January 19, 2015
Lets be honest a scooter that's dialed is just leaps and bounds more fun to ride. Whoever you are, chances are you like your scooter to be dialed. Tricks just feel better and cleaner, especially when you hear that nice crisp sound of a solid scooter hitting the pavement when you land. It can be super hard and frustrating to dial your scooter but when you pull it off, it's a great feeling. Below I'm going to give you some tips on how to dial a scooter and the steps you should take in order to make sure you're scooter stays dialed!
For the rest of this article I'm going to assume that everything on your scooter is undialed and needs to be worked on.
We are going to start with the back of the scooter this time, the wheels. Make sure your back wheel is all the way tightened. The wheel bearings should spin smoothly for 2-4 seconds. If the bearings are making a weird noise, its likely they are broken and need to be replaced. If this is the case, replace them otherwise your scooter will never be dialed.
Once you have your back wheel tigtened up its time to move on to the brake. The brake is one of the most important things in regards to a dialed scooter. Most brakes take a 3mm allen and a wrench. You will tighten it just like you tighten most scooter wheels. Put the wrench around the bolt and tighten the bolt thorugh the allen key. Don't tighten it to the point where you cant any more, otherwise it will strip the bolt and you will have to drill it out which you wont want to do. Do this with however many brake bolts there are until the brake doesn't move. Also having a little piece of rubber under the deck but on top of the brake makes it MUCH more dialed. Most brakes come with this so you should have one.
Next, the compression. For this write up I'm going to be focusing on dialing HIC but the same rules will apply to SCS. Make sure you have a threadless headset and threadless fork. Lubricate your headset up so its super buttery even when its tight. Put the headset in, then put the fork through the headtube (also make sure your front wheel is super tight and dialed, like your back wheel). Next put the HIC shim on your fork and tighten it with your 5mm allen key. Tighten it really tight to the point where it goes around about one spin when you spin the front wheel with your hand. You want your compression to be super tight if you want a dialed scooter.
You're basically done now! All you have to do is put your bars over your HIC shim and tighten your clamp down. Tighten each bolt a little at a time until the clamp is super tight. Your scooter should be pretty dialed now. I hope this helped and I hope you have a more dialed scooter than when you first started!
Check out this video that perfectly shows how to dial a scooter!
Written By: Blake Bailor