what the mileage is.
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Old 04-21-2010, 03:41 PM   #6
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The only discrepency I see, is the shocks used in '96...maybe later. Mine has deCarbon shocks on the corners and the anti-hop shock.
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