Hardware & Accessories (Bearings and Spacers)

NUTS and BOLTS

Hardware

Other Planet offers only high quality hardware. Deck mounting screws and washers are black oxide coated to resist corrosion. The center bolt is hardened and precision ground. Axle lock nuts are zinc plated to for corrosion resistance.

BEARINGS

Bearings

Our standard are maintenance-free sealed bearings are precision ground with double metal shields for longer life. The shields prevent dirt and debris from contacting the roller balls without touching the balls themselves as rubber shields can. They are designed for long lasting performance and are lubricated with low temperature grease to provide maintenance free lubrication. This grease melts quickly as they heat during use for low friction lubrication but set up again when they cool. This prevents it from slowly draining from the bearing as oil will. A grease lubricated bearing will spin a little more slowly in your living room but as soon as you start riding, the grease that is sealed inside will heat up and become lightning fast. Since our bearings are sealed they’ll last longer, keep the dirt out, and keep the grease in so you can spend more time riding and less time fooling around with your equipment.

Everyone has seems to have a different opinion on what is important with regard to bearings. Beyond the standard bearing size for the axle (“608” for 8mm or “6900” for 10mm) what parameters are truly important? Is a higher Abec rating worth the money? What is the advantage of ceramic balls? What lubricants will work for me? Are seals or shields best? For a detailed discussion of these issues visit our Tech Labs section on Bearings.

Other Planet offers three levels of bearings. All feature precision ground balls and races with metal shields on both sides for longer life. The shields prevent dirt and debris from contaminating the roller balls without touching the balls themselves as rubber shields do. Our standard Abec 1 bearings are designed for long lasting performance and are lubricated with low temperature grease to provide maintenance free lubrication. Other Planet also offers higher precision Abec 3 bearings with oil lubricant. Finally, we offer hi-performance Abec 9, oil lubricated bearings with ceramic balls. All bearings are competitively priced so to encourage frequent replacement. We believe that a new standard bearing will outperform any used and cleaned bearing. At the very least, change them when you change your wheels.

BEARING SPACERS

Bearing Spacers

Other Planet Skate always recommends using properly sized spacers on your trucks. A spacer prevents the wheel core from being crushed and deformed when the axle nut is tightened. Proper sizing is important. A spacer that is too short from end-to-end is like having no spacer at all in that the wheel core can still be deformed. A spacer that is too long can allow the wheel to move side to side on the bearings. Both of these conditions can cause an unstable ride and can be dangerous.

Other Planet 8mm spacers are precision machined out of steel and then black oxide coated to resist corrosion. Our 10mm spacers are precision machined from 6060-T6 extruded aluminum tubing. Both are machined to precise tolerances to prevent squeezing of the wheel hub without being too long.

TROY OPTICS SUPER-LITE SUNGLASSES

Troy Optics

Here in Salt Lake the sun can get pretty bright. Wearing sunglasses really helps to see the world without squinting. Your average pair of sunglasses costs a few bucks to make but you pay $100 or more. So we went to the same factory as the biggest names in eyewear and created the Super-Lites. They have super slim sides and have been molded to be the most comfortable for action sports use. Troy Optics glasses are made with the best quality polycarbonate lens that are just dark enough but not too dark. You can wear them until it is black outside. They are made as light as possible to stay on your head when you fall. And the best part is that they are priced so that if they get busted, lost or stolen you don’t need a loan to replace them.

LUGWRENCH LONGBOARD TOOL

Lug Wrench Tool

We dig this new Tool! It solves all the problems with Longboard trucks. Most tools are bulky at the ends and can’t get around the truck without binding. Not the Lugwrench. They are designed specifically for hard to reach places. The axle nut socket is deep to reach into wider and deeper longboard wheel hubs. It’s made from Solid Steel and Chrome plated for sexy good looks. The Lugwrench is an essential tool for every longboarder.