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What's in Your Toolbox? - Presented by War Scooters
Published: Thursday, February 19, 2015
Category: scooterdad
The following article is presented as sponsored content from an advertising partner in collaboration with The content has been reviewed and approved to ensure that it aligns with the purpose of the site. Putting together your first pro scooter is a snap, but what happens when y... Read more >>
Phoenix Switchblade Installation on non-Phoenix Decks
Published: Thursday, December 06, 2012
Category: scooterdad
The best way to improve your current brake, if it’s not already a Phoenix Switchblade, is to replace it with a Switchblade. Scooter riders are always trying to figure out how to dial their scooters. Unfortunately, spring brakes have been a big problem in this area for many years. No matter w... Read more >>
Lucky HIC Installation
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Category: scooterdad
HIC stands for Hidden Internal Compression It seems that Hidden Internal Compression (HIC) systems are becoming more and more popular among freestyle scooter riders. This is because they are simple, cheap, and light compared to SCS systems, which we covered in another tutorial found here: Pr... Read more >>
Proto SCS Installation
Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Installing an SCS clamp system isn’t as scary as it seems. Installing a Standard Compression System (SCS) clamp can be tricky if no one has shown you how to do it right. Even after you get your SCS installed, it can be challenging to get it locked down just right. When dealing with an SCS, t... Read more >>
Clamp Expansion with the Penny Trick
Published: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Category: scooterdad
A penny is the cheapest tool you can keep in your scooter toolbox! It can often be difficult to get a clamp and bars to fit together if the clamp is a tight fit for the bars. You don’t want to use grease to make them fit together as it will be difficult to get a secure fit later on after you... Read more >>
Removing Bearings from Metal Core Wheels
Published: Sunday, November 06, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Having trouble removing bearings from your metal core wheels? Try using the bearing spacer trick! Everyone wants metal core wheels because of their superior strength, performance, and durability. However, they have one disadvantage over plastic core wheels: they are much more difficult to ge... Read more >>
Installing Scooter Grips Easily with an Air Compressor
Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Believe it or not, this is the 3rd set of bars these pink grips have been on. Using the air compressor technique, I’ve been able to easily move them without damaging the grips. If you haven’t installed a thousand pairs of scooter grips yet, don’t worry…you will. Grips are usually one of the... Read more >>
Removing Flat Spots and Resurfacing Scooter Wheels
Published: Monday, August 08, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Removing flat spots from scooter wheels can save you money, but it can also be dangerous. Always be extremely careful when operating power tools. If you’ve ever bought expensive wheels for your kid, you know how frustrating it can be for both you and your kid when he develops a flat spot on ... Read more >>
Scooter Customization on the Cheap - Creative Grip Tape
Published: Monday, August 01, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Grip tape is pretty cheap and you can do some cool things with it if you get creative! Recently, I wrote an article titled Swap Meet - Frequent Part Swapping in Scooter Culture where I discussed an aspect of freestyle scooter culture pertaining to a constant upgrading and swapping parts. I a... Read more >>
Tips for Installing Wheel Bearings
Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Installing bearings can be a pain, but a few simple tips can make that process easier. Once you’ve made the move from plastic core wheels to metal core wheels, you probably know how frustrating it can be to install bearings. The actual act of installing bearings isn’t that hard, but doing it... Read more >>
Dialing a District V2's Brake
Published: Friday, July 15, 2011
Category: scooterdad
Stopping the rattle on a District V2’s brake is easier than you think! One of my scooter kid’s competition scooters has a District V2 deck and, as much as he loves it, it has always bother me how much the brake rattles. He usually complains about his scooter not being “dialed”, but for some ... Read more >>