Now, let’s teach you guys a few things about skateboards. We already covered some of the good skate trucks on the market right now, but do you actually know how to install them? Worry not, as we got you covered here as well!
How To Install Skateboard Trucks
Getting the perfect skate components might not have been the easiest task. Among the hoard of numerous skate trucks, we handpicked five of the best skateboard trucks for your use. However, now that we have gone past that stage, what lies ahead can be just as difficult. We have boiled down the assembly process to a few steps. Get through them carefully and you will get done with this in no time. Have in mind that we will add a little extra step for adding a grip tape, as it is an equally important process and we just kind of wanted to cover all grounds here, making sure you don’t need to keep a hundred google tabs opened while doing these tasks.
Assembling a skateboard becomes a daunting task if you spread all of its parts all over the garage. How can you evaluate the situation in accordance with the available parts if you don’t even know where those parts are? Instead of wasting your time in finding them, keep all of the parts of the skateboard organized at one place. You’ll have a lot of small hardware in your vicinity. Thus, it’s recommended that you follow a certain order. We recommend having a sheet of paper with written labels of the items you have laying around. Place those items over their tag on the sheet of paper and that way you will be able to easily find them later on.
Place The Deck On A Flat Surface
After organizing all the parts, the next step is to apply the grip tape to your deck gently. However, before doing that make sure that you lay the deck flat on an open surface before performing this step. Following this step will ensure that the grip tape is laid evenly over the deck. The nose and tail end of the board should be pointing up.
Placing Grip Tape Over The Deck
A grip tape usually comes in rectangular shape. Thus, you’ll need additional equipment for this step. However, initially peel the black paper present on the back of your grip tape and lay it over the deck evenly. Try not to touch the adhesive side of the grip tape while going through this process. Apply force on the ends of the grip tape to ensure that it sticks well on the deck. Find the edges of the deck with the use of your middle or index finger and ultimately make sure that the grip is falling flat on the deck.
Identify the nose and tail ends if you are supposed to stick any additional cutout or graphics on the ends of the board. The nose usually has a narrower curve compared to the steeply inclined tail. Once you are done with this, smooth out the grip tape using your palms. Press it carefully and remove any air bubbles. The presence of air bubbles will drastically reduce the adhesive property of the grip tape. Air bubbles might also allow small rocks to enter between the grip and deck ultimately making it harder for you to do tricks or even damage your deck.
Cutting Away The Excess Grip Tape
Use a screwdriver and rub it along the edges of the board to make an outline. Now, cut around the edges of the board with a sharp blade. Start in the center of the deck and move forward to complete the loop. For making the cutting process easier, you can make an incision perpendicular to the deck; this will aid you in cutting the excess grip tape off the board. Angle the razor over the top of the deck and pull the outer portion of the tape. In the end, sand down the ends using sandpaper by rubbing the edges of the grip tape.
Attaching Trucks and Wheels on the Deck
Take an Allen wrench or a screwdriver and poke holes down through the grip tape so that it wouldn’t crack and the hardware can be easily screwed in over the grip. Now place the screws through the holes. Put one truck at a time. Hardware kits usually have multi-colored screws. The main purpose of these screws is to aid you in differentiating nose from the tail when riding. Hold the hardware down using your fingers or the palm of any one of your hand. The baseplate is a flat part of the truck that connects to the deck. The ‘T’ shaped hanger part of the truck will face down. In the end, use a socket wrench or skate tool to screw the nuts over the truck. Also, ensure that kingpins present on the both trucks are facing each other or else the board won’t ride the way you want it to, simply put.
Insert Bearings into the Wheels
At the start, remove the washer and the nut from the axle of the truck so that you can slide the bearing and wheel on the axle without any complications. Also, remember that most of the bearings usually have a rough side and a flat side. Once you have put the first bearing press the wheel down until the bearing slides into the center of the wheel (each wheel has sockets for the bearings and you will feel them getting filled by the bearing). Now, take that wheel off the axle and slide another bearing down. Repeat the process with the other side. In the end, all the four wheels will have bearings.
Wheels usually have an inside and outside edge. In these cases, the outside edge will have graphics on it. If your wheels have graphics on both sides, then it does not matter. Slide your wheel down onto the axle. Now, place the nut and washer over the wheel. Tighten the nut as much you could to assure that bearings are in place. Loosen the nut so that you can spin the wheel freely. Make sure that wheel is leveled right. If it’s not in the right position and lays at an angle, then the bearings are not in place. Go to the previous step to double-check if everything is alright.
Testing the Skateboard
At first, ensure that the grip tape and screws are even by checking the heads of the screws. If the screw heads are sticking out fix that, as you might damage your shoes while riding a skate with sticking screw heads. If they are flushed out, then you’re ready to go. If the screws are sticking out then just screw each one of them further down. Now, test your trucks by making sure that they are firmly attached to the deck. If the trucks are loose then you might need to check the attachment steps again. After fixing that part, you can stand on the board and test it by having a free ride. Start with the basics instead of performing tricks and maneuvers right away. If the trucks are too tight then turn the nut of the kingpin counterclockwise. If you can’t coast for a longer period of time, then loosen the wheels (the bearings might be getting blocked or can be pressure from either side resulting in them not spinning freely).
That is it. You have a brand new skateboard. Go and have fun now but remember to be smart and ride safely!
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