Is iot better than a Z71?? no. dih everyone knows the "Z71" sticker on the side adds 50hp to the truck. Its so cool
Anyway, the "Z" prefix in the RPO codes is a designator for the suspension packages. Z85 if I recall off the top of my fuzzy head is a street ride package. All that has to do with in general (again, off the top of my head) is the shocks and leaves.
The Z71 is an offroad package that has changed a bit as far as parts included as the years went by. But the main gist is shocks and skidplates.
If you want to be cool, just buy yourself stickers and put them on. Otherwise, get informed. Back in the late late 80s- early 90s chevrolet began a marketing plan that made them way too much money...putting cool stickers on the side of the bed. A little FYI, early 4x4s with the Z71 option in the RPOs did not come from the factory with Z71 stickers, they came with 4x4 stickers. It was later that they had a grand idea to use "Z71" stickers instead. Viola! We're all rich.
Oh, btw, my "Z71" is for sale, if you wanna be where the action's at, you need this truck [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] I'll even drive it down to Texas for you when I go home for the holidays.