Can Longboard Wheels Work on a Skateboard?

You can put longboard wheels on a skateboard however they can not exceed 70mm. 1/2“ riser pads and 1 1/2″ bolts need to be attached to provide clearance. Your trucks should be tight and harder bushings are recommended.

Tools required for this project:

  • Four longboard wheels no bigger than 70mm (ideally between 63mm and 66mm)
  • Two 1/2″ riser pads
  • Eight 1 1/2″ bolts
  • A skate tool or any similar tool to make this work.

Slapping Longboard Wheels on a Skateboard

The common issue is that the wheels are in close proximity to the deck, leaving little clearance. When you turn a wheel will grind into the deck at some point and you could fly off of the deck.

Wheel bite is not a typical issue but in this case you will need to prevent it. In the below photo you can see that there’s an issue with the lack of clearance.

Adding Riser Pads

Use 1/2“ riser pads and eight 1 1/2″ bolts to attach them. Shorter bolts won’t fit all the way through your trucks and riser pads.

After the riser pads have been added you should have more distance between the wheels and board. New bushings add extra resistance. Softer bushings and loose trucks will cause issues.

Bushings that are still ‘fresh’ are going to be stiff and need to worn in to become flexible. Once broken in, tighten the nut on the kingpin on both trucks. Don’t over tighten you’ll ruin your bushings!

Below you will see a photo of the wheels with more clearance when adding risers.

Yes, you can attach a couple of longboard wheels on a regular skateboard. However the parts don’t always go well together and riding can feel awkward. A riser will need to be added to your trucks to avoid wheel bite, make sure trucks are tight, and bushings shouldn’t be soft.

 

 

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