How to Make Skateboard Risers

by Alex Smith

Risers are an optional item on a skateboard that increase the distance between the wheels and the board. Risers help to prevent the bottom of the board from scraping the wheels during turns and can provide a small amount of shock absorption, as well. Risers are available in most shops that carry skateboard supplies, but you can make your own without too much trouble.

Items you will need

  • Skateboard
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Car floor mat
  • Marker
  • Utility knife
  • Industrial rubber cement
  • Wax paper
  • 1-by-4 board scraps (2)
  • Clamps (2)
  • Drill
  • New skateboard bolts (optional)
Step 1

Remove the trucks from your skateboard using a screwdriver. Trucks unscrew from the top, but you will likely need to hold the nuts with a pair of pliers to prevent them from spinning. Set the nuts and bolts in a safe place where they will not get lost.

Step 2

Set one of the trucks face-down on a car floor mat and trace its outline on the mat with a marker.

Step 3

Trace one to seven additional truck outlines, depending on how thick you want your risers to be.

Step 4

Cut the truck outlines from the floor mat with a sharp utility knife.

Step 5

Glue two to four pieces (depending on the desired thickness of the riser) of floor mat together with industrial rubber cement. Most skateboard risers are between 1/8- and 1/2-inch thick. Line the edges up perfectly.

Step 6

Place a piece of wax paper on a scrap of 1-by-4 board. Place the glued riser on top of the wax paper. Place a second piece of wax paper onto the riser. Place a second piece of scrap board on top of the second piece of wax paper.

Step 7

Clamp the boards together tightly, compressing the riser while the glue dries.

Step 8

Repeat steps 6 through 8 for the second riser.

Step 9

Trace the truck onto one of the 1-by-4 scraps, marking dots where the bolt holes are located.

Step 10

Drill holes through the dots on the board. Use a drill bit that matches the diameter of the bolt holes in the truck.

Step 11

Place the truck onto each riser. Mark the locations of the bolt holes with a marker.

Step 12

Place one of the risers onto the undrilled scrap wood. Put the drilled wood on top. Line up the wood's drill holes with the marks on the riser.

Step 13

Clamp the riser between the pieces of wood and drill the bolt holes through the rubber. Repeat this for the second riser.

Step 14

Reassemble the skateboard, with the risers set between the board and trucks. Purchase longer skateboard bolts if the originals are not long enough.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use floor mats with a flat bottom. Mats with small spikes will not work.

Photo Credits

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