December 15, 2006, Newsletter Issue #44: How to install bearings in skateboard wheels

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How To Build Complete Skateboard - STEP 2 | INSTALL THE BEARINGS

The next step in skateboard assembly involves pressing the bearings into the wheels. The easiest way to do this without a bearing press is to use your trucks to press the bearings into the wheels. Start by sliding a bearing onto the axle of one of your trucks. Next,
using leverage between your truck and your hand push the wheel onto the bearing. Remove the wheel with one bearing now inside and slide the second bearing onto the truck. If your bearings have spacers install the spacer at this time. The spacer is installed between both bearings in the center of the wheel. Again, using leverage between your truck and your hand push the second bearing into the other side of the wheel. Repeat this process for all four wheels.

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