Introduction: Longboard/skateboard Wheels Cover

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This instructable shows how I made some wheel covers for my longboard using bottle caps and some scrap hose from a washer machine.

The covers don't move along with the wheels as they are hold to each wheel's nut.








Step 1: List of Material

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This is what you need:

-  4 Bottle caps - Which ones is your choice, I wanted some of the same color as the wheel.

- Blade or knife to cut the hose

- Permanent marker or any other to mark the hose

- Strong glue to fix the hose to the bottle caps - I used some two parts epoxy glue I had available.

- Piece of paper to mark the hose

- 4-6 inches of rubber hose - you really don't need that much but is better to have a long piece for better handling. The diameter is best explained in the second picture above. Basically, the inner diameter of the hose has to be just a bit smaller that the size of the nut. Most trucks have 1/2" inch nuts so the inner diameter of the hose would have to be approx 7/16"








Step 2: Mark and Cut

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Wrap the piece of paper around the hose to mark the line around it which will be your guide for a straight perpendicular cut.

Be careful when cutting the hose, apply pressure to cut away from your body not towards any of your body parts.

We need to cut four pieces, the length is explained in the third picture above, it needs to be taller than the nut and bolt from the truck.





Step 3: Glue

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Prepare the glue as per the manufacturer's instructions (if necessary) and apply to the inner part of the bottle cap enough to cover approximately 2-3mm of the bottle cap bottom, it should be enough to cover the internal and external walls of the hose.

Let it dry as per manufacturer's specifications.



Step 4: Done

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After the adhesive is cured, place the covers and take your board for a ride!

Mine fit snugly in place and have never dropped, they have also kept dust away from the bearings which is very good!

Cheers!

Comments

Djjazzyjasper (author)2017-04-25

I love that Beatles grip tape!

bandrews117 (author)2015-04-30

i really like the beatles design c:

aonixk (author)2014-09-18

I have been looking for a way to do this for a while. It works great. Thanks. Nice instructable

PracticalProjects (author)2014-09-01

Good idea!

otmpp (author)2013-09-08

nice board and can you attach them to the wheel itself cause that's what I'm thinking

burdaface5 (author)2013-04-13

can you take them off?

nick222 (author)burdaface52013-04-19

Yes you can, they fit snugly to the truck's nut and are removable

gazillabytes (author)2012-11-03

Nicely done. Cool and never seen this before. I'm inspired and going to throw a set on a long board. Just gotta find the right size hose. Nice to hear yours haven't fallen off too. More importantly, I get to "empty" at least four bottles.

brokenfan (author)2011-07-28

That's gorgeous! I'm definitely going to do this with my longboard! I'm going to see about using nuts instead of hose, I have a good 4mm of thread free. Think I'll use Brew Dog Caps... Thanks for sharing such a clever idea!

SWV1787 (author)2011-06-14

They look good, did you have to make sure they were straight for the photo? Did it take you forever to find the caps you liked or did you just pick up what you had lying around?

nick222 (author)SWV17872011-06-14

Thanks for your comment! I did not have to align it to take the picture, although it may not be noticeable, the wheel was spinning when I took it, the cover remains still since it's fit into the truck's nut...

I knew I wanted something black to go along with the wheel's color so that's what I looked for... The ones I used were from a Gillian's six pack ;-)

Kaelessin (author)nick2222011-06-14

Ahhhh Mr. George Killian . . .a wonderful gent to be sure!

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