Axle The axle is the long pin that runs through the hanger and attaches to the wheels. For the best fit, the ends of your axle should line up (or come close to) the sides of your skateboard. Different brands use different scales to measure the axle width, but generally stick to either measurements in millimeters or inches. All axle nuts require a 3/8 inch wrench socket.
Hanger The hanger is the triangular metal piece that is the largest part of the skateboard truck, and supports the axle, which runs straight through it.
Kingpin The kingpin is the big bolt that fits inside the bushings and holds the skate trucks parts together. Recently, hollow kingpins (and axles) have been on the rise because they weigh less, but don't compromise strength or durability. Just remember that even solid kingpins can break, mostly because it controls the amount of overall pressure placed upon bushings. When deciding between a solid or hollow kingpin, assess whether you need a lighter option, or one that will hold up longer under tighter pressure settings and with more impact-heavy tricks. All kingpin nuts require a 9/16 inch wrench socket.
Bushings The bushings are the soft urethane rings fitted around the kingpin to allow the board to turn and pivot smoothly.
Materials Generally speaking, you can expect to mostly find aluminum hangars and steel axles when shopping for your skateboard trucks. There are a few other options out there, though: like titanium and even brushed steel. Overall, what you buy depends on how you typically ride your skateboard. If you know you’re an avid skater who needs trucks that will hold up under pressure, go for the heavier metals when assembling your skateboard.
Regardless of what type of board you're rocking, you will need quality trucks. However, if you are riding a vintage board (pre-1990s), your skateboard won't fit most of today's trucks. Contact ourto inquire about vintage skateboard fittings.
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