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Skateboard Accessories from Griptape to Hardwware via Riser and Shock Pads

Skateboard Accessory Guide

Different pads – Riser and Shock Pads – and screws allow you to adjust your skateboard setup to your preference.
  1. Riser Pads
  2. Shock Pads
  3. Skateboard Hardware: The Correct Length of Screw

Riser Pads

Riser pads are the plastic pads between the trucks and the deck. Usually, skateboards and decks come without, however in some cases they are absolutely necessary to skate with. They basically decrease the chance that wheel bite will occur. Riser pads are available in a variety of sizes so you can be protected even if you skate with larger wheels because nobody wants to be thrown from their board!

Skateboarders use riser pads to prevent wheel bite. Longboarders also use riser pads because of their larger wheels and generally larger decks.

Riser pads are not exclusively limited to use with longboards and skateboards. They are also good to use with Old School trucks and Old School Boards. These boards, built before the 90s have different distances between the holes on the board. Most riser pads have six holes for this and can fit the full range of boards.

Tip:  Your Riser Pads

“The wider the board and the larger the wheels you have, the higher the riser pads you’ll need.”

Shock Pads

In addition, to riser pads you might have heard of shock pads. Many people are not aware of the differences and use the terms interchangeably. Although they are attached in exactly the same place on your skateboard or longboard, they have a very different function.

  • Riser Pads are made from hard plastic and increase the distance between the wheels and board to prevent wheel bite.
  • Shock Pads are made from rubber and absorb shock for a more comfortable ride and softer landings

Skateboard Hardware: The Correct Length of Screw

The screws with which you mount the trucks to the deck, have to be the right length. Most sets of screws have a length of 1”. This allows all normal longboard and skateboard trucks to be mounted without riser or shock pads on the board. If you are using riser or shock pads between your trucks and deck, then you will even longer hardware to accommodate this.

Bolt Kits (Allen and Phillips head) Height of Riser Pads
7/8“ to 1“ No Riser or Shock Pad
1“ to 1 1/8“ 1/8“ Riser
1 1/4“ 1/4“ Riser
1 1/2" 1/2“ Riser