Setting Up Your Longboard in 5 Easy Steps


  • Deck
  • Grip tape
  • Trucks
  • Wheels
  • Bearings
  • Skate Tool
  • Screw driver / Allen wrench
  • Truck mounting hardware (8 nuts, 8 screws, 4 bearing washers,4 truck axle nuts and 4 bearing spacers)
  • Rag
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Knife

*1. Clean your board with a rag, warm water and a dash of rubbing alcohol. Wipe the deck dry. Then, apply grip tape evenly by lining up the grip tape with the tail or nose of the deck. Peel back the edge of the non-sticky paper on the bottom of the grip tape and apply the sticky side to one end of the board. Slowly press the grip tape across the board while smoothing out the applied tape as it sticks to the deck. Follow up by rolling a wheel across the grit to smooth out any bubbles. (Tip: This works especially well if the wheel is rolling on a truck). Take a file to the grip tape above the edge of the deck to outline the edge of the board from the excess grip tape. Then, take a knife and carefully slit the excess grip tape off the edge of the board. Be sure to slice away from yourself to keep all your fingers intact.
*Skip Step 1 if your deck came pre-gripped by the rad personnel at Original HQ or the good people at your local boardshop.

2. Next, poke a screw through the truck mounting holes on the bottom of the deck to make holes in your grip tape. Line up your trucks with the mounting holes on the bottom of your deck. If your trucks are Traditional Kingpin Trucks (TKPs,) the bushings will face inward toward each other. However, many longboard trucks are Reverse Kingpin (RKPs), meaning that the top bushing faces toward the nose and tail of the board. Original Trucks attach to the deck with the wave cams facing outward and our logo facing inward.

3. Place your screws through the board and the truck mount. Twist your nuts around the bottom of the screw a few times so that the screws do not fall out of the bottom of the trucks. Hold the nut steady with your skate tool and twist the screw with your screwdriver/Allen wrench until the nut is pressed tight against the bottom of your deck.
If your board has multiple truck mounting options, experiment with truck placement to find the perfect wheelbase for your riding preference.

4. Place 1 bearing into the core of a wheel. If you cannot push the bearing in all the way snug, slide the bearing and wheel onto the truck axle and apply gentle force against the hanger. Slide the wheel onto the truck axle, bearing first. Slide a bearing spacer on the truck axle, and then push the second bearing into place. Finally, place your bearing washer between the truck axle nut and outward facing bearing, and then lock your truck nut tight with your skate tool. Repeat step 4 for the other wheels.
*Note: If you purchased Cell Bearings, the bearing spacers and washers are built into the two bearings for each wheel.

5. Once all four wheels are screwed on tight, you’re ready to ride! If you’re riding RKPs or TKPs, the last thing you want to experiment with is your bushings. Use your skate tool to loosen or tighten your bushings to choose the way you want to turn, slash, and slide.
If you are riding Original Trucks, use an Allen key to tighten or loosen the kingpin. Do not to tighten the kingpin too far, or you may break the wave cam. Also, be sure to experiment with our different spring colors to customize your carving style!

Here is a helpful video by Team Rider Brian Bishop that shows you how to use and maintain OS trucks.

By | 2017-08-03T16:57:32+00:00 July 30th, 2017|Categories: How to, longboarding, Original trucks|0 Comments
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