Assembling Your First Longboard

By: Pete Benda
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When people are involved in sports, they inevitably end up learning a lot of different skills. One of the things people who longboard might eventually learn to do is assemble a longboard themselves. Longboard assembly isn’t complicated and has a lot of opportunities for customization. Customizing a board to suit your needs and interests can make the sport even more enjoyable and can even be a source of pride for some people. You don’t need to assemble a board yourself if you don’t want to – complete boards are available – but if the process of longboard assembly is the only thing keeping you from putting together the board of your dreams, rejoice, my friend: I am here to break the assembly process down for you into simple, easy-to-follow steps. The basic process for assembling most top-mount longboards is as follows:
  1. Find your deck and grip tape, and if it’s not already applied, apply the grip tape to the longboard deck. Some longboard decks come with grip tape already applied, while others need you (or a shop) to apply the tape.
  2. Gather your screws and screws. You’ll need eight nutsand eight screws. Make sure your screws aren’t too short; 1.25-inch screws are a good length. Screws that are too short won’t fit all decks, and screws that are too long will have too much excess if you aren’t adding risers.
  3. Place the screws in the deck. You should already have eight holes drilled into the deck of your longboard to place the screws in. Make sure the heads of the screws are all facing up.
  4. Take your trucks, with axels facing outwards, and use the nuts to fasten them. Make sure you are really tightening those bolts. If the screws are loose, they may come off or rattle. Mount one base plate on each end of the deck.
  5. Use a kingpin with a kingpin nut, a large washer, a barrel bushing, a cone bushing, and a small washer to attach the hanger to the base plate. Put the hanger between the two bushings. Make sure the kingpin is tight so that you don’t end up causing any damage to the components.
  6. You should have four wheels, eight bearings, eight small washers, 4 axle nuts, and an optional 4 bearing spacers. 2 bearings go in each wheel, 2 wheels per truck. You will assemble them along the axle sections of the trucks in the following order: axle nut, washer, bearing, optional spacer, wheel, bearing, washer. When attached, make sure the axle nut is tightened enough that the wheel doesn’t slide along the axle but will still spin freely.
And that’s it! Simple, right? Using the six simple steps above and attaching all of the parts in the correct order, you can put together a longboard that suits you completely. If you have any questions or comments, let me know – I’d love to hear them. Other longboard assembly tips are also welcome; just like in other sports, there is always more to learn and share. Thanks again for reading, guys, and remember, whether you are assembling a kit you purchased or a bunch of parts ordered separately, putting together your longboard is not something you should be intimidated by. Have fun!
Pete has been living and breathing skate culture since he was a damn baby.…
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