Some people will tell you that you cannot put longboard trucks on a skateboard. However, with a few modifications you can definitely add longboard trucks and wheels to your skateboard. But you might get a few weird looks or questions.
First thing is first, by putting longboard trucks on your skateboard you are essentially turning it into a cruiser and you will no longer be able to do regular skateboard tricks. That’s right, your board will act more like a cruiser but with the body of a skateboard.
Cruisers are great for commuting, going fast, and staying balanced at high speeds but the tricks are completely different. You most likely won’t be able to get pop on your board if you add longboard trucks and wheels to it, eliminating the ability to do flip tricks.
What Do You Need To Put Longboard Trucks On A Skateboard?
You might need riser pads (and they are very encouraged) if you attempt to turn your skateboard into a cruiser.
To turn your skateboard into a cruiser you are going to need:
- Longboard trucks (x2)
- Longboard wheels (x4)
- ⅛ to ¼ inch riser pads (x2)
- Skate hardware (1” with ⅛” risers or 1 ⅛” with ¼” risers)
- Skate tool
- Grip tape
- A drill
- An instrument to sand wood
Other than that, you may want to get tougher bushings for your longboard trucks. Medium to hard bushings should help prevent against wheel bite even more.
How To Put Longboard Trucks On A Skateboard
To put longboard trucks on your board you need to make sure that the truck mount holes line up. If they don’t, you’re going to need to drill new holes.
Lay your board down and place the trucks on top, lining up the furthest holes on the trucks with the furthest holes on the deck. If all four holes match, you’re good to go. If they don’t you’re going to need to mark where to drill the holes with a pencil or sharpie and fill in the old holes.
You can fill the holes in with sawdust and wood glue. If you had to fill in the holes, replace the grip tape before mounting the longboard trucks.
Make sure the trucks are facing the right way. When setting up a longboard or cruiser, the trucks should look opposite of how you’d mount them on a skateboard. Instead of facing in, the kingpin on longboard trucks face outwards.
Once the trucks are mounted to the board, add your choice of cruiser or longboard wheels.
The wheels will hang out over the edge of the board naturally. However, this might cause wheel bite.
If you have a wheel bite, you need to add riser pads, sand down the area right above the wheels, or both.
In my opinion, you should get ¼ inch riser pads and sand down the deck above the wheels. To do this, use either a belt sander or a hand-held sander. You can also use sandpaper by hand but this will take a long time.
Pros Of Putting Longboard Trucks On Your Skateboard
Using longboard trucks on your skateboard has many benefits. Just take a look at some of the pros to adding longboard trucks and wheels to your deck:
- Better for commuting, as they add speed and balance.
- Can perform longboarding and cruising tricks.
Cons Of Putting Longboard Trucks On Your Skateboard
To every yin there is a yang, and so although longboard trucks will give your board more speed and stability, it comes at a cost.
- Longboard trucks mean that you may no longer be able to do traditional skateboard tricks and if you can they will be much more difficult.
- You are at higher risk of getting wheel bite. Wheel bite can either slow your board down while you are turning or throw you off.
It is definitely possible to put longboard trucks on your skateboard. However, you’re also going to need longboard wheels, riser pads, new hardware, and a few power tools.
That being said, you will effectively turn your regular skateboard into a cruiser that gets people’s heads turning. Not only does it look cool and different, it’s a really fun project to work on.
Be careful when putting longboard trucks and wheels onto your skateboard and make sure to follow all of these steps. One mistake could mean you need to purchase a new deck or cause injuries while you’re out riding.