You’re buying a new skateboard. You’ve got all the bits in your shopping cart but you’re unsure of what size truck bolts you need to get. 1″, 0.78″, 1 1/4″ too many choices. This article should help you out here.
Why are their different length bolts I hear you ask? Well the answers pretty simple, there are different thickness riser pads available and depending on which thickness pad you use you’ll need a different length truck bolt.
Skateboard trucks can either sit flat on the deck or with a riser pad in between. Here’s a simple rule to follow when choosing skateboard truck bolts. Skateboard bolts are the bolts used to hold the skateboard truck to the skateboard deck. Without them the skateboard would fall apart.
If you’re riding your skateboard trucks flat to the wood then 0.78″ truck bolts will do the job nicely. If you’re using a 1/8″ riser pad then a 1″ truck bolt will cover you nicely ( 0.78″ will be too short and the nuts will quickly fall off when you’re riding your skateboard), If you’re doubling up on your riser pads because you’re riding a larger skateboard wheel then try a 1 1/4″ bolt as the bolts will need to be longer.
Hopefully this little article has helped you somewhat and made your desicion making a little easier the next time you come to buying some bolts for your skateboard.
Always ask the advice of a good Skateboard Shop and you should be fine. A good skater owned shop will have excellent knowledge of the products they sell.