How to Replace Skateboard Trucks

Skateboarders need to replace their trucks from time to time. They get worn out over time or you may want to upgrade by replacing them with a new, cooler design. Sometimes they get broken when doing tricks and stunts. You can make this change yourself with the four simple steps that follow.

Step One: Gather Your Tools

Take a close look at your board and find out what tools you need and then gather them together. Normally, all you’ll need is either a skate tool or a Phillips head screwdriver and a wrench. Some boards however, use hex screws so you will need a different tool if your board is one of this type. Pick out your tools and make sure you have everything you need in one place before you start.

Step Two: Removing the Trucks

Choose a comfortable place to work and sit the skateboard up on a table. It’s easier to work with if you remove the wheels first. Next, turn the deck up on its side. Place the socket wrench around the nut on the bottom and the place the screwdriver in the head of the screw on the opposite side on the board.

Hold the screwdriver tight and begin turning the socket wrench to loosen the nut. Continue until all of the nuts have been removed. Set them aside in a safe place. Now, pull up on the trucks and they will come right off. The screws or hardware will still be sticking out of the boards.

Step Three: Removing the Hardware

If you’re just replacing the trucks, you won’t need to remove the hardware but in the event you want to replace them with new ones, it’s a simple process. The quickest and easiest way to remove all of the screws at once is to put your board down against a hard, flat surface and push. Your hardware should pop out all at once. If they don’t come out, flip the board over and tap on the bottom of each screw with a hammer until they drop out. Just be sure and replace them if you use this method.

Step Four: Put on the New Trucks

Check to make sure your trucks are lining up with the holes in your board correctly. Next, push the new screws through the holes from the top of the deck into the holes of the new trucks. Place the nuts on and tighten with your fingers. After you have all of the nuts back on, go back over them with the socket wrench and tighten. Then back off about half a turn.

Your new skateboard trucks have been successfully installed and you’re ready to try them out to see how they feel.

Lisa has been skateboarding since she was a young girl and now skates with her husband and four children. She believes that you are never too young- or too old- to love skateboarding.

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