If you’ve been longboarding for a while, there’s a good chance you’ll need to buy new bearings because of the wear and tear they’ll get. There will be a decrease in how well the board works if they don’t. If you replace them soon, it will be a huge help in getting the most out of it. The stability and durability of the parts of your longboard have a big impact on how well you can ride it. If even one part of your longboard bearings is broken, you will see a big difference in how well they work.
Longboard decks and parts are usually made of durable materials, but they need to be changed out at least once a year for safety and to keep the ride smooth. Another thing that needs to be changed from time to time is the bearings on a longboard. These parts must be replaced when they are worn out. You need to know how to do this.
Why do you need to change your longboard bearings?
It’s just as important to get the best longboard bearings as it is to have the best longboard bearings. First, let’s talk about why it’s important to change the bearings on your longboard before we get into how to do it. The main reason to get a new longboard is because it slows you down and it’s dangerous to ride a broken longboard. To slow down, the bearings on the longboards need to be changed when they get worn down. You’ll notice that your board doesn’t go as far after you push it hard.
Sometimes, when you try to take your board and spin your wheel by hand, the wear on the bearings speeds up even more quickly. When you don’t change the bearings, your safety is also at risk. They could get stuck. The seized bearings could cause your wheel to fall off, which could loosen the axle nut.
How can you tell if your longboard bearings have gone bad?
There are three ways to tell if longboard bearings are bad.
- Slowly turning the wheel.
In the second step, look for any noise coming from the bearings.
- The way your wheel moves from side to side.
- Slowly turning the wheel.
It’s time for the first test. Spin the wheel slowly. Perform this test by taking your board and gently spinning the wheel on it with your hand. It should be able to spin freely without having to use too much force. As soon as you try to spin it, it stops. These are all signs that your bearings are worn out and need to be replaced.
- Bearings make a lot of noise.
It’s time for the second test. The bearings should be checked for noise. There is more force you need to use to spin the wheel longer. Whenever it does, pay attention when it moves for noise. The bearings in good quality are very quiet. There is a very good chance that your bearings need to be changed out if they make any noises or make strange sounds.
- Moving from side to side.
To do this test, you need to move your longboard wheel to the side and back again. Make sure that the axle nut on your longboard is tight before you do this test. Now, move it along with the axle, going from the axle nut to the hanger and back again. Try to do these moves as quickly as you can. There will be no noise if your bearings are solid. They will keep your car from moving from side to side and will not move at all. You should double-check to make sure the axle nut isn’t loose. If you can still move the wheel, you should get a new one.
How To do it ?
- 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!