Skateboard Trucks Buying Guide
How to choose the right truck size for my skateboard?
The First rule of thumbs when it comes down to choosing the right size of truck is that the width of your board needs to fit the axel width of the trucks. So when you look down the wheels should be aligned to the board with a little to no wheels coming out.
There a couples of brands out there and they all have a different way to “ Numbers” the sizing
So we did this quick chart to serve a basic guideline.
For more details just keep going down after the chart….
Now let’s jump more into details!
Trucks or also the metal “T-shape” pieces that sit right under the board. They basically hold the whole thing together.They make you steer in the right direction and keep your skateboard wheels and bearings securely attached to the deck. They are a key component of your setup and without them you won’t roll very far.
Will break down the key components and help you choose the right pair of trucks for your skateboard set up.
Skateboard trucks are composed of several different parts: axles, hangers, baseplate, kingpins and bushings. All these parts come in different types and sizes. The most important thing is to choose one that will fit your setup correctly.
Axles : That long thin pin that you attach the wheels. Normally the ends of the axle should line up or close to form the sides of the board.
Hangers : The hanger is the “fat” part of the truck that holds the axle and wheels. It’s the part that you actually grind on and make contact with the surface.
Baseplate : It’s the base of the truck, this part is mounted to the base of the skateboard itself and it is also where the kingpin and pivot cup can be found.
Kingpins : It’s the bolt that runs through the middle of the baseplate and connects the hanger to the baseplate. Held on with a nut, you can loose or tighten the bushing to make it more or less turn, it’s also joined to the pivot cup to assure the turn of the trucks.
Bushings : It’s the color rings of urethane that are around the kingpin. They provide cushion and support when turning. They can be tightened or loosened up to feel and turn at your preference. more or turn less. Softer will be looser and harder tighter !
Axel & Kingpins Nuts : The … that holds the wheel to the axel and the kingpin with the bushing and baseplate. These bolts can be used with a skate tool to fix them.