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How to Assemble a Skateboard Effectively and Efficiently

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In this instructables manual you will be taught how to properly assemble a complete skateboard. While this can be a complicated process, if done correctly it can be quick and easy. You will be walked through each step carefully to avoid any mistakes or mishaps. In order to put the skateboard together correctly the first time, it is imperative to review the steps multiple times and fully understand them during construction.

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Step 1: Go to Your Local Skateboard Shop and Purchase the Supplies

In order to get the proper materials choose a skateboard store closest to you.  While there you will need to buy:

•1 skateboard deck
Skateboards decks come in different sizes depending on the size of your foot and skating preference. The size of the skateboard is measured by its width and is typically around 8 inches.
• 2 skateboard trucks
 Comes with 1 bolt for each wheel
• 4 skateboard wheels
 Skateboard wheels come in different sizes and hardnesses. Figuring out these your preference will come with experience.
• 8 skateboard wheel bearings (1 package)
 Skateboard bearings come in abec-3, abec-5, and abec-7. Abec-7 is the fastest while abec-3 is the slowest.
• 1 strip of grip tape bigger than surface area of the skateboard deck
• 2 skateboard riser pads
• 8 bolts and 8 screws (1 package of hardware)


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Step 2: Apply The Griptape

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To apply the grip tape:

1. First take the protective plastic sheet off the grip tape like a sticker. Don’t throw it away because you will use this in a moment.
2. Next place the grip tape over the skateboard and apply it as evenly as possible. Be sure to cover the entire skateboard.
3. Use the plastic sheet to rub down the grip tape so it is pressed firmly against the skateboard in all places.
4. If there are any bubbles in the grip tape pop them with a needle and rub them down. They will be left unnoticed.

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