To assemble your skateboard, you will need the following items:

  1. Deck
  2. Griptape
  3. 2x Trucks
  4. 4x Wheels
  5. 8x Bearings
  6. Hardware

In addition you can use the following components:

For assembly, you’ll need the following tools:

  1. Box cutter (carpet knife)
  2. Skateboard tool
  3. Metal object such as a file or screw driver
Items Skateboard Assembly
  • 1
Deck Nose & Tail
Lay your deck on a flat surface. If you have griptape with a logo or graphic, make sure you know where the nose and tail of your deck are before you begin.

Tip: The nose is slightly longer & steeper on most decks. Also, graphics or engravings on the top of the deck will show you where the nose is. If you can read them without any problems, the nose of your deck will point upwards or forward.
  • 2
Remove griptape
Remove the griptape backing. Make sure that the adhesive surface does not stick to anything. You can keep the griptape backing, it will be useful later.
  • 3
Apply griptape
Stick the griptape slowly along the center of the deck so that the top is completely covered. It is best to start in the middle of the deck and press the griptape towards nose and tail in small steps (5-10cm). You can place the protective liner on top of the griptape to protect your hands. If air bubbles appear, you can prick & remove them with a cutter (carpet knife).
  • 3.1 (optional)
For decks wider than 9 Inch
For decks wider than 9″ you need a wider griptape – or creativity. One option is to halve your griptape lengthwise in the middle. When applying the griptape to the deck, leave some space between the two pieces of griptape. You will gain valuable centimetres from the resulting strip. If you prefer the classic look of your setup, you can also use our SK8DLX 11″ griptape.

Tip: Stick the griptape pieces onto your deck with the outsides facing inwards, so you will get straight lines.
  • 4
Cut off excess Griptape
Grab a metal object of your choice. It can be a file, a tool, a screwdriver, a truck or something similar to trace the contour of the deck. Run the metal object along the edges of the board to make a light outline of the deck. This will serve as a cutting line for you. Cut a small incision at the curvatures of the nose and tail. This makes it easier to cut the excess griptape with a cutter. Place the cutter at a slight angle and cut evenly along the cutting line. Be careful not to cut into the wood or your fingers.

Tip: You can then use the leftover cuttings to sand the edges of the griptape. This prevents the griptape from coming off the deck over time.
  • 5
Insert the screws from the bottom
Take a bolt from your hardware and press it from the bottom upwards through the holes of the deck. This marks the places where the holes have to be punctured from the top. To puncture the griptape, use either the tip of the cutter or the Phillips screwdriver from the skateboard tool. Repeat the process for all eight holes.
  • 6
Insert the screws from the top
Now insert the bolts from the top into the holes.

Tip: If your hardware contains a bolt with a different color, you can place this it in a hole close to nose or tail to indicate which is which.
  • 7
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. Hold your deck upright so your bolts won’t fall out of the holes.
  • 8
Insert the trucks on the bolts
Now attach the trucks to the bolts. The axle’s kingpin should be facing the middle of the deck.
  • 9
Tightening the bolts and nuts
Tighten the bolts and nuts with a skate tool. Most tools have Allen and Phillips keys. Place the key on the bolts to hold them in place and, place the skate tool on the nuts and tighten the bolts. In the end, the bolt heads should be at the same level as the griptape.
  • 10
Remove axle nut and place bearing
Remove the axle nut and the two speed rings (washers) and place a bearing on the axle. If you use bearings that do not have a shield on one side, make sure that the side without a shield is facing up (the cover is to protect the bearing from dirt and should therefore always face outwards).
  • 10.1
Push the wheel onto the bearing
Push the wheel onto the bearing until it sits firmly in the core of the whe
  • 10.2
Is the bearing sitting straight?
Check that the bearing is straight (and not crooked) inside the wheel.

Tip: If the bearing is crooked or the wrong way round, you can lever it out of the wheel using the axle.
  • 10.3
Place second bearing and spacer
Place the second bearing on the axle. If you want to use spacers, put a spacer over the second bearing. Then repeat step 10.1.
  • 10.4
Repeat for all wheels
Repeat steps 10 – 10.3 until all wheels have bearings and spacers.
  • 11
Tighten wheels
Put a speed ring on the axle, then the wheel and finally another speed ring. Place the nut on the thread of the axle and tighten it. The nut should be tight enough that the wheel can spin freely without resistance and still has a little leeway.
  • 12
Adjust the trucks using the kingpin
You can adjust the maneuverability of the trucks with the nut on the kingpin. The tighter you mount this nut, the stiffer the trucks will ride. A tight steering setting gives the board more stability, but it does not react with the agility of a soft steering setting.

Attention: If you tighten it too much, you will damage the bushings. If you want a really hard steering setting, you need harder bushings.
  • 13 (optional)
Deck rails
To install rails on your deck, put your rails on the deck as you wish and align them. Ideally, they should be a small distance from the edge of the board and run parallel. Start with the screw in the middle and tighten them inside the board one after another from the inside to the outside of the deck.