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Old 07-28-2008, 08:53 AM
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Wiper blade of choice?

What are you guys running for wiper blades? Small stupid question, but with the price of blades and living in FL I can't afford a oops. I've worked in the auto parts business through college and everyone loves the Bosch, I've tried them on Multiple cars and had bad luck with every set. they streak heavily under light rain conditions. same result with multiple cars since 2002 to present. I have not however tried the Icon blades. I have tried Trico's which are cheap and work decent. I'm tempted to buy Motorcraft blades. A lot of people swear by the Michelin & rainX blades. Any experiences with either?
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:57 AM
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When I lived in the Tampa area I ran motorcraft blades on my F150 with LOTS of rainx on the windshield. Great results in those afternoon thunderstorms.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:10 AM
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I Wax all my windows and use the Napa Teflon Blades and they work great.
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I use RainX religiously on my windshields too. I am one of those people that swears by Bosch. I used to run the Micro Edge Excels for years. The last set lasted 2 years on my wifes car. After that I bought the Icons. Man, I love them wipers! I have only had them on there for about 4 months so I cannot report on the longevity.

My truck still has the stock wipers from when I bought the truck in November. Them Motorcrafts are still going rather well. When it's time to replace, I will go with the Icons.

EDIT: The wife's car lived outside for the 2 years that the Micro Edge Excels were on there. So they weren't babied.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:23 AM
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I think the key to longevity on any blade it to keep them clean and out of UV. I keep my rigs garaged and clean, and my blade run 10x longer then my buddies who park outside and don't wash there rigs.
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:26 AM
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I think the key to longevity on any blade it to keep them clean and out of UV. I keep my rigs garaged and clean, and my blade run 10x longer then my buddies who park outside and don't wash there rigs.
I will agree with cleaning them. I clean the wipers every two weeks. That's about when I remember to clean them. If not I would do it weekly.

I can only imagine how long the wifes wipers would have lasted if the car was kept in a garage.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:01 AM
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I found the lexus guys on the net swear by OEM lexus blades. I have my OEM MC's on and they are good... and my truck was built in late 2006 and sat outside in FL sun until only 2 months ago I garaged it. I use something called Bon-Ami on my glass. It's not the one from the stores... You have to buy this online. Turns glass to NEW!!! I could only imagine if I used rainx afterwards! I've only bon ami'd my windshield 1x so far. usually I do it 1x/yr on all our cars. But the FL Sun does kill wipers, paint, trim, leather etc. My family from up north doesn't understand why all the cars down here look like this.. lol. So Icons, M.C.'s, RainX and Michelin blades. The girlfriend's car is up for blades. I will buy one of each, say rainX & Icon, and see how they do in the real world. I know Trico came out with a Icon style blade also, that's much cheaper. Maybe I'll buy one icon and one of the knock offs to see how that works..

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Old 07-28-2008, 10:06 AM
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At least you don't have the salt, and sand (darn near gravel sometimes here in NE) poured all over the roads in the winter.

I just put new MotorCraft premium blades on the wife's Mountaineer. They have a UV indicator on them that's supposed to indicate when they need to be replaced. Haven't had them long enough to see if its accurate or not.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:13 AM
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I use Rain-X window treatment every time she gets a wash, about every two weeks. While I was out of state my wife put the Rain-X blade on because she knows I like their product, but havn't notice any diffrence in them compared to Boch or Trico.
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:17 AM
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I have the Bosch and they are POC! Constantly clean them and they still streak, etc......

Think I'll switch back the motorcraft ones. And they have UV indicators on them? WOW.
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