How to Build a Mountain Board

How to Build a Mountain Board
You can build a mountain board either by buying a kit (begin at Step 4) or by modifying a skateboard. With its large wheels and high trucks, a mountain board is built for speeding down extreme terrains when the lack of snow cover rules out snowboarding. But those looking to build from scratch should be careful: High trucks are great for speed, but they also produce less control.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Socket Wrench
  • Drill
  • If you are modifying a skateboard:
  • Skateboard body
  • Mountain board trucks
  • 2 mountain board bindings
  • Four, 8-inch pneumatic tires
  • Brake kit
  • Masking tape
  • 4, 3-inch bolts
  • OR
  • If you use a mountain board kit:
  • Mountain board body
  • 2 mountain board trucks
  • 2 mountain board bindings
  • Four, 8-inch pneumatic tires
  • Brake kit
  • Masking tape
  • 4, 3-inch bolts
  • 8, 3-inch Phillips head screws
Step 1
Remove both skateboard trucks. Place a half-inch socket wrench on one of the truck's nuts and the Phillips head screwdriver into the corresponding bolts. Hold the screwdriver still while turning the socket wrench, until the nut is removed. Repeat until all eight nuts (four per truck) have been removed. Pull the trucks off the bolts.
Step 2
Push the bolts out of the skateboard by placing the board on a flat surface, and pressing down until the bolts come out. Use a hammer if necessary.
Step 3
Remove the wheels from the skateboard trucks by loosening the nut with the half-inch socket wrench.
Step 4
Place the bolts (either the ones from the skateboard or from the mountain board kit, which would likely be different dimension) into the holes in the mountain board. Place the trucks on the bolts protruding through the bottom of the board. Tighten the nut using the half-inch socket wrench while using the screwdriver to hold the bolt head still.
Step 5
Attach the 8-inch pneumatic tires to the trucks by tightening the axel nut with the socket wrench until it stops turning. Loosen the nut one-half turn, so the wheels can spin freely. Repeat this step for the remaining wheels.
Step 6
Wearing mountain boarding shoes, place your feet inside the mountain board binding. Stand on the middle of the board as if you were snowboarding and mark with masking tape where the bindings are as you stand there. Ensure the bindings are placed in a position you are comfortable with.
Step 7
Step out of the bindings but keep them on the board. Mark with masking tape and a pen where the holes to attach the bindings should go. Drill the four holes (two for each binding) and attach the bindings using 3-inch bolts and nuts.
Step 8
Install the brake kit according to the specifications in the manual, which came with the kit. If you do not want to buy a brake kit, you can attach a thick piece of rubber to the back edge of the board, and use that as a low-tech brake. Use a powerful glue to attach the rubber to the board.

Tips & Warnings

 
Skateboard bolts vary between manufacturers. Some skateboards use hex or square head bolts. Use the appropriate screwdriver if this is the case. (Step 1)
 
Double check the tightness of all bolts and bolts before using the board. Wear a helmet and protective gear. These boards go through a lot of punishment, so periodically inspect your parts to make sure they are in good shape.

Article Written By Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.

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