What is a Kicker Ramp?
A kicker ramp is mostly compared to a ski jump. The kicker ramp can be described as a short, sloppy ramp with a flat surface, majorly used for jumping with the skateboard.
The kicker ramp is also seen as an obstacle that provides a skateboarder with more airtime to perform various air skills and tricks, and also helps you jump higher.
Skate parks must have a kicker ramp.
And also very essential for passionate skateboarders to have in their homes, as it provides expert skateboard riders with a great appetite to practice more and learn new skateboarding tricks.
It is relatively easy to build a small kicker ramp to help you practice more often in your home. Building a small kicker ramp is not as difficult as building larger ones, as it requires fewer woods compared to when constructing a bigger one.
What is a Portable Kicker Ramp?
A portable kicker ramp is a type of ramp that is small in size and perfect for skateboarders. Portable kicker ramps are perfect for home use.
Having a portable kicker ramp at home will prevent you from the stress of going to the skate parks to practice skateboarding and perform your different types of skateboarding kicker ramp skills.
The dimensions of an ideal portable skateboard kicker ramps are usually 6′ long, 4′ wide, and 1′-6 tall.
How to Build a Kicker Ramp?
Learning how to make a kicker ramp is one of the easiest things for anyone to do. So, if you are a skateboarder, you should know how to make or build a kicker ramp on your own without any external support.
But if you are still in the dark and do not know how to make a kicker ramp, relax, as I am here to help you out.
There are different types of kicker ramp, but our main focus today is building a skateboard kicker ramp. Skateboard kicker ramps are usually small and portable in size, and as such, do not require too many woods to build.
So, we will be explaining carefully to you how to effortlessly build a skateboard kicker ramp that can be transported easily from one position to the other.
Note: This process applies to all kinds of kicker ramps, but as a skateboarder, you should be more focused on building a portable one for your skateboarding purposes.
Below are the materials needed to build a complete skateboard kicker ramp?
• The first things to get are woods (1 or 2 thick plywood). These woods should be at least 2 feet wide and 4 feet long.
• Get your screws ready! Note that all screws aren’t of the same size, as they are to serve different purposes. So, get 20 1″ screws, 24 1/2″ screws, and 2 3/4″ screws. The purpose of these screws is to fix the metal bottom piece together.
• Lastly, get a piece of thin metal of about 3/16 thick, and should be at about 10 inches. x 4 feet long. You can get all the above-mentioned materials at any of your local skateboard or hardware shop.
All you have to do is visit any of the above-mentioned shops, and tell them your purpose of coming, I bet they will supply you with the necessary materials needed to build a skateboard kicker ramp.
Apart from the above-mentioned materials, other tools that you will need to set up your skateboard kicker ramp are:
• Circular saw to saw your plywood
• A measuring tape
• A pencil
• Different screw drills for different purposes. Types of drills needed are; Drill w/ proper bit, 3/16 drill bit, and 3/8 drill bit.
Now, after you have successfully gotten all the listed tools, cut all the materials (like the woods) into shape and arrange them accordingly. Cut the plywood 1/2 at 2 ft. x 4 ft, cut the lumber at 23 inches each, cut the plywood 1/2 at 2 ft. x 1 1/2 inches, cut the thick steel metal at 10 inches. x 4 ft, also endeavor to cut the side pieces as well.
As you already know, a kicker ramp can be made of different sizes, depending on your choice. But on the piece, we will be working on how to make a kicker ramp of 2 ft. x 3 ft. 5-inch x 1 1/2 inch.
Kids or teens younger than 16 should not cut the materials themselves. As a kid, you can ask for the help of your parents or an elderly person to help you with the cutting of the materials, as this will prevent you from getting injured.
A simple way to get an accurate measurement for all the pieces is to first cut and get your first piece measured, trace it to your second, etc.
Haven cut and measured all your 2×4’s (being 23 inches. long) cut pieces, and stacked them all in a pile next to your side pieces. The very next step is to structure your kicker ramp to make it very strong and last long.
Okay, after cutting your 2×4 pieces and framed the ramp with the first three wood pieces, attach the last three 2×4 cross-members.
Haven carefully followed the above procedures, get your screws and attach all the pieces. The next step is to cover up the framed kicker ramp by adding a sheet of plywood and screwing down the sheet.
Haven properly covered the kicker ramp; you can now attach the steel bottom by using the 3/4 inch screws to cover the two drilled holes at each side of the piece.
Lastly, to enable you to transport the kicker ramp around more easily, be sure to add a set of a truck with wheels to the back of the ramp. And your kicker ramp is all set and good to go!
Why is the Kicker Ramp Used?
As you already know, Kicker ramps for skateboards come in different sizes and shapes. While some are very small to the extent that they can fit into the trunk of a car, some are middle range, while others are relatively big and different in shape.
n all of these, the main purpose and use of skateboard kicker ramps are to help you jump higher with your skateboard. Beginners and amateurs can do with the small-sized ones which can be made in their homes. But mostly, the bigger ones for pros are found and skate parks.
Here is a full composition of all you need to know about skateboard kicker ramps, as well as how to build a kicker ramp-be in small, mid-sized, or larger ones.
To build your kicker ramp follow the critically explained guideline and get yourself a perfect skateboard kicker ramp.