How to Assemble a Board
|Start with all of the necessary parts: deck, griptape, trucks, wheels, 8 bearings, and 8 mounting bolts.|
|Peel off the backing to the griptape and then stick it to the deck. If you want a line in your grip, cut it first. Never cut it when its already on the deck because the deck will potentially break along that cut. Press down on the middle of the sheet and work your way to the edge of the deck. Press firmly and make sure there are no air bubbles in the grip.|
|File down the edges with a metal object. The idea is to wear down an outline around the deck so that it is easier to cut. Don’t get the grip stuck to the sides of the deck, just make sure it is firmly pressed down on the top of the deck all the way to the edge.|
|Carefully cut the grip away along the line with the blade angled against the edge or the deck. I think its easier to cut toward yourself, just make sure your hand and body are clear.|
|Poke out the truck
holes so you can see where to put the bolts.
|Attach the trucks
to the deck with the bolts. The trucks face each other with the big kingpin
bolt facing the middle of the deck.
the bolts either by hand or with power tools. See next picture because this
can very easily be done improperly.
|The countersinking bolts should be flush to the top of the deck, or sticking up about a millimeter. They should NEVER be sunk deeper than this. If you keep tightening them too far they will just keep going. Then you have some major problems: your deck is severely weakened, you may not be able to remove the bolt, and ANY warranty or guarantee there may have been is invalid.|
|Press the bearings in as much as possible but don’t hammer them or press down on the shield with any object that might damage them. Use something that only comes in contact with the inner or outer rings.|
|The axle of the truck works good for this. Carefully press down until the bearing is firmly set into the wheel.|
After pressing in both bearings, double-check if your small washer is in place on the axle between the truck and the wheel. Having one between the wheel and the axle nut is also good but this inner one is most important for protecting your bearing.
|Carefully tighten the wheel and don’t over- tighten it. Wiggle it back and forth as you tighten it to get an idea how far to go.|
|Give the wheel a spin and always make sure that it is free-spinning.|
|When the board is put together, stand on it to check the tightness of the trucks and adjust the kingpin to your liking. Looser is for better turning, tighter is for more stability. Congratulations, now you can skate!|