At one point or another in your skateboarding endeavor, you may observe your skateboard becoming wobbly. Why is my skateboard so wobbly? You may have asked. A wobbly skateboard may be caused by several factors. Among the most common reasons include bushings that have become extremely soft, or the trucks of the board becoming too loose. The good news is that there are ways to solve this problem.
What You Need
- Skate tool that can fit in the kingpin nut of the truck
- Alternative: socket wrench
- Right bushing size
Step 1: Tighten the Kingpin Nut
With a skate tool that can fit the kingpin nut of the skateboard truck, tighten a bit by doing a right turn of the tool. This is the basic solution to a wobbly skateboard. It should automatically improve the stability of the skateboard. Note that this process should only be done once you have skated for a few hours. Avoid going overboard. Start with a minor adjustment, and ride the board to observe if there is a difference.
Step 2: Choose the Right Bushings
If tightening the kingpin nut does not solve your wobbly skateboard, there is a possibility that the bushings may be too soft. For this, you may need to choose the right bushings depending on your weight. If loose trucks are not to our liking, you may want to choose harder bushings. Otherwise, you can choose softer bushings.
If there is a need to replace the bushings of your skateboard, simply do the following steps:
- Detach the trucks from the board
- Remove the kingpin and nut to disassemble
- Detach the first washer and bushing
- Pull off the hanger from the axle of the truck
- Detach the next washer and bushing
- Make sure to replace using the right size of washers and bushings
- Fix the hangar back to place
Step 3: Check the Truck
In some rare situations, wobbly skateboards may come as a result of improper attaching of the trucks. To do this, check to ensure that the hardware located on top of the deck of the skateboard is properly attached. Also, check and see that you have used all 4 bolts and nuts. Riding on just 3 blots may make the truck move, potentially breaking the hardware.
Step 4: Adjust the Position of the Truck
If you notice that your skateboard truck is wobbly because it leans to one side, then the solution may be to simply adjust the truck position. This is a common problem to new trucks or skateboards. It usually takes a while for the bushings to properly work and the problem will simply go away. Make sure that the position of the truck is adjusted when you observe that it is crooked or else, it will just start going to the right or left and difficult to control.
Step 5: Check for Loose Trucks or Problematic Bushings
A wobbly skateboard may also be caused by loose bolts and nuts or loose trucks. As such, the skateboard become sensitive to the distribution of weight, causing it to wobble and respond especially when riding at a fast speed.
To solve this problem, tighten the truck by using a wrench, turning the bolts and nuts in a clockwise direction. If you notice that a loose truck is not the reason for the wobbly board, then you may want to check the bushings. For example, you may notice that the board has tilted not due to the trucks, but since a bushing may have been fractured, thus requiring a replacement.
Step 6: Deal with a Squeaky Skateboard Truck
Another common reason for a wobbly skateboard is a squeaky truck. This could be due to either old or new bushings. Old bushings may tend to squeak due to wear and tear that came as a result of performing various tricks through the years. New bushings, on the other hand, may create a squeaky sound because you may need to spend time for breaking in.
New skateboards may be prone to having crooked trucks after doing ollies and flip tricks. The trucks, however, will just realign after the new bushings have adjusted. You may also want to look into the pivot cup holder as it may also create a squeaky sound. If so, you can remove the hanger, and apply silicone lubricant to solve the problem.
Step 7: Distribute Your Body Weight
Along with any of these possible causes of a wobbly skateboard, you may also need to make sure that your body weight is evenly distributed while riding. It should be adequately balanced, leaning towards the front part, especially when you are traversing at a fast speed. If you notice that it begins to wobble while riding, you can further lean forward as about 90% of your body weight should be in front. It is also quite critical to lower the gravity center, as it helps in gaining control and steadiness.
Also, make sure that your ankles are comfortable while riding at a fast speed. Your ankles play a vital role when your skateboard starts you wobble. Your ankles will naturally stiffen if they are not comfortably placed on the board. As such, it would be best to make sure that you focus on relaxing your ankles when you start feeling that your skateboard wobbles.
Why is my skateboard so wobbly? As mentioned in this article, there are a number of reasons that cause a wobbly skateboard. It is actually not a bad thing. While others find a wobbly skateboard more exciting to ride, especially for experts, beginners may find it challenging to learn riding a skateboard that is wobbly. The most common solution to a wobbly skateboard is adjusting its tightness. The steps above will help you to do just that. What is your experience with wobbly skateboards? How did you fix them? Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments section below!