Review & Install Video
Hey guys, Stephanie with americanmuscle.com, here with the review of the Russell Stainless Steel Braided Brake Line Kit for 2005 to 2014 GT and V6 Mustangs with AVS. There're a handful of reasons to upgrade your brake lines. Yours could be broken or damaged, you could have a spongy feeling pedal that you wanna get rid of, you're upgrading our brakes and you're gonna be in the area anyway, or maybe you want upgraded braking, but you don't have the money for a big brake kit so you're looking at adding brake lines to your build to increase your stopping performance. Whatever the reason may be, these are gonna be a good option for you if you're looking for front and rear, direct fit braided stainless steel lines that are gonna function better than the stock rubber lines. Just like the stock clutch line, the stock break lines can also experience expansion, especially as they get older. The stock brake hoses are made from rubber and the rubber allows for this expansion. These lines from Russell are braided stainless steel hoses with zinc plated fittings. The stainless steel won't allow for the expansion in the lines and that means a firmer pedal feel and better braking performance. These are not universal hoses, these are direct fit upgrade replacements that are specifically designed for the 2005 to 2014 GT and V6 Mustangs with anti-lock brake systems. Anything direct fit is usually a better bet, in my opinion. Fits better, it functions better, and it tends to last longer and have less issues functioning, in my personal experience, so I like that these lines are direct fit. They also have zinc fitting so they'll be leakproof.These lines are designed for stock application, so if you already have a big brake upgrade kit that has totally changed your braking setup, you would need to find lines that would work with that setup. But if you have stock or stock upgrade components, these will work for you just fine and these will work with Brembo equipped cars as well. These are DOT approved and they're 50 state legal as well, so they meet or exceed the DOT guidelines. This kit includes both front and rear lines, so this is a complete kit that'll upgrade you all the way around.When it comes to price, you can expect to pay a little north of the $100 mark for this kit. This is right in the middle of the price range when you look at other options that are out there. You have a full performance upgrade kit that still keeps the rubber lines, but they're upgraded rubber. And then you have a stainless steel Teflon option from J&M that's a little bit more expensive than this kit here is. Either way, at the end of the day, if you're looking for a consistent pedal feel, you can't go wrong upgrading your lines. This install is a bit more involved and it's gonna take some expertise, as well as some time. I wouldn't recommend this as a first-time job for anyone. You'll get spending a couple hours in the garage by the time you get everything finished up and the brakes bled, and this is gonna be a two outta three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You need a handful of tools and I'd keep some brake fluid on deck as well as an empty bottle to bleed into. You're gonna need to get the car in the air to remove the wheels. You can start by pulling the brake lines right away and there are retaining clips that you need to pull the lines away from. They'll be a nut and banjo bolt at the caliper connection point that you remove so that you can remove the brake line. This kit comes with new lines so you won't need to save your old ones. You'll install your washers and banjo bolt on to the new lines, install your fasteners, and make sure the connection at the caliper is installed in the same orientation it was removed. Once you reinstall the clips and brackets and tighten the connectors, you're all done and it's time to bleed the brakes. Of course, bleeding the brakes is an easier process if you have a helping hand, and you're gonna wanna make sure that the master cylinder is full and topped off. Wrapping things up here with the Russell Stainless Steel Braided Brake Line Kit, this kit includes both front and rear braided stainless steel lines that won't allow for expansion and will, in turn, give better braking performance and a more consistent pedal feel. As always, you can check it out more online right here at americanmuscle.com.