First off, I've been using my postage scale to weigh all the trucks that I have been reviewing. I'll post the full table in a future post. For now, here are the weights of the various Theeve trucks I've ridden.
TiAX 5.25 - 335 grams
TiAX 5.5 - 345 grams
TiAX 5.85 - 355 grams
TiAX hanger 5.25 - 200 grams
TiAX hanger 5.5 - 210 grams
TiAX hanger 5.85 - 225 grams
TiAX baseplate - 115 grams
TiKING 5.85 - 348 grams
TiKING baseplate - 105 grams
CSX 5.5 - 377.5 grams
CSX hanger 5.5 - 242.5 grams
CSX baseplate - 115 grams
The only significant difference in weight is in the CSX hanger. The Bones Bushings and top washer and kingpin nut collectively weigh 20 grams. Normal bushings weigh 5 grams, Bones Bushings weigh 10 grams.
Now on to discussing the bushing bulge. As I and many others have found out, the bottom Bones Bushings - stock or aftermarket - on Theeve trucks bulge easily and separate from their cores. Some have solved it by putting a bottom washer on. Many have solved it by just rotating the bushings as they bulge to at least even them out. You can read more about this ongoing saga here and here.
The bushing bulge happened with the CSX, too. I've read reports that the bushing bulge also happens with the TiH hangers. Rotating the bushings helps, but they still separate from their cores. I got really irritated with skating the Theeves for a week, rotating the bushings every night, and they ended up looking like this:
|Theeve Truck bushing bulge, bottom bushings after 1 week of use with nightly rotation. Note separated core on the bushing on the left.|
|Side view of Bones bushings after a week of riding. The bushing on the left is utterly destroyed. I was riding it when it popped out, and suddenly my board was all squirrely underneath me. $10 in bushings a week? No way.|
Next, I tried the Bones-licensed bushings that come stock on Destructo trucks. Same issue as with Bones bushings. Moving on.
I remember seeing somebody riding Theeves with Independent bushings in them. He had the orange medium Indy bushings and top and bottom washers on them. He said he'd been riding them for some time with no problems. Knowing that I find the orange Indy bushings too stiff for my liking, I put a set of brand-new Indy red soft bushings on my 5.85 Theeves. At first I had the bottom washer mounted, and couldn't easily put the kingpin nut on. When I rode Independents, I often put flat washers on the bottom because the cone bushings turned so much better that way. I took the bottom washer off and mounted the Indy bushings with only the top washer:
Success! The pictures above were taken after 3 days of skating the Independent soft bushings. When I rode Indys, the red bushings - always aftermarket, just throw the bushings that come with Independents away - would last me about 6-7 months on average.
Okay, so, no bulging with the Indy bushings, no other problems, but how did they ride? Freaking fantastic. Way, way smoother than the Bones bushings. True, I had to ride them for an hour to break them in, but big deal! They're far smoother than the Bones bushings. Turns are utterly predictable, moreso. Once they broke in, I wasn't getting wheelbite. They're far more quick to respond to tiny movements. Far more predictable at low speeds and at high speeds. My trucks feel telepathic now. Since I mounted them, I haven't had to make any adjustments to the trucks, I just ride and have fun - no more equipment worries. By day 3, I wasn't even checking my bushings before I rode to make sure they hadn't popped out like the Bones Bushings did. I had utter confidence that all was well beneath my feet. And it was, better than well. My Theeve trucks are now perfect.
So, that's it. You want to solve your Theeve truck problem with Bones Bushings bulging and popping out? Go get yourself some Indy bushings, toss the bottom washer, mount them up, flush up the kingpin nut, and go skate!