Electric Skateboard Maintenance: How to Tension Belts and Change Tires
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Electric skateboards, especially with all-terrain tires, add a whole new element to skating because you aren't restricted to sealed surfaces. You can ride them on grass, gravel, dirt tracks, BMX tracks, bumps, mounds and berms. All-terrain electric skateboards open up a whole new range of places where you can explore.
While they are still pretty thought boards, as any electronic product, there are a handful of things you should know about to keep your it running smoothly and performing its best. From time to time, it pays to strip down the hardware on your electric skateboard and give it a little love to get it feeling as new. To help you with this task, we outlined step by step how to change your tires and tension the belts.
Electric Skateboard Maintenance: How to Change Tires - Step by Step
1.Using a 1/8th Allen key, undo the bolts holding the hub together and split it into two halves.
2. Remove the tube from the old tire.
3. Insert the tube into the new tire and inflate slightly.
4. Place the tire, and inner tube over the bottom half of the hub, ensuring the valve aligns with the half-moon section. The valve should be facing outwards.
5. Double check that the tube is not overlapping onto the hub. Then, place the top half of the hub onto the tire, ensuring the valve aligns with the half-moon.
6. Checking that the tube is not pinched between the 2 hub halves tighten all bolts.
7. Inflate the tube to a 40-45 PSI, and you are good to go
Electric Skateboard Maintenance: How to Tension Belts - Step by step
- Sit your board on its side and remove the rear wheel nut using the Y-Tool. Remove the belt cover using the 1/8th Allen key, and then the rear wheel, belt and drive gear.
- When the four motor bolts are exposed, use a 1/8th Allen key to loosen them slightly until you can slide the motor up and down the motor plate.
3. Reinstall the belt, drive gear and wheel, then pull the motor towards the rear of the board until the tension is not too tight & not too loose - 5mm of play on the belt when pinching is optimal for street, all terrain setups should be slightly tighter! For street, tighten two of the four motor bolts on either side of the cog. For all terrain, tighten the only motor bolt you can access. The motor bolts should be tightened to ‘just past finger tight’.
⚙️ We recommend testing the board by speeding up and braking hard. If a belt slips, repeat the process again with a tighter tension.
Please note ⚠️ Evolve Skateboards are not responsible for mishandling or incorrect uninstallation or installation caused by the customer.