This page provides step-by-step instructions on how to install the Retro Fit Kit on an existing longboard skateboard. Most of the parts you will need are included with the kit, however you will need the following tools:
- Power drill with universal chuck
- 4mm (5/32″) drill bit
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Skate tool or 3/8″, 9/16″, and 1/2″ sockets
In addition you will also need to provide the following skateboard parts:
- Longboard deck
- 10″ front truck
- 4 x skateboard wheel bearings
- 8 x deck bolts
- 2 x risers (if required fo your deck)
- Grip tape
1 – Download and print the template
Download the Retro Fit Template here and make sure to print it with scaling disabled, or with the scale set to 100%.
2 – Position the template on the deck
Cut out the template, place it on the top of your longboard deck and use a pencil to punch through the marked out holes, making sure the holes are centered.
3 – Tape the aligned template to your deck
Use some sticky tape to affix the aligned template to your deck.
4 – Drill the hole
Assemble the hole saw, making sure to align the key way on the drill bit shaft with the grub screw. Tighten with the supplied Allen key (hex wrench). Insert the whole saw into the chuck of you power drill and tighten. Align the guide drill with the center of the circle as marked on the template. At the lowest speed setting on your power drill, gently bore the hole
Only bore half way though the top of the deck, then turn your board over and using the guide drill hole to align the hole saw, finish boring the hole from the other side. This will prevent the laminated layers of your deck from chipping off.
5 – Drill mounting screw holes
Align the deck top plate as shown above, and using the 4mm drill bit, carefully drill holes for the three mounting screws.
Note: This deck in the photo above has a 3mm deep by 8mm wide routed recess, if you are a skilled wood worker and own a router you can add this recessto make the deck plate flush with the deck, however it is not a requirement.
6 – Route the brake cable
Loop the supplied brake cable through the board.
Flip the board over and position the cable guide plate.
Partially tighten the three deck plate screws.
Use a small screwdriver to push the cable ends into the brake lever receptacles.
Make sure to route the cables under the hanger.
Fully tighten the deck plate screws, making sure not to over-tighten.
Note: To avoid over-tightening use pinch pressure to hold the screwdriver as shown in the photo above.