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Truck Setup Guide

Sabre trucks are highly tunable to fit your exact needs and riding style. You may need to spend a little time to dial you trucks in, but with a little effort and patience, you will be able to set your board up with maximum lean, zero wheelbite and cornering performance just the way you like it.

The first step is to decide which truck is right for you. We offer variations in width, rake, bushing seat and angle – use our “Truck Geometry Guide” to help you choose!

Once you have got your trucks, it’s time to set you board up. Your goal is now to get your trucks feeling exactly how you want them, whilst minimizing any chance of wheelbite.

The key decision you need to make is: how much turn/lean to do you want, vs how stable do you want your board to feel at speed?

Truck setup – the basics

A good place to start is getting your ride height right.

Most skaters are aiming to get their board as low as reasonably possible, without getting wheelbite, and without restricting the truck’s turn and lean too much.

A higher setup gives:

  • More “surfy” feeling with deeper turns
  • More grip
  • Snappier hookup
  • Easier to fit larger wheels
  • Can generally run trucks loose
  • Less stability at speed
  • Harder to push and footbrake

A lower ride height gives:

  • More stability at speed
  • Easier to push and footbrake
  • More predictable and controllable slide
  • Greater risk of wheelbite
  • Generally trucks need to be run tighter
  • Less grip and turning “feel”

Things you need to consider when setting your trucks up:

  • Bodyweight – Heavier riders need a tighter setup to avoid wheelbite. Lighter riders can run their trucks looser.
  • Riding Style – For more stability at speed, go more restrictive. For more turn at slower speeds, go looser.
  • Wheel Size – bigger wheels need a more restrictive setup to avoid wheelbite. Smaller wheels allow a looser setup.
  • Ride Height – Higher means looser, lower means you need to restrict things.
  • Truck angle – lower truck angles are more prone to wheelbite, and as such generally need a more restrictive setup. Higher angles can be run looser.
  • Hanger Rake – Raked hangers can be run slightly looser as they have more deck clearance. Rakeless hangers generally need a little more restriction.
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    Teamrider Yannick Gladow has his Forged Precision on a topmount with 10mm of riser, 80mm wheels and no wheelbite... freeride and downhill machine! rootlongboards.com

Preload and bushings

Like all RKP trucks, Sabres perform best without too much preload on the bushings. In other words – don’t tighten your trucks up too much!

Over tightened kingpin nuts will result in destroyed bushings and pivot cups, stripped kingpins, altered geometry and a dull-feeling truck.

As a general rule, if you have more than two threads showing on your kingpin and you need to restrict the turn/lean more, you need to change your bushing/washer setup.

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    Do not do this!! Look how the bushing is bulging under the flat washer - overtightened trucks will kill your bushings and pivot cups, and strip your kingpin. Use harder bushings instead!

Super-loose setup

If you want as much turn/lean as possible, this is where to start. Watch out for wheelbite!

Bushings: Use a softer barrel setup, or for maximum response use a cone on the top.

Washers: Use a flat washer on the top, and no washer on the bottom.

Ride-height: Go higher for maximum leverage

Wheelbase: As short as you can!

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    Double super-soft barrels and a flipped cup washer for maximum Jank!

Loose truck setup

For those who want a lot of turn, or a “twitchy” downhill setup with a ton of response.

Bushings: Use a medium barrel setup, top and bottom.

Washers: Use a flat washer on the top, and no washer on the bottom.

Ride-height: Go higher for maximum leverage.

Wheelbase: Shorter will turn more.

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    Teamrider Calum Gerrity likes his trucks loose... barrel bushing top and bottom.

Faster Freeride setup

This is the setup Sabres are really designed for, and what most experienced skaters end up with.

Bushings: Medium barrel on the top, and either a harder barrel on the bottom, or a Kingcone/Eliminator/Fatcone bushing on the bottom.

Washers: Use a flat washer or an “Amish” washer on the top. If you are using a barrel on the bottom, you can try a cupped washer on the bottom, although bear in mind that this will give a little more preload on your bushings.

Ride-height: Go medium or a little lower as things get faster, and slides get longer.

Wheelbase: Consider going a bit longer. Sabre Baseplates allow up to 20mm adjustment in wheelbase

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    A "Standard" Sabre as stock, perfect for freeride and sliding.

High Speed and Race setup

For maximum speed and clean lines. Sabres will enable you to take unreal lines and stay slammed in your tuck in places that were not possible on your old trucks. Get your setup right and you will see what Sabres are really capable of.

Bushings: Harder barrel top and either a harder/really hard barrel on the bottom, or a harder Kingcone/Eliminator/Fatcone bushing on the bottom. Even restricted, Sabres are capable of good lean and turn at high speeds.

Washers: Use a cupped washer or an “Amish” washer on the top.  If you are using a barrel on the bottom, you can try a cupped washer on the bottom. If you are using a Kingcone on the bottom, you can give the bushing a little more support by using a 32mm OD washer under the bottom bushing. Using a washer on the bottom will give a little more compression, so take this into account when tightening your kingpin nut.

Ride-height: Go medium or a little lower as things get faster, and slides get longer.

Wheelbase: Consider going a bit longer. Sabre Baseplates allow up to 20mm adjustment in wheelbase

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    Teamrider Pete Connolly has his Forged Precions set for speed... cup washer top an bottom, with a relatively hard barrel bushing.

Special Note for Forged 38 Baseplate users:

In order to have as much adjustment in the ride height as possible, we have designed this baseplate to be as low as possible. As it has a low 38 degree angle too, this means that you will probably need to use more riser (and possibly longer bolts) than you used to on your old trucks to avoid wheelbite.

Each baseplate ships with 1x3mm and 2x7mm risers. The risers are custom moulded to fit exactly on the bottom of the baseplate, minimising any slop and giving the baseplate a solid platform.

To demonstrate how low this baseplate really is, if you use all of the risers that ship with the truck (1x3mm and 2x7mm), this brings it  to the same height as a Sabre “Standard” 48 degree truck with no riser!

Such a low baseplate allows the skater to get their setup as low as possible without getting wheelbite. Combined with the wheelbase adjustment built in to each baseplate, this is one of the most tunable baseplates out there – as well as being ultra-light and very strong.

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    The Forged 3 baseplate is very low... stack it up to avoid wheelbite!
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    Each baseplate comes with a set of custom-fit risers - 1x3mm and 2x7mm.

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