As you know, bearings are the dominant part of a skateboard, and it requires to be clean regularly to get the most out of it.
Thus, for cleaning or replacing the bearings, you have to remove, clean them, or replace them with a new one and install it again.
In this article, we’re covering everything about how to install skateboard bearings. If you don’t know the proper way to do this, you may damage the bearings.
But before installing, you’ve to remove the bearings, which is again challenging if you’re a learner. But no worries, you can prefer our article on how to remove skateboard bearings for detailed guidance.
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How To Install Skateboard Bearings
Don’t try to install all the bearings together, first put one bearing in skateboard wheels correctly, then repeat the same process with others.
Drop the bearing
The first step is to drop the bearings (new or cleaned) on the truck or in the wheel’s hole. I prefer to put the bearing in the truck.
Make sure to have a rubber part on the outside of the bearings.
Put the wheel on the skateboard truck
Secondly, put the wheels on the skateboard truck in position to bearing and press it down as possible. Press with the palm of your hand; no need to have a bearing press for this.
Put another bearing
Now put another bearing on the further side of the wheel and press it again with the palm of your hand.
Once you are done with this, put a little washer and nut bolt with your hand.
Tight with Wrench
Now no need to worry about damage; just tight the bearings with a wrench continuously until it stops.
Now give it a half-turn in the opposite direction to lose it; with this, your wheels can spin smoothly.
Repeat the Process
Repeat the same process with all other bearings to get your work done ideally.
Bearings go in a skateboard wheel, and the wheels are attached with trucks (T-shaped part in skateboard) which connect the wheels with the deck.
There are various methods to put bearings on a wheel. But the simple and easy way is to get wheels out of skateboard trucks, place one bearing in the truck, and then put the wheel on it and press until the bearings get fit in wheels. Then put another bearing in trucks, flip the wheel, put it again in trucks, and press until the second bearing gets into it on another side of the wheel. Follow the same method for all four wheels, and after that, put the nuts and tighten the wheels.
Spacers for skateboard bearings are optional. Bearing spacers are used to maintain space between two bearings in a single wheel. Hence, if you want your wheels to spin with minimal friction at the highest speed, you can add spacers.
If you’re using low-quality bearings, it may get damaged while installing; therefore, I recommend replacing it with a quality bearing that lasts longer.
I hope you get your answer on how to install skateboard bearings. Still, if you have any doubt, feel free to comment down.