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    Question How tight should my wheels be?

    I use to skateboard and do tricks and it never really mattered how tight the wheel nuts were as lond as the wheels stayed on but now that I'm into longboarding I've been wondering how much play should there be in my wheels if any and how tight should the nuts be.


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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    Just enough so the wheel can spin freely. If you have a couple bucks invest in some speed rings and then you can tighten the nut all the way without it effecting the bearing.

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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    i think by "speed rings" you meant spacers, which allow for you to crank down on your nuts and let the wheel spin freely. i highly recommend getting steel spacers, they don't compress over time like ALU does.
    speed rings are also good, but not entirely necessary. spacers are more important to a working setup than speed rings.
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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    I like using spacers and have found the Oust Spacers to be superior, I spoke with the guy who makes them and he says they are aluminum, but the hardest aluminum available. They are expensive, but lock down tight and don't give like the cheaper Al Khiro's for example. That said, if you are not using spacers then one method is gently tighten the axle nut until it just picks up a load against the bearing. Try spinning the wheel, it should be too tight as seen its premature slowing down. Now just give a little kick backwards on the nut, maybe one tenth of a turn on wrench and you should feel the nut lighten. Try spinning the wheel again. Somewhere in there you will be happy with the spin and tightness, but the wheel should spin basically as long as if the nut was not snug at all.

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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    if you're not using biltins, you should get some spacers and speedrings

    set it all up and crank that tight and spin the wheel, key is it should be able to spin freely, it may not spin like forever but once you ride it will be okay
    if want it a little loose, crank it back a wee bit but make sure when you hold the wheel and try to shake it you can't move it up and down too much, they make for really bad chatter ifyou slide them

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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    Like a virgin.
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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    Quote Originally Posted by neuros View Post
    i think by "speed rings" you meant spacers, which allow for you to crank down on your nuts and let the wheel spin freely. i highly recommend getting steel spacers, they don't compress over time like ALU does.
    speed rings are also good, but not entirely necessary. spacers are more important to a working setup than speed rings.
    What he said.

    Dont bother shelling out for super expensive uber aluminium, but do pay the extra buck for steel. They will compress over time... but it will be an extremely long time. Way longer than the bargan aluminium ones, and probably longer than the expensive ones too.

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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    i do mine no play and speed rings.

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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    F### aluminum, hardened stainless steel all the way..........
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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    ^yummy....


    Your wheels should be as tight as you can get them without the bearings binding.
    spacers, shims/speedrings etc all help you get it as tight as possible

    Unfortunately most spacers aren't particularly precise, and wheel hubs are even worse.
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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    Is it good if the wheel moves tiny little when you move it in angle? You know, not like pulling and pushing it towards the axle straight. In an angle Hard to tell.

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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    Assuming you are using speed rings and bearing spacers and you have the axle nut snugged down, you are probably detecting a little play in the bearings themselves.
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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    Yes. Exactly like that. I have speed rings and spacers and works good. Cranked up as much as the wheel still rolls without slowdown.

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    Default Re: How tight should my wheels be?

    We're on a 3 year old thread. Prepare to be flamed.
    "the wheel moves tiny little" - A tiny bit means different things to different people so this is up to you. I've gotten new bearings with a tiny bit of play resulting in the same thing, so this doesn't sound unusual to me. Usually with older (decent quality) bearings, the noise will drive you crazy before anything bad happens.
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