TO ASSEMBLE YOUR SKATEBOARD, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  1. Deck
  2. Griptape
  3. 2 x Trucks (axles)
  4. 4 x Wheels
  5. 8 x Bearings (Ball bearings)
  6. Hardware

IN ADDITION YOU CAN USE THE FOLLOWING COMPONENTS:

FOR THE ASSEMBLY, YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING TOOLS:

  1. Box Cutter (Carpet Knife)
  2. Skateboard Tool
Items Skateboard Assembly

Video

  • 1
Remove Griptape
Carefully remove the griptape from the backing paper. Make sure that the adhesive surface doesn’t stick to anything but the board. Place the deck on a carpeted or scratch-resistant surface and don’t throw away the protective film!
  • 2
Apply Griptape
Stick the griptape slowly and centred onto the deck. It’s best to start at one of the ends (nose or tail) to centre it properly. Press the griptape firmly onto the board in small increments (5-10 cm), starting from the centre and working out. You can use the protective film to protect your hands. Make sure that air doesn’t get trapped between the deck and the griptape to avoid bubbles. If bubbles do form, just carefully puncture them with the tip of your knife or cutter.
  • 3
Cut off excess Griptape
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 made the cut, you can use the excess griptape to sand down any protruding residue.
  • 4
Insert the screws from the bottom
To get the screws through the griptape, first stick them into the holes from the bottom of the board to mark the spots for insertion. Then carefully puncture holes in the griptape using the tip of your knife.
  • 5
Insert the screws from the top
Now insert the screws from the top into the holes.
  • 6
Install Riser-/Shockpads
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 shock pad.
  • 7
Insert the trucks on the screws
Now attach the trucks to the screws. The kingpin should be facing the middle of the deck.
  • 8
Tightening the bolts and nuts
Then tighten the bolts and nuts using a skate-tool. Most tools have Allen and Phillips keys that make assembly really easy. Use the key to hold the screws in place and the skate tool to tighten the nuts. Hold the key still and turn the tool to tighten.
  • 9
Release Axle nut and insert bearing
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.
  • 10
Push the wheel on to the bearing
Push the wheel onto the bearing until the bearing is firmly situated 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.
  • 11
Make sure the bearing fits perfectly.
Make sure that the bearing is sitting perfectly straight, and not crooked, in the wheel.
  • 12
Insert second bearing and spacer
Now put the second bearing and spacer on the axle.
  • 13
Repeat for all wheels
Repeat steps 10 and 11 for all 4 wheels.
  • 14
Tighten wheels
Now put the wheel and the speed ring on the axle and tighten the axle nut. Make sure not to over-tighten the axle nut so that you don’t damage the bearings.
  • 15
Adjust stiffness of the trucks using the kingpin
The response of your trucks can be adjusted via the kingpin. The more you tighten the kingpin, the stiffer the trucks will ride. Attention: If you tighten it too much, you will break the bushings. If you want a very hard turning truck, you might need harder bushings.