How to Tighten Skate Trucks: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Tighten Skate Trucks: 8 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Tighten Skate Trucks: 8 Steps (with Pictures)

Your skateboard's trucks slacken naturally and you need to tighten them all the time. This will make your skateboard ride more smoothly and will help you adapt the skateboard to your turning style. Not to mention you'll have more balance. Learning how to tighten your trucks is essential if you regularly skate.


Method 1 of 2: Fixing Loose Trucks

Tighten Skateboard Trucks Step 1

Step 1. Know that truck grip is a personal choice

After all, there is no “perfect” measure of tightening for yours. The tighter it is, the harder it will be to turn. But if they're too loose, you'll feel shaky and your curves will be open and difficult to control. The point right in the middle of these two extremes, your perfect grip, is based on your own style and preference. Luckily, there are several clamping amounts you can walk on. It's nothing difficult!

  • Typically, tighter pins generate more resistance when cornering, which is essential for riding at high speeds.
  • Loose pins are easier to handle when cornering and landing.

Step 2. Get a skateboard you like, turn it over, and test the trucks by tilting them from side to side

How much your wheels lean from side to side depends on the level of grip. You can test the grip of trucks on a shape of yours (or a friend of yours) and try to replicate it on your own. How much they wobble from side to side is related to the level of grip.

Step 3. Use a skateboard wrench, or any useful tool, to tighten or loosen the large nut in the center of the truck

She controls the grip of the trucks alone. The nut points directly to the ground when you are skating, and is located between the wheels.

  • Turn it clockwise to tighten the trucks and make your curves firmer.
  • Turn it counterclockwise to loosen the trucks and make your curves smoother.

Step 4. Take a walk to test your trucks

Don't go straight to the track after squeezing them. After doing it, walk a little, do some turns, do some ollies and basic maneuvers. Remember that there is no "right" grip. You need to find what works best for you.

Tighten Skateboard Trucks Step 5

Step 5. Bring your key with you on the first few outs to make simple adjustments after testing

A full day of walking will highlight the positives and negatives of that configuration in your trucks. But that doesn't mean you have to go around with that setup all day. A skateboard key is small and easy to carry. Bring one with you and make adjustments when necessary.

Method 2 of 2: Tweaking Your Trucks Even More

Tighten Skateboard Trucks Step 6

Step 1. Readjust your bushings to suit your walking style

Bushings can be fitted tightly or loosely. The latter increases your curves, while the former decreases them. When tightening your trucks, you will be compressing your bushings, so you can achieve similar results by changing bushings altogether.

While doing this isn't difficult, many skaters prefer to have their local skate shop do it for them

Tighten Skateboard Trucks Step 7

Step 2. Try a different brand of truck

Not all of them are created equal, and each company has different specifications and styles. A lot comes down to testing different skateboards and understanding what you want, but some things are standards:

  • High or low kingpin:

    taller pins are better for handrails, manual maneuvers and more. A lower kingpin is better for ollies and kickflips.

  • Wider wheels:

    most wheels are standard, but heavier skaters need wider trucks, as these better distribute the additional weight for smoother control.

Tighten Skateboard Trucks Step 8

Step 3. Place rad pads to elevate the shape and reduce vibrations

Rad pads are attached between the trucks and the shape, generating elevation for maneuvers. In addition, the rad pads will dampen vibrations when landing. However, it will take some time for you to get used to the new height of the board.

However, taller trucks can make it difficult to engage handrails


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