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xt wiper blade??

Postby themoneypit on Thu Oct 30, 2008 2:35 pm

anyone know of any aftermarket brand wipers that come with the adaptor to mount on a subaru.. i know in the past (going waaaay back) almost all wipers would come with the adaptor and 2 new screws so you could put them on a subaru. i guess theyre too cheap to put them in the package anymore. as im writing this, i realized i only checked all the 22" wiper blade packages, wonder if the smaller ones will have it??
i purchased a new blade from the dealer, so obviously that fits fine. problem is, id like to put a winter blade on the car for the winter months and i just cant find a wiper with the stupid adaptor.. next time im at advance auto, ill check the smaller size packages and loot one from there if they have them.

i was going to keep this car out of the snow because its so clean. but after i came to my senses, its a subaru, and it just wouldnt be happy to be garaged for the winter. besides, we just rented a seasonal house in upstate new hampshire for snowmobiling, and im not going to drive my 10mpg truck there every time we go up.
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby xoomer on Thu Oct 30, 2008 6:47 pm

Bosch excell. You Have to the mettal piece a little bit but it works... I did it!
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby Numbchux on Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:47 pm

they pretty much all come with a set of different clips. one of those should work fine.

IIRC, the last time I bought blades for my loyale (I'm assuming it's the same as the XT wiper arm), they didn't attach exactly the same as stock, but worked just fine.
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby Huck369 on Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:17 am

No aftermarket arms are a direct fit for the XT....you will have to mod them a little to work.
The hole spacing on the XT arm is not the same as most cars...
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby Turbone on Fri Oct 31, 2008 8:22 am

I just put a Rain X Latitude on my 6.
It did take some modifying. I had to use the inner clip from another brand (Tryco) and had to drill the hole a little bigger for the pin. The pin is the original one from the 6 and it had to be forcibly removed from the mount, without buggering it up.
It was worth it tho. The wiper is great.
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby austinXT6 on Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:27 pm

id like to put a winter blade on the car for the winter months


:shock:

I didn't even know there was such a thing - I'd heard of winter tires, but I've never heard of a winter wiper. Makes sense, but I had just never heard of it.

FWIW, I just buy a wiper, and remove the rubber blade and metal spines and feed 'em into the "claws" on the OEM wiper. :roll: it works. (coincidentally, I just bought a new one last night to put in this weekend.)
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby grossgary on Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:44 pm

oh yeah, and don't forget about the winter antenna's too. just kidding. i didn't know there were winter wiper blades until two years ago either. they're like solid pieces, no holes, crevices and such for snow/ice to get compacted inside like regular wipers do. regular wipers are super annoying, they'll get caked up with snow/ice and then the blade won't have a smooth contact surface and well it just doesn't do anything but smear.
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby Turbone on Sat Nov 01, 2008 9:40 pm

I have them on my RX now also. And the dont CHATTER any more.
http://www.rainx.com/offer/
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby kingbobdole on Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:02 am

It must be very odd to live in Flordia :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:
It's just a regular wiper with a rubber boot over it to keep the ice out of the rigging...
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby austinXT6 on Tue Nov 11, 2008 8:22 pm

Phil wrote:It must be very odd to live in Flordia


Dude, you don't know the half of it! :roll:
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby Fury on Thu Nov 13, 2008 5:16 pm

Older subaru wipers with the old schoolclips are difficult to get in the better wiper grades, here in Aus, so I just cut the old style off the end of the arm and bolted a newer style on.

Works for me...

I now have a premium blade, with no rigging whatsoever with a built in aerofoil. Just like the NEW cars
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby Numbchux on Mon Mar 16, 2009 3:53 am

bump. I put a RainX blade on my '6 yesterday. went to harbor freight, bought some Alumiweld sticks. then to Home Depot and bought a chunk of 1/16" thick 3/4" square aluminum stock and a 1/4" aluminum rod. and with that, a torch, and an air grinder, made this:
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screws perfectly to the '6 wiper arm, and then onto the bracket on the blade:
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the blade cannot rotate far enough to come off the rod until the arm is lifted almost completely off the vehicle. it's very sturdy, and the blade is awesome!!
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby TomRhere on Mon Mar 16, 2009 4:21 am

Nice DIY Fabbing there.........
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby Huck369 on Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:05 am

Great Job!

...now when do you start making them for everyone else here? :mrgreen: ....
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Re: xt wiper blade??

Postby lazer on Mon Mar 16, 2009 6:37 am

Did you solder the rod on to the channel?
I'm gonna make something simular as there is a big turnaround on the factory wipers. Also my window is eating wipers.

Little of topic:
My window is scratched from 20 years of gravel roads and salt. Has anyone tried to polish it up again to make it smooth?
Maby i should just replace the window as i have to take it out anyway to seal it properly in the top.
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