Tighten Up: A Guide To Skateboard Hardware Replacement

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Hey there, fellow skateboard enthusiasts and FamilyHype readers! We know how much you love your board. It’s more than just a piece of sports equipment; it’s your partner in all those thrilling adventures and stunts.

But sometimes, parts wear out or get damaged, right? Well, we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to rush off to the shop every time this happens. In fact, with a little guidance and patience, you can do basic repairs, such as replacing the hardware on your board at home. We promise it isn’t as tough as it seems!

And think about this – not only will you learn something new, save some money, and help out a friend or two in need, but also, by mastering these skills, you can be more independent and self-sufficient. So grab your skate tool kit, and let’s tighten up our rides together with our Do-It-Yourself Skateboard Hardware Replacement Guide!

Key Takeaways

In this article, we’ll learn about replacing our hardware, proving that with the right trucks, bearings, screws, and nuts, replacing your hardware can be done with ease. We are proud to provide a Hardware Guide to help riders keep their boards in tip-top shape.

Now, we’ll need to keep checking on it regularly to make sure everything stays snug and secure. Maintaining a well-conditioned vehicle is essential for riders looking to grind rails, ollie stairs, and perform other tricks. Remember, taking good care of your skateboard means more fun rides ahead.

So let’s get back out there and show the world what we can do! If you have any feedback or experience, please share it with us. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic and how FamilyHype can help make skateboarding even more enjoyable.

Understanding Your Skateboard’s Hardware

At FamilyHype, we understand the importance of skateboarding for families, and we want to make sure your ride is smooth and enjoyable. Before we dive into our guide on hardware replacement, it’s essential to get a good understanding of your hardware and its importance. This is what we call the anatomy of a skate.

Your hardware functions as its bones and joints, much like the deck is the backbone and the wheel and truck are pivotal elements. Proper maintenance can make all the difference! From trucks to bearings, and even the nuts and bolts on the deck, knowing how to properly tighten if ever you get a loose screw, adjust, and replace your hardware will keep your ride running smoothly.

Tools You Will Need

If you’re planning to refurbish a board, you’ll need to equip yourself with certain tools that are essential for the job. Here at FamilyHype, we recommend that you gather and pack the following items: an Allen wrench, a Phillips screwdriver, new screws and bolts, and safety gloves. Most skateboard hardware needs an Allen head or a Phillips head. You can also grab some grip tape and riser pads for your kit. You can get these things at a hardware store or skate shop at a reasonable price. Be sure to handle your tools with care, and always keep our skateboard maintenance tips and tool safety measures in mind.

So, are you ready to begin? Let’s go ahead and have some fun while removing old hardware. We hope you find this content helpful and informative. Remember to always handle tools with care and use your board safely. Happy refurbishing!

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Removing Old Hardware

Ready for the real fun part? Let’s dive right into removing that old skate hardware from your skateboard deck – a process that requires patience and attention. Be sure to carefully peel off the grip tape if you’re replacing that too. We encourage you to share your feedback on the process and be sure to take it slow so you don’t damage anything.

Once all pieces, including your old skateboard trucks, are safely removed, you’re ready for the next exciting stage – choosing new skateboard hardware to give your board a fresh look and improved performance. Hardware typically includes trucks, bushings, risers, bearings, wheels, and hardware sets. For most decks, each truck requires four bolts, but always ensure the hardware size is a match for your board. There are many brands and types of hardware available, so it’s important to do your research and choose the right type of hardware for your needs.

Remember, quality hardware will help you to get the most out of your board!

Choosing New Hardware

Now’s the time to embrace the thrill of selecting new hardware for your beloved ride! Here at FamilyHype, we understand how important it is to ensure your board is always in optimal condition. That’s why we want to make sure you have the right and compatible bolts and take note of all the resources you need to make the right decisions. Some good options include Allen Hardware, Phillips Hardware, Warehouse Skateboards, and more. You don’t have to get all your hardware from one brand.

Let’s dive into what we need to consider when choosing high-quality hardware:

  • Durability: We don’t want hardware that’ll get to the breaking point easily and unable to withstand stresses, do we? We suggest looking for materials like stainless steel and brass that are known for their strength and durability.
  • Size: You want to make sure you pick hardware that fits your board perfectly. Take measurements of your skateboard deck size to make sure you get the right hardware size. You’ll also want the right wheel size and riser size for your board.
  • Style: You want your board to be unique and reflect your own style. With so many different colors and designs, as customers, you’ll be sure to find something that stands out and fits your board’s theme.

At the end of the day, it’s all about giving your ride a longer life. So let’s make sure we do our research and choose the best hardware for our boards to get the best experience.

Installing New Hardware

Alright, kiddos! Now that we’ve chosen our new type of hardware, let’s dive into how to build a skateboard correctly. Grab your Allen wrench because we’re gonna show you the ropes on properly placing your bearings and wheels on the top of the deck, and also give you a crash course on how to tighten the nut and those skateboard bolts just right. This is the answer to your hardware problems!

Don’t worry, we’ll walk through each step together and make sure your skateboard is ready for some serious cruising!

Properly Placing Bearings And Wheels

Once you’ve got your bearings in hand, imagine them as snug little homes for your wheels to live in. Here at FamilyHype, we understand how important it is to ensure the longevity of your bearing wheels to the last bit, as well as make sure you have the right balance.

So, here’s what we need to do to properly place your bearing wheels:

  1. Choose the right wheels for good balance, such as urethane wheels, polyurethane wheels, and plastic wheels.
  2. Ensure bearing longevity with regular maintenance, such as cleaning, lubrication, and inspections.
  3. Insert each bearing into its wheel home properly so it fits snugly.
  4. Press down evenly to ensure the bearing and wheel are securely in place.

Doing this right ensures a smooth ride and leads us to the next part, making sure those bolts are tightened just right!

Tightening Hardware Correctly

Having neatly fitted the bearings and wheels, it’s time to secure everything with bolts. Bolt torque is super important in skateboard maintenance. Tighten them just right – not too loose or you’ll wobble, not too tight or you might damage your board. It’s all about balance, friends!

Remembering these handy tips will help keep your ride fun and safe. Tightening bolts correctly is a key part of maintenance and can help ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable ride. Next up, we’ll look at making sure everything is working like a dream in our post-installation checks.

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Post-Installation Checks

Alright, team! Now that we’ve got our new hardware installed on our skateboard, it’s time to double-check everything. We need to make sure all is secure and nothing wiggles or shakes – we don’t want any surprise mishaps while riding! Once we’re absolutely certain, let’s give our ride a test run and see how it feels under our feet.

Ensuring Your Hardware is Secure

At FamilyHype, we understand the importance of a secure board and the joy that comes with a successful trick. That’s why it’s important to double-check that all components of your board are firmly attached. Here are some key steps to take:

  1. Make sure your trucks are tight and secure.
  2. Check all wheels for any wobble.
  3. Inspect the rust prevention application.
  4. Confirm safety precautions have been taken.

Once all the essential elements have been checked, it’s now time to experience the exhilaration of skateboarding! We hope you find this content helpful and would love to hear your feedback.

Test Riding Your Skateboard Hardware

Now, it’s time to jump on your board and let the wind whisper through your hair as you test ride and experience the thrill of freedom only skateboarding can provide! Skateboard maintenance is key to a safe and enjoyable ride, so make sure to check for any loose parts or any wear and tear before hopping on your board.

Whether you prefer street or park skating, there are a variety of skateboards, trucks, wheels, and other accessories to choose from to keep your board in tip-top shape. With the help of FamilyHype, we can stay up-to-date with the newest skateboarding trends and find the perfect setup to serve up those awesome tricks!


We’ve done it, gang! We’ve successfully replaced our skateboard’s hardware. Skateboarding is a beloved activity by many, and we are proud to provide a Skateboard Hardware Replacement Guide to help riders keep their boards in tip-top shape.

It wasn’t so hard, was it? With the right tools and equipment, such as skateboard trucks, bearings, screws, and nuts, replacing your hardware can be done with ease. Now, we’ll need to keep checking on it regularly to make sure everything stays snug and secure. Remember, taking good care of your skateboard means more fun rides ahead.

So let’s get back out there and show the world what we can do! If you have any feedback or experience with skateboard hardware replacement, please share it with us. Thanks for reading!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How Do I Know The Right Size Hardware To Get For My Skateboard?

The main thing you need to consider is the thickness of your board. The hardware has to be long enough to go through your deck and truck baseplate. You can refer to a skateboard hardware size chart for assistance.

When Should I Replace My Skateboard Hardware?

There’s really no set timeframe for when you should replace your hardware. Ideally, you should do regular checks even with the small hardware to make sure they are still in good condition. You can then replace it when it stops working the way you want it to or shows signs of deterioration.

What Is The Metal Part Of The Skateboard Called?

The steel parts of your skateboard are called the trucks. Skateboard trucks have several parts, including the baseplate, bushings, kingpin, and axles.

How Long Do Skateboard Bearings Last?

This depends on how often you skate and how well you take care of your deck. If you skate every day and do a lot of tricks, you can expect to replace your bearings more often than a casual skater.

Can You Over-Tighten Skateboard Hardware?

Yes. Your hardware should be snug but not too tight. If you over-tighten your hardware, it can cause cracks to form on the bottom of the deck.

What Type Of Glue Is Most Commonly Used On Skateboard Decks?

The most common glue to hold the decks used in the manufacturing of skateboards is polyvinyl assembly adhesive (PVA).

How Do You Clean Skateboard Bearings?

Many skaters have bought a special solvent to clean their bearings. Some use rubbing alcohol as their cleaner of choice. Some say that regular soap and water also work well as long as you thoroughly dry even the inside of your bearings afterward.

Should I Lubricate My Skateboard Bearings?

Yes. Keeping your bearings clean and lubricated is essential in making them last longer.

Are Tight Trucks Better For Tricks?

According to some reviews, this depends on the types of tricks you want to do. Looser-fit trucks are better for doing turns and maneuvering your board, while tighter trucks give you more control and stability.

Is It Okay To Use WD40 On Skateboard Bearings?

While WD40 is an efficient lubricant for a variety of purposes, most users reviewed and advised that it’s not advisable to use it on skateboard bearings. Instead, use a lubricant specifically designed for use on skateboard hardware.


Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Nisa Jabajab

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