Author Topic: Saber torque  (Read 216 times)

Offline Caddy Daddy 55

Saber torque
« on: November 01, 2018, 07:16:25 AM »
 Are Sabers torque to the same spec. as steel wheels?


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Re: Saber torque
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2018, 09:45:40 AM »
Good question. I have often asked myself that. Both the 1956 as well as the 1955 (supplement) Cadillac shop manuals provide a minimum and maximum torque range of 90 - 100 ft lbs for both right and left hand threaded wheel nuts, (without specifying steel or sabre rim design). Interesting specs especially as sabre rim construction changed for early 1956 model year cars. I have used these specs for years when rotating my wheels which have 1956 gold sabres. So far I am not aware of any problems or deformation issues. I would be interested to learn if '57 and '58 sabre owners have different torque values specified for their sabre rims. Clay/Lexi
« Last Edit: November 01, 2018, 09:49:25 AM by Lexi »

Offline 57shark82

Re: Saber torque
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2018, 01:01:54 PM »

I used 90 lbs on my 55.

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Offline South_paw

Re: Saber torque
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2018, 08:13:38 PM »
I have always heard that aluminum wheels require less torque when compared to steel wheels?

While we are at it, does everyone practice the tighten every other lug nut technique to insure equal distribution while tightening? 
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Offline Roger Zimmermann

Re: Saber torque
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2018, 03:21:04 AM »
The'57 Brougham shop manual supplement is also giving 90-100 ft-lbs. And yes, I'm tightening my wheels with a lower torque the way you do first and then the final torque.

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Re: Saber torque
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2018, 09:14:52 AM »
Ditto Roger's comments. I also stick with the lower torque value. Why tempt fate and risk deforming the aluminum around the stud holes? All of this assumes one is using factory equipment for the appropriate year car. For those with later year Caddies who engaged in a sabre retro-fit, things may be different. If say, you installed gold sabres on a '57 Cad and used spacers to clear that portion of the drum to fit...or had your inside edge of the rim turned, (both done to retro-fit some sabres to later models, I am told), that might change things & all bets would be off. Not sure how safe that would be or if it is recommended. Would have to get a professional opinion on that scenario. Clay
« Last Edit: November 02, 2018, 09:23:56 AM by Lexi »