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Old June 20th, 2014, 11:40 PM   #1
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Default Loosening your front trucks

I've recently loosened my front trucks by half a turn, noticed a big difference in my ability to plough stops?

Is this common practice? Are there any dangers to not having your trucks loosened to the same level?
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Old June 21st, 2014, 09:11 PM   #2
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nothing wrong with it at all, they are your skates what ever adjustment works best for you is fine
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 06:57 PM   #3
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Red face While Skate Adjustment Is A Very Subjective Thing...

I'd personally avoid using looser trucks in either the front or rear. Look at what a skate does when you turn it, you ideally want ALL your trucks equally adjusted.

Doing otherwise is adding torsional/twisting load on your plates, you try to turn & one truck wants to lay over but the other differently set truck will resist that input.

Adding to this, I don't know what level of skates you own but most entry type skates I've ever seen don't fare well in a Derby type environment as they are. If you start twisting on Powerduds or any Nylon plate while skating Derby you're asking for premature plate/truck/kingpin & pivot cup failure. Ask around...

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Old June 22nd, 2014, 07:26 PM   #4
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interesting idea, i think it depends on the mount as on a short forward id say more load gets put on the rear axle, not a huge amount just a bit more then the front so loosening the fronts to get additional action dosnt sound like a bad idea to me.. i know mine arnt symmetrical, i just adjust till it feels comfortable for me, heck they probably arnt the same left to right
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 01:48 AM   #5
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Default One other thought.

I know a lot of sk8rs that are heel toe "steppers". They are seldom on both trucks at the same time.

There are sk8s specifically designed for this. The Galaxy, David Team and even the oh so scary Ultimate V all have different action geometries on each end. They are no fun to sk8 with all 4 on the floor in my book. All of them seem to be trying to drive back end first like a boat or a fork lift due to the quicker action in the back.

I am all for what ever works...as long as it does not over tax the equipment.
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