Sunday, October 21, 2012

Earthwing Supermodel conversion to top mount

 I Originally bought this Earthwing Supermodel from the cool people at, my preferred skate shop, because they always treat me right.

 The Supermodel converted to atop Mount, also added some Vicious grip tape replacing the original Jessup tape 

 Have been riding this Earthwing for two years now and it's holding up well.

 As a top mount the board is definitely more divey and responsive

 The Indy trucks are much more responsive in the top mount configuration

 Bought a couple of electrical box covers from Home Depot, and trimmed them down to use as reinforcement plates for the truck mounting points.  A noticeable decrease in overall flex and a definite improvement in board stiffness and overall stability at speed while bombing.  Covered them in reflective engineering tape to match the rest of the board.

  The metal plate compensates for the wood that's been removed to make the board a dropped through, the stiffening and stabilizing effect is so pronounced I think I might try this method on my next topmount build

 Overall I think the top mount conversion worked well, board feels much the same, not as good for pushing since it's higher, but a noticeable improvement in leverage In this mounting configuration, plus significantly improved stiffness with the plates, compared to this configuration without the plates.


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