Let’s face it: It can be hard to change skateboard wheels or longboard wheels. If you have all the right tools and know-how, you’ll be able to do it like a pro quickly! There are a lot of people who don’t know how to change skateboard wheels, so we made this guide so that you don’t have to look for help online again. Let’s talk about when you should change the wheels.
#When to Change Your Skateboard
Wheels or Longboard Wheels
Skateboard and longboard wheels are made to last longer, giving a smooth ride. However, they wear down over time and use. There are times when you need to get new wheels for your skateboard or longboard because your old ones are getting small or have flat spots.
There are a lot of things you need to do to change your skateboard wheel, but they are easy if you have patience and the right tools. If you want to change your skate or longboard wheels, this guide will show you how to do it. Let’s start by getting the materials or tools that you need to do this job right away.
Materials & Tools Required
- 1/2′′ Wrench
- Four half-inch axle nuts
- A tray to keep the axle nut and bolts.
- Skate is a tool
- 4 Wheels
- 8 Skateboard Bearings
- Bearing spacers (optional)
Time to change the wheels.
Once you have all the tools and materials you need, it’s time to change your skateboard wheels with the new ones you just bought. How do we do this?
Take your axle nuts and speed washers off
Make sure your board is on its back. You can remove the axle nuts and speed washers with a skate tool or a power drill. Put them to one side. If you don’t want them to get lost, put them where you can see them! Do not take your wheels and other parts off.
Remove the inner bearings
Pull the wheels off so that the outer bearings clear the end of the axle. Then twist the wheels off, leaving the inner bearings and spacers on the axle, and remove the wheels. When you open a bottle of beer, you move in the same way.
Turn the wheels around.
In the end, you’ll be left with a pair of wheels with the outer bearings still inside of them. Turn them around and put them back on the axles so that the wheels are facing inwards, then put them back on.
Remove the outer bearings
When you open a bottle of beer in the same way you did in step 2, remove the outer bearings.
Check everything is aligned
This means you should now have a speed washer on each side of the axle. You should now have a spacer, a bearing, and a spacer on each side. If some things have come off, put them back on so that everything looks like this picture.
Put the outer bearings on the ground.
With your new wheels, with the graphic facing inwards, push the wheels onto the bearings at the end of the wheel’s wheel tube. The process might be a little slow, but because you’re pushing both wheels on at once, it’s going to be twice as fast as it would be on its own!
Turn your wheels round
Outer Bearings are the only bearings in each wheel. You should now have two pairs of wheels with one in each wheel. Turn the wheels so that they’re facing outwards again, and line them up with the inner bearings and spacers on the inside of the wheel.
Make sure the inner bearings are in place.
Squeeze the wheels into the bearings on the inside. If it’s a tight fit on the core, you’ll have to get your muscles out. By doing both wheels at once, you’re going to make this twice as quick. The axles also keep everything in line, so there’s no need to mess around with a bearing spacer in your wheels.
9.Tighten up the axle nuts so they don’t move again.
Speed washer: Put it back on the axle. Then, thread the nut on and tighten it with your skate tool or power drill. To make sure that you have tightened your wheels enough but that they still move, give them a quick spin and shake. Then, go skate!