While I was skating vert last week, I noticed that my trucks had become a little looser than normal. I usually skate at night because I already paid the price for skating in the heat of the day when my rubbers had turned to jelly.
I checked my trucks, and the mounting hardware seemed fine, but I did notice a little play around the pivot cup. So, I’m just posting this as a sort of warning. If your trucks become loose over time, remember to check the wear of your pivot bushings, and not just tighten your trucks. Replace them if you see a lot of play between the bushing and the pivot pin of the hangar.
One truck that I have noticed is one of the worst for pivot bushing wear is Indy’s. They have a very narrow and pointy pivot pin, which can wear the bushings quite fast compared to a larger rounded pin.
Also beware of Tensor trucks. They have a plastic bushing that is moulded into the rear of the baseplate and also acts as some sort of decoration/skid plate. If that breaks, which I have seen a few times, you end up with no pivot bushing at all and the hangar constantly switching back and forth. Did you say “design flaw”?