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Skateboard bushings are small, cylindrical shaped rubber or urethane components that fit inside the trucks of a skateboard. They are responsible for providing the resistance, or "pop" when turning. They are located between the baseplate and hanger of the truck, and are pressed against the kingpin to allow the truck to turn.

Bushings come in different shapes, sizes, and durometers, each with their own unique characteristics and riding characteristics. The two main types of bushings are cone-shaped and barrel-shaped, and the durometer can vary from soft to hard.

  • Cone-shaped bushings: These bushings are cone-shaped and are designed to provide a tighter and more responsive turn. They are best for street skating, performing tricks, and for skaters who prefer a more precise turning experience.

  • Barrel-shaped bushings: These bushings are barrel-shaped and provide a looser and more forgiving turn. They are best for cruising, carving, and longboarding, and for skaters who prefer a more relaxed turning experience.

  • Durometer: Skateboard truck bushings are made of a rubber-like material and have a durometer rating, which measures the hardness of the material. The durometer scale ranges from 1-100, with higher numbers indicating a harder material. Softer bushings (lower durometer rating) will provide a more responsive and turny ride, while harder bushings (higher durometer rating) will provide a more stable and controlled ride.

Bushings are often sold in sets of two, one for the front truck and one for the back truck. Some skaters prefer to use different durometer bushings on the front and back trucks to fine-tune their ride.

It's important to regularly check the tightness of the bushings and kingpin nut, as loose bushings can make the board feel unstable and unsafe to ride.