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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Winter wiper blades?

This topic has been covered many times in the past of various sites and I have never really found a wiper blade that really worth raving about that can conquor the brutal Canadian winters. I have tried em all, cheap to expensive they all seem to work great for the first year then just turn to crap no matter what the brand or pricetag.
Currently I have a set of Motorcrafts that are 2 years old and are ready to be junked, just wondering if theres any 'breakthrough technology' in the past couple years that is worth trying out or just go back to whatever is on sale?
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 08:58 PM
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Meh, I just replace them every six months, whether I need to or not.

Got a set of the Rain-X Winter Blades for the upcoming season, and then swap to a set of summer blades in the spring.

They seem to work pretty good. Personally don't have a lot of faith in these new fangled designs, but whatever works for you...

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Yeah. tried many different types too. Just when you think you finally get a good set, they fail you, every store in town is closed, and you gotta resort to a pile of old ones sitting in the garage.

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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 10:36 PM
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Same here. I've tried them all, cheap to expensive. They're all pretty 'meh'.

The best bang for the buck I've found are $10 ones at Princess Auto. They are the one-piece design. They seem to last okay and aren't any worse than the others to conform to that nasty curvature on the extreme passenger side of the windshield on Rangers.

Actually, I find the PA wipers load up with ice less than the others, too. And for 10 bucks, how can you lose?

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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-09-2011, 09:45 PM
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I'm with SVT, mine get changed every 6 months.

I've tried the one piece type, the true "winter"" type with the full rubber boot, and can honestly say the best wiper for my money is the oem Ford blade. It's the only thing that will hold the curve of a Ranger windshield.

Plus on the days where I wake up to inches of snow, being open design I can just flex the blade to "crack" the packed in snow and ice and away I go.

As noted above, however, there seems to be no shortage of options out there, so it can be kinda pricey sampling the field until you find one you like.
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RainX blades or Reflex from CT.. every 6 months. I'm testing out their new Reflex Hybrid.. ($1 more per blade, what the heck..)

Rain X washer fluid with deicer.

Little frost. spray the window.. gone!! no return..

On the highway during rain. water runs off. no wipers needed. beads up and runs away..

Also during freezing rain. it won't stick to window when truck is moving.
When the truck is sitting and freezing rain.. it just beads up. and won't freeze. if it does build up enough it will create a crusty layer that the snow brush can tap and it shatters off..

I love RainX!
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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 01:11 PM
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Been using the Rain-X De-Icer formula for so long I forgot about it !!! Add another two thumbs up from here.

How are you finding the Reflex Hybrid?

I went looking for the regular Rain-X Winter blades in the usual spots (CTC, Walmart), but came up empty.

Still had a new set from last year, but struck me as odd they weren't in stock.

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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 01:38 PM
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you guys like rain-x ? Ive had nothing but issues with it. I havent used it in a few years... maybe its changed ?

Ive found the OE wipers the best so far and cost is decent aswell..... as for them lasting there not a forever item once a year they should be changed... what kills wiperblades is running them dry on the window and also on first start up in winter on a frozen over winshield and running washerfluid untill its melted lol

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For what you spend on them twice a year, it works out to less than the cost of a case of beer.

$20 bucks each, $25 maximum.

No issues with the Rain-X...occasionally some small issues with a slightly opaque film on the window after spraying, but it goes away.

Could be whatever was on the windshield though, so it's no big concern for me.

The results Travis mentioned offset any small inconvenience.

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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-11-2011, 01:51 PM
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OP if your getting a full year out of wiper blades in northern alberta I think your doing damn well. I replace mine every 6 months because they wear out

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