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How to Customize Your Skateboard

Make your board your own by tailoring it to your skating style.


  • Step 1: Add a plastic nose guard to protect the front of the board and a plastic tail guard for skid protection when stopping your board.
  • Step 2: Adjust the trucks' kingpin bolts with a wrench. Loosen them for easier turning; tighten for more stability.
  • : Overtightening the kingpins can reduce your ability to steer around sudden obstacles.
  • Step 3: Choose the right wheel type. Larger skateboard wheels roll faster for ramp skaters, while smaller wheels offer more flexibility for street tricks.
  • Step 4: Decorate your skateboard with deck stickers and logos.
  • FACT: The basic skateboard truck design originated in the 1920s for the ballroom roller-skating dancing craze.

You Will Need

  • A skateboard deck
  • 2 skateboard trucks
  • 4 skateboard wheels
  • Utility knife
  • Socket wrench
  • 1 roll grip tape
  • 1 plastic noseguard and tailguard
  • A drill
  • Deck stickers and logos

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