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#4508146 - 09/05/17 02:07 PM Wiper blades
HoosierJeeper Offline

Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1204
Loc: WI
Looking for a new set of steel frame wipers for my Liberty. I've tried the frameless ones before and found them to work ok, but I just can't get past the looks, they just look aftermarket to me (on something that didn't have them new)

What's the best thing in steel framed wipers? I've used RainX before and thought the performance was great, but they started rusting within a year. Now I have a set of Michelins on it that are 5-6 months old and a brick would wipe cleaner and make less noise.


Edited by HoosierJeeper (09/05/17 02:08 PM)
15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
07 LR3 SE V8: Maxlife 5W30
05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)

#4508148 - 09/05/17 02:15 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
123Saab Offline

Registered: 10/27/10
Posts: 1470
Loc: PA
Bosh. Works great on our 08 Liberty.
Twenty-twenty-twenty four hours to go I wanna be sedated
Nothin' to do and no where to go-o-oh I wanna be sedated

#4508158 - 09/05/17 02:27 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
dogememe Offline

Registered: 04/15/17
Posts: 324
If you want the metal ones, get Bosch conventional ones, don't waste extra money on the Bosch Excel, it's literally the exact same thing. Personally I use the Bosch direct-fit beam blades, as I actually prefer the look of those, but to each his own I guess. No matter what, change them at the beginning of the rainy season every year. Have also installed Bosch PureVision and Bosch Icon and Trico Force on many vehicles with good results. Some people really seem to love RainX Latitude blades but many people have told me they don't even make it through the year, so I would not use them personally.

Edited by dogememe (09/05/17 02:32 PM)
2010 Ford Escape FWD 2.5L ~64K: Castrol Magnatec 5W-20, ACDelco Filter.
1997 Chevy Suburban 4x4 5.7L ~213K: Chevron Supreme 5W-30, Microgard Filter.

#4508184 - 09/05/17 03:18 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
mclasser Offline

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2123
Loc: The Northeast
According to Scotty Kilmer, silicone blades are where it's at.
2018 Hyundai Elantra VE -- 1K
2013 Honda Pilot EX-L 4WD -- 50K
2002 Honda Accord EX-L -- 210K
2002 Infiniti I35 -- 130K

#4508209 - 09/05/17 03:59 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Reddy45 Offline

Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2522
Loc: USA
Bosch for availability. Or if you can find who makes OEM wipers for your car then go with them. For Toyota cars, the OEM wipers are made by a brand called Sightline.

And ditto on not liking the frameless blades. Seems all of the ones I've used chattered at highway speeds because they are more flexible.
2015 Toyota Tacoma V6 4X4

#4508218 - 09/05/17 04:15 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
HoosierJeeper Offline

Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1204
Loc: WI
Got the Bosch ones, shall see how they do! I've had good luck with them on others, so if I get more than a year of solid performance I'll be happy.

I tried the frameless ones awhile back because people said they wouldn't ice up...nope they still did. Quite the same as the old style.
15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
07 LR3 SE V8: Maxlife 5W30
05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)

#4508250 - 09/05/17 04:51 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Nick1994 Offline

Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 9607
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I buy the cheapest ones from Parts Authority for about $2.50-$3.00 each. They actually last decently but there so cheap you can change them every few months and it'll still be far cheaper.
2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 74k PU 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 227k M1 AFE 0w30 & Wix
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 145k M1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra

#4508286 - 09/05/17 05:42 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Slick17601 Offline

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1509
Loc: Pennsylvania
I like Trico conventional wipers, but I'm also one of the remaining holdouts that still use wiper refills.

#4508287 - 09/05/17 05:42 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
khittner Offline

Registered: 07/13/12
Posts: 229
Loc: Michigan
The lifespan of a wiper blade is only about a year, less if it's out in the UV 24/7, if you want it to clear the windshield well. RockAuto has the lowest prices on these, and I have a stash of several for each vehicle in my fleet---I buy them as a "box-filler" when I'm buying something else from whatever warehouse they're coming from.

#4508295 - 09/05/17 05:55 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
slacktide_bitog Offline

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 5606
Loc: USA
Trico makes good quality wipers smile

#4508354 - 09/05/17 07:09 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
HangFire Offline

Registered: 08/21/13
Posts: 2505
Loc: Central Maryland
I found that wipers will last much longer if you clean windshields and wipe of the wipers daily. Of course there are labor and costs to that effort, but other benefits as well, like safety, and less scratches on the windshield.
Various musings:

#4508365 - 09/05/17 07:23 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: slacktide_bitog]
JohnnyJohnson Offline

Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 2119
Loc: Wet side WA
Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
Trico makes good quality wipers smile

What he said.
2004 Toyota Corolla 118780
Out: QSUD 5W-30 Purolator One 5030 mile OIC
In: Valvoline ML 5w-30 Fram TG4967 117530
2006 Duramax 73712

#4508370 - 09/05/17 07:27 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: Slick17601]
Kira Offline

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 4747
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Where do you find refills Slick17601? They're nowhere to be found. i'm so into refills.

#4508401 - 09/05/17 08:01 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Pajero Offline

Registered: 05/05/12
Posts: 774
Loc: Rio Rancho, NM
Bosch icons are awesome! Better than Silblades.

Good hunting!
Always remember "Planned obsolescence."

1994 Montero SR 3.5 DOHC, 128,xxx
Fram Ultra/ Snorkel with Pre-filter

#4508419 - 09/05/17 08:12 PM Re: Wiper blades [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Charlie2015 Offline

Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 205
Loc: Georgia
I use trico. 30-240 and 30-190
1998 Honda Accord EX 2.3L

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