How to Find the Size of Your Skateboard Truck

Written by matthew cote
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Whether you're buying a brand new pair to match a new deck, or you need something to replace the broken one, there are certain things you should consider about the size of your trucks. Bigger trucks are better for higher speeds, they their heavy weight makes it more difficult to do tricks. Narrow trucks sacrifice stability for maneuverability and are a much better choice if you're a more technical skateboarder. So, now that you know a little about the difference in performance, how can you find the size of your skateboard trucks?

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Skateboard truck
  • Pencil
  • SIngle sheet of paper
  • Ruler
  • Flat Surface

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Instructions

    Identifying the Size of A Skateboard Truck

  1. 1

    Place a sheet of paper on to a flat surface that is easily accessible and conducive to drawing. You will need space to move, so find an area that isn't restrictive in any way. Additionally, it's important to have a sheet of paper large enough to fit the entire length of the truck. It's also helpful to have lots of overhead light to enhance projection of a well-defined shadow. All of these factors are important in ensuring a precise measurement.

  2. 2

    Place the truck (with axle down) in the center of the piece of paper. With a pencil flush against the end of the axle, draw a line to mark either side of the truck (feel free to use the shadow projected beneath the truck as a reference). These marks will indicate the entire distance covered by the skateboard truck and will provide a flat plane on which to make your measurements. A thin line or small dot works best; try not to make a very thick line as it will affect measurement--you are dealing with small, precise measurements.

  3. 3

    Remove the truck from the paper and measure the space between the lines with the ruler. This measurement is the size of your skateboard truck. Skateboard trucks are typically measured in millimeters or inches.

Tips and warnings

  • The size of your trucks should match the size of your deck. It's helpful to place the entire skateboard on its side, so that one wheel on each truck touches the ground. If the skateboard stands perfectly straight, you have a perfect match.
  • Incompatible hardware such as mismatched equipment could result in an unstable ride. A large skateboard with narrow trucks is predisposed to wobbling uncontrollably during high speeds.

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