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Old 01-07-2010, 03:36 PM   #1
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Wiper Blades - any good ones?

I've tried numerous brands of wiper blades for my wrangler and haven't had much success with any of them. Any suggestions?

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Old 01-07-2010, 03:39 PM   #2
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what do you mean by success? are they not clearing the elements or are they not lasting very long?

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They don't clear the windshield very well in any conditions, including snow.
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I put on Bosch 16" wipers and they work quite well. They're the new-fangled looking things with the solid back.
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I just picked up my Wrangler today and have zero experience with the wipers on it, but I'm pretty big on wipers and their maintenance on all my vehicles. One thing that I always do when I gas up is to use the windshield squeegee to clean the blades when I wash the windshield. Once a month I actually use a baby wipe type of cloth to really clean the wipers.

On one truck I owned I actually had to use the blades with a type of fin to hold the wipers to the windshield with wind while driving. When I had the chance I changed the arms to a stronger arm to solve that problem.

I carry a lot of valuable cargo when driving, like kids and grandkids and my wife, and a clean windshield is just part of the equation to keeping them safe.
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Old 01-07-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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the16" fit ok? the local counte fool at the pats store said the were 15's and 15's are hard to find
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the16" fit ok? the local counte fool at the pats store said the were 15's and 15's are hard to find
He's correct, they are 15's, but 16's fit with no problem.
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I just put rainx blades (I think they were 15") on mine sometime in October. They performed very well when I first put them on then not so well. Recently I bought this stuff called Invisible Glass and used it to clean the glass inside and out. I also used it to clean the wipers. Amazingly, the wipers cleaned the glass like they were new again. I'm going to stick with this as long as it produces the same results. I don't know what ingredients cause this type of instant clean action when I wash the windshield after using the product but seems to work like magic.
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Invisible glass is good stuff and usually won't eat the wipers. Some glass cleaners will; Rain-X will usually eat your wipers so don't use that to clean them.

And yes; the 16" wipers fit fine and are easier to find.

These are the ones I got most recently after wasting money on 3 sets of cheaper ones:

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These are the ones I got most recently after wasting money on 3 sets of cheaper ones:


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I always compare the cost of a safety item to the cost of my insurance deductible, lost time, pain/suffering, etc. if I had not invested in the item.

This poor fellow didn't have good wipers and he hit a tree after getting splashed by mud. After shattering his windshield, we had to break it all the way out for him to continue. The radiator finally crapped after a few miles.
That's my Jeep in back of him; we had to pick his up with a deuce & a half...

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I found the cheapies at Advance Auto work very well for about 3 years. The more expensive ones tend to fail around 9months. Go figure? They only take about 3 minutes to change out.
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Invisible glass is good stuff and usually won't eat the wipers. Some glass cleaners will; Rain-X will usually eat your wipers so don't use that to clean them.

And yes; the 16" wipers fit fine and are easier to find.

These are the ones I got most recently after wasting money on 3 sets of cheaper ones:

I second hill on bosch brand , I have the IONS on my work truck they are the best I have ever seen , and now that I know I can put 16" on I will install on my jeep . I have the rainx on there now and I hate them . The IONs by bosch ran me @ $20 a wiper for my truck
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i got the cheapies from advanced auto and they worked about 1 month .
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I second hill on bosch brand , I have the IONS on my work truck they are the best I have ever seen , and now that I know I can put 16" on I will install on my jeep . I have the rainx on there now and I hate them . The IONs by bosch ran me @ $20 a wiper for my truck
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Get you a good motorcylce helmet and fold the windshield down. The face shield is self cleaning if you drive fast enough and chicks dig it!

If you prefer wipers get the bosch.
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If you don't want to risk longer blades than OEM but you want the newer-style frameless wipers, I found that the 'Trico Neoform Beam Blades' have a option that fits the Jeep wiper arms and the JK windshield. They're not 15" but they're 14" (the 1/2" difference on each side isn't noticable). They wipe excellent and are quiet - like them better than the old-school framed wipers. Came with removal and replacement instructions - easy install. Got them online.
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I usually replace the wiper blades about every four months, so I just buy mid-priced ones.
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I usually replace mine when the rubber disengages from the blade OR I'm having trouble seeing because of streaks. My blades usually last for anywhere from 1 to 5 years depending on if they get turned on with abrasive ice on the windshield over the winter. With using Invisible Glass, lately the streaks problem has been solved. I have RainX blades on right now. They were mid priced and have been performing well since September (5 months).
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Just got a 10 Rubi and followed Hilldweller's advice and put on Bosch Evolution 16". They're working great and fit great. I'm glad I put them on now rather than waiting for the originals to go bad.
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I use Rainex, so far so good (2 months). Someone told to extend the life of any wipers clean the blade edges with an alcohol swab every month or so. I tried it and it seems to work.
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I put on Bosch 16" wipers and they work quite well. They're the new-fangled looking things with the solid back.
I 2nd hill on this , they are great
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I rain-x my windshield and at that point my factory wipers work fine.
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Recently I bought this stuff called Invisible Glass and used it to clean the glass inside and out. I also used it to clean the wipers. Amazingly, the wipers cleaned the glass like they were new again. I'm going to stick with this as long as it produces the same results. I don't know what ingredients cause this type of instant clean action when I wash the windshield after using the product but seems to work like magic.
Invisible Glass! Been using this stuff for years. GREAT PRODUCT! I picked up a pack of 4 Cans for $10 at Auto Zone during a Sale last year! I use it for my Windshield, in & out, my Rearview Mirror, and my Side Mirrors! Works wonders! I use Plexus on my Soft Top Windows. Don't wanna use Invisible Glass on Plastic Windows! NOOOOOOOO!

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I rain-x my windshield and at that point my factory wipers work fine.
I was RainXing my windshield and found that the beading of the rain on the windshield particularly at night and under certain lighting situations, the windshield was difficult to see through. It was almost like the beads of water between wiper swipes were acting as prisms and redirecting the light towards my eyes and with the street being dark, it became difficult to see the street through the windshield. When I used Invisible Glass, the rain no longer beaded up on the glass and somehow when the wiper comes across the glass, it wipes in such a way that the glass appears....almost....invisible.
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Invisible Glass is a good product (also available at Sam's Club) but I've noticed that it tends to leave streaks if the windshield is warm/hot. I tried it on my wiper blades of my Civic last night since I may be keeping it (never got a call back from the dealer last night to sell me a Wrangler Unlimited).
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If you don't want to risk longer blades than OEM but you want the newer-style frameless wipers, I found that the 'Trico Neoform Beam Blades' have a option that fits the Jeep wiper arms and the JK windshield. They're not 15" but they're 14" (the 1/2" difference on each side isn't noticable). They wipe excellent and are quiet - like them better than the old-school framed wipers. Came with removal and replacement instructions - easy install. Got them online.
As a follow-up to my post above, I just got an email from wipers123.com and Trico is offering a $15 rebate on NeoForms through May 15th 2010. They also sent me an additional $5 instant coupon "springreturningcustomer" (orders over $30). Not sure when it expires... Godspeed
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Invisible glass is good stuff and usually won't eat the wipers. Some glass cleaners will; Rain-X will usually eat your wipers so don't use that to clean them.

And yes; the 16" wipers fit fine and are easier to find.

These are the ones I got most recently after wasting money on 3 sets of cheaper ones:

I've used the bosh icon on all of my vehicles since they came our with it. Great wiper!
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I've used the bosh icon on all of my vehicles since they came our with it. Great wiper!
Yeah, when I researched this extensively and both Trico NeoForms and the Bosch were mentioned often all over the internet. The teflon coating pushed me towards the NeoForms as well as the smaller 14" size.


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