Introduction: How to Put Together a Skateboard

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This will show you how to put together a skateboard.I do suggest you at least wear a helmet because i recently was bombing a hilll and got speed wobbles and my head made contact first and i think i got a little dumber cause i can hardly talk


.2 trucks
.4 wheels
.8 bearings(all in a pack)
.8 nuts and bolts (all in pack)
.riser pads(optianal)
.13mm socket
.16mm socket
.3/8 wrench
.socket wrench
.drill with philips bit or philips screwdriver

Step 1: Putting on the Griptape

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Unpeel grip tape and set the tips on the banked part of the board. Slam your hands down in the middle and work your way to the sides leaving no bubbles. Take a screw driver and rub the edges down so it outlines the board. Take a razor blade on the outlines area of the board at 45 degrees and cut all around the board. Cut off all the excess griptape.

Step 2: Putting on Trucks

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First insert all the bolts into the little holes making sure the head is on the griptape. Attach the trucks by sliding the bolts into the little holes on the truck and make sure the main bolt is facing torward the middle of the board. Now screw on all the little nuts onto the bolts by holding the bolts in place with the 3/8 wrench. Using the drill, drill the bolts so the nuts will slide up.

Step 3: Inserting Bearings

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Take bearing and push it into the wheel as far as possible with your hand and then take the largest socket you have and position it so the ring of it so its on the outer ring of the bearing. Take the hammer and hammer the socket until the bearing is in. Once you have that done insert your bearing spacer. Then you repeat it on the other side and all your wheels. Remember be gentle when putting in the bearings they are what makes your board roll.

Step 4: Putting Wheels On

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First remove the bolt and one washer then take a wheel and stick an allen wrench or screw driver in the bearing hole and wiggle it around until the wheel falls down the screwdriver. Once you have done that slide the wheel onto the axel of the truck then slide the washer on the axel and bolt in the nut. Repeat with other wheels.

Step 5: Completion

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Now you have succesfully(hopefully) put together a skateboard. Now get out and go skate.


hhtyn.kute (author)2015-02-05

wow i got it
DSK8SN909F (author)2010-12-18

uhh isn't that a nut?

newb (author)2010-11-25

it's easier to do if you just buy a skate tool, most of them even have a screwdriver so you don't risk hurting your deck with a drill.

GianniMora (author)2010-03-20

 oh... u use thunders too.


GianniMora (author)2010-03-20

 what kind of truck do u use... i use thunders.


sharlston (author)2010-01-17

whats the 16mm socket for? king pins are 14 and axles 13mm

koebwil (author)sharlston2010-03-16

kingpins are 9/16" and axles are 1/2".  the 14mm wouldn't even fit on the kingpin nut, and the 13 would be too big on the axle.  I don't know how you guys are getting all these sizes wrong since all skate tools have 3/8" 1/2" and 9/16" sockets or wrenches.  Also bearings are easy to take out and put back in using the axle instead of a screwdriver.

emericanskater (author)sharlston2010-01-17

i used the 16 as a method to help te bearings in.

sharlston (author)emericanskater2010-01-17

ah i get you alot of people have mentioned struggling to get the bearings out but i can do it rly easily with a screwdriver and i dont even have to touch th shields

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-10

Nice job, that's a pretty sick board you got there. Is that an Element board, because I can't tell if it's a sticker or not. (The Element logo). Elements are good, their pop isn't that great though. Good and detailed Instructable, could help a lot of people. I might use this in case next time I mess up for something.

Furloy (author)GorillazMiko2009-10-31

organikas get amazing pop, plan B,
i got a atm
what trucks are those, ventures are my favse

ya they dont have the greatest pop im lookin for a board with a good pop

Yeds (author)emericanskater2009-08-17

Toy machine boards have the best pop.

Well, you can get a Mystery deck, or a Baker, Baker's are really good.

Nah, I'm just kidding, Elements are really good.

By the way, this Instructable rules, so I... (added to favorites)

shawntherobot (author)2009-10-12

i dont like speed wobbles they make me fall 

nobody does but keep your trucks tite enough u wont have to worry about it

adio (author)2009-06-30

dude thats a bad way to put bearings in the wheels. Put both of the bearings on the axel of the truck then put the wheel over it then push down. The bearing with go in the wheel and just flip the wheel over and put the bearing in the other one.

yourmom13 (author)2009-06-12

thanks! this works great, its really nice.

Stanislaw (author)2008-01-11

This could be dangerous - you should state to be gentle when hammering them in... ...I usually just put the two bearings on the trucks and then just press the wheel on - flip it and press it on again - this is usually good enough nice instructable btw - you should do on on some tricks next ;)

emericanskater (author)Stanislaw2008-01-11

ya i forgot to mention be gentle and i will probaly post a couple tricks next time my freind comes over

mg0930mg (author)emericanskater2009-02-02

I just put the bearing in the middle of the wheel, and stand on it. It pops in.

yourmom13 (author)mg0930mg2009-06-12

i used the back end of a screwdriver and pressed until the bearing popped in, it worked fine.

AlexSX (author)mg0930mg2009-05-22

yeah i did that to but i had to do the hammer technique to get the bearing in fully. often just standing on it doesn't push it in far enough so you wont be able to get the nut on.

mg0930mg (author)AlexSX2009-05-23

Always works for me. :)

Death123 (author)2009-04-20

when i am putting the trucks on there is a bolt that alway comes lose what should i do.

emericanskater (author)Death1232009-05-31

if the nut is coming off the bolt i suggest using a product called loc-tite theadlocker. i use it on my snowboard and it works greats. also check if the bolt is stripped cus if it is u cant get the nut tight enoudgh, hope i helped -tyler

Death123 (author)2009-04-14

How easy would you say it is to put together a skateboard

emericanskater (author)Death1232009-04-17

pretty easy but the griptape is the hardest cus u have to get it perfect

Death123 (author)emericanskater2009-04-20

k thanks

jayro707 (author)2009-02-16

sweet instructables, but element board's are super thick, i would prefer baker or a cheaper one, yet good is"goodwood", which was my second deck. i still use it and it still is in good shape, well not the graphics there ruined, by the years of grinding and bail's

emericanskater (author)jayro7072009-02-19

ya i hardly skate but its suprisingly still rolling after about 2 years so there a good durability deck.u can also save the graffics with sliptape it makes your slide alot smoother to

jayro707 (author)emericanskater2009-04-17

yeah, i got a new girl deck, super better, and it has slip tape.

l96470fps (author)2009-03-30

awsome i'ble, what are those wicked trucks?

emericanskater (author)l96470fps2009-03-31

i think their thunder lights im not sure tho

the_intelligent_pickle (author)2009-01-30

hey dude be careful wit posting stuff bout riser pads, dude ppl get flamed and in so many arguments for using/showing those

it came w/ the part package so its just an option if you really want to use them

snipegoat (author)2009-01-03

where would one but grip tape, and is it very expensive, and also in theory could you cut and sand your own skateboard or longboard out of a piece of wood

emericanskater (author)snipegoat2009-01-28

ya you could easily do that. the only thing id consider is the wood

newsk8tr (author)2008-01-16

I am new to boarding. Found a site with cheap shipping. how much should a deck run in shipping. The site is

emericanskater (author)newsk8tr2008-01-24

oh ya u should take out the t sk8tr since ive seen people on other sites with sk8tr on their username and the just get a bunch of crap bout it.and plus the 8 already has a t in it.just tellin u so you dont end up like them

emericanskater (author)newsk8tr2008-01-16


emericanskater (author)newsk8tr2008-01-16

im not really sure cause i get my decks from our local skateshop the one in the pic was a cristmas present \ill check a few other shops and get bak

ll.13 (author)2008-01-12

I think I need a skateboard even more.... =)

asianwizard (author)2008-01-11

an easier way to put in the bearings is to have it set on the wheel and squeeze it between your wrists and the trucks

masterochicken (author)2008-01-10

You didn't tell any of the grip tricks.

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