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Basic Longboard Adjustments

March 27, 2023

Welcome to the Deviate Longboard community!  We’re stoked to have you!

If you’re new to longboarding, here are a few helpful tips on some basic adjustments to fine tune the ride of your Deviate Longboard and maximize your stoke.

All Deviate Longboards come fully assembled and ready to roll. However, some minor adjustments to the trucks may be needed depending on your weight, stance, shoe size, riding style, personal preferences, etc.

To get started, grab your longboard, a skate tool (or a 3/8” wrench), your helmet and head outside to have some fun. We suggest riding your longboard a bit and see how it feels before making adjustments.

  • If the ride feels right, keep cruising! No adjustments are needed.
  • If the ride feels tight, hard to turn or maneuver – You may need to loosen the trucks.
  • If the ride feels too lose or unstable when you push or ride – You may need to tighten the trucks.

 

Adjusting the trucks is easy and important to get the best performance and enjoyment out of your Deviate Longboard.  To adjust your trucks, tighten or loosen the kingpin nut.  This is the nut on the bottom side of the trucks that faces the nose and tail on each of the front and rear trucks.  Important to note, that each truck may need a slightly different adjustment.

Use the skate tool to adjust the kingpin nut on the trucks as follows:

  • Turning the kingpin nut to the right will tighten the trucks – more stable and less wobbly
  • Turning the kingpin nut to the left will loosen the trucks – more agile and easier to turn / carve

Remember, small adjustments (a quarter turn of the king pin nut) can make a noticeable difference.

If you’d like more information on reverse kingpin longboard trucks, check out this great writeup by Concrete Waves.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us via DM on social media @deviateboardco or by email at hello@deviateboardco.com.

Now get out there and cruise.  And if you need a new longboard, we have plenty!