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Quad Roller Skates

Build roller skates from a pair of shoes and 2 old skateboards.

Quad Roller Skates

This is a simple project that can be completed in an afternoon once you’ve scrounged up all the components.

Steps

Step #1:

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  • Gather your materials. you will need:
  • A pair of shoes
  • Trucks and wheels from two skateboards
  • 16 each 10-24 flathead screws
  • 16 each 10-24 locknuts
  • 1/8" Aluminum Plate 3"x9"

Step #2:

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  • To make things more comfortable, you will want to have as much padding over the screws as possible. So take whatever you can out of the shoe.
  • I pulled out the inserts and another layer that was glued down. Be careful pulling this stuff out; you are going to want to put it back in after your trucks are installed.

Step #3:

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Put masking tape on the soles so that you can mark where you want to drill.

Step #4:

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  • Place the skateboard trucks on the bottom of the shoe and mark where the holes should go.
  • Make sure the trucks are centered and straight.

Step #5:

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Drill holes and insert bolts.

Step #6:

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  • Bolt the trucks on.
  • Use locknuts on all the bolts to keep things from falling off.

Step #7:

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  • You may want to add an aluminum plate or some other brace to stiffen the bottom.
  • Put the liners back in the shoes.

Step #8:

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Enjoy at your local Roller Disco!