About Sk8 Accessories: Skateboard hardware, or mounting hardware, connects the skateboard deck to the trucks. A "set" of hardware includes 8 bolts as each truck requires four bolts and lock nuts. We offer specialized Skate hardware in sets of 16 pieces (eight bolts, and 8 nuts). The length of your required screws might depend on what style of skate deck you have and whether or not risers are installed. Hardware usually lasts for a long time, but it will eventually show signs of wear and tear and need to be replaced. Skate hardware sets are inexpensive and easily replaced with a screwdriver.
The best hardware size depends on what type of skateboard you have. For most shortboard applications, the standard hardware length is 1". If you choose to add a riser to your board, which increases the space between the deck and the skate trucks, you will need to adjust the length of your hardware. Below is a general guide for hardware size.
7/8" to 1" hardware - no riser 1" to 1 1/8" hardware - 1/8" riser 1 1/4" hardware - 1/4" riser 1 1/2" hardware - 1/2" riser
Riser pads, or risers, are hard plastic pads that can be inserted between the skateboard trucks and deck. This raises the overall height of the skateboard and helps to avoid 'wheel bite' on setups with loose trucks or large wheels. 'Wheel bite' occurs when the wheel rubs the skateboard deck during a turn or just after a trick. Wheel bite is the equivalent of suddenly tapping the brakes.
Skateboard grip tape is a grainy, sandpaper-like sheet with an extremely sticky underside that you adhere to the skateboard deck surface to provide grip, or traction. Regardless of what style you're skating, grip tape is a must if you want to stay on your board. There are no scales used to measure the quality of grip tape, as there is with bearings or wheels; most riders rely on brand preferences. Although buying and applying grip tape is fairly straightforward, it is one of the most important steps in getting your skateboard street ready.Beyond providing traction, grip tape can have the added bonus of brightening your board and expressing your personal style. While grip tape is often black in colour, it is also available in clear so you can show off a company logo. You can also find die-cut grip tape that displays the design and/or colour of your skateboard deck underneath. Applying grip tape is usually a final step when you want to build a complete skateboard.
Grip tape is a one-time-use component, so you will need new grip tape whenever you get a new deck, or whenever you feel your grip start to slip. When to replace grip tape depends completely on your traction and texture preferences.