How to Build a Skateboard
Once you have picked out all of the individual parts of your skateboard, it's time to build a complete skateboard! Being able to construct and maintain your skateboard is the mark of a serious skateboarder-- custom skateboards let you tailor your board to do exactly what you want it to do. Don't know where to start? Here are some instructions and a video to help you build your own custom complete skateboard or cruiser:
- Gripped Skateboard Deck
- Skateboard Hardware (set of eight bolts and nuts)
- Skateboard Trucks (set of two)
- Set of Bearings (two for each wheel, eight total)
- Skateboard Wheels (set of four)
- Skate Tool
- Risers (optional)
Step 1: Install Skateboard Truck Hardware
Start by popping through the screw holes in the skateboard deck. Insert all eight screws and turn your board over so the bottom is facing up. If you are installing risers (which are optional), start by fitting those onto the screws first. This process is the same for both skateboard decks and longboard decks.
Step 2: Attach the Skateboard Trucks
If you are not installing risers, you can slip the baseplate into the screws to secure your skate trucks or longboard trucks. Make sure your two trucks are "facing each other," with both kingpins closer to the interior and away from the nose/tail. Fasten your hardware with the appropriate screwdriver while holding the nut with your skate tool. It's recommended that you secure your screws in an X pattern: start with the upper left, then move to the lower right, and so on.
Step 3: Insert the Bearings into the Skateboard Wheels
Remove the nut and both washers from each truck axle. Place the bearings into the wheel hole and press down on the wheel to secure it in place. From there, insert the bearing spacer inside the wheel from the opposite side. Repeat the bearing insertion for the opposite side. This process is the same for skateboard wheels and longboard wheels.
Step 4: Install the Skateboard Wheels on the Skateboard Trucks
To attach the skateboard wheels, slip one washer over the skateboard trucks, followed by the complete wheel and the second washer. Use a skate tool to secure the wheel with a nut. The nut should allow the wheel to spin easily, but still secure the wheel in place. Repeat this process on all four wheels. You're done! Go hit the streets.
To actually see how to make your own skateboard, check out the helpful video below.
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