How to Disassemble a Skateboard

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Skateboarding is an exciting and adventurous sport that requires a well-maintained skateboard. However, sometimes the components of a skateboard may wear out or break, and it becomes necessary to disassemble the skateboard to replace or repair the parts. Disassembling a skateboard is not a difficult task and can be done by anyone with basic hand tools and a little bit of knowledge. 


In this article, we will guide you through the process of how to disassemble a skateboard step by step and make it easy for you to get your skateboard back to its prime condition. Whether you’re a seasoned skater or a beginner, you’ll find this guide useful for understanding the components of a skateboard and how to keep it in good condition.


The first step in disassembling a skateboard is to gather the tools you will need. This includes:


Skateboard tool

Phillips head screwdriver

Screwdriver bit set

Grip tape scraper

Once you have your tools, you can begin the process of disassembling your skateboard.


Step 1: Removing the Grip Tape

How to Safely Remove the Grip Tape from Your Skateboard


  1. Gather tools: You will need a razor blade, a heat gun, and a scraper or putty knife.
  2. Heat the grip tape: Use the heat gun to gently heat the grip tape. This will help soften the adhesive and make it easier to remove.
  3. Cut the grip tape: Use the razor blade to carefully cut through the grip tape along one edge of the board. Try to make the cut as straight as possible.
  4. Peel the grip tape: Use the scraper or putty knife to start peeling the grip tape away from the board. Work slowly and carefully to avoid damaging the deck.
  5. Clean the deck: Once all of the grip tape has been removed, clean the deck with a cloth and some rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining adhesive residue.
  6. Apply new grip tape: If desired, you can now apply new grip tape to the deck.


Step 2: Removing the Trucks

How to Detach Your Skateboard Trucks from the Deck


  1. Gather tools: To detach your skateboard trucks, you will need a skate tool or a regular Phillips head screwdriver.
  2. Locate the truck bolts: Look at the underside of your skateboard deck and locate the screws that attach the trucks to the deck. There are typically four screws holding each truck in place.
  3. Loosen the screws: Using your skate tool or screwdriver, loosen the screws on one truck. Make sure you only loosen them, not remove them completely.
  4. Remove the truck: Once the screws are loose, gently lift the truck away from the deck. Repeat the process for the other truck.
  5. Store the trucks: Store the trucks and screws in a safe place so they won’t get lost or damaged.


Step 3: Removing the Wheels

How to Detach Your Skateboard Wheels from the Trucks


The wheels are the round pieces that roll along the ground and allow you to move on your skateboard. To remove them, use a skateboard tool or a screwdriver to loosen the axle nut, which is the small nut that holds the wheel to the truck. Once you have loosened the axle nut, gently lift the wheel off of the truck. Repeat this process for the other three wheels.


Now that you have successfully disassembled your skateboard, you can make any necessary repairs or upgrades, or start the process of customizing your setup. Whether you want to add new grip tape, replace damaged parts, or try out a new truck and wheel combination, disassembling your skateboard is the first step to making your setup truly your own.



In conclusion, disassembling a skateboard may seem intimidating at first, but with the right tools and proper steps, it can be a simple and straightforward process. Understanding the different parts of a skateboard and their functions, as well as having the right tools, is essential to disassembling a skateboard safely and efficiently. Whether you are looking to clean or repair your skateboard, or just want to know how it works, taking it apart can be a great learning experience. By following these steps, you will be able to disassemble your skateboard in no time and get back to riding it in no time.


Josh Mitchell

Josh Mitchell

"I live and breath boardriding"

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