Longboard Buying Guide: Washers

Use the right washers to get the best performance out of your bushings.

Washer Selection

In order to complete your new bushing configuration, you’ll need to secure the bushings using some washers on both ends.

Barrel & Cone ("Standard") Bushing Combo

For a standard bushing combo we suggest using a large cupped washer to hold the barrel bushing in place, and a small cupped washer to hold the cone bushing in place. Cupped washers grip the bushings and reduce the "slop" in the turn. Simple as that! You’ll need a total of two large cupped washers and two small cupped washers for your board.

Double Barrel Bushing Combo

For a double barrel bushing combo you’ll want to use two large cups beneath your boardside barrel bushings and two flat washers on the outer end of your roadside bushings. If this setup feels a bit too soft, then replace the two flat washers with two large cupped washers for more restriction. You’ll need a total of four large cupped washers and two flat washers for your double barrel bushing combo.

Barrel & Stepped Bushing Combo

For a barrel and stepped bushing combo we’d suggest that you use flat washers beneath the boardside stepped bushings, and cupped or flat washers on the outer end of your roadside barrel bushings. Cupped washers will not work with stepped bushings. You’ll need four flat washers and two large cupped washers for your barrel and stepped bushing combo.

Super-Tech Bushing Combo

If you’re gonna get super technical (or asymmetrical) with your bushing setups, just remember that it is wise to have one flat washer and one large cupped washer for each barrel bushing, one small cup washer for each cone, and one flat washer per stepped bushing. Remember: Cupped washers do not work with stepped bushings!

Double Cone Bushing Combo

For a double cone bushing combo we suggest that you use a small cupped washer to hold both cone bushings in place. Cupped washers grip the bushings and reduce the "slop" in the turn. Simple as that! You’ll need a total of four small cupped washers for your board.

Insert Bushings

Insert bushing are short cone bushings with an integrated ("built in") washer on the outside. When using these bushing we suggest adding small cupped washers to the roadside bushings.

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Bonus: Precision Washers

Precision (machined) washers are also available if you want an even more precise response from your truck. These machined washers offer a more precise fit and reduce slop even further. This also reduces wear and tear caused by the excessive movement of the bushings. In a sense, they allow the bushings to compress and rebound exactly how they are supposed to, giving you a buttery smooth turn and more predictable setup.

Check out our How-To video on "Choosing Precision Washers" if you are looking for more information about the Array Precision Washers.

Barrel & Cone ("Standard") Bushing Precision Washer Setup

For a standard (barrel/cone) setup, you’ll want to purchase the "Array Machined Barrel Cupped & Cone Sleeved Washer Combo Pack - Four Pack". Sleeved washers use thin "sleeves" of metal to get a grip on the bushing from the inside rather than the outside, as is the case with cupped washers. This results in less bulk, less slop between the bushing and kingpin, and a more "natural" bushing response!

To install these washers, put the machined cupped washer beneath the boardside barrel bushing, and the machined sleeved washer on the outer end of the roadside cone bushing!

Double Barrel Bushing Precision Washer Setup

For a double barrel setup you’ll want to get the "Array Machined Barrel Cupped & Sleeved Washer Combo Pack - Four Pack". Sleeved washers use thin "sleeves" of metal to get a grip on the bushing from the inside rather than the outside, as is the case with cupped washers. This results in less bulk, less slop between the bushing and kingpin, and a more "natural" bushing response!

To install the precision washers, install the machined cupped washer beneath the boardside barrel bushing, and the sleeved washer on the outer end of the roadside bushing. If you find that the machined cup is too restrictive for your preference, you can always purchase a pack of "Array Machined Barrel Sleeved Washers". (One pack of the Machined Barrel Sleeved Washers holds two individual washers.) These will give you the same precision as the machined cup version with more lean and steer. You might also consider saving money by purchasing them all at once with the "Array Machined Washer Combo Pack - Six Pack."

Barrel & Stepped Bushing Precision Washer Setup

For a barrel and stepped bushing combo, you’ll need the "Array Machined Barrel Sleeved Washers Combo Pack - Four Pack". That will give you enough washers for both your stepped bushings and your barrel bushings. If you’d prefer to use the machined cup washers on your barrel bushings, you might also consider saving money by purchasing them all at once with the "Array Machined Washer Combo Pack - Six Pack". Sleeved washers use thin "sleeves" of metal to get a grip on the bushing from the inside rather than the outside, as is the case with cupped washers. This results in less bulk, less slop between the bushing and kingpin, and a more "natural" bushing response!

To install the precision washers, install a machined sleeve washer beneath the boardside stepped bushing, and a machined sleeved washer on the kingpin nut side of the roadside bushing. You might also consider saving money by purchasing them all at once with the "Array Machined Washer Combo Pack - Six Pack."

NOTE: If you are having difficulty seating your "sleeved" washer(s) into your bushing(s), you can use your hanger for extra leverage as you press down on the bushing. Press until the sleeved washer pops into the bushing. Wiggle it if you need to!


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