LED Lit Skateboard Wheels




I call this my Circuit Board. I gutted an old tail like for my bike and re-purposed it for my skateboard. It turned out very successful!

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Step 1: Gut It!

I used a cheapy Bell bike light I got for Christmas that I hardly ever use.

Most LED lights should be straight forward. I suggest using a bike light that has four or more LED's on it, so that you have at least one light per wheel.

To get the through-hole LED's out, the best method is to use one of those little solder sucker things you see at radio shack that look like turkey basters. Once you get a decent amount of the solder off the joint, use some desoldering braid to get the remaining off the pad.

Once you're there, all it takes is a bit of pressure to the leads of the LED and it should fall out.

Step 2: Wire It Up!

In this step, I decided to use long strands of wire for every single connection to start with. Mine were 18" long, since 14" was the distance from one truck to another. I wanted to have some excess wire to work with.

At this point, one of my concerns was placement of the controller board, which added to my point of keeping the wires long.

If you aren't confident enough in your organization, do what I did and attach the LED's to the 18" wires, so you can get a good idea of where things are going.

Step 3: Lay It Out

For structural purposes, I decided to cris-cross the wires through the little gap in the base plate of my trucks. It also helped keep things organized.

This is optional, and some trucks don't usually have this little gap in the base. Use the best of your judgement to do what's best in this step.

Step 4: Tack It Down

This part gets kind of tricky.

I found that the most effective way to set up the LED's is to have the wire go into the notch on the top side of the axle and come out just slightly into the wheel (If your wheels are somewhat hollow) without dragging on it. I was fortunate enough to have a perfect fit.

I tacked it down with some strips of duct tape and poured some plastic epoxy over the wires in the little notches above the axle.

The only reason why I chose to use plastic epoxy is because it dries clear. I didn't want a big glob of ugly off-white on my trucks. I have yet to see if this stuff will stick. It's all in preference, but I do recommend some type of epoxy.

You can usually find a tube of the stuff (comes in two parts in one package) just about anywhere for less than 5 bucks.

Step 5: Assemble

Once the epoxy is dry, you can put your board back together.

The only two things to do now are to attach the circuit board and organize the wires.

I just used more epoxy on the circuit board and set it right on the deck of my skateboard.

As for the wires, a few dobs of super glue here and there will keep them from looking too tacky.

Step 6: Test It! Make It Pretty

Once everything is all dry, take it for a spin through your dark neighborhood!

I tried it, and I had a blast!

After that I decided to hide the wires a little better. Fortunately for me, my hotdog board came with some toppings. I'm not a big fan of ketchup, but onions and relish are amazing. They worked perfectly for hiding the wires.

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    17 Discussions

    It's a local shop deck with Venture trucks and Sector 9 wheels. I don't think you'll be able to get your hands on one unless you live in salem, but a similar board is a Zip Zinger, and those are pretty easy to find.


    I'm not quite familiar with what you're talking about, but it did give me an idea for something similar. Maybe using some of those little inner tube caps some people put on their tires. I know they're cheap too.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    very nice i thought of doing this but instead i sliced a gap out of my clear red doughnuts and stuck a surface mount led in there then ran the wires to a 3v button battery which i glued o the skateboard in that lil gap where you criss crossed the wires and stuck a little switch in there too. it worked awsome for about a week then the conection broke on one and i fixed it and after that they broke like twice a week so i gave up on it.

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    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    well, that sounds like a much more concealed way of doing thing. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. I have yet to see a major break on mine. After riding it today one of the LED's came loose, but that's because I put enough epoxy on the wire.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    My wheels aren't translucent. But, I have filmer wheels (76 mm diameter when I bought them), so they have the cheap core in the middle with holes in it, so maybe they would shine through. Although, I would need a good place to put the circuit so it wouldn't get hit and scraped. I think right behind the front trucks would be the best place. I'd probably go for underbody (underdeck?) lights.

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    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    The reason why I chose to put my circuit right in front of the back truck was because I know that I will never purposely scrape the bottom of my board on a curb, and I have a feeling that even a little scrape won't happen, because this is my baby. She will get all the tender care she needs.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Cool idea, might be cool to have some level of interaction too... You could set up some switches to turn on a super bright LED when subjected to heavy turns/landings, etc... also: a POV kit would be uber cool attached to the sides or bottom... so long as you dont grind it off... hope this helps drew

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    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    or skate board headlights! put some superbrights pointing towards the front from the trucks...if you angled them correctly you'd probably be able to get some pretty decent visibility in front of the board...and i you wanted to get really snazzy you could mount some red ones on the back with a foot switch for brake lights


    Last night as I was skating around on the thing I was thinking about how I could possibly add a POV kit to it, but the wheels are so small I just don't know how I could possibly do it. As for the headlights, that might be my next skateboard/electronic related project. Instead of making it super tacky, I think what I'm going to do is enclose it inside a riser pad and drill a few holes for the LED's. Thanks for the comments, everyone.


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Indeed that is really cool! This is only implying that your wheels are clear and not opaque.... Cool though...