Parents! Are you ready to learn how to replace skateboard parts for children? As your child’s skateboard gets more use, parts can wear out or break.
Replacing these parts can be intimidating, but don’t worry! I’m here to guide you through the process step-by-step. By learning how to replace parts yourself, you can save money and ensure that your child’s skateboard stays safe and in good condition. So, let’s get started!
Preparing for skateboard maintenance
Before you start replacing parts on your child’s skateboard, it’s important to prepare yourself and your child for the process.
First, make sure you have all the necessary tools and replacement parts on hand. This includes a skate tool, replacement bearings, wheels, and grip tape.
Next, it’s important to set aside enough time for the maintenance process, as rushing through it can lead to mistakes or missed steps.
Lastly, make sure your child is involved in the process so they can learn about their skateboard and feel a sense of ownership and responsibility over it. By taking these steps, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful skateboard maintenance session.
Replacing skateboard wheels
Replacing skateboard wheels is a great way to refresh your child’s skateboard and improve their riding experience. To replace the wheels, you’ll need to remove the old wheels and bearings from the truck axles using a skate tool.
Make sure you have the right size wheels for your child’s board and bearings that fit the wheels. It’s important to keep in mind that different wheels have different durometers, which affect the hardness and softness of the ride. So, choose the wheels that suit your child’s riding style and preferences.
Once you have the new wheels and bearings, you can insert them onto the truck axles and tighten the nuts with the skate tool. With fresh wheels, your child will be ready to hit the streets again with a smoother and faster ride.
Removing and installing new grip tape
If you notice that your child’s skateboard grip tape is worn out or damaged, it’s time to replace it. Replacing grip tape can be a bit tricky, but with the right tools and a little patience, you can get the job done easily.
The first step is to remove the old grip tape using a razor blade or grip tape remover tool. Once you have removed the old grip tape, it’s time to clean the surface of the skateboard deck to remove any residue left behind.
After cleaning, you can then start applying the new grip tape carefully. Be sure to press the grip tape firmly onto the deck, working from the center outwards.
Finally, use a file or a skateboard tool to trim off the excess grip tape around the edges of the deck. With a new grip tape, your child will have better traction and control on their skateboard, making their rides safer and more enjoyable.
Changing skateboard bearings
If you’re noticing that your child’s skateboard isn’t rolling as smoothly as it once did, it might be time to replace the bearings. Don’t worry; it’s a pretty straightforward process.
Start by removing the wheels from the trucks, then take off the nuts and washers that are holding the bearings in place. You can use a tool called a bearing press to take out the old bearings and insert the new ones, or you can do it by hand using a bit of elbow grease.
Once the new bearings are in place, you can reassemble the wheels and put them back on the skateboard. Voila! Your child’s board should now roll like it’s brand new.
Swapping old trucks for new ones
If your child’s skateboard is experiencing wobbles, it might be time to replace the trucks. Don’t worry; it’s not as difficult as it sounds.
First, remove the old trucks from the deck using a screwdriver or skate tool. Then, take the new trucks and align them with the bolt holes on the deck. Insert the bolts through the holes and tighten them securely.
Finally, adjust the tightness of the trucks to your child’s preference using a skate tool. With the right tools and a little patience, swapping out old trucks for new ones can be a simple and rewarding experience.
Replacing a broken skateboard deck
If your child’s skateboard deck is cracked or broken, it’s time for a replacement. It’s essential to make sure the new deck is the right size and style for your child’s skating needs.
I recommend measuring the old deck and selecting a new one with similar dimensions. Then, remove the old deck by unscrewing the trucks and carefully transferring them to the new deck.
Make sure to use new hardware and tighten everything securely. A new skateboard deck can make a world of difference in your child’s skating experience, so don’t hesitate to replace it if needed.
Upgrading your skateboard hardware
If you want to take your skateboard to the next level, upgrading your hardware is a great place to start. Upgraded hardware can improve the overall performance and stability of your board.
When considering hardware upgrades, you may want to look into new bolts, nuts, washers, or bushings. These small parts can make a big difference in the feel of your board.
Additionally, upgraded hardware can add a personalized touch to your skateboard. Just make sure to choose hardware that is compatible with your board’s existing components.
Whether you’re looking for better performance or just want to customize your board, upgrading your hardware can be a fun and rewarding experience.
Changing skateboard risers and shock pads
If you want to change your skateboard’s height, you may want to consider changing your risers and shock pads. These parts are crucial to your skateboard’s performance, as they help absorb shock and vibrations from the ground.
Replacing your old risers and shock pads with new ones can improve your riding experience and make your skateboard feel new again. It’s an easy and affordable upgrade that you can do yourself with a few simple tools.
In this guide, I’ll show you how to change your risers and shock pads and give you tips on how to choose the right ones for your skateboard.
Replacing worn-out kingpins and axles
If you’ve noticed your skateboard feeling wobbly or making strange noises, it might be time to check the kingpins and axles. These are the components that hold your trucks in place and allow them to pivot smoothly.
Over time, they can wear out and cause issues with stability and control. Thankfully, replacing them is a fairly straightforward process that can be done with a few simple tools. By taking the time to replace your worn-out kingpins and axles, you’ll be able to ride your skateboard with confidence and ease once again.
I hope this guide has been helpful in preparing you to tackle any skateboard maintenance and repair issues your child may face.
Remember, it’s important to regularly check and maintain your child’s skateboard to ensure their safety and prolong the life of the board. Whether it’s replacing worn-out parts, upgrading hardware, or simply cleaning the board, with the right tools and knowledge, you can handle most skateboard maintenance tasks on your own.
And, if you’re ever unsure about a repair or replacement, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for assistance. Happy skateboarding!
FAQ: frequently asked question
When should I replace skateboard parts for my child’s skateboard?
Replace parts when they show signs of wear, damage, or reduced performance. Regularly inspect the deck, trucks, wheels, bearings, and grip tape.
Can kids replace skateboard parts on their own?
Yes, with proper guidance. Teach them how to safely use tools like a skate tool and demonstrate the process. Supervise until they’re comfortable.
How do I replace the wheels on my child’s skateboard?
Use a skate tool to remove the nuts on the trucks. Slide off the old wheels and put on the new ones, ensuring they’re properly aligned. Tighten the nuts securely.
What’s the process for replacing skateboard bearings?
Use a skate tool to remove the axle nut and push the bearings out with the truck axle. Clean and lubricate new bearings before inserting them, then tighten the axle nut.
Is it necessary to replace the grip tape on my child’s skateboard?
Replace grip tape if it’s worn, torn, or losing its grip. Gently peel off the old tape, clean the deck, and apply new grip tape evenly for better traction and control.