Written by Justin Banner

Who knew taking a Mazda and stuffing in a V8 with twin-turbos would be so fun and handle this well?The Mazda B2000 is a surprisingly great truck from the Japanese builder, yet few equate it to a suitable candidate for LS swaps. Jeff Kay is no stranger to this truck and to cars that can handle well on a road course. That’s why he picked it over the typical S10. Of course, when you add a pair of turbos to a 4.8-liter V8, you can improve a lot of things.<br />As mentioned, this wasn&quot;t Jeff’s first B2000. He owned a four-cylinder B2000 for track days previously. So when a friend approached him to do a truck project, he knew that the B2000 was the one. Eventually, that friend saw how much work Jeff was putting into it. The friend let Jeff own it outright since he had already spent the most money and time with it. From there, things took off.Big power, little truckUnder the hood resides a 2006 version of the LR4, a 4.8-liter iron block used in 1999 to 2006 Chevrolet and GMC trucks and vans. Later years saw the most power with 285-horsepower out of the box, but of course, Jeff wanted more. He replaced the standard heads with a set of LS2 heads fitted with ARP studs. To help the engine breathe, he installed an LS9 camshaft with BTR valve springs and retainers to move the valves. An LS2 intake manifold is fed by a matching throttle body with its TAC module. A TRP X-Link makes it open to full, 100 percent throttle on demand. #gallery-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 25%; } #gallery-7 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-7 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ <br style="clear: both" />

Date written: November 14, 2017

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