You may want to customize your ride, but do you really know how to build a custom scooter? And why would you want to? Here at Scooter Daily, we have made a great list to help you create your own scooter. Let’s take a look at what it takes to build a custom scooter and we’ll have you kickin’ it in no time.
Reasons for Building a Custom Scooter
The main reason you would want to build a custom scooter is so you can customize it for your own comfort and performance. First of all, you have the look of your scooter. You want one that reflects your style and who you are. You’re a unique individual and your scooter should be too. Secondly, not all scooter parts fit all people equally. What might be comfortable for your best skate park bro might not be for you. When you build a custom scooter, you can choose the parts that work best for you. Lastly, not everyone uses their scooter for the same purposes. You might be doing some wild and crazy stunts but someone else might need it to just to get to their job. Scooters are made differently. With all that is out there, finding the one that works perfectly for you can be difficult. So go ahead and build your own. Once you do, you’ll love the result and it won’t be the last scooter you build. In addition, with a custom built scooter you can change the parts whenever you want. How awesome is that?!
While it’s not difficult to build your custom scooter, there are a lot of ways you could mess it up. You want to be sure to educate yourself by watching videos and reading about the best scooter parts. Alternatively, there are quite a few companies that will allow you to choose your own parts and they will assemble the scooter for you. This is a great option if you want customized parts but don’t want the hassle of building it.
How to Build a Custom Scooter – In Depth
Choosing Your Scooter Parts
Choosing the parts of your custom built scooter is the hardest part. Once you do this, putting it together is easy. But it won’t be easy if you don’t use scooter parts that work together. Seriously, be careful because not all scooter materials are interchangeable. You could end up being very frustrated when all you want to do is build your ride and head to the skate park to try it out, but you can’t because your parts aren’t working together. With our help and tips, you should be able to choose the best parts that work for you. We recommend getting advice from a professional scooter retailer. You will find their websites to be full of information on all sorts of scooter parts and which parts work together. As stated above, with many of these companies, you can choose your parts online and they will build and send you your new scooter.
But that’s not as much fun as putting it together yourself, is it? So make sure you do your research and purchase exactly what you need. Let’s start with scooter decks.
Let’s talk dimensions. Do you prefer wider or narrower? Which is most comfortable for you and what are you going to be using this scooter for? When you decide what you need, you can decide how it is going to look. Choose a design you can be proud of. Some brands you may want to check out are Apex Pro Scooter Decks, Lucky Axis Pro Scooter Decks, Envy AOS, Phoenix Pro Scooters, Fuzion Pro Scooter Decks, District DK1, Ethic Pandemonium Deck, and ZG Scooters. There is also a lot more out there and your deck is where you show off a lot of your personality so make sure you choose wisely.
The next part to choose is your scooter bars. Ask yourself what style and dimension of bars you prefer. And this is really important. Think about the relation of your bar dimensions to the size of your deck. Too big or too small, and it just won’t feel right. You’re going to find that Apex, Envy, Affinity, AZTEK, District and Downside all have great choices for your new scooter bars. Remember to consider weight. Lightweight is good but heavier is more durable.
More Scooter Parts
After you’ve chosen the deck and the bars, you next need to find the fork, wheels, headset, compression, grips, and grip tape. Ask around the skate park or contact you scooter loving friends. Get lots of advice on what people are liking. Also ask the pros. Do your research and find out what the best products are. You’ll find a ton of advice online or go to your local scooter dealer and see what they recommend. Once you have all of your parts assembled, you can go ahead and get busy creating your masterpiece.
Putting It All Together
Any Youtube search will show you lots of videos for putting together your own custom scooter. Make sure to watch a few. If this is the first time you’re building your own, expect it to take about three hours. As you become more comfortable with choosing and putting together the parts, you will be able to do it much, much quicker.
First you will want to fit the grip tape to your deck. You’re most likely going to need an exacto knife for this purpose. You should remove the brake from the deck then size and cut the grip tape, and reinstall the brake. Consider whether you want the tape to cover the whole deck, just the middle part, or even a wide strip on each side.
Now it’s time to install the head sets. This will allow the next step of adding the fork and the bars. One side of the head set is flat and the other is curved. Be sure to put the flat side towards the bottom of the fork. You will place one headset circle on the top hole of the deck and the bottom one on the fork. Then place the fork up through the deck hole. You will then add a spacer. This is quite important because it keeps the fork from rattling. Follow this with your headset cap.
Now will add your compression sleeve. The bottom two portions keep the fork in place and the top two are for the bar. You may need another spacer during this step. You will then use the bolt to hold all of this together. You’re going to need a long key screw for this step. You want it tight but not too tight. It’s best to have a friend hold the fork in place while you tighten the compression sleeve.
Now it’s time for the bars. You will open the side bolts of the compression sleeve and insert the bar. Tighten after for a nice hold but again, not too tight. You may want to save this step for after you add the wheels to make sure you have the bar on perfectly straight. Tighten each bolt, one at a time, just a little bit each. Don’t do them all completely one after the other because you want a perfect fit with perfectly straight bars.
Next turn the whole assembly over to add the wheels. Or do this before the above step, whichever works best for you. The wheels are super easy to put on. For the front wheel, you’ll place the bolt between the fork and thread the bolt through one side of the fork, the wheel, and the other side of the fork. Then add the nut and use a socket wrench to tighten it. This is probably the easiest part of your whole custom scooter assembly. For the back wheel, place it between the space, add the bolt, and screw it in. Your deck should come pre-drilled and with an attached internal nut so all you have to do is screw in the bolt. If you’re really going old school, you’ll have to add the nut yourself.
Finally, it’s time for the grips. Use an adhesive grip spray and spray it right into the middle of the grip. Then slide them on, one on each handlebar. The only thing left to add is the bar ends. All you have to do is pop them in. They are important because they will protect you if you hit yourself with the ends of your bars. And now your sick new custom built scooter is ready to ride.
Let’s break this all down with a custom checklist for your custom scooter. Follow these steps and see above for more details. You should also watch this being done before you try it on your own so make sure to search and find a few videos.
❏ Step 1: Make sure you have all the needed tools. You’ll need a long key screwdriver, an exacto knife, and a socket wrench.
❏ Step 2: Organize all of your scooter parts so all is in one place and ready to go.
❏ Step 3: Add your grip tape. Remove the brake assembly, attach the tape, and cut to size if you’re covering the full deck. If not, cut before you attach. Then reassemble the break mechanism.
❏ Step 4: Install the headsets, one on top of the deck hole and one on the fork.
❏ Step 5: Place fork up through the hole in the deck, add the spacer and follow with a headset cap.
❏ Step 6: Install the compression sleeve. You will need to place the key screwdriver down inside and get a nice tight, but not over tight, seal. Add a spacer if needed before the compression sleeve.
❏ Step 7: Loosen the bolts of the compression sleeve and place the bar into it. You can tighten a little but it’s best to wait until after you install the wheels.
❏ Step 8: Install the front and back wheels with the bolt and nut for the front and the bolt and inside nut of the deck for the back wheel.
❏ Step 9: Stand the scooter upright and make sure the bars are perfectly straight. Then tighten each bolt of the compression sleeve, a little of each one at a time.
❏ Step 10: Use adhesive and place the grips on the bars. Don’t forget to follow with the bar ends.
And that’s it! Ten super simple steps and you have your own custom, unique to you, scooter to impress all of your friends. But more importantly, it will impress you and you’ll love the way you feel knowing that you chose and assembled each and every part. Have a great ride!