Being able to customise your scooter, or repair it on the go, is a skill every rider should have. Understanding how to repair your scooter and how each part works can help take your ride to the next level – and it’ll save you money. Today Jack Barlett from Sacrifice Scooters is going to run you through how to change a back pro scooter wheel.
Why Do You Need to Change a Back Wheel?
No matter how much we try to protect our ride, your wheels can easily get worn out after a number of 360s, powerslides, hard grinds, or just hitting the pavement too hard. It happens to everyone, so knowing how to change your wheels is important.
Some riders also have preferred wheels to improve their ride. This allows them to create the perfect, custom ride for their pro needs.
What Wheels Do I Need?
Each scooter will have different requirements. Before changing your wheels, check the size your scooter takes. Sacrifice wheels come in a range of sizes from 100mm to 120mm, which will fit almost every scooter.
Construction and wheel materials are up to your personal choice. Sacrifice Scooters has a wide range of wheels offering the best in design and construction. Our unique Delta Core 5 spoke design was designed for pro riders by pro riders, while our Spy Peephole wheels are designed to be lighter and faster without sacrificing strength and reliability. Further, our use of high wall PU provides incredible balance when riding.
What You Need to Change a Back Pro Scooter Wheel
- Your chosen back wheel
- A shifter
- 6mm Allen Key
- An axle and nut
- 2 wheel spacers
How to Change a Back Pro Scooter Wheel
Attaching Your Back Wheel
1: Insert the axle, first, into the left side of the scooter deck
2: Add the spacer to the axle on the inside, under the rear fender
3: Insert the Allen key into the right side of the scooter deck
4: Attach the spacer to the Allen key on the inside, under the fender
5: Gentle slide the back wheel into place under the rear fender, between the two spacers
6: Once the wheel is in place, gently push the Allen key into the centre of the wheel
7: Then, gently push on the axle. This will push the Allen key out and move the axle into place
8: Check the axle and wheel are in place by wiggling it around a little bit
8: Once you’ve checked the axle and wheel are firmly in place, grab your nut and the Allen key
9: Add the nut to the right side of the axle and use the Allen key to lock in the thread a little
10: Grab the shifter and use it to hold onto the nut
11: Use the Allen key to tighten the nut and axle
And that’s it! You have installed your back wheel!
Protecting Your Scooter Wheels
Let’s face it, your wheels are going to wear out eventually. No matter how hard you ride or how often, you’ll eventually need to replace your back or front wheels. But you can help make them last longer.
The most fragile parts of your wheels are the bearings. Bearings sit inches from the ground, so they collect sand, dust and grime whenever you are riding. And it doesn’t take long for this to build up. Water is also the enemy of your bearings. It is important to avoid puddles where possible and clean up your bearings after each ride. Wipe your wheels after every ride and try to get as much dirt and grime off them as possible.
Rotate Your Wheels
Your back pro scooter wheel takes the brunt of most tricks – whether you land them or not. This is because nearly all your weight travels through the back wheel. As a result, many riders rotate their front and rear wheels so they wear the wheels and bearings out, evenly.
Keep Them Dialed
Aside from keeping your wheels clean, it is important that you keep your wheel axles tight. This not only helps protect your wheels, but also helps your bearings last longer. By keeping your wheels tight, you prevent side-to-side free play. By keeping your wheels properly tight, there’s less risk of damage from your wheels moving in the wrong direction.
Keep You Wheels Oiled
It is incredibly important to keep your wheel bearings properly oiled. And this means using real oil. Too many people fall back on brands like WD-40. However, WD-40 is not oil, but a water displacer formula. It works to get rid of water and rust, but it is not a lubricant.
It is better to try a 3-in-1 multipurpose oil, which you can get at most shopping centres or home improvement stores. This is far better and safer for your scooter than WD-40 – and it will help preserve your wheels and bearings.
Looking to upgrade your ride or replace worn out wheels? Explore the wide range of pro scooter wheels from the experts at Sacrifice Scooters.