When it comes to selecting the best skateboard trucks for your board, its dimensions are a crucial factor. You need to have the trucks that come at the appropriate size to ensure that you can properly skate. But I know it can get confusing trying to learn how to measure skateboard trucks accurately when making the right selection.
Fortunately, there are a lot of ways you can measure the trucks well to lessen the confusion. With that being said, read on as I show you what you need to know about measuring your trucks. I’ll tackle all the different ways possible.
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How to Measure Skateboard Trucks
Measuring your skateboard trucks are crucial to ensure that it corresponds to the size of your deck perfectly. You wouldn’t want it sticking out from the board, which looks AND feels awkward.
You’ll just want to make sure that the truck matches the deck’s dimensions, not too wide or long, but not too narrow and short. This can make or break the way you ride.
For more help on how to measure skateboard trucks carefully and accurately, check out these five easy methods:
Measure the Truck’s Length
The simplest way to measure your chosen skateboard trick is to use a measuring tape or a ruler. It will give you an accurate measurement of its length and width to know if it matches your own deck.
Depending on the type of truck you have and the brand you got it from, its lengths vary. For example, you have a lightweight 5.0 truck, which is typically EXACTLY seven and a half.
That’s why I highly recommend that you check this with a ruler. This is because sizes can be a certain measurement for one brand, only to be different from another.
Measure It On a Skateboard
If ever you don’t have a ruler or any way to measure it, then you can use your skateboard. Place the truck on your deck, putting them side by side in a horizontal manner, lining it up together. You can also put it together vertically and look from above to see if the truck looks good with the board.
Check if the truck and board’s widths match together, ensuring that it’s neither too wide or narrow. If ever the board’s too wide, opt for wider trucks.
Check it again by fixing the truck and put its wheels. Flip your board over and see if you can spot the wheels from the top. If so, then the truck’s too wide.
Measure Your Kingpin
One of the more important measurements of a truck is its kingpin. It should NOT stick out since this can have the bolt and truck wear out easily.
You can also measure the truck and its kingpin, or place the skateboard and truck side by side again. Check if the kingpin sticks out and if it does, then that truck’s best suited for another board.
BUT, some people actually want the kingpin sticking out of the board. This is because of some like grinding over the axle, which looks and feels cool for certain skaters. It all depends on your riding style and preference.
Variety With the Truck’s Tightness
You can measure your trucks based on tightness, though this is isn’t as accurate and more of personal preference. Also, it’s honestly more work compared to using your skateboard or a ruler to measure the trucks!
You’ll need your skate tool with you and place the truck on the deck if you haven’t yet. Gauge its fit based on the stability and vibrations you feel and see if it’s adjustable according to your liking. If it is, then you may have found something suitable for your deck!
Measuring With Individual Trucks
Besides measuring just ONE truck, measure the TWO individual trucks which aren’t attached to your skateboard yet. Skateboards require two trucks, and both need matching measurements.
To know if both truck measurements match, measure from one truck’s top starting at the tip of its left axle. Get its measurement from the left up to the tip of its right axle.
Repeat this step with the other truck, ensuring you get the same measurement. If not, then look for another pair of trucks that match, as different measurements lead to imbalance.
What Size Do You Need?
Now that you’re familiar with how to measure skateboard trucks, how all you know what size to get? Here are the factors to consider:
Like mentioned, your truck’s width has to match the deck’s size. Decks vary in sizes, ranging from 7.45 to 8.5 inches for street skaters. Here’s a rule of thumb:
- 5-inch hanger and a 7.75-inch axle truck fits a deck measured between 7.5 to 8 inches
- 5.25-inch hanger and an 8-inch axle truck fits a deck measured between 7.5 to 8 inches
If you have a deck larger than nine inches made for the street, ramp, and/or pool skating, you need larger trucks.
- 149mm trucks are best for 8.5 to 9 inches
- 169mm trucks are best for 9 to 10 inches
- 215mm trucks are best for over 10 inches
As for its height, choosing one’s a bit simpler than its width and length. It all depends on what you plan to do with the skateboard!
If you’re the type who wants more stability as you do kickflips, then low skateboard trucks with smaller wheels are best. If you want speed and cruising without much of the tricks, higher skate trucks and bigger wheels are best.
Wrapping It Up
Even beginners can learn how to measure skateboard trucks since you don’t need any fancy, expensive tools. With the proper steps, you can get accurate measurements and figure out what dimensions are best for you.
I hope that this article on how to measure skateboard trucks helped you choose the right one. So begin researching more on choosing the ideal trucks for your skateboard today.
If you have any questions or want to share your tips and experiences when measuring skateboard trucks, then comment below. Your thoughts are much appreciated!