The quality of your longboard ride is influenced by the stability and durability of its parts. Thus, if one part is having a problem, you will also face changes in the quality of your longboarding. While longboard decks and its parts are generally durable, they need to be replaced during periodic maintenance to ensure a smooth and safe ride. The longboard bearings are one of the parts that need to be changed periodically. You should know how to replace longboard bearings once these pieces are worn out.
Materials you need for longboard bearing replacement:
- Socket Wrench (0.5 inches)
- Flathead Screwdriver
- 8 Sets of New Longboard Bearings
- Clean cloth
- Small Container for the Removed Pieces
Steps in Removing the Old Longboard Bearings
- Flip your longboard upside down such that the deck is facing downwards. Lay the longboard on a sturdy surface. Using a socket wrench, remove the nut on one of the wheels by turning it in a counter-clockwise motion. Remove the other nuts from the remaining wheels.
- Keep the nut safe by placing it in a small container.
- Detach the metal washers located between the nuts and outer bearings. Place it together with the nuts in the small container.
- Pull the wheel away from the board.
- Remove the other metal washer. Some longboards do not have a second washer so you may skip this step.
- Using a screwdriver as a lever, force the bearing on one side of the wheel out. Now, you can detach the metal spacer then place it in the container.
- Remove the second set of bearings. Use the flathead screwdriver as you did with the first set of bearings.
- Clean the wheel. Wipe away any dirt on the part where the new bearing will be installed using a clean cloth.
- Do the entire procedure for all the remaining longboard wheels.
Steps in Installing New Sets of Longboard Bearings
- Position one of the wheels on a hard and sturdy surface. Get the new bearings then place it on the hole located in the center of the wheel. The color shield must be faced outwards.
- Apply steady pressure to press the bearings down the middle of the wheel. You should hear a click sound.
- Flip the wheel. Insert the metal spacer such that it rests on top of the first set of new bearings you have just installed.
- Install the second set of bearings. These should be resting on top of the metal spacers. You should hear a click sound to ensure it was placed properly.
- Repeat all the steps for the remaining wheels.
You can now test your longboard for a ride to see if the bearings have been properly installed. For more information read more “What kind of bearing should you buy for a longboard?“