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ManInJapan

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Cool, thanks again 70sSkater!

I was in fact just working on my use of the tail to tic tac and move towards making turns when running into the problem. Otherwise, for just cruising, I have my foot over the vicinity of the rear truck and enjoy the ride. I was looking at this as a good board to transition to a shorter wheelbase from my longboards, but it has a been a bit easier than I anticipated, and I started playing with the tail. I think I will put that aside until i am on a more compact board with a shorter wheelbase and smaller wheels.

And along those lines...  I will not get to the Quad 12 until I am in the US in March and am thinking I might just go ahead drill some new holes in the GasHead and shorten the wheelbase to 18". If it tests out alright, I will likely make some significant modifications and trim the nose and extend the wheel wells.

I like your idea of coming to the park with a range of boards and working your way down to shorter wheel bases. I think I can do that at a later time but for now, if I can get adjusted to 18", then I will just stay there. 

Anyhoos, it has indeed all been good fun.

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My two cents on cutting down the GHII for what it's worth.  Personally, I wouldn't do it.  The board has a nice balance to it the way it is and you have a shorter wheelbase board in your near future.  I could see perhaps reducing the wheelbase on the 357 and maybe even shaving an inch off the nose if you really wanted a 10.5" board with 18" wheelbase and W concave.  True, you could do the same with the GHII, but I hate to see such a good board like that cut up.  Once you cut it down, you can't put it back on.
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Personally, I wouldn't do it.



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All excellent points! I am not rushing to do anything and just considering the possibility, but…

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if you really wanted a 10.5" board with 18" wheelbase and W concave


Yeah, that is pretty much what I was thinking. Based on the feedback I have gotten here and my recent sessions, I am focused on settling with an 18" wheelbase. The more pronounced concave of the Quad 12 could very well be the magic ticket, but I do really, really like how the w-concave feels under foot- both with my drop-down longboard and the GasHead II. So much feels right about this board that it seems quite close to being ‘the One’ and I’ve become very curious if all the tumblers will fall into place with a slightly more compact version.

No doubt, the GasHead II is freaking perfect exactly as is and it would not be without a certain amount of guilt that I put a grinder or saw to it, but there are no other ready-to-go options that I am aware of. Getting a 357 would require some costs and hassles and still need modding. I’d probably prefer to invest in an altogether different board shape to try out (beamer, fish, OOT, plank... the list is long!). And, if I did eventually really miss the full version, I might very well pay a little extra for the one with the original graphic, which is definitely a top-three for me and would be so sweet to own.

However, as you say, it has a perfect balance. If drilling new holes for the front truck at 18”, lengthening the wheels wells and cutting the nose to about 35” results in a poorly balanced board or requires some master level carpentry skills to execute, then I will not bother. I have seen a lot of modding and amazing ‘abominations’ here, so it popped into my mind as something that was doable. But I am so often not seeing something that is obvious to you all!

As I said, I am not in a hurry. I am thoroughly enjoying the board and still playing around with the set up. I put on some smaller wheels and removed some riser for my next outing. 


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