Most bushings are fairly standard – either a barrel or a cone for the bottom of the truck (i.e. nearest to the board) and a cone on the top. Some companies have played with inserts to make the bushing more solid, and some have produced “stepped” bushings to hold the bushing in place better, but as far as we’re aware none* have tried to eliminate or reduce one of the biggest sources of sloppy truck performance: the hangar moving around the kingpin.
FILM‘s bushings include an insert on the top cone which aims to do the same job a spherical bearing does on CNC trucks – namely keeping the kingpin central in the hangar.
Have you ever been on a truck and felt a slight deadzone, where the truck leans but doesn’t turn? These should help eliminate that.
One kit provides enough parts to totally rebuild one set of trucks. Before you buy, check the compatibility list below to make sure they fit your trucks. If the combination isn’t listed and they don’t fit, let us know and we’ll give you some money off your next order.
These are the 96a Film bushings, meaning they’re firmer than most standard bushings. We recommend these for freestyle or vert use – or street and park if you like a stiffer truck.
*The Seismic Aeon does a bloody good job of this, but as they use a totally different bushing shape only compatible with their trucks, it doesn’t count for the purposes of this explanation. Sorry, Dan.
(Note that all the following measurements and notes on compatibility for the FILM bushings have been taken by ourselves or by customers, not just copied from a manufacturer’s website. There’s always a chance that a manufacturer might have altered a truck since this data was compiled, so if you have different results for something listed here, please let us know.)