How To Change Your Skateboard Bushings

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Changing Your Skateboard Bushings

It’s a lot like Robert M. Pirsig, the author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance said, “Although motorcycle riding is romantic, motorcycle maintenance is purely classic.” Same goes for skateboarding. You can’t skate without the skateboard and the skateboard has got to be right. There comes a time, when you’ve got to change your skateboard bushings. Check out the bushings at Skate Warehouse for the best selection online.

When Should I Change My Skateboard Bushings?

A while back we did a video where our guy Griff walked you through the steps of how to change bushings. But before you learn how to change your bushings, it’s important to know when you should change your bushings. When is it time? How can you tell?

The simple answer is change your bushings when the bushings crack. How long a bushing lasts before cracking depends on how often you skate and how tight you ride your trucks. The tighter you ride your trucks the harder you want your bushings to be.

How To Change Your Skateboard Bushings

When it’s time to change those bushings out you’ll need a skate tool, your new bushings and your skateboard.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Unit Tool

Step 1: First remove the kingpin nut with your skate tool and set it aside so you don’t lose it. Then remove your bushing washer and set that aside as well.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Step One

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Step 2: Pull the hanger out.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Step Two

Step 3: Remove everything on the baseplate until just the kingpin remains. That means remove the top bushing and bottom bushing.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Step Three

Remove top bushing.

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Remove bottom bushing.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Step Three 3

Step 4: Take out your new bushings (Griff uses Bones Hardcores) and make sure to separate your top and bottom bushings. With Bones bushings you do not need the bottom bushing washer, which is why Griff removed his.

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Step 5: Slide the bottom bushing onto the kingpin.

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Step 6: Put on your hanger.

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Step 7: Add the top bushing onto the kingpin.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Step Seven

Step 8: Put on the washer and tighten on the kingpin nut. Tighten with Unit Tool.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Step Eight

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Step 9: Adjust trucks to where you like them.

Changing Your Skateboard Bushings Step Nine

Thanks so much for coming to Skate Warehouse for your step by step instructions on how to change your skateboard bushings. For many other How To’s check out our YouTube page as well as the How To category here on the Go Skate Blog. To tie things up we’ve got Griff’s video below for a quick refresher on what you just read.

How To Change Your Skateboard Bushings Video

For more questions or concerns about anything skateboard related don’t hesitate to leave a comment here of send an email over to info@skatewarehouse.com. We’re you’re go to for skateboarding needs.