10 Steps to Setting up your Skateboard

What you'll need before you get started:

-Fresh Skate Deck 
-Grip tape 
-Pair of trucks 
-Wheels
-Bearings 
-Mounting Bolts 
-Tools: file, razor blade, allen key, skate/T tool,  bearing press if you have one

Step One: Get your work station and tools organized. If you're not sure what deck is best for you check out our deck guide here. Peel the backing off the grip tape and set the paper aside for later.

Step Two: Align the grip tape to the deck centered, so it covers the entire top surface with some overhang along the side edges. Gently pat down the grip tape working from the center to the outer edges. Apply the paper you removed on top of the grip tape and use to smooth out the grip tape and eliminate any bubbles. 

Step Three: Using your file, scrape it along the perimeter of the deck. (If you don’t have a file you can use the metal part of a screw driver or truck if you’re in a pinch at the skatepark). 

Step Four: Find your sharpest and least janky razor blade and carefully slice around the perimeter of the deck, being mindful not to cut your precious digits or slice into the wood of the deck itself. 

Step Five: Contrary to popular belief, you do want to reduce, reuse and recycle so we will use the leftover grip tape to sand down the edges where the grip tape meets the deck. This will help keep your grip tape from lifting & smooth out any rough edges. If you've added any line art cuts in your grip tape you'll want to sand this down as well. 

Step Six: Flip your newly gripped deck over to the wooden side and find the 8 mounting holes that the trucks will be mounted through. Push an allen key or a screwdriver through the grip tape on all 8 of the bolt holes. 

Step Seven: Push your mounting bolts through all 8 of your bolt holes from the gripped side of the deck through to the underside. Place the truck onto these bolts and finger tighten the nuts clockwise. Be sure the kingpin nuts of each truck is facing towards the inside of the board. Then use your allen key in one hand and T tool in the other to tighten the nuts onto each bolt. Your mounting bolts should be flush with the deck and not sticking out at all. Your trucks should feel secure to the board.

Step Eight: Open your wheels and bearings. You will have 8 bearings and 4 wheels, 2 bearings per wheel. If you are using a bearing press you'll take one bearing and put it into the bearing press followed by your wheel and your second bearing, ensuring your bearing shield is facing outwards for both. Then you simply apply pressure to the lever which will firmly press the bearings into the wheel. Repeat this process for the remaining wheels and bearings. Remove each axle nut from each side of your trucks and place your completed wheels into the trucks. If you do not have a bearing press, fear not, you can still achieve the same results. Remove the axle nut on the end of each truck, insert your bearing (bearing shield facing out) then push your wheel down until the bearing is inside, push the other bearing into the wheel (bearing shield facing out) and spin the wheel to ensure it's good to go. Repeat this process with the remaining wheels and bearings.

Step Nine: Tighten the axle nut on each truck to secure the wheels to the trucks. Use your T tool to complete the process so they are fastened properly to the trucks. The wheel should be able to move freely without being too snug.

Step Ten: Try out your board and adjust the tightness of your trucks according to your preference. To tighten them up you’ll use your T Tool clockwise on your kingpin nut, or to loosen you’ll turn your kingpin nut counterclockwise. The tighter the truck is the tighter your turning radius will be when skateboarding, but very loose trucks can be difficult to balance or land tricks properly, so you’ll probably find your sweet spot is somewhere in between. 

If you run into any problems, shoot us a message or head into one of the shops.
We're always happy to help get you set up and can typically assemble a skateboard for you in about 30 minutes. 

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