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#1061948 - 01/10/08 08:05 PM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: XPR]
road_rascal Offline


Registered: 12/09/02
Posts: 771
Loc: Twin Cities, MN
I like using Tricos. I bought a Michelin branded set from Wally World awhile back and they didn't last long at all.
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#1061980 - 01/10/08 08:42 PM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: The Critic]
mechtech2 Offline


Registered: 09/05/06
Posts: 19479
Loc: Chicago Area
I have tried all sorts of premium blades. I value good vision, without smearing and streaking. Not much luck, at any price.
I have settled on the very reasonable ANCO winter blades. The rubber is standard, but wipes clean - it must be soft. The rubber protection around the articulating links is a plus in winter.
$6 each.

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#1061983 - 01/10/08 08:45 PM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: The Critic]
XS650 Offline


Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 12385
Loc: Northern CA
Critic, thank I found some in the 2nd AZ I went to.
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#1061986 - 01/10/08 08:46 PM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: XS650]
The Critic Offline


Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19208
Loc: Walnut Creek, CA
 Originally Posted By: XS650
Critic, thank I found some in the 2nd AZ I went to.

No problem.
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#1062101 - 01/11/08 12:05 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: The Critic]
deven Offline


Registered: 06/28/05
Posts: 3094
Loc: Massachusetts
I have tried a bunch of different blades from Bosch Icons to Trico Innovisions but the best by far have been the PIAA super silicones. The rain beads on the windshield and absolutely no smearing for atleast 2 years that i have owned them.
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#1062102 - 01/11/08 12:15 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: speedyswede]
Shannow Offline


Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 36653
Loc: 'Stralia
 Originally Posted By: speedyswede
If you want longevity in a wiper blade...PIAA Super Silicone.


Yes and no. They are my favourite wiper blade.

However, when we go for our mandatory annual inspections, the mechanics look at the colour of the silicon, decide the blades are perished and replace them with home brand (admittedly steel backed) blades.

Therefore I've never had a set last more than 11 months...but they ARE good.
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#1062104 - 01/11/08 12:20 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: deven]
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Registered: 10/13/07
Posts: 1034
Loc: North East Kingdom
I had Bosch Icons and they got noisy and skippy a few months later. The nice young man who manages a AAP here, kindly swapped me a set of the Trico ones that look just like them, and they are perfectly silent and very effective. The Trico are even cheaper, because I got money back with the replacements on return.
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#1062133 - 01/11/08 01:48 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: Oilgal]
Carmudgeon Offline


Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 360
Loc: Under the hood
I've gone through many sets of Bosch wipers and refills, and have never had them last more than one season (if that) before they begin to streak and smear.

Switched to Trico refills last year, and am still using the same set this wet season.

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#1062225 - 01/11/08 08:43 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: Carmudgeon]
97f150 Offline


Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 1798
Loc: Southeast Louisiana
I always end up buying the cheapies from Wally World with them lasting at least a year. After a year and a half, the framed Michelins started peeling while I was on the road so I stopped at an Oreillys and bought a set of Bosch Excels. For the money I could not believe that these blades are such khrapp. They streaked right out of the box and threw water back all over the windshield after swiping. I went to Target a few days later and noticed that Michelin now has frameless wipers on the market, and having good luck with the previous set of Michelin wipers lasting a year and a half I decided to buy a set for the wifes car. They seem to work flawlessly for now but it has only been a month or so. I bought another set for my truck a week later and saved the junk Bosch ones. Time will tell for these, to me unless they last at least a year they are junk.
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#1062245 - 01/11/08 09:21 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: 97f150]
alanu Offline


Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 384
Loc: Vancouver, BC
I've always sold the silver packaging/line of the bosch blades. They work well for about a year then they go streaky.

Oddly enough I also sell the real cheap line of chinese made wiper blades called viewguard (red packaging) and so far they've been working extremely well with virtually all car makes. Quiet and streak free and bloody cheap.

OEM refills usually work the best but it takes more time to swap old rubbers with the new refill. They always seem to last the longest. My wifes 2001 CRV lasted over 5 yrs streak and noise free until they started to fall apart at the ends.

I will never buy those "frameless/new" wiper blades due to cost since they dont last any longer or perform any better. My climate has no issues of wiper body freeze so I'll stick with traditional.

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#1062254 - 01/11/08 09:35 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: alanu]
97f150 Offline


Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 1798
Loc: Southeast Louisiana
alanu, "supposedly" the frameless ones last longer. At least that is a universal claim made by everyone who manufactures them. The design maybe? I dont know.
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#1062260 - 01/11/08 09:49 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: 97f150]
alanu Offline


Registered: 01/14/06
Posts: 384
Loc: Vancouver, BC
Dont believe the hype. I know alot of people upset that they've spent more beans on the "better" blade with no better performance or longevity.

I think OE blades are the best without a question.

I got a batch of Michelin blades for the shop and they are mediocre IMO. Not significantly cheaper yet they do its job.

This is why I mention the very cheap wiper blades I use called viewguard. They are quiet and last just as long as a more expensive bosch (silver package). Its all about $$ and performance.

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#1062305 - 01/11/08 10:48 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: Quest]
Triple_Se7en Offline


Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 8173
Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
 Originally Posted By: Quest
I go with Anco wiper blades.


I do mostly - the next level-up Anco Aero Blade. We get some ice every winter - so the wife and daughters don't scrape the ice well. So once or twice every winter, the blades will partially stick to the glass. Or the women will turn on the wipers with areas of ice still on the windshield. That will wear a blade prematurely too..... tear them up by spring. So I'm forced to change them once a year... usually around $7-$8 per blade. So for me, it makes no sense to buy the real good ones.

Most of the house brands are bad news - so I avoid them. They offer good visibility - just squeak too much.


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#1062307 - 01/11/08 10:52 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: alanu]
97f150 Offline


Registered: 02/24/05
Posts: 1798
Loc: Southeast Louisiana
Not really believing the hype, as I stated in my first post, time will tell. All products make their own claims to entice the consumer to buy them. The Michelins were only a few dollars more than the regular framed ones, and I figured since I had good luck with the first set that I would give the frameless ones a try. If they tear up prematurely than I can say that they are not worth it as with the Bosch Excels, if they prove to be worth the money, than I have a good product to use and recommend for only a few smackers more.
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#1062342 - 01/11/08 11:32 AM Re: Wiper Blades [Re: deven]
Eddie Offline


Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 8993
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
OEM or Anco are my choice. I tried some expensive Bosch & PIAA and they were wonderful for about 8 months. The OEM and anco lasted 2 years and were still workings but, I changed them anyway.
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