Truck assembly for skateboards

  • US 5,853,182 A
  • Filed: 02/12/1997
  • Issued: 12/29/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/12/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A truck assembly for skateboards comprising:

  • a base having means for attachment to an underside of a skateboard, said means for attachment including a horizontal attachment plane parallel to an underside of a skateboard, said base having a vertical, longitudinal, central axial plane extending through a center of said base which vertical, longitudinal, central axial plane will be aligned with a central axis of a skateboard when mounted to a skateboard;

    an axle assembly support shaft supported by said base, said axle assembly support shaft having a support shaft central axis positioned at an angle of between 30 degrees and 75 degrees with respect to said horizontal attachment plane and within said vertical, longitudinal, central axial plane;

    a bumper base end support member affixed to said base and surrounding said axle assembly support shaft in a fixed, non-turning manner with respect to said base;

    a bumper base end passageway support stub surrounding said axle assembly support shaft;

    a bumper assembly having a base surface, an elastomeric bumper body extending away from said base surface to an axle surface, said base surface abutting said bumper base end support member in a non-turning manner, a central passageway through said elastomeric bumper body;

    a bumper axle end passageway support stub surrounding said axle assembly support shaft and surrounded by said central passageway of said elastomeric bumper body and said axle surface;

    a bumper axle end support member surrounding said axle assembly support shaft and movable through an arc with respect to said axle assembly support shaft and positioned against said axle surface of said bumper assembly in a non-turning manner with respect to said axle surface;

    means for holding said bumper axle end support member on an outer end of said axle assembly support shaft which permits said bumper axle end support member to be moved through an arc with respect to said support shaft; and

    a wheel axle held in a fixed manner with respect to said bumper axle end support member, said wheel axle having a right end and a left end whereby when said truck assembly is affixed to a skateboard and when one side of the skateboard is depressed, the wheel axis will move through an arc about the support shaft central axis and wheels affixed to the axis will be turned away from a vertical, longitudinal, central axis of the skateboard thereby causing the skateboard to turn.

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