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Old 08-06-2014, 03:48 AM   #1
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I've got over 12K miles on the new '14 JKU and the windshield wiper blades are wanting to be replaced. Summer bug season is in full swing, mud is omnipresent, and I can't see anymore.
We just got back from a long roadtrip. That means lots of bug carcasses stuck on the windshield. Hit the washer, run the stock blades, and it results in a smear campaign, not a clean windshield.
So you pray for rain. Or pull over and clean the windshield.

So these are on the way.

Scrubber Blade - World's Most Technologically Advanced Revolutionary Frameless Dual Action Scrubber Wiper Blades - The Wiper Blades with a Brush! - Satisfaction Guaranteed

I have high hopes. What's the use of having killer headlights if you can't see through the dang windshield?

Stay tuned for review. Have to think of what meter to use....

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Old 08-06-2014, 03:54 AM   #2
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Old 08-06-2014, 04:04 AM   #3
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:27 AM   #4
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Sounds great.....

...but what happens when they load up with ice and snow ? How difficult will it be to keep the interior and brushes clean? Nice idea, but it seems like they're an answer looking for a problem.

Stock wipers are crap. Get a set of 16" Bosch.
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:32 AM   #5
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I do not see 15" Will the 16" work without rubbing window frame? You will have to keep us informed how these things hold up.
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You can use 16" blades on a JK. I've had Bosch 16" on for years with zero issues. They don't hit the frame. The Scrubbers seem interesting, but I'll wait for the upcoming reviews before I decide whether to dump the Bosch.
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I'd like to see a Jeep windshield after 10,000 miles with these things.

My concern would be sand and trail grit getting caught in the brushes and scratching the hell out of the glass.
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:56 AM   #8
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I'd like to see a Jeep windshield after 10,000 miles with these things.

My concern would be sand and trail grit getting caught in the brushes and scratching the hell out of the glass.
No way!! You get 10,000 miles out of your windshield? I had to have mine replaced already in the spring, and the Jeep is only 10 months old... I am just kidding you BTW some people have a lot better luck then others
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Old 08-06-2014, 10:31 AM   #9
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I'd like to see a Jeep windshield after 10,000 miles with these things.

My concern would be sand and trail grit getting caught in the brushes and scratching the hell out of the glass.
That's a valid concern. I don't think anything is safer than to rinse off the grit then a good soaking with soap to soften and remove dried bugs.

My Bosch Icons have done a very good job keeping a clean streak free windshield summer or winter. 16" covers a lot more than 15"

btw....I've got over 23,000 on my windshield
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I've used the Bosch 16" in the past and that was what I was going to buy.
'til I saw these.

I figure they're worth a try. The guarantee and all.

Here's my problem.
Roadtrips. Long ones. With bugs.
If you have a bunch of miles to hop between camping places, like our last trip from the Canadian border to VA to GA, how often do you want to stop and clean the windshield? There are areas in the spring where your windshield gets totally coated in just a couple of miles. And bug guts are made of epoxy or something.

I'm not saying that I think these things are a miracle and will never need to be tidied up. Anybody with a brain will shake out the sand and other road splooge.
But I'm hoping that they can get the crud off my windshield better than a traditional wiper and keep me in the driver's saddle for longer periods of time.

Every Jeep owner has had the experience of trying to see the road while squinting through a maze of bug corpses. It's our flat/upright windshield.
I'm not complaining. I'm adapting and overcoming...
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Every Jeep owner has had the experience of trying to see the road while squinting through a maze of bug corpses. It's our flat/upright windshield.
Driving across a long bridge a few months ago. I thought I had a bit more wiper fluid to knock some of the bugs off. I didn't. They smeared. It was early in the morning on a weekend and there was almost no traffic. I was able to limp to a turn-around in the middle of the 20+ mile bridge. Luckily I had a spare bottle of fluid in the back. I always make sure I have a spare bottle in the jeep now.



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Old 08-07-2014, 06:00 AM   #12
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If these work, I could have used a set a few months ago. I visited my brother in Grand Forks, and the last 50 miles or so through Minnesota was lousy with Mosquitos. I had to stop 3 times in that stretch to clean the windshield.
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I understand traditional bug screens don't seem to work very well.

What about something that could be attached just behind the hinges. It could be put on just for trips to start. If it worked well enough and didn't look bad ( maybe clear plastic...maybe sheet metal ) it could be left on permanently. Something as simple as bending a length of sheet metal @ 45 degrees ( for instance ) and see what happens. Even if it kept most of the bugs off it would be a success.

It seems keeping bugs from hitting the windshield in the first place is a better approach than dealing with them after the fact. Maybe harder said than done.
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What about something that could be attached just behind the hinges. It could be put on just for trips to start. If it worked well enough and didn't look bad ( maybe clear plastic...maybe sheet metal ) it could be left on permanently. Something as simple as bending a length of sheet metal @ 45 degrees ( for instance ) and see what happens. Even if it kept most of the bugs off it would be a success.

It seems keeping bugs from hitting the windshield in the first place is a better approach than dealing with them after the fact. Maybe harder said than done.

What you propose will not work. Airflow over the hood of a Jeep [or most any car/truck] is at its highest pressure at the leading edge. As the air is pushed over the vehicle in motion, the pressure decreases further back from the hood edge towards the base of the windshield.

It is why those aftermarket plastic vent scoops for the cowl don't work, why the wiper blades don't lift off the glass and get all squirrely doing their job on the windshield, and why rain drops don't just get blasted off the windshield at road speeds.
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I'd like to hear your review as well.
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Well, they arrived yesterday in a very large box.
Nicely built, robust but very lightweight. The OEs are metal and nearly as heavy as the Scrubbers with all their brushes and dual blades.

For normal commuting, I usually just give the windshield one good cleaning a week, generally on Saturday morning. So by Thursday afternoon there is usually a good amount of Georgia insect life plastered to the glass; it gets hard and lumpy, streaked, opaque, and just plain gross.
So I installed them at lunch and ran to the grocery store. 3 spritzes of washer fluid and the normal wiper cycle later, voila, most of the guts were erased.

First round goes to the new Scrubber blades. I'll try to find something nasty to drive through tomorrow to really exercise them. I also really need to see how effective they are in the rain in the dark --- that's when they're very critical, with headlights shining through.
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I'm interested to see how your long term study goes. Like you, I hate a dirty windshield. everything else can be filthy, but not the glass in front of me.
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Pouring a cup of windex w/ammonia in the windshield reservoir helps doesn't matter what brand of wipers you have on
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Here in Louisiana we sometimes have very bad problems with love bugs. I have used this washer fluid from Rain X and it works pretty well.

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Here in Louisiana we sometimes have very bad problems with love bugs. I have used this washer fluid from Rain X and it works pretty well.
That's the same stuff I use and I've never had any issues except when I run out of it. I even turned a buddy on to it. He ran out of washer fluid and used some of my stock. (I usually buy it a few bottles at a time.) The next time it rained a little while he was driving, he found himself not using his wipers.

On a side note, one of the local clubs is having a ride this weekend, Freedom JK. I don't know if you belong to any clubs or not. It's on land the club leases so there's a small fee for non-members. PM me if you're interested and I'll get you any details you need.
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I use rainx on my windshield a couple times a year. Bugs seem to wash off pretty easy. Seems to even make the ice easier to scrape in winter.
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Hi Bill, you sell your power wagon and back in a jeep?
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So am I the only freak that just puts sealant on the windshield? You hardly need to use the windshield wipers in the rain, also bugs and schmutz cleans off very easily.
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Hi Bill, you sell your power wagon and back in a jeep?
Back in February. The TIPM went schizo again; I had enough of that.


Ask for rain and ye shall have it, they say...

Went to work in a light schvitz yesterday at oh-dark-thirty. Great; use the wipers.
Ding. They streak. Not as bad as the Scrub-Blades that I had 5 years ago, but they streak. Leave nice orderly lines in a graceful arc across the windshield. The lines catch light beams and make a glare festival to assault your retinas. They catch the streetlights, oncoming headlights, even green traffic signals become a weapon against your vision.

I thought that maybe they'd be better in a hard rain.
Nope.
Got that on the way home.

They're coming off. Sorry, Scrubber Blade.

I sorta want to keep them though. For use on daytime roadtrips through bug country, for muddy days, etc.

But for basic day to day driving where safety is Job-#1, you need to be able to see. I'll be picking up a pair of Bosch or Rain-X wipers later this morning.
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But for basic day to day driving where safety is Job-#1, you need to be able to see.

I'll be picking up a pair of Bosch or Rain-X wipers later this morning.
Thanks. We can always count on you for an honest appraisal.

Bosch and Rain-X are both good. I got Bosch. No complaints whatsoever.
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You might want to look in to silblades. They're silicone, supposedly last 10 years, and so far are the best wipers I've ever used. I had a set on my TJ and now I have them on my JK too.
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You might want to look in to silblades. They're silicone, supposedly last 10 years, and so far are the best wipers I've ever used. I had a set on my TJ and now I have them on my JK too.
The same set?
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The same set?
No. The TJ used 13" wipers IIRC. I have 15" on my JK. I do have a 13" on the rear window though. My current pair has been on for over a year. I do have to take them off occasionally and physically clean the wiper blade itself, since they will start to streak if covered in bug guts, but they've held up great so far.
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No. The TJ used 13" wipers IIRC. I have 15" on my JK. I do have a 13" on the rear window though. My current pair has been on for over a year. I do have to take them off occasionally and physically clean the wiper blade itself, since they will start to streak if covered in bug guts, but they've held up great so far.
Okay. I remembered that my tj was a monster to find blades for but shouldn't remember if it was the same size as the jk. I will have to look into the sillblades

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