Our Light-Weight Bushing Kit for the Metroboard X. Contains everything you need to replace bushings and pivot cups. Recommended for riders weighing less than 160 LBS / 72 KG.
- Riptide Sports Krank Short Street Barrel 90A (Green) × 3
- Riptide Sports Krank Short Street Barrel 87A (White)
- Riptide Sports Krank Street Barrel 90A (Green)
- Riptide Sports Krank Street Barrel 87A (White)
- Riptide Sports Krank Street Chubby 90A (Green)
- Riptide Sports Krank Street Fat Cone 90A (Green)
- Riptide Sports Premium KranK Pivot Cups × 4
- Large Flat Washer (Silver) × 2
- Large Cup Washer (Silver) × 2
- Small Flat Washer (Silver) × 4
Riptide Bushing Assembly Guide:
For simplicity, we will refer to the bushing positions from deck-side to road-side. So, for the front of your board, F1 is the front bushing closest to the deck and F4 is the front bushing closest to the road. The rear is the same – just designated R1 (deck-side) through R4 (road-side).
With Double Kingpin setup, the bushings in positions 3-4 (road-side) are the primary turning pairs and bushings in positions 1-2 (board-side) are the secondary turning pairs. The primary pair should initiate your turns, and then the secondary pair should come into play as desired.
The key to settling down the trucks for high-speed situations is to keep the deck-side bushings stiffer than the road-side bushings AND you want the front easier to turn than the rear.
The simplest way to think about it is that you want the front road-side pair loosest of all for easier turns, and the rear deck-side stiffest of all to prevent speed wobbles.
With the Board upside down (wheels up), the order shown in the graphic above is the order of assembly from deck-side to road-side. With regard to barrels, you will notice that one side is slightly rounded and the other side is more flat. The flat side always goes against the washer, and the rounded side faces toward the truck arm or hanger. As you put on the Kingpin nut, a good rule of thumb is to count the threads sticking out of the Kingpin nut to get all your bushings about the same. 2 threads sticking out is a good place to start. Typically, no more than 3 threads should be exposed. Tighten the rear board-side pair and loosen front road-side pair by about 1/2 turn. Try it out, then adjust by 1/6 turns more or less as desired (using the angle of the kingpin nut as a reference).
A common error is to over-compress the bushings, which is counter-active and will damage them. If you feel the board is too loose without tightening the nuts to the point that 4 or more threads are sticking out, then you should try harder bushings. The feeling as you lean into your turns should be indistinguishable as the primary turning pair gives way to the secondary turning pair – a gradual yet firm stiffening with a spring-like rebound.