How to Put Together a Skateboard




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

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

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

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

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

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



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    47 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    9 years ago on Step 2

     oh... u use thunders too.



    9 years ago on Introduction

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



    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    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


    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    6 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

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


    i dont like speed wobbles they make me fall 

    1 reply

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.