Finding Your Perfect Skateboard Trucks

Finding Your Perfect Skateboard Trucks

Every skater will have their favourite trucks to ride. This may come down to the sturdiness of Independents or the turning quality and control of Thunders or maybe someone may ride Thunder Bushings in their Indy trucks. This all comes down to the preference of the skater.

Trucks come in all different heights, sizes and weights. Some may feature a hollow kingpin or give you the option to get the same height and width trucks in a lighter version to give you even less weight to carry on your board. The height will determine how high your board comes of the ground when stationary. Low Trucks enable a quicker pop, perfect for dodging gaps or rocks or getting up an obstacle straight after another. High Trucks mean that you have further to get your tail down to the ground, making your board come more vertical off the ground than low trucks when popping, giving you more height to level out your trick, thus a bigger pop.

We recommend when it comes to choosing the size of your new trucks that you match the width of your trucks to the width of your board. If there’s something you don’t want it’s wide trucks on a skinny board or vice-versa.

Skateboard Trucks come in all sorts of different measurements, which can be confusing as some of them are not clear enough. Below are the measurements of the more popular trucks with the not so obvious sizes. The size of trucks you get is largely dependent on the width of the board you’re skating. Below are a few examples based on the skateboard trucked stocked by Aylesbury Skateboards. Some companies choose to name their trucks based on the width of the hangar (excluding the axel where the wheels go) in either millimetres or inches. Others go for the width of the whole truck (Silver) in inches which can make it difficult to understand what size trucks you’re buying.

Here is our size guide for skateboard trucks:

Independent:

  • 129 Fits 7.4” – 7.75”
  • 139 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 149 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”
  • 159 Fits 8.5” – 9.0”
  • 169 Fits 8.75” – 9.75”
  • 215 Fits 9.75” +

Thunder:

  • 145 Fits 7.6” – 7.9”
  • 147 Fits 7.9” – 8.2”
  • 149 Fits 8.2” – 8.4”
  • 151 Fits 8.4” – 9.0”

Venture:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 8.0”
  • 5.25 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.8 Fits 8.25” – 9.0”

Tensor:

  • 5.0 Fits 7.5” – 7.75”
  • 5.25 Fits 7.75” – 8.0”
  • 5.5 Fits 8.0” – 8.25”
  • 5.75 Fits 8.25” – 8.5”
  • 6.0 Fits 8.5” +

Silver:

  • 8.0 Fits 7.75” – 8.25”
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25” – 8.75”

Krux:

  • 3.5 Fits 7.75″ – 8.0″
  • 4.0 Fits 8.0″ – 8.25″
  • 8.25 Fits 8.25″ – 8.5″ (This one throws us off too).

Bolts and Risers

Bolts are the part which are used to hold the trucks onto the board. With these you get a few options to choose from; colour and length. Most bolts either take an allen-key or a phillips head screwdriver and a 3/8″ socket to tighten. Skate tools have everything you need to set up your board. Some companies do different coloured bolts which can either be used just to look pretty, or as an indication of which way around your board is (for example, placing two coloured bolts near the front to know where the nose is). Different length bolts are needed to fit through the different thicknesses of boards and trucks. Some are relatively thin and can use 7/8″ bolts comfortably, but for the majority, 1″ bolts are suitable. Bolts can come in longer lengths, for example 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″, too for different situations.

If you have risers on your board, you’ll need to get some longer bolts to securely hold the trucks onto the board still with the added thickness. Risers are often used to add a little bit of extra height to the ride (similar to skating high trucks opposed to lows). They also have the benefit of adding some shock support as the rubber can absorb at least some of the impact of landing bigger tricks. This can reduce the likelihood of getting pressure cracks in the board or cracking the baseplate of the trucks.

All skate bolts have nylon nuts so that they are less likely to come one done. These work because when you tighten them the first time, the bolt cuts a thread through some nylon in the bolt giving a tighter and more secure fit. The one downside to this is that once they are undone and reused, they won’t be as secure as the nylon isn’t as tight. Bolts can comfortably be reused at least a few times, but after a while they will wear out and will constantly be coming loose. Not something you want to happen while you’re skating.


 

Tools

An additional note, Skate tools are handy multi tools which have everything you need for adjusting your board. Most, if not all, standard skate tools will have:

  • 9/16 inch kingpin socket
  • 1/2 inch axle nut socket
  • 3/8 inch hardware socket
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Allen wrench as standard.

Some more advanced tools, such as the Silver Skate Tool features a ratcheted hardware socket which makes it so much easier to tighten or loosen the truck bolts. It also has a file on the top which is great for gripping a board.

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