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Re: Advise??? 98\'Blazer! help
Hey, I had a '98 S-10 pickup but have a friend with a Blazer. He loves it (although he loves his Avalanche more now...).
For gas mileage... I don't know what your Pontiac got for mileage but the Blazer is still OK for mileage. I figure 17-20 on the highway as long as your foot isn't heavy.
The big gas mileage killer is going to be the tire change. Any other mods you do will mean very little to getting the power back until you do a gear change, putting your final gear ratio closer to stock. Putting on bolt-on mods will 1> not do what you're looking exactly and 2> cause you to put your foot in it more often to hear the difference! :-)
I never really liked the idea of body lifts. On a regular Blazer with 31" tires you might still have to trim the fender well to keep the tires from rubbing. I don't really know...
As far as rolling-wise I personally think suspension lifts are better for stability, only because the body lift is simply molded blocks that raise the cab from the frame, a changes the center of gravity to the top a bit.
If you really want a good, bone stock alternative, check out the Blazer with the ZR2 Package. That way you get a decent motor (I think they come with the 195hp model) and 31" tires, plus 3.73 gears as stock. And since they don't make the Blazer or the regular S-10 anymore you can find a decent used one out there for a good price.
Hope that helps