How to Put Trucks on a Longboard
Longboarding is a fun, flexible, and helpful activity. And, of course, you can’t go longboarding without a longboard. Longboards vary in size and shape and are more stable than skateboards. Read on as we discuss the uses of a longboard, the different types, and how to put trucks on a longboard.
The fundamental use of longboards is to commute—longboards used for this purpose come in different shapes. Their trucks are looser for these longboards to allow sharper turns.
For commuting, a shorter board with medium-sized wheels should be used. If you’re going longer distances, longer boards with larger wheels will suit you better. A commuting longboard should have a kicktail to lift the front when riding off curbs or turning a corner on a sidewalk.
Longboards are pretty helpful when you’re going down a hill. Downhill longboarding involves keeping your board in control while going down a hill as fast as possible. These boards are usually stiff to enhance control while at high speed.
Most downhill boards are built from wood. Maple, Bamboo, and Baltic Birch are the most common woods used. Downhill longboarders mostly use reverse kingpin trucks. These trucks have better traction and are easier to handle at speed.
Freeride longboarding involves sliding and using other tricks while riding on a longboard. The decks are often symmetrical and may have kicktails. Downhill boards and freeride boards are often used interchangeably. The main difference is that freeride boards are symmetrical front to back while downhill boards are usually directional, with a defined front and rear.
Longboards can be used to race long distances or downhill. Racing downhill can be done in two styles: luge or stand-up. In luge, riders lay on their back with their feet facing downhill. Most people do stand-up racing, though.
Dancing on a longboard involves combining freestyle skating with rhythm and dancing movements. A larger deck is more suitable for dancing than a smaller one as a larger deck provides a more comfortable platform and is easier to maneuver.
Longboards are well used for traveling long distances. Unlike regular top-mounted longboards, longboards have decks closer to the ground for long distances. This improves stability and makes pushing and braking easy.
There are many types of longboards. Many of these longboards are suited to specific purposes. Here are some types of longboards.
These longboards are well-loved for their speed. On these, you can go at 50 to 65 mph. Longboarders who are very good can hit 80 to 90 mph. Your speed isn’t only determined by the type of board you are using.
The slope gradient, your weight, riding technique, potential to push and pump, the design of the board you’re riding, your braking potential all determine your speed. Downhill longboards provide comfortable foot space, and they accommodate larger wheels.
They look like any ordinary longboard but have cut-out in the deck. This cut out allows the truck to fit nicely on the board. They are excellent for cruising at high speed. They are easily controllable, allowing you to adjust your speed to your needs.
Although they allow the rider to slide over the board, they are prone to drifting. They also have a poor grip.
Carving is a challenging technique many longboarders aim to master, and it is the closest technique to surfing on the ocean. It is about speed and curves. The best carving decks have a good flex.
These longboards are very flexible and light, making them easy to carry while going on a trek or a picnic.
These longboards are generally long. They are longer than longboards used for freerides, carving, or cruising. They have a double kicktail to pop them up quickly. An excellent dancing board will be light for its length with a soft flex (but not too soft).
They are distinguished by their teardrop shape that allows deep carving with little or no wheelbite. They are excellent for carving and cruising on flat surfaces and hilltops. The platform has enough room for a rider’s feet, making it a great longboard choice for beginners.
The blunt design is obtained from the tail and nose of a pintail. Blunt longboards are very durable and stable. The little flex they have is safe for beginners. Blunt longboards are not well suited for sharp turns.
They are distinguished by the aperture in their tail, earning them their name. They are similar to pintails except that they allow for sharper turns.
To mount the trucks on your drop-through board, you’ll need:
- Four drop through shock pads
- Two trucks
- Eight bolts
- Eight nuts
1. Use the T-Tool to undo the kingpin nut. Take your trucks apart and keep all components neatly organized.
2. Align the drop-through pads with the deck. Line up the base plate holes to the deck and drop through pads.
3. Slide the bolts through the base plate and shock pad. Slide the bolts through the deck.
4. Add the nylon into the bolt to protect the deck. Hand-tighten the nuts onto the bolt. Use the screwdriver and T-Tool to tighten the bolts and nuts until they are secure. Repeat these steps for the second base plate.
5. With the base plates in place, it’s time to reassemble the trucks. Slide the bottom washer (if it has one) and slide the bottom bushing.
6. Place the pivot inside the hanger and push it into place. Add the top bushings and washer (if it has one).
7. Tighten the kingpin nut. The tighter the kingpin nut, the more stable aboard will be. A board with a looser kingpin nut will have more maneuverable trucks.
- Always use your helmet
- Use your slide gloves all the time
- Ensure your board is in good shape
- Learn “safe” fall methods
- Avoid riding at night
- Know when to slide and when to stop
Longboards can serve as an escape from stress. Riding a longboard can be pleasant and relaxing and has many health benefits. But it’s essential to take the proper safety measures. Ensure your trucks are correctly mounted and have a pleasant ride.