How To Put On Skateboard Wheels
Learning how to put on skateboard wheels is important if you own a skateboard. Skateboard wheels are typically made of polyurethane and vary in size from 48mm to 100mm. Smaller sizes provide a lighter weight with a better center of gravity, while larger wheels grant smoother movement and can handle almost any terrain. There are many parts involved, such as locknuts, bearings, and trucks, so knowing how to put on skateboard wheels and take them off the wheels to access these other parts is essential. It is a simple enough process that usually doesn't take much time at all.
To put on skateboard wheels, you will need:
- Four sets of skateboard wheels
- Eight packs of skateboard bearings
- Four sets of key rings
- Four locknuts
- Socket Wrench
- Take your skateboard deck (assuming the truck assembly is attached) and place it on its side so that you have one end of the forward and back truck facing up towards you. Take one of your bearings and place it onto the truck screw, sliding the bearing all the way down until it can't go any further. Ensure that the flush end of the bearing is facing in towards the truck assembly.
- Take one of the four skateboard wheels and place it onto the truck screw back-side first (the same truck screw that holds the bearing). Slide it all the way down to the bearing. Once the wheel reaches the bearing, place both palms on the wheel, and with force, push it down onto the bearing. This will pop the bearing into the front-side of the wheel.
- Take the wheel off of the truck assembly and place the second bearing on the truck screw sliding it all the way down. Take the wheel with one bearing in it and place the side of the wheel without a bearing, onto the truck screw. Slide the wheel down to the waiting bearing. Once again, place both palms on the wheel and push it down onto the bearing. This will pop the second bearing into the back-side of the wheel.
- Take one of the four key rings provided and slide it onto the truck screw and down to the front-side bearing. This will place distance between the locknut and the bearing.
- Take one of the four locknuts and twist in onto the truck screw. Once you have the locknut on the truck screw, take your socket wrench and tighten the locknut as tight as you can. Doing this will push your bearing as far into the wheel as possible. Slowly loosen the locknut until your wheel has a desired spin to it.