I will no longer ride Independent after trying these out. Always had Indy's and they are a smooth ride, but I love the responsiveness of these trucks. They were eye opening when I rode them the first time.
I live in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, to buy these trucks here cost so much.I used to skate these trucks a long time ago when I was younger,so when I restarted skating here I wanted these trucks. I had them sent to my brother in the states and he sent them to me. After an 8 week wait for them to arrive. All I can say is, they are worth the wait. Before I had so many problems with two pairs of trucks here. (Brazilian brands). Having to change the bushings and king pins etc to make them right. I skate on big wheels 89's but with a regular 8.25 deck so I use two pads to higher me up. I like my trucks loose so I can carve like a snowboarder(my no. one sport). The other trucks just don't compare to these now or even come close and they where copies of 'thunder'. As soon as I put these on my board I just knew. They look great. Makes my set up super light. They turn so quick and perfectly. I'm just breaking them in at the moment. So I'm always adjusting. Belo Horizonte has so many hills with smooth surfaces I do get a big of wobble when I'm hitting speed but that's because I ride them loose. Looking forward to trying them in the park now grinds and in the bowl. Super happy..
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by Josh bazemore
Posted on 9/17/2013
Thunder Trucks Hollow Lights Skateboard Trucks
Very light, bushings are great, turning is amazing, stable when you set up for tricks, perfect size truck... The highs are like mids... Its grinds great, but indys grind better...overall thunders are more ideal for me as a street skater
I used to skate Independents cuz they turn so good & you will have so much more fun carving on a mini ramp than anything. I won a pair of thunder 147 hi's & found they turn just as good. I've skated theeve & hated them, these are butter. They are super lightweight. Way more bling blingin than Indy's, skinner for those that ride 8'' decks I am setup on with 51x28mm thick bones stf wheels & they line up perfect. They give more control to lock in etc. I love skating wider trucks but wanted to save weight. I also went with 7/8 thunder bolts & took off risers & grinded down all excess metal sticking out off bolts kingpin & axles to save even more weight.. needless to say it's stupid light. I could never have skated street with 8.5 indy's they were just too heavy, especially with bigger wheels. This setup is perfecto amigo. The baseplates are also thinner so bolts tighten down more, but still forged, so strong. Hard to believe they are gonna come out with a titanium version of these soon.
Thunder trucks are generally on the lighter side. Now that theres this hollow light version it is extremely light. Same great strength and performance that you'd expect from thunders. The Hi's allow for better kingpin clearance and more loose riding(less wheel bite) although I've heard lows are better for street/tech tricks. I rode a regular thunder lo's and didn't have that much of a problem transitioning to the hi'(as they really aren't all that much higher?). I guess it's all about preference, but the new thunder hollow lights in general are awesome! Get'em!