How to Tighten Skateboard Trucks

After a few weeks of padding, the skateboarder decides for a tightening of the trucks that he considers optimal for his practice. After changing trucks or to start a new way of skating (large gaps, curves or to do like a skateboarder that he wants to imitate for example), the skateboarder pulls out his key and screws / unscrews his trucks.

Reasons for tightening trucks

  • For larger skateboarding: Gaps, steps or other imposing obstacles require skateboarding with tighter trucks. It makes it easier to put the figures back in place.
  • To avoid wheelbites: on the street, when the wheels rub hard against the board, it’s a guaranteed fall. By screwing its trucks a little harder, the skater loses in turns but gains stability.  It also forces him to do better with his tricks and to tackle his tricks straight.
  • To make curves or speed: the big ramp makes skates roll very fast. To avoid the wobble effect and to be comfortable on his skate, the curve skater likes to be guided by firm trucks.  Even topo for skaters who want to go very fast.  Beware, not all bend skaters like tight trucks and in bowl, for example, the riders have rather loose trucks because it allows to carve.

Alternatives to truck clamping

Tightening trucks is an easy reflex but not necessarily the right one. Sometimes it’s better:

  • Changing erasers: this is especially true when the gums are split or very sharp. As a result of being compressed, some erasers (especially those of poor quality) become deformed and prevent the skateboard from rolling straight.
  • Take harder erasers: as the skateboarder grows / ages, he/she can gain weight. The settings of 5 years ago on trucks may no longer be appropriate. Taking harder gums is sometimes necessary.
  • Change trucks: not all good skateboard trucks turn in the same way. Tensor, Venture and Independent are 3 brands of trucks that turn radically differently. The beginner does not notice it but after several months of practice, the sensitivity to this type of detail is felt in a very concrete way.

How To Tighten The Trucks

  • Turn the board upside down, and locate the ankle pin on the trucks. The kingpin is the large bolt in the center of the truck. Remove the peg with a skid wrench or hex key and remove the truck hanger.
  • The hanger is the upper part that holds the axle and wheels. Remove the bushing and inspect cracks. If the socket is substantially damaged, dirty or deformed, it must be replaced.
  • Replace the handlebars and tighten the back pin securely. Wiggle the trucks slightly to see if they are safe. If the trucks are loose, tighten the four bolts to attach them to the map, then check again. Trucks must be tight at this point.