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This instructable will teach you how to change a skateboard and or replace the trucks. The process is fairly easy and straight forward. It is most convenient to assemble a skateboard on a work bench such as the ones found at TechShop.
Materials needed:

deck
hardware
trucks
#2 philips screwdriver
3/8 wrench 

Step 1:

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First, with a 3/8 wrench and phillips screwdriver, begin to disassemble your old skateboard (disregard this step if you are setting up a completely new set up). It is important to mark which truck is your back truck and which is your front tuck before removing both from your previous set up. If the trucks are misplaced on the new skateboard, the board will feel as if it is backwards due to the adjusted bushings from the previous set up. 
 
doug107411 months ago

I was just curious how you determine the front or the back truck. Aren't both ends the same nowadays so it doesn't really matter which way the board goes? The last skateboard I had was back in the days of only one "tail" so you always knew the front and back end (late 1980's). I was also going to ask about the riser pads for the trucks but somebody else already mentioned it. I know we used taller wheels "back in the old days" ;-) so the smaller wheels used currently may not need them. Glad to see Independent is still around, I always liked them.

SMOKINACE992 years ago
I apologize for the comment about the simplicity
Now now, he does make a good point with keeping the back and front trucks straight that most people don't think of. Also, shock pads? I've never liked putting trucks right onto the deck, especially on something where there's a lot of impact at the trucks like on a street deck.
anthonyguerrero (author)  LuminousObject2 years ago
Oh I totally forgot to mention shock pads. I never use them but I know there are many out there that do. Sorry about that.