HOW-TO: Change your Longboard Bearings
Sometimes we get a little caught up on the technical details and forget about the basic stuff like applying griptape or assembling trucks. In this video, you get a quick glimpse at how to change out your longboard skateboard bearings.
Some of our favorites are the classic Bones Reds, or Cadillac skateboard bearings which come with spacers. One of the key tricks to changing out your bearings is to utilize your longboard truck axles to help you. Since they’re designed to fit a bearing perfectly, you can use them to pop the bearings out of your wheel hub. Never use a screwdriver to put them in or pop them out! You could end up gauging the bearing.
Other than that, use a skate tool (we like the compact Sector 9 Carabiner skate tool) to tighten the axle nuts just until they’re so tight that the wheel doesn’t spin. Then untighten them about a half turn. Your wheels shouldn’t have any side-to-side wiggle and should spin freely.
Good luck and if you have any questions you can hit us up on LIVE CHAT.