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Old 10-13-2005, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default Winter wiper blades?

I noticed on Subaruparts.com, they sell OEM winter wiper blades as well as the regular wiper blades (http://www.subaruparts.com/catalog/?section=550). Could someone tell me what the difference is? I've contacted them about this, but haven't gotten a response. Thanks.
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Old 10-13-2005, 07:20 PM   #2
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Rubber boots over the hinges.
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Old 10-13-2005, 11:30 PM   #3
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I have used them on my old Legacy. They prevent snow and ice from jamming up the hinges, which can be pretty useful. I doubt you really need them in Baltimore, though.
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Old 10-14-2005, 10:43 AM   #4
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Just don't use them 60-70 mph. The wind gets under them and lifts them off the windshield. No fun on the highway.

Last spring I got a set of the Valeo blades, which have no hinges. It'll be interesting to see how they do in snow and ice.

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Old 10-14-2005, 12:06 PM   #5
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Just don't use them 60-70 mph. The wind gets under them and lifts them off the windshield. No fun on the highway.

Last spring I got a set of the Valeo blades, which have no hinges. It'll be interesting to see how they do in snow and ice.

I have an 04 WRX wagon and I have not had this problem. I actually ran my winter blades all summer too because I bought a new pair of winters in March and they were still good when summer rolled around.
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Old 10-14-2005, 03:21 PM   #6
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I don't know what happened last year but we had all sorts of problems
with winter wipers last year. It was as if the factory that makes all
the wipers for everyone changed something in their process. Subaru's
were no different and didn't work well at all leaving large patches of
the windshield not even touched by the wipers. Great on slushy roads...

I ended up trying these new hingeless wipers (not quite the same as
those shown by Jon but similar) and they worked very well in both
winter and summer. However they are very expensive, about 20$CDN
(17$US) *each*.

Were that not enough, after less than a year one of the blades literally
came apart, the rubber splitting in two lengthwise (the vertical part of
the T shape separating from the horizontal part).

Hopefully things will be better this winter.
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Old 10-15-2005, 04:28 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Just don't use them 60-70 mph. The wind gets under them and lifts them off the windshield. No fun on the highway.

Last spring I got a set of the Valeo blades, which have no hinges. It'll be interesting to see how they do in snow and ice.

Jon, I have those same blades on my STi. Haven't used them yet in the winter (I installed them this past Spring), but so far they've proven to be the best wiper blades I've ever used. I have high hopes for them this winter due to their hinge-less design (I had a few not-so-fun experiences last winter with the stock blades).
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Old 10-24-2005, 12:29 PM   #8
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I just use the OEM regular blades and they work fine. I tried Bosch Micro edge excel and found that they made noises only after a few months and I had to clean them weekly so I went back to OEM and they seem to work better.
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Old 10-27-2005, 12:50 PM   #9
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The PIAA Graphite wipers are about the same price wise as the Bosch, but superior in prformance.

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