How to Tighten Skateboard Trucks

Gregor Mersick
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Reasons for tightening trucks

There are a number of reasons why you should learn how to properly tighten skateboard trucks. The main reason is that it’s bad for the bearings if you don’t keep your trucks tight. You may be tempted to just ride them loose, but riding your board loose can damage the bearings, which is definitely not good.

One way that skateboarders will perform maintenance on the bearings is by soaking them in hot water. This is a great way to clean your bearings and get rid of the dirt and grime that accumulates in the bearings. If you’re going to do this, you’re going to want to make sure that the bearings are nice and tight before you soak them. Otherwise, the bearings will spin freely in the metal cans and your dirty bearings will get all over the new bearings that you’re trying to install.

Alternatives to truck clamping

Truck clampers have been around for quite some time and it makes sense that some people may not own one yet going this route can be a little intimidating. Installing them correctly can be a nightmare, and it’s easy to mess up. The most common issue we see throughout the community is loose hanger bolts. While it is easy to do it right the first time with one of these clampers, it’s even easier to do it wrong.

It’s so easy in fact most people can’t get it right within a calendar day. If you’re going to get into the skateboarding industry, you have to accept that you will mess up occasionally. That’s how you learn! With that said, we would like to give you some different options so you can avoid the clampers for the time being.

One method is just to use your standard wrench and tighten those hangers down with gusto! You may have to hold the truck while you do it, either way, it should take some elbow grease to get it right. This may be a little more difficult to do if you have 2 tone or 3 tone trucks, but we can still get it done. The other alternative is to use the famous skate tool everyone speaks of.

How To Tighten The Trucks

Once you’ve determined that your trucks are loose, you’ll need to tighten them. To do so, you need to do a few things. First of all, remove the axle bolt (By axle bolt, we mean the bolts on the axle that hold the wheels in place). Next, put your board on a flat surface. At this time, use a screwdriver to tighten your kingpin. When doing so, tap your skateboard gently on the ground. This will help you to know if you’ve tightened it enough or too much. Repeat this process for the axle hardware and the lower bearing before reinserting the axle bolt. When done right, these steps will help you to tighten the skateboard trucks.