Broken/worn out trucks? We have your new skateboard trucks here!
Looking to give new life to your board with a set ofskateboard trucks? In the Titus online skateshop, you’re in the right place! If you need some help picking out the rightskateboard trucksfor your set-up, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know. We’ll explain features like forged baseplate, hollow kingpin, as well as what difference it makes to skate a low, mid, or high truck. That way, you’ll be able to make an informed decision on the correct truck for you.
Quality trucks are the basis for a skateboard that skates great. Titus only supplies premium trucks from established manufacturers such asIndependent Trucks,Ace Trucks.
Looking for longboard trucks? We’ve got ‘em! Check out our big selection ofLongboard Trucks!
What are the components of a skateboard truck?
The overall design of skateboard trucks does not vary greatly between manufacturers and it has not changed drastically over the last few decades. A standard truck consists of abaseplate(A) which is bolted to the deck, ahanger(B) with the truck axle inside, and the hanger is mounted to the baseplate using akingpin(C) with twobushings(D) which allows the hanger to pivot on top of the baseplate for steering. Thepivot cup(H) also allows the hanger to turn on top of the baseplate. Bushings are made out of a polyurethane mixture that’s similar to that used in skateboard wheels. Adjusting thekingpin nut(I) will impact the steering performance of the truck by making it more or less responsive to turning motions. The washers holding the bushings in place help the trucks return to their initial position after a turn. Wheels are mounted on thetruck axle(E) between twospeed rings(F) and held in place with anaxle nut(G).
Image:Each individual part of a skateboard truck.
Which skateboard trucks fit my deck?
Ideally, the width of your skateboard trucks should match the width of your deck as closely as possible.The width of a skateboard truck is measured by the width of it’s axle. However, not all truck manufacturers use the same numbering system to identify their axle widths. You can use the table below to compare the model numbers and widths of various manufacturers.
7.4 and narrower
8.625 and wider
8.625 and wider
6.5 and narrower
8.3 and wider
7 and narrower
If you’re interested in a truck model that’s not found on the table, tryfiltering your search on the website by truck widthor reading the product page of your desired truck to find the width.
What’s the difference between low, mid, and high trucks?
All skateboard trucks are categorized by a low, mid, or high ride height. This height will affect the steering performance, pop, and acceptable wheel size of your skateboard. The correct ride height for you is based on your personal preference and preferred skate terrain.
Low trucksoffer the most stabile performance for your board. Generally, they are slightly lighter than mid or high trucks as they are not as big. Low trucks are a good option for street skaters as they are suitable for smaller wheels sized 53mm or less. The downside of low trucks is that they do not offer as much “leverage” while popping, theoretically reducing your maximum pop height.
High trucksoffer a wider turning radius and the ability to mount larger wheels on your board for transition-oriented skating. In comparison to low trucks, high trucks allow you greater leverage when popping tricks, theoretically giving you a greater pop height. However, high trucks are technically not as stable as low trucks and generally weigh more.
Some manufacturers offerMid trucks, a good balance between the high and low truck options.
Standard trucks or trucks with the latest and greatest technology?
Standard skateboard trucks generally feature a cast aluminum alloy baseplate and hanger. This design has proven itself over the last decades. However, manufacturers are always working on improved designs with lightweight, super-durable materials and constructions. If you are interested in skating the latest and greatest, check out trucks with hollow axles, hollow kingpins, forged baseplates, or with titanium axles.
„Hollow“ trucks are generally referring to trucks with ahollow axleorhollow kingpin. Some trucks feature one or both of these options in the same truck. As expected, this is a weight reduction feature.
Most trucks have a standard cast baseplate while higher-end options have aforged baseplate. Forged baseplates offer improved durability and reduced weight compared to standard cast baseplates.
If you’re shopping only for top-of-the-line trucks, you’ll want to check out the titanium truck options on the market. In this case, the truck axle is made out of super-strength, ultra-lightweight titanium. You can sort through our inventory for these by filtering bytitanium axle.
How is the steering performance of a skateboard truck adjusted?
You can adjust the steering behavior of skateboard trucks bytightening or loosening the Kingpin nut.A tighter adjustment will give you a more stable and predictable ride while a looser truck will offer improved steering responsiveness. Be careful not to loosen your trucks too much as it can result in “wheel bite” (wheels rubbing on the bottom of the deck during turns).
If your trucks still don’t handle how you’d like with the included medium-hardbushings, you may need to switch them out with a replacement pair. Soft bushings can offer more steering response for small skaters who don’t weigh very much. Hard bushings may be preferred by skaters who weigh more or prefer to skate tightly adjusted trucks.
What accessories do I need with skateboard trucks?
So, you’ve got a new pair of trucks but you need a way to attach them to your board? Pick up a set ofhardwareto go with your new trucks from the Titus online shop! Each pack contains 8 nuts and bolts. 7/8“ to 1” hardware is suitable for mounting trucks without riser pads. Hardware is usually sold withallen headbolts. The nuts are lined with polyurethane to stop them from loosening due to vibration while skating.
Riser padsare placed between the deck and truckto increase the ride height of the trucks. They are often preferred by skaters who like to skate larger wheels as they help prevent wheelbite. Just be sure to pick up some longer hardware to properly mount your trucks with the risers!
Shock padswork in the same way as riser pads. However, they are generally made out of a softer plastic compound thatabsorbs impact forces or dampens vibrationwhile skating. Again, be sure to pick a suitable hardware length to properly mount your trucks with shock pads.
Bushingsare one of the most important parts of your truck set-up. Over time, your bushings may become tooworn out or cracked and need to be replaced. In addition, if your new trucks do not turn as you would like with the stock medium-hard bushings, you can replace them withsoft, medium, or hard bushingsfor improved performance. Soft bushings can be helpful for small, lightweight skaters while hard bushings are more suitable for larger, adult skaters.
Skateboard trucks have a lot of different nuts to hold them together. Luckily,skate toolsfeature all the socket sizes you need in one handy design. Check them out in the Titus online shop!