Hey kids, cats, and kooks. Just thought I’d check in and see how everyone’s doing. Alright thats a lie, I don’t care, I’m just gonna tell you about my day. Grabbed the shorty this morning (I’ve been working on street skate for a couple weeks), and lo-and-behold, delam going all the way up the side. A few minutes late for work meant I was able to glue and clamp it so we’ll see how it looks when I get home tonight. In the meantime, I grabbed my Boombox and hit the streets.
Right away I was caught off guard by the extra 8″ of wheelbase, but after getting my bearings something exciting happened. I fell in love, all over again, with my Boombox. I’ve been getting excited about popping ollies, shuv-its, and the like on my 38″ double kick, but man, the nice broad, low-angle tail of the Box had me doing the same tricks on a larger scale. Plus the longer WB equates to stability and foot space for some kooky dance moves, my favorite!
Just to address the set-up, cause I’ve seen tons of different styles on this deck. I run a slightly modified Boombox. What I did was to move the wheelbase into 28″. Now whenever you adjust the WB of a board, you’re tempting the wheel-bite demons. The answer, get creative. For me, this meant a wider truck in the Surf-Rodz adjustable axel INDeeSZ, set all the way out to 197mm along with a Rip Tide fat cone on the board side to clean up any remaining bite.
Now, the Boombox’s trucks do normally sit flat to the ground due to the radial drop, however, the moved in wheelbase mounts the trucks slightly on the drop itself, so to counter this, I threw in about 7° of de-wedge using a couple chopped shock pads. The result is a nimble but not twitchy, stable but not dead, big-kicked monster of a freerider / dancer / freestyle machine. Add round-lipped, 70mm, wheels of choice and enjoy over a fresh baked slide of shred.
SAFETY DISCLAIMER: Modify boards at your own risk! I am not responsible! Do not hold me to be so!