Tow in Skateboard..




i wanted to make a super fast skateboard for 'tow-in-skateboarding'. it needed to have much lower drag on the wheels than a small skateboard and a longer board, smoother ride, kind of wakeboarding/snowboarding feel. Here are all the parts and most of the tools i played with assembled before i begin. I had a carcass of an old beach skateboard to play with, which i ended up using almost nothing of. oh well. i like the way projects evolve.


Step 1: Deck, Super Structure, Trucks, Wheels, Tools.

an old piece of 80-20 is the stiff part of the board, the trucks are attached with a plate as you see. the huge wheels are from those cheap skooters. the scooter wheels can be found for 1-2$ each. because they are thin and have 100-120mm diameter they are WAY WAY faster than skateboard wheels. come to think of it i'm not sure why kids use skatewheels that have such small diameter.. the bigger wheels also ride out the bigger cracks and potholes so much easier, especially at speed.

Step 2: Trucks and Fitting.

cheap trucks can be found at most sports stores on kids boards and at dollar stores. they are fine
for experimenting, but are never wide enough, and usually the centre bolt bends under high load.

the trucks are attached with a plate as you see. this one has been used on beaches and in sand a
lot hence the rust. lock nuts are a necessity on truck fixings as they always rattle loose.

Step 3: Lots of Time Wasted Lightening the 80/20

so it looks really cool but it wasn't worth it. i waterjet oval sections out of the 80/20 to take some weight out of it.

Step 4: 10-24 Nuts and Washers

these were convenient and not metric ( a lot of skateboard and bike stuff is) and were a fine substitute.

Step 5: Preparing for New Trucks.

the old ones were bent up from the sand boarding so i'm preparing to fit new ones. nice to have a groove such as the one in this band saw table so the board stands on it's edge while you do this stuff.

Step 6: Fitting Trucks.

nice cheap new trucks ($2 at building 19 1/8)

Step 7: Fitting Skooter Wheels.

these things are larger diameter and thinner.
that means faster (less rolling resistance)
and better at handling bumps and cracks in road.
i don't know why all skaters don't use 'em.

Step 8: Different Colours Each Side!

i don't know, i like this. should have been one red and one green to teach me finally which is port and which is starboard.

or whether i'm goofy or natch.

red and white. the first football team i ever supported, the St George Dragons were red and white...

Step 9: Testing the Cornering.

it mightn't be obvious in this photo, but i'm leaning over full tilt on this board trying to steer the
wheels and they, as you can see, aren't exactly turning much. one problem is the deck is flexible
and the connection between the deck and 80/20 is not rigid enough.

i went out and tested this board, and it sort of sucked. took two city blocks to actually turn the
thing. not the 'feel' i wanted for this board. It was super fast though.

also found the 80/20 spine made the board way to stiff. feels more like surfing when the deck
flexes. that must be why everyone else did it that way. great to reinvent the wheel....



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    4 years ago on Step 9

    I really like this build and hope you work on another with what you learned from this one - will keep a look out.

    Have just modded my kite/mountain board into a carver and found this instructable facinating.

    Hope to see your new build soon.

    See ya.


    6 years ago on Step 9

    Im a longboarder and the reason we don't use scooter wheels is because

    A) Scooter wheels have too small of a contact patch so you can not get a good grip

    B) Scooter wheels are often not made with Urethane or made with urethane of poor quality, so you can not slide your board and do tricks

    And to increase turning, you can put softer bushings into the trucks and loosen the trucks


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Good first design, needs tweaks though, for sure. I must also be a complete jerk and scold you for going barefoot in the shop.


    7 years ago on Step 8

    pass the port to the left XD
    port is red starboard is green
    i knew that four and a half grand i spent on becoming a watersports instructor wouldn't go to waste


    11 years ago on Step 1

    This is sort of painful, really look into this more. is just one of the MANY wheels made for Downhill longboarding (pushing 60 mph) A Scooter wheel is made out of terrible urethane and will not give you the necessary grip on pavement that a skateboard at high speed needs. if you are thinking of a SHORT board wheel they are small and hard due to the more "acrobatic" nature of the flips and slides performed.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, I swear i've posted 100 times about this, and people just still don't get it. roller blade and scooter wheels are made for roller blading and scootering, NOT SKATING. When you roller blade you can angle your skates so that you maintain traction while turning, skateboard wheels are always flat on the ground therefor you need wider wheels to keep traction. Theres 100 of different wheels in different sizes and shapes and hardess' that are all made specifially for skateboarding, and none of them look like roller blade or scooter wheels. Skating has been around for many years now, and there have been many advances in the technology that goes with it. Putting roller blade wheels on your skate is what they did 40 years ago before there were actual skate wheels. My advice to anyone whos putting these rediculous wheels on your board would be to check out a store that sells longboard gear, and maybe read an article about skating before you come on here and try and tell everyone how you came up with the best new way to make your skateboard faster, you just sound stupid when you don't know what your talking about


    7 years ago on Step 2

    Just for future reference the "centre bolt" that you refered to is called a kingpin


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Reminds me of when we used to put rollerblade wheels on our skateboards and scooters. Much faster and lower ride height on the scooters.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Where the wheel hits the board causing it to stop suddenley sending rider flying forwards a few meters and then letting friction gravity and momentum do the rest.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    long boarders do because if the wheels hit big rocks it deosn't make it stop because the wheels are just roll over them or push them out of the way and you don't really do many tricks on longboards where u lift the board so the board can be heavy skateboards only have small wheels so they are lighter so they can do tricks


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Longboarders use bigger wheels so that they can go faster and they dont need to be close to the ground like skateboards are because they wont be doing many tricks. they are also bigger to support the extra weight and because they can be bigger cause of the higher trucks


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    actually theres a whole style of longboarding that does tricks which is called longboard danceing like this they need to be a little bit thicker to take the weight spread out but i've had a longboard thats lighter than my skateboard so the weight doesn't have alot to do with how much weight it supports and the trucks aren't that much bigger i've seen freinds use skateboard trucks on longboards and with cutouts to not get wheelbite it works fine. and that guy is right they are lower to the ground so that they get less drag people go down mountains on longboards


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    oh yes we do :D
    every longboarder tryes to have the board as close to the ground as possible; that's why the drop through design was born
    if you are crusing you want to be low for ease of pumping and if you are dowhnilling you want to be low for stability and reduced drag ;)
    I have a set of 82A 72mm rollerblade wheels on my cruiser for less resistance and they work just fine (they don't have any sidegrip whatsoever tho XD) - it's down to personal preference
    but those trucks are a fair bit narrow; I use 220mm ;)


    12 years ago on Step 9

    or use wider trucks. try Randle II 180s or like Indy 215s. also, having a large, heavy, stiff board is gonna make your ride sluggish, try cutting a deck out (of sturdy multi-ply wood, but not regular plywood) in the same basic shape as what you've already got, with narrow ends at the trucks to prevent wheel bite, i garuntee that it will atleast ride better :D

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    Reply 8 years ago on Step 9

    i made my own longboard in the same fashion as what you described and it only cost me about £10 and it works brilliantly i use it for cruising and it is going sturdy. all wheel bite is eliminated and its super smooth


    8 years ago on Step 7

    If you want to go fast the trucks you need are Randel 150DH these are designed to steer at speed, if its going to be under 30 then Randel 180's are the thing for carving. Either way Wide wheels are essential, ABEC 11's or WDM's. I use green Flashbacks . To give you an idea of whats possible take a look here, I have a vanguard as well as 7 or 8 other boards. I have nothing to do with this company but thier site is great, I suggest you look thorough thier videos you will be inspired to use the right kit and learn how to ride well, My final ford for you is Slide Gloves find out how and what they are for and you will increase your safty and boardcraft, im 48 and still riding strong. regards rob


    9 years ago on Step 9

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