If you’re an avid Onewheel rider, you know that pushing the boundaries of exploration comes with an inherent risk of damaging your board, specifically your hub and motor.
There’s a fantastic accessory available to help protect your Onewheel from damage and ensure a smoother ride: Float Life Savers.
In this post, I’ll talk you through the process of installing Float Life Savers on your Onewheel, helping you add an extra layer of safety and prolong the lifespan of your beloved ride.
Step 1: Gather the necessary tools and materials
Before diving into the installation process, make sure you have the following tools and materials at hand:
- Float Life Saver kit: These can be purchased from the official Float Life website or an authorized retailer like me.
- Hex keys or Allen wrenches: Check the kit’s requirements to determine the exact size you need.
- Rubbing alcohol: To clean the surface before installing the Float Life Savers.
- Microfiber cloth or towel: For wiping down the surface.
- Optional: Hairdryer or heat gun: This can help with the installation process, especially if the weather or the material is cold. I actually just boiled mine, but whatever works for you!
Step 2: Prepare your Onewheel
You’ll probably want to install these while doing a tire change because you’ll need the bead of the tire to be broken. Once you’ve done that, follow these steps:
- Power off your Onewheel and unplug it from any power source.
- Clean the areas where you’ll be attaching the Float Life Savers using rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth. This will ensure a clean surface for better adhesion.
Step 3: Installing the Float Life Savers
Now that your Onewheel is prepped and ready, it’s time to install the Float Life Savers. Follow these steps:
- Unwrap your float life savers.
- Heat the float life savers so they are bendable
- Quickly remove the float life savers from the heat
- Find the logo and face it towards the outside
- Line the channel of the life saver up with the edge of the rim
- Work the life saver around the edge of the rim (I couldn’t do this without heat at all, but once I applied the heat it was super easy)
- Once it’s in, squeeze it and ensure its tight.
Step 4: Test and enjoy
Once the Float Life Savers are securely attached to your Onewheel, it’s time to test them out and enjoy the benefits they provide. Take your Onewheel for a spin and experience the improved protection. Keep an eye on the tire pressure, if they aren’t correctly installed you might lose tire pressure.
This was certainly the easiest part of the tire change, hopefully you got them on there and it’s working great! Best of luck!