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Old 10-29-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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Wiper blades

So the replacement wiper industry has decided that the curved blade is the way to go now, but I'm wondering how those will work on our flat windshields - so, what are you guys using as replacement wiper blades?

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Well our windshield isn't completely flat... I have Bosch icon and no complaints after having then on 2 years

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Old 10-29-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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I just changed mine for the 1st time. Went to 16" Rain-x Latitudes. LOVE them.
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I've been using these since 2010. They do a great job. The 16" actually fit perfect even though the "correct" size is 15". 16's should come from the factory, but leave it to us to improve things.
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I've been using these since 2010. They do a great job. The 16" actually fit perfect even though the "correct" size is 15". 16's should come from the factory, but leave it to us to improve things.
Was wondering about that. I'm not due, but try to find 15"s whenever I'm out and about, and they're pretty hard to find.

16"s work on both sides?
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Just order ^, I believe I have the same on my MB. Stock one from Jeep is already crap on 4 month old JKU.
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Old 10-29-2013, 04:23 PM   #9
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Any suggestion for good rear hardtop wiper?
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Rampage double blade wipers, front and rear on 2011. No complaints, especially in bad weather.
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Was wondering about that. I'm not due, but try to find 15"s whenever I'm out and about, and they're pretty hard to find.

16"s work on both sides?
Yes. They don't hit anything (sides or top of the windshield that's painted).
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Thanks for these, they are great. 16 inch better size for JKU, covering larger cleaning area. install took 5min of work.
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I use RainX on my glass. Hardly need wipers at highway speeds. Makes the glass so slippery rain slides off. When I do use them the glass is so slippery the blades last forever and do a much better job. Try it once and you will never drive without it.
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It may be that we lived in Florida and my van wasn't garage kept, but my rain-x wipers ! They got all gummy and smeared crap all over that was nearly impossible to clean off. I love rain-x in the wipe on formula and the washer fluid, the blades just didn't seem to be in keeping with their usual high quality.
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"frameless" blades are becoming more common. I am friends with someone that owns a wiper blade company and he told me there are some vehicles that came with the old-style blades from the factory and don't do well with frameless blades. I personally haven't had a vehicle that didn't "like" them.

Great info on the 16" blades, too. I've been looking to replace my blades before the snow starts flying and 15's are hard to find unless you want the bargain lines. I'll be throwing a new set of 16's on now that I know they're a good fit.
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Picked up the Costco Goodyear 16" blades a couple weeks ago, great price and the blades have been great.
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I wish there was a source of rubber alone. It's easy to replace on the old JK (I have 2010). But the industry only sell full assemblies these days.
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I love my Bosch Icon's. I also use Rain X which helps some, but our windshields are so close to vertical that that water beads don't float away nearly as well as on sleeker vehicles.
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I use RainX on my glass. Hardly need wipers at highway speeds. Makes the glass so slippery rain slides off. When I do use them the glass is so slippery the blades last forever and do a much better job. Try it once and you will never drive without it.
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I use RainX on my glass. Hardly need wipers at highway speeds. Makes the glass so slippery rain slides off. When I do use them the glass is so slippery the blades last forever and do a much better job. Try it once and you will never drive without it.
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You only have to apply it every couple months too. Very easy. Better in winter too
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Old 11-08-2013, 03:07 PM   #22
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Tripledge silicon wiper blades work GREAT and have a Lifetime Replacement. You can get them for about $15 each online. Register them and then just make a call when you want a replacement pair. Pay a couple dollars shipping and you're set. They last much longer than the rubber compound blades.

I used Siliblade in the past but they are EXPENSIVE ($50-$60 a pair) and carry a 5 year warranty. I had a pair last 3 years with no problem, but was coming up on replacement time. The Tripledge perform as well as the Siliblades at a fraction of the cost.
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OK, Rain-X experts....

I gave Rain-X a try a few years ago. We have a lot of very fine, misty rain on the CA North Coast, and the fine drops seem to get smeared on the windshield and leave streaks of moisture instead of beading up as larger drops do. It actually made it look like I had oil on the windshield. I gave it a couple of tries but stopped using it.

Did I apply it wrong? Have others seen streaking after using Rain-X?

Maybe I'll try it again and see if I get the same result.
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I use the Rain-X liquid also as I have on all of my vehicles and I love it. I admit it doesn't work as well on the vertical windshield but it still helps and also keep the glass slick so the wiper can do its job better IMO. I'm still with the OEM blades at present.
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Thanks!

And for anyone considering Rain-X. I have always been under the impression that you either used good wipers OR rain-x. Not both. The rain-x "eats" the wiper blades supposedely.
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RainX doesn't like rubber blades as much, I wouldn't say it eats them, but it does seem to wear them more. I always thought of it like this, RainX is an oil compound, rubber gets chewed up by oil, sunny weather makes it even worse (like having oil in sunshine on rubber all summer).

Now whether RainX is a true oil, I don't know. I do know it seems to do better with silicone blades though, but silicone blades are also supposed to lubricate the glass with every swipe anyhow.

I haven't used RainX in years because a glass repair guy said that they won't repair chips or cracks if RainX is used on the windshield. Last year I had another glass company say its not an issue at all. Take it for what it is, we get lots of chips and cracks though.

I liked the Bosch Icons, but they are $$. After I didn't get much more than a year from them I went back to $5 Anco cheapies that lasted the same amount of time without streaks.
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There is a trick to Rain-X. It doesn't eat the blade but it does keep the blade from flipping. Each time the blade changes direction it should flip and drag across the windshield like a squeegee. If you look, you will notice that in the parked position the blade curves upward. As the rubber sits in that position it will harden a little. On an uncoated windshield the blade will flip as it begins to move. This flexing helps keep the blade soft and pliable. This also divides the wear on both blade edges and allows for blade cleaning.
On a coated windshield the blade won't flip as it ages and will wear only one edge reducing life of the wiper. This will result in the blade pushing on the upstroke giving poor performance and very little if any cleaning of small debris trapped between the blade and the glass.
The best way to use it is to coat the windshield in very dry weather. Putting it on in the rain or nights with dew will get the solvents on the wiper before they evaporate and driving in rain right after coating will smear these unevaporated solvents creating a hazy and oily looking windshield. These solvents will shorten the life of the rubber. Clean the glass VERY WELL. You need to strip everything off the glass. I use an ammonia based glass cleaner. I apply the Rain-X to a micro fiber cloth folded to a 4-6 inch square not the glass. THE TRICK: Apply it by wiping horizontally across the windshield creating a clean line approximately 4-6 inches above where the wipers park making sure not to get any below this line. Then apply liberally to all glass above. Coat well and let dry. Recoat and let dry. You must then buff the glass. I use a clean dry micro fiber cloth. Put some elbow grease into this step. Get as much off as you can. The better you do this step the better it will work. Leaving the clean bare strip above the blades gives the hardened blade enough traction to flip and soften up. This will provide the benefits of the uncoated glass while still retaining the benefits of coated glass.
When done properly the rain just falls off the windshield when I'm parked and slides away at speed. There is a short period at low speeds when the drops have just enough wind to hover on the windshield but my wipers still work properly.
As far as chip repair. If you get a chip you need to clean the area well as soon as possible. If the company doing the repair has a vacuum unit it will be no problem. It is the only repair process I use. The tech should clean the area anyway. The vacuum unit obviously creates a vacuum before injecting the resin. This allows the resin to be sucked into the damaged are with no air bubbles. Those that use a kit like you find at the auto parts place may have problems but I wouldn't know because I don't use them due to the possibility of bubbles. FWIW I have used Rain-X for 20 years and never had a problem getting a windshield repaired.
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Couldn't have said it better smitty.

As far as rain-x eating blades: I've never had that happen. But the second my blades squeak they are in the trash. I can't stand even 1 squeak. For that reason I go thru about 3 sets of blades a year and just buy the cheap $3 at Walmart. I've done the expensive blades and they are better but I'd rather always have a new set. That seems to work better for me. Mine wear out quick in the winter as I am out every single storm to go skiing or snowmobiling
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Here's something that works as good or better than Rain-X. It's Turtle Wax Ice. I discovered it based on comments from others on the forum. The stuff can be used on every surface of the vehicle, including glass and plastic trim, like fenders. It beads water on the windshield and is easier to apply than Rain-X. Seems to last longer too. One and done.
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Here's something that works as good or better than Rain-X. It's Turtle Wax Ice. I discovered it based on comments from others on the forum. The stuff can be used on every surface of the vehicle, including glass and plastic trim, like fenders. It beads water on the windshield and is easier to apply than Rain-X. Seems to last longer too. One and done.
Not going to lie. I really really dont like it on my paint. It doesn't lay down as thick or as nice as carnuba wax. I also hate it on my windows. Because it doesn't work as well as rainX. I use it on my fenders simply because it isn't bad for that and it repels water and protects from sun decently without staining.

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