DIY Skateboard Trucks Maintenance
To keep your skateboard firing on all cylinders, you'll need to do regular maintenance to your trucks. You may also want to adjust your trucks depending on how loose or tight you like to skate. For ease and simplicity, you can use a skateboard tool, which tackles every piece of hardware on a skateboard.
Tightening your kingpin
Tightening your kingpin is pretty simple, and can be done using only a skate tool. Usually, you want both trucks to have the same tightness, so start by completely unscrewing both kingpins. When you reinsert them, count the amount of rotations you tighten it down until it's as tight or loose as you want. Do the same amount of rotations for the opposite truck.
Replacing a broken kingpin
Replacing a broken kingpin is a little more complicated. Start by removing the trucks from your board using your skate tool. Your broken kingpin will be stuck in the base of your truck. Use a hammer to lightly tap the kingpin out--never hit or slam it. If your kingpin is broken, you can insert a screwdriver into the base and lightly tap it with the hammer to dislodge the pieces. From there, you can gently hammer the new kingpin into place.
Replacing your bushings
Replacing bushings is straightforward and can be done in a matter of minutes. Use your skate tool to remove the kingpin nut and washer, then remove the skateboard wheel assembly. From there, pull off the used bushing from the base plate and slide on the new ones. Reinstall the wheel assembly, kingpin nut, and washer, and you are good to go. Check out the available skateboard truck bushings currently in stock.
Warehouse Skateboards carries a wide variety of skate trucks for your skateboard or longboard. If you want to upgrade your setup, check out our skateboard truck selection today.
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