Have you noticed a decline in your longboard performance? Well, it may be time to replace your longboard bearings.
When your longboard bearings are dirty or broken off, your riding speed will be affected. Hence, you will not have a great ride and at the same time, it is dangerous for you. In this article, we would like to share the easy steps on how to change longboard bearings.
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Why Should You Change Your Longboard Bearings?
Primarily, the bearings of your longboard are responsible for making your board wheels roll. So, if there is something wrong with your bearings, you have to change them immediately.
If your board bearings are worn-off, their performance will slow down. You cannot ride at increased speed anymore even though you push it hard. Changing your longboard bearings can maintain your longboard and lessen the friction. This results in a smooth and comfortable ride.
Also, if you do not change your bearings, they may pluck. This will make your wheels fall off and loosen the axle nut. It may pose danger for you.
How Often Should You Change Your Longboard Bearings?
There are some factors that tell when you should change your bearings. These include broken bearings, low-quality bearings, and a noticeable decline of your board speed.
On the other hand, if your bearings are of high quality, you may change them once a year or every two years. Also, if you want to upgrade your longboard speed, you must change your bearings.
11 Steps in Changing Longboard Bearings
If you have now decided to change your board bearings, you must know how to do it. Here are the eleven steps in changing longboard bearings.
1. Get a skate tool and new bearings
The materials that you will need for this task are a skate tool and the new bearings. Be sure that your longboard bearings are standard and of high quality.
2. Prepare your longboard
Get your longboard and lay it on the stable surface. Turn it upside down so that the board trucks are facing up.
3. Unloosen the axle nut
Remove the nut in which the wheels are attached using the skate tool. Make sure that you are using the appropriate size of the skate tool.
4. Take out the wheels and spacer
Once the nut is unattached, you may take out the wheel and the spacer. You may set aside the spacer in a safe place.
5. Pry the bearings
Get the wheels and pry the bearing out using the small tool known as the Allen/hex key, which is one of the components of a skate tool. Once done, you may do the same on the other wheels. Also, take out the spacer that is in between the bearings and the wheel.
6. Insert the new bearings
Once the old bearings are removed, you may put one of the new bearings inside the wheel. Push it using your fingers or a tool until it is placed properly or it stops on the stopper in the wheel. Do the same process with the other wheel.
7. Return the spacer
Once the bearings are in the wheel already, return the spacer that is in between the bearings. It must be in an upright position.
8. Return the outside spacer and the wheel
Put the external spacer back on the board’s axle. Then, return the wheels. Be sure that they are put back properly.
9. Screw back the axle nut
Using the skate tool, screw and attach the nut on the axle. This will hold the wheel tight and in the proper place.
10. Repeat the process
You may repeat the process from step 1 to 9 on the other truck. Once done, you may test the wheels.
11. Examine the wheels
Test all the four wheels by spinning them. They must move freely. If they do not spin well, adjust the nut. It may be too tight so you must loosen it until the wheels spin freely.
On the other hand, if all the wheels spin well, then you will have a good speed ride.
The Bottom Line
Overall, I suggest that you replace your old bearings with high-quality bearings. And you may change them once a year or every two years. Also, maintain your bearings by cleaning them from time to time or once a month especially if you are always riding. Check your bearings to see if they are worn off.
Replacing and maintaining your bearings will result in a greater speed and smooth rides. It will make you safe too. This article on how to change longboard bearings will give you the knowledge to maintain your longboard.
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