How to Lower a Mazda B2000by Russell Wood
Lowered trucks are popular, and the mini-truck market isn't immune to that influence. Lowering the popular Mazda B2000 and B2200 pickups is easy to do. In this example, we're lowering the truck 2 inches in the front and 4 inches the rear.
Measure the distance between the top of the fender well and the ground with a tape measure and record the measurement.
Jack up the front of the vehicle and secure it on jack stands. Always be sure that the truck is secure on the stands before you crawl underneath it.
Locate the torsion bar adjusting nuts. The torsion bars run from the lower control arm on the front suspension and go toward the rear of the vehicle. They're held in place by a single bolt on each torsion bar.
Loosen the torsion bar adjusting bolt about three full turns using the 1/2-inch ratchet and sockets. The torsion bar acts like a spring, and by loosening the tension, you're lowering the front of the vehicle. Do this on both sides.
Lower the vehicle off the jack stands and take another measurement. If you're not low enough, repeat the process until you get there. If you're too low, put the vehicle on jack stands again and tighten the torsion bar adjusting nut a turn at a time until you're at the correct height.
Jack up the rear of the vehicle and place jack stands underneath the axle and the frame. Make sure the vehicle is secure before crawling underneath it.
Loosen the nuts that hold the U-bolts to the axle using the 1/2-inch ratchet and socket set. Do this on both sides of the axle.
Jack the axle off the jack stands and place the 4-inch block between the leaf springs and the frame. The block has a pin on the top that will locate the axle to the block, and a hole on the bottom that locates the block to the leaf springs. Make sure they're aligned before proceeding further.
Place the longer U-bolts over the axle and tighten them with the supplied hardware.
Lift the vehicle off the jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground.