Author: William Howell
To remove the stock brakeline, you will need to remove the clip that holds the upper brakeline fitting to a mount on the car. This clip is the same type as the one on the front lines. Remove and install it like you did the front ones (refer to the first page).
To install the new brakelines, do the removal in reverse order. However, there are some important notes. Replace both crush bushings on the caliper fitting, one goes between the banjo bolt and the fitting; the other between the fitting and the caliper. Do NOT overtorque the banjo bolts!! They have a hole drilled through them and they are hollow. If you overtorque them, they WILL break inside of the caliper. I recommend that you use the stock banjo bolts, but some manufacturers might recommend that you use their bolts. If you use the manufacturer's bolts, torque the bolts to their specs. If you use the Honda banjo bolts, torque them to 25 lb/ft. Here is what the final installation should look like:
Double check all of the bolts, nuts, and connections on the front and rear brake lines. To make bleeding the rear brakelines easier, you might want to remove the small plastic shields on the calipers.
Now we need to bleed the brake system. If you have never done this before, or if you are not confident enough to do this, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BLEED YOUR BRAKES. Improperly bleeding your brakes can lead to a brake failure, and consequently you could kill yourself or someone else. Get someone who has bled brakes before to do this for you (or at least supervise you doing this). I will outline the bleeding procedure for those who are familar with brake bleeding.
Of course, it is best to have 3 people, one pumping the brakes, one adding brake fluid into the master cylinder, and one watching the brake fluid at the caliper. Do the front driver's side first, front passenger side second, rear passenger's side third, and rear driver's side last. I recommend that you bleed all of the calipers twice just to make sure that all of the air in the lines is purged.
Once you are finished bleeding the brake system, reinstall the plastic shield on the rear brake calipers, reinstall the wheels, lower the car, and torque the lugs to spec.
For your first shakedown run, take it easy on the brakes. Go out to a deserted area, where there is plenty of room (just in case you have a brake failure). Try a few gentle stops, then try a few ABS stops. Once you have done a few stops, and you are confident that the braking system is at 100%, you are finished!!
This page last updated 2/26/03.