Cheaper? Not in my case. I'm $0 in and have all of the parts and frame already. The only expense will be a bit of time to sand blast the frame and some paint. This isn't my first trip to the frame swap park. My truck is getting a body lift to fit the V8 in more comfortably... I have everything I need to assemble the entire chassis and drivetrain onto the ZR2 frame without even turning a bolt on my CC. So, when I unbolt the body to do the body lift, there isn't that much more to undo to be able to just lift the cab right up, roll the frame out, swap the rear end over (cuz that's the only thing I don't have a double of) and then roll the Z frame under it, install the BL, do it all back up and be 4.5" happier.
Though I appreciate the concern and feedback, I'm going into this swap eyes wide open. I know what the Z frames do and how to repair and reinforce the poor factory welds and any cracks that may already exist in my donor frame...I've owned 7 different ZR2 Blazer/Jimmy/Pickups so far. Nothing will be new and I have plenty of connections if I do encounter any surprises that I can't handle. I'm doing it cuz I want to keep my IFS, don't want to not want to afford to go SFA with my CC cuz I don't want it THAT high, and the list goes on. My circumstance is probably different than most because I have everything already to do the swap and I'm in the black still for the project. If I wanted to go SFA, I'm still out close to if not more than a grand still to get everything that I would need, and after all that, I'd still have to lift the body off my frame to do the BL to fit my V8.
Sorry for the rant, I don't intend to sound like I'm brushing anyone off. I do appreciate the concern, it's just that my circumstance is such that I'm already sitting on parts to do this for free basically aside from my time. And all of this falls within what I'm comfortable doing myself without having to hire of beg someone to come weld in my SFA mounts etc.
Later, if I'm not happy with the IFS and I can find the funds, and want to go even taller with the Crew, then I'll look at the SFA. But it's not going to be my trail rig. Like said in a previous post, I'm building a different trail rig off of a ZR2 Jimmy chassis/drivetrain platform. It will for sure be getting a SFA when the time/funds permit.
'02 S-10 CCMods include:
ZR2 rear axle, 31" shoes, 2" rear lift shackles w/ front torsion tweak, 2.5" RCL, 1.25" front spacers, Rocker guard, Tow Package, Roof Rack, light bar, heated leather seats, front tow shackles, trip data computer upgrade, 5-speed transmission swap, fuel tank skid plate, carbon fibre skid plate package, K&N CAI
Upcoming are fender flares, iron front diff swap, possible 2" body lift