The skateboard truck is one of the most important parts of a skateboard which can make a huge difference in your skating experience. With time the truck starts to get loosen thus regular tightening is very important for a smoother ride. Most of the people who do skateboarding know how to tight the truck.
However, if you are a beginner in skateboarding or do not know how to tighten skateboard trucks then this article is for you as I will talk about it in detail.
So, go through the whole article to get detailed information about tightening a skateboard truck.
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How Tight Should Skateboard Trucks Be?
There is no proper adjustment as the truck tightness of a skateboard. It is a matter of personal choice. The one who rides it will fit the trucks the way he likes it.
However, there are a few things you have to consider while tightening the skateboard truck.
If you are a beginner, then you should keep the trucks tight as one can easily control the skateboard with tight trucks.
On the other hand, loose trucks give a better flow to the skateboard and allow one to do tricks in a better way.
So the tightness is your personal choice and there is no perfect tightening adjustment of a skateboard truck.
How To Tighten Trucks On Skateboard With Skate Tools?
Tightening skateboard trucks is not a difficult job as it can be done by anyone. The task gets easier if you have the skate tool. A skate tool is given with most of the skateboards so that you can do necessary adjustments to the trucks.
Before tightening the truck first think how much you want to tighten it. A tighter truck gives more control and stability to the skateboard but over-tightening is not recommended.
Flip your skateboard and check the truck with your hands by tilting them back and forth. If the trucks are tilting too much that means, it’s very loose. Now use the skate tool and place it in the big nut that is right in the middle of the truck. This nut controls the tightness of the truck of a skateboard.
Now, turn the nut clockwise with the skate tool to tighten it as much as you want but do not over tighten it. As there is no perfect measurement of tightening a truck you have to decide how much you want to tighten it.
This is how you can use the stake tool to tighten skateboard trucks. After tightening you should always check it by going on a ride with the skateboard. If you feel it should be tighter you can adjust it again using the skate tool.
How To Tighten Skateboard Trucks Without Tools?
Above we learnt to tighten a skateboard truck with tools and now we will know how we can do it without any tools.
You don’t necessarily need a skate tool to do any adjustments. You can tighten the nuts by using a wrench or screwdriver as well. The screwdriver has to match with the nuts size in this case because only then you will be able to adjust it.
So, if you don’t have a skate tool find a wrench or screwdriver in your house. The method of tightening with a screwdriver or wrench is almost the same as the method of tightening with a skate tool.
You have to place the screwdriver or the wrench whichever you use in the nut and turn it clockwise. The nut will keep turning until it gets too tight so you can tighten it as your choice.
In this way using a wrench or screwdriver you can tighten skateboard trucks easily without the skate tool.
What Tool Do You Use To Tighten Trucks On A Skateboard?
Most of the skateboarders use the skate tool to tighten the trucks of a skateboard. Other than that, skateboarders also use wrenches or screwdrivers to adjust the trucks.
Tightening trucks is a very easy job so it can be done without the skate tool as well.
However, the easiest way is using the skate tool that’s why it is used the most rather than any other types of tools.
Can You Over Tighten Skateboard Trucks?
Yes, you can over tighten skateboard trucks but in that case, you will not be able to take easy turns. Moreover, you will not be able to control the board and skate easily if the trucks are over tighten.
Even though there is no appropriate measurement of tightening the trucks, over tightening it is also not recommended.
Why Won’t My Skateboard Trucks Tighten?
If you are not able to tighten your skateboard trucks either they broke or the blushing has split. Sometimes the trucks broke and in this case, it will not tighten any more. You have to take the skateboard to repair the truck.
Also, sometimes for tightening too much the bushings split. No matter how much you keep tightening it if the bushing splits the trucks won’t tighten anymore.
Should My Skateboard Trucks Be Loose Or Tight?
This question has no accurate answer as the adjustment of the trucks will totally depend on how you like to skate. Many skaters like loose trucks and many like tight trucks.
Tight trucks give better stability, control and help to skate easily thus mostly beginners like tight trucks. On the other hand, skaters who like doing tricks like to have loose trucks.
In the End…
As you are at the end of the article, I hope you have come to know how to Tighten Skateboard Trucks with and without tools. You can now tighten the trucks anytime you want according to your choice. There is no need to take someone else’s help anymore.
If you are a beginner take the tool with you for the first few days so that you can do the necessary adjustments while skating. After a few adjustments, you will be able to understand how much tightness seems good to you for skating smoothly.