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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 May 15th, 2017, 07:03 AM   #1
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Default Need help in making my classic plates tougher

Okay so I have a set of Sure Grip classic plate and I have bent the steel axles and have also warned the trucks out to where my axles have about an eighth to maybe a quarter inch of play I know I can get new trucks online I was wondering if anybody knew if the classic trucks were aluminum or Steel or how I can upgrade them to a more durable and the axles if I can if it would be better for me too use steel or titanium I do artistic dance and aggressive all in this pair of skates do two financials I cannot afford to buy a whole new plate so any ideas and as far as to give you an idea of the impact they receive for my aggressive Style skating I can jump over 3 garbage cans lined up so and I weigh about 180 so any ideas would help
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Old May 15th, 2017, 08:37 PM   #2
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Okay so I have a set of Sure Grip classic plate and I have bent the steel axles and have also warned the trucks out to where my axles have about an eighth to maybe a quarter inch of play I know I can get new trucks online I was wondering if anybody knew if the classic trucks were aluminum or Steel

2 Issues here. 7mm axles and soft cast aluminum trucks.

or how I can upgrade them to a more durable and the axles if I can if it would be better for me too use steel or titanium

Ti is not always the best answer for strength.

I do artistic dance and aggressive all in this pair of skates do two financials I cannot afford to buy a whole new plate so any ideas and as far as to give you an idea of the impact they receive for my aggressive Style skating I can jump over 3 garbage cans lined up so and I weigh about 180 so any ideas would help
You could stop asking your sk8s to do more than they were designed to do?? Some folks just do not get this. Just because YOU are capable of doing something does not mean your sk8s are.

It is easy enough and not particularly to get your trucks converted to 8mm axles. You would need to change your bearings however.

Now to be frank. I seriously doubt you can successfully continue doing this on a Classic. The cast trucks are not going to hold up to the pounding.

Axles bend for a number of reasons but if you are jumping a bad landing is the most likely contributor. Softer cushions can help here. The up side.. they absorb the impact. The down side... You will have to work harder to control the sk8s. Sadly the Classic uses an oddball cushion size and is only available in 3 durometers.

I'm gonna say your best bet will be to hunt up a used Snyder Super Deluxe in your preferred size. Sometimes then can be had cheap on eBay. All the aluminum is top grade forged alloy which is way tougher than the SG cast alloy and I have had Snyder build more than one set of trucks w/ 8mm axles.

Hope this helps but based on my experience, you are chasing a lost cause w/ the Classic.
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Old May 18th, 2017, 06:58 PM   #3
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Okay so I have a set of Sure Grip classic plate and I have bent the steel axles and have also warned the trucks out to where my axles have about an eighth to maybe a quarter inch of play I know I can get new trucks online I was wondering if anybody knew if the classic trucks were aluminum or Steel or how I can upgrade them to a more durable and the axles if I can if it would be better for me too use steel or titanium I do artistic dance and aggressive all in this pair of skates do two financials I cannot afford to buy a whole new plate so any ideas and as far as to give you an idea of the impact they receive for my aggressive Style skating I can jump over 3 garbage cans lined up so and I weigh about 180 so any ideas would help
You win the award for longest sentence without punctuation this month!

I'd listen to Doc, and perhaps just get a tougher type of plate for what you want to do.
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