Russell stainless steel brake lines

[7/5/2005] Reviewed by: Mike Pullin -

Applicable to: '90 - '97

Stainless steel brake lines made by Russell.

I purchased this set of brakes lines from for $104. The set includes 4 lines with attached fittings and 8 washers. The kit does not include new banjo bolts. My old bolts were in good condition and I was able to reuse them with no problems. If yours are worn or damaged, you will have to buy new ones from Mazda. The OEM banjo bolt washers are copper. However, the washers included with the kit are not copper, and appear to be aluminum or some sort of steel. In any case, the new washers worked fine, no leaks. The kit also does not include new spring clips for the unions between the flexible and hard lines. I reused my old clips with no problems. The right rear line comes attached to a stainless distrubution block. The kit installed with no problems. The fittings all matched perfectly. The lines are the same lengths as the OEM lines.

Overall, I am pleased with the kit. The lines look great. They also give a slighty firmer pedal feel. The difference is not dramatic, however. Based on other kits that I installed on other cars, the improvement in pedal feel is typical. If you are looking for increased stopping power, different pads or a big brake kit are the answer.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

Russell Speed Bleeders

[8/9/2001] Reviewed by: David Dawson -

Applicable to: '90 - '97

Speed bleeders for brake calipers and clutch system. Bleeder contains a spring and valve permitting only one way flow of fluid. Allows for quick one-person bleeding.

Product works exactly as advertised. One person bleeding is extremely quick, neat, and easy. I have five cars in the family, do most of my own maintenance, and intend to add these to the others.

Caution should be used when installing. The threading contains a sealant that causes a lot of resistance when inserting and tightening down. A little too much pressure to make sure it was snugged down snapped the bleeder head off. Totally my fault. In my case it broke off flush with the surface of the caliper and no remover will get the remains out. Fortunately, it was fully closed and the car is still drivable. Unfortunately, it is a rear caliper and will not be cheap to replace when I need to.

Under 30 minutes to remove completely

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