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Santa Cruz x Star Wars Collection

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The force is strong with Santa Cruz Skateboards.  For the first time in history, Santa Cruz has teamed up with Lucasfilm to provide skaters and Star Wars collectors around the world with a Star Wars collaboration series.  Santa Cruz is know for some of the most iconic graphics in skateboarding history, so these decks and completes are sure to become highly sought after.  There will be four decks to choose from including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Slave Leia and Han Solo.   Also available will be 5 different completes to choose from, including a Yoda Cruiser, Boba Fett Cruiser, Chewbacca Cruiser, Stormtrooper Downhill Longboard and a Darth Vadar Pintail Longboard.  If you’re a collector, be sure to grab one quickly, as these will sell out fast.

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Fix A Broken Kingpin

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If you’ve fallen victim to a weak or old kingpin, you may have noticed your truck breaking into two parts recently.  If you’re wondering if it’s possible to continue to use them, you’ve come to the right place!  If you uninstall the halved truck from your skateboard, we’re betting that you’ll find the bottom half of the broken kingpin hiding underneath your truck.  If this is the case, grab a hammer and go ahead and gently knock that old kingpin out of the truck’s base plate.  If your kingpin is broken with the bolt stuck inside of the base plate, simply knock find an object (preferably a flat head screwdriver) and hit it with a hammer until it falls out.  Now that your old kingpin has been knocked out, you can now install that shiny new kingpin.  The easiest method for installing a kingpin that we’ve found is to take two bricks or cinder blocks and set them beside each other, leaving just enough room to support the truck’s base plate on each side.  Set the base plate upside down between the two supports and insert the new kingpin.  It should be a tight fit, so you may have to tap it into place using your hammer.  Once the kingpin has been pushed all of the way in, go ahead and assemble the remaining bushings and hanger.  Tighten the kingpin nut so that it feels fairly the same as the other truck.  You may have to give your skateboard a few pushes and continue tightening the kingpin until your board rides straight.

 

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How To Clean Your Bearings

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Due to the recent terrible weather we’ve been dealt with this winter season, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you guys on how to properly clean your bearings.  When we skateboard outside or in a dusty skate park, we tend to expose our bearings to all types of dirt, dust and water.   If these elements make their way into your bearings it can cause friction, which makes your bearings noisy, slow and rough.  In most cases if your bearings aren’t too badly damaged you can use a bearing lubricant to get them spinning like new again.  If your bearings seem rusty or permanently “frozen” it’s always a safer bet to replace them with a new set to avoid throwing yourself off your board or not making it complete over the hand rail (nobody likes to rack.)

Cleaning Instructions:

  1. Gently remove the non-contact rubber shield on the back of the bearing.  You can do this using a push pin or small flat head screwdriver.  Make sure you be careful as to not damage or bend the shield…it should pop out easily so don’t force it too hard.  You can clean the rubber shield but don’t use any type of solvent.  All you really need to do is wipe it down with warm soapy water and a lint free cloth.  Make sure that they’re dry when you reinstall them, don’t install them if they’re still wet.
  2. If you own Bones Bearings, you will most likely see their signature “cage” retainer.  According to Bones Bearings, the best way to remove this cage is to “take a straightened paper clip or similar object and place it in the spaces between the ball seats, then push the ball retainer out.  Pushing alternatively in several different spots is often helpful.  We recommend ONLY pushing the retainers out.  If you pry them out, you will damage the ball cavities, ruining the surface of that cavity.  This will, at a minimum, create more vibration and a slower bearing, and at worst, cause the entire bearing to fail.  When you remove the cage, the balls can all shift over to one side and in some cases, may fall completely out of the rings.”
  3. If you have chosen to remove the bearings and the ball retainers, soak them in your cleaning solution (do not use WD-40, as this will damage the bearings permanently.)   We recommend using a metal jar or can, as the bearings can crack thin glass.  Gently swish the container around so that the bearings get moved around by the cleaner; this will make sure that the entire bearing ball gets cleaned and scrubbed.  If the solution you’re using gets dirty, continue to replace it until you can swish the bearings around in the solution without it looking dirty (this means your bearings are squeaky clean.)  If you decided to go the easy route and purchase one of our bearing lubricants, please revert to the instruction methods provided on the bottle.
  4. Once your bearings nice and clean, be sure to dry them immediately.  The most effective way to dry them is with a can of compressed air.  Using compressed air tends to be the best way to completely rid your bearings of dirt, grease and solvents.
  5. If you uninstalled the cages from your bearings, use a paperclip to spread the ball bearings out evenly and insert the cage so that it sits nice and correctly.  Once it’s snapped into place, spin the bearing to make sure that it spins smooth and freely.  If they don’t spin correctly, uninstall the cages and make sure that they’re installed correct (each ball should be over a ball seat.)  If they are correctly placed and still not spinning freely, uninstall the cages and repeat the cleaning process.
  6. Once your bearings are back in place and spinning freely, go ahead and lube them up.  Only use lubricant specified for bearings…again, do NOT use WD-40.  If your bearings are made of steel, use two drops or so of bearing lubricant.  If you’ve got Ceramic bearings, you’ll only need one drop to do the trick.
  7. After you’ve added lubrication to your bearings, go ahead and reinstall the rubber shields on your bearings.  This process can be done using your thumb and a flat surface.  Simply line up the bearing shield  with the open bearing and press firmly, making sure it sits flat in your bearing.
  8. Reinstall your bearings!  Do not use a tool that puts direct pressure onto your bearing shields, as they can dent and break easily, ruining your bearing.  Most skate shops will have a bearing press available if you can’t seem to get them pushed all of the way onto the wheel.  We like to slide a bearing onto a skateboard truck axle vertically, and then push on the wheel until it sits flush in the bearing seat.

We can’t tell you enough how important it is not to use WD-40 with your bearings.  Although WD-40 seems like an obvious answer to lubing up bearings, WD-40 actually dries bearings out and leave a residue within the bearings, which can attract more dirt and dust.bearing exploded lg How To Clean Your Bearings

Cliche Skateboards Diamond Supply Co Collab

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Following their legendary newest video Bon Voyage, Cliche Skateboards have just teamed up with Diamond Supply Co on their first collaboration deck line.  If you dig the style and design that Diamond Supply Co incorporates on their threads, you’ll absolutely love these skateboard decks.

Holiday Shopping Info!

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Avoid getting your package late for the holidays!  Whether you’re buying a gift for a friend, family member or yourself (we don’t blame you one bit) you’ve still got plenty of time to order before the holiday deadline closes.  We’ve provided our 2013 Holiday Shipping Schedule for your convenience.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.

 

2013 Holiday Shipping Schedule – Receive Before Christmas Eve

  • Monday, December 16th – Last Day for Ground Shipping
  • Thursday, December 19th – Last Day for 3 Day Air
  • Friday, December 20th – Last Day for 2 Dar Air
  • Monday, December 23rd – Lady Day to Ship Next Day Air
  • Wednesday, December 25th – Closed, No Pickups or Deliveries

 

Not sure if the gift you bought is perfect?  QUIT YOUR WORRYING!  We’ve extended our return policy’s time period for the holidays.  Items shipped between November 20th, 2013 and December 31st, 2013 may be returned until January 31st, 2014 for a full refund, subject to our Return Policy Guidelines.