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Ask DocSk8 (Expert Indoor Skate Building Advice) This forum is different then the other SkateLog forums in that it is not a discussion forum, but rather a place you can ask skate building expert Fred "DocSk8" Benjamin about building and repairing indoor speed, derby, and jamskate quad roller skates. Please start a new thread for each new question.

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Old January 16th, 2011, 05:21 PM   #1
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I have my mom's skates on the bench. (a first for everything, mom always did her own fixin' she's 63 and finally at age 42 she trusts me) Anyhow, I noticed that her Super deluxe trucks have RF, RB, etc stamped on them ( I understand this is Right Front & Right Back etc...) What I'm wondering is, what, besides the stamp, makes them a RF or RB? Is there any geometry difference etc? Or is it so you can remember where you put them back?

I am teaching my kids to skate and this has mom ready to start again. She skated with us yesterday and man I forgot just how good she is. I guess I never respected how nice her skates are either, almost like I was the only one who knew anything... you know how childern can be

Anyhow her skates haven't been cared for in a while, and she asked me to do it, and I am honored to do so. I'd just like to know a bit more about the plate and trucks. Stamped on the plate it says Snyder's Super Deluxe Skates, jump bar says Douglass-Snyder Custom Built Skates.

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Old January 16th, 2011, 07:00 PM   #2
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Doc,
I have my mom's skates on the bench. (a first for everything, mom always did her own fixin' she's 63 and finally at age 42 she trusts me) Anyhow, I noticed that her Super deluxe trucks have RF, RB, etc stamped on them ( I understand this is Right Front & Right Back etc...) What I'm wondering is, what, besides the stamp, makes them a RF or RB?

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Is there any geometry difference etc?

No sir...

Or is it so you can remember where you put them back?

I believe that is the theory..

I am teaching my kids to skate and this has mom ready to start again. She skated with us yesterday and man I forgot just how good she is. I guess I never respected how nice her skates are either, almost like I was the only one who knew anything... you know how childern can be

Yeah it's always quite a shock when we realize our parents were a whole lot more on the ball than we gave 'em credit for...

Anyhow her skates haven't been cared for in a while, and she asked me to do it, and I am honored to do so. I'd just like to know a bit more about the plate and trucks. Stamped on the plate it says Snyder's Super Deluxe Skates, jump bar says Douglass-Snyder Custom Built Skates.

Those are Dayton parts.. Snyder was in Dayton Ohio years ago.. They moved it to California in the early 80s if I have my dates correct..

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The Super D and the Advantage use the same truck geometry, but your Mom's probably have the heavy weights on 'em.... The Advantage is lighter than the Super D by a good margin..

If they have not been worked on in a while they can probably use some new bushings in the suspension ASAP.. That is the one thing that does not hold up well on a Snyder..

I have converted a few to urethane cushions and reverse king pins. Works out well..
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Old January 16th, 2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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Great information Doc. The bushings are pretty nasty, they are definatly holding the shape they have been stuck in for a long time...and it aint the shape you'd like. I kinda like this plate and if I can get my hands on a set, I may just do a build with them. Thanks again!
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Old July 30th, 2014, 01:38 AM   #4
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Default I rebuilt my Snyder SD's

During my skating era, after 5 years on a set of Sears skates, I was finally able to talk my mom into a set of Snyder skates. They were used cause my mom couldn't afford the $350+ for some new ones. (I'm talking back in the late 60's-70's). Boy was I proud of those Snyders!!!! Well now I'm almost 58 and 75lbs. overweight. So I decided to start skating again to lose weight. I recently purchased a pair of vintage Snyder SD with Riedell boots from ebay. When I got them, they were in worse shape than I thought. The tongue was the worst. Cushions colasped, jump bars bent, bearings wornout, etc. So here's what I did to mine. After a complete disassemble, I sent the boots to Riedell and had the tongues replaced. Completely cleaned and polished and lubricated the plates. I replaced the cushions, jump bars. Remounted the plates, new Qube 8 Ball bearings in Fo-Mac Velvets (99A) new insoles and strings and a pair of the vintage Triangle toe stops. I spent about $300 including the skates themselves. Out on the floor for the first time and they feel as good if not better than new. Just wanted to share...
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I'm glad you are a happy sk8r. That is what is all about after all.
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