How To Build A Complete Skateboard

Introduction

Assembling a skateboard is fairly easy, but like most things worthwhile, it will take some patience and understanding. We are more then happy to assemble any skateboard purchased from The Black Sheep Store although many skaters like to do it themselves. If you are an individual who would like to learn how it is done then have a look below as we have the necessary basics that will guide you through the process. 

Equipment and Tools

To start off with lets make sure you have all the needed components and tools that are required when building a complete skateboard :

Hardware/Bolts (8)

Either Allen Key or Phillip's bolts will do, it is your preference. 

Trucks (2)

The trucks featured on our website are priced for a pair not a single truck. This may not be the case at all skate shops so double check you are buying as a pair as one truck is useless. Trucks will also need to match, this is very important. 

Bearings (set of 8)

Each wheel requires 2 bearings, giving you a total of 8. 

Wheels (4)

Wheels come in a set of 4 and will all be the same size/shape/hardness, do not mix and match.  

Gripped Skateboard Deck (1) 

If your deck hasn't already been gripped then our 'How To Grip A Skateboard Deck' page will give you the needed instructions on how to grip your deck. 

Skateboard Tool 

If you do not have access to a skateboard tool then an adjustable spanner and an allen key or phillip's screwdriver  will do. Depending on what hardware/bolts you will be using make sure you use the right tool. Considering your standard skateboard tools don't cost that much I would advise purchasing one. Click on the link to scope out our tools that are available to buy. 

Building A Complete - Directions 

If you have all the above then it's time to get started...

Mounting The Trucks 

If your deck has already been gripped then the first step is to poke through the bolt/screw holes with a thin sharp object. Be careful as you go because you don't want to poke through into your hand. Now grab your 8 bolts (Hardware), if they are joined you will need to seperate them. Place each bolt into each hole on the gripped side of your deck. You can now slip the baseplate (bottom part of the trucks) onto the bolts. If you are using risers you will want to place them on first, inbetween the baseplate and deck. Once you have applied both trucks, making sure the kingpin of each truck faces towards each other then you can now apply the nuts to the bolts. Now they're in place fasten them securely