Before you learn how to execute a perfect hardflip or ollie, you’re going to need to learn how to maintain your skateboard. One of the most important and most overlooked aspects of maintenance is tightening your skateboard trucks.
Keeping your trucks tight will help make sure your ride is smooth and your board is in top shape. Here’s a guide on how to tighten your trucks and when you should do it.
Test the Truck Tightness
You’re not going to know if your board’s trucks need to be tightened until you test them. The best way to do this is by comparing your own trucks to those of a board you like.
In other words, if you’ve ridden a friend’s board and love your freedom of movement and flexibility, the trucks are probably close to what you want for your own board. Flip the boards over and compare them side by side.
The more the trucks wiggle from side to side, the looser they are.
Find the Large Nut
There are two big nuts between the wheels of your skateboard. These are called kingpins. One is on the front truck, one on the back. This is what you’ll adjust to loosen or tighten your trucks.
Now, you can buy tools specifically made and marketed to skateboarders. But in most cases, you can get the job done just fine with a wrench.
If you’re trying to loosen your trucks, turn the kingpin nut to the left or counter-clockwise. To tighten them, turn the nuts to the right, or clockwise. Remember... lefty loosey, righty tighty.
Be sure to only loosen or tighten in small increments. You can damage the nut or truck if you make big adjustments.
Test your Board
It’s time to ride! It was as easy as that! Take your board out for a test drive and judge for yourself whether you’ve tightened or loosened your trucks the right amount. It’s probably a good idea to bring your tool along with you the next time you go out riding.
FAQs on Tightening Your Trucks
How Often Should I Tighten My Skateboard Trucks?
That depends on how much you ride. If you’re frequently on your board, you may find that you need to adjust more often. If you’re only an occasional skater, you may not have to do it very often at all.
How Tight Should Skateboard Trucks Be?
That, too, depends on you! A tighter truck will make it a little harder to turn. That can make doing tricks, well, tricky. However, if your trucks are too loose you may feel wobbly and unstable on your board. Find the tightness that works for you and your style.
Your skateboarding experience will also come into it and an expert is likely to have a different setup to a beginner.
Do I Need To Adjust Both Trucks?
Usually, yes. It’s best to check both the back and the front kingpin to make sure they’re adjusted to your ideal skating style. They’ll become loose with wear, so it’s a good idea to make sure everything’s in order before you ride.