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The kingpin is the bolt that runs through the center of skateboard trucks, and holds the trucks together. The kingpin runs through the hangar and two bushings, and then directly into the baseplate. Most kingpins are a fat hex-headed bolt, but there are many kinds of kingpins out there.

You can loosen your kingpin to loosen up your trucks, or tighten your kingpin to stiffen up the trucks. Tight trucks is ideal for new skaters. As the become more comfortbale skateboarding, they can loosen the trucks for more flexible performance.

The name "kingpin" gets used a lot for a lot of things, but usually carries the same meaning - a piece that holds the whole thing together.

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