TO ASSEMBLE YOUR SKATEBOARD, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
IN ADDITION YOU CAN USE THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS:
FOR THE ASSEMBLY, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING TOOLS:
- Box Cutter (Carpet Knife)
- Skateboard Tool
Carefully remove the griptape from the backing paper. Make sure that the adhesive surface doesn’t stick to anything else but the board. Place the deck on carpet or a scratch-resistant surface and don’t throw away the protective film!
Apply the adhesive griptape slowly and centered on the deck. It’s best to start at a deck’s end (nose or tail) to center it out. Press the grip tape firmly in small increments (5-10 cm) from the center out. You can use the protective film to protect your hands. Make sure that no air gets trapped between the deck and the griptape to avoid bubbles. If bubbles occur carefully puncture them with the tip of the cutting knife.
Cut off the excess griptape with a box cutter or carpet knife. Take care to ensure that you cut evenly and not into the wood. It helps to take a hard object (e.g. wrench, skate tool, or screwdriver) and press and trace around the edge of the board to outline where you’ll be cutting before you start. Once you’ve cut, you can use the excess griptape to sand down any protruding residue.
To get the screws through the griptape, first stick them into the holes through the bottom of the board to mark the spots for insertion. Then carefully puncture holes in the griptape with the tip of the cutting knife.
Now insert the screws from the top into the holes.
If you want to use shock pads or riser pads, you can attach them now. Make sure you’re using the correct holes of the pad so that your truck sits completely on the shockpad.
Now attach the trucks to the screws. The kingpin should face the middle of the deck.
Then tighten the bolts and nuts using a skate-tool. Most tools have Allen and Phillips keys that make the mounting easy. Use the key to hold the screws in place and the skate tool to tighten the nuts. Hold on to the key and turn the tool for tightening.
Next remove the nut and the top speed ring (washer) from the truck axle and put the first bearing on the axle. If you use bearings without shields, make sure the cover is facing outwards.
Push the wheel on the bearing until the bearing is firmly seated in the core of the wheel. To avoid damaging the bearings and wheel core, make sure that you don’t apply too much pressure. You might hear a slight “click” when the bearing slips into place.
Make sure that the bearing sits perfectly straight and not crooked in the wheel.
Now put the second bearing and the spacer on the axle.
Repeat steps 10 and 11 for all 4 wheels.
Now put the wheel and the speed ring on the axle and tighten the axle nut. Make sure that you do not over-tighten the axle nut so that you don’t damage the bearings.
The response of your trucks can be adjusted with the kingpin. The more you tighten the kingpin, the stiffer the trucks will ride. Attention: If you tighten it up too much, you will break the bushings. If you want a very hard turning truck, you might need harder bushings.