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Old 11-26-2003, 06:35 AM   #1
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Impreza GC8 Adding intermittent wipers to '00 RS?

Just wondering how much of a pain it might be (price, parts, installation all considered) to add an intermittent wiper system to my 2000 2.5RS.

It's certainly nothing I long for, but I think some of the newer cars have it, and they *are* a nice thing to have, when you're used to it.

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Old 11-26-2003, 11:36 PM   #2
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my 00 rs has intermitent wipers.. but they only have one setting.. i know my older bronco and many newer cars have them so that u can adjust the timeing between wipes... anyone know of a mod that can go with this fellows question??
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Old 11-27-2003, 07:11 AM   #3
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My 240sx had the same issue with just one setting, so I replaced the switch with one from the SE that had multiple settings and it worked. All I can say is look up other models that may have more than one setting for the wipers.
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Old 11-27-2003, 10:49 PM   #4
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*scratches head*

Now granted it has been awhile since I've driven my car... but I could have swore that the wipers had three settings; high, standard, and intermittent.

Do you mean an adjustable intermittent such as what is on the legacy and legacy limited's?

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Old 11-28-2003, 12:59 AM   #5
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not sure... i'm just goin by what i had on my 88 bronco.. it had a standard .. high.. and adjustable intermitent... same with an Aerostar that we had..... you could make time between wipes nearly 30 sec up to nearly as fast as standard... did.. the legacy have something like this???
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Old 11-28-2003, 09:45 AM   #6
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*scratches head*

Now granted it has been awhile since I've driven my car... but I could have swore that the wipers had three settings; high, standard, and intermittent.

Do you mean an adjustable intermittent such as what is on the legacy and legacy limited's?

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Yep. Sorry Mark, didn't mean to throw you off-kilter.

Yes, we do have one setting for "intermittent" before the low and high-speed wipe. But what I'm looking for is the rotating setting at the end of the wiper stalk that allows you to adjust that setting's interval. That's what I meant.

As mentioned, I'm pretty sure some of the newer Subaru models have it. I'm wondering perhaps which ones (or maybe it's just the Legacies, like you said), and if anyone has done it, how difficult it'd be. I'm not sure if there's wiring involved or what....

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Old 11-28-2003, 10:38 AM   #7
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As mentioned, I'm pretty sure some of the newer Subaru models have it. I'm wondering perhaps which ones
'04 WRX does.

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Old 11-29-2003, 01:08 PM   #8
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My intermittant wiper system is more or less rain-x.
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Old 11-30-2003, 01:47 PM   #9
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Puck,

Yeah but I've tried Rain-X and don't like it so much. *shrug*


Hmm, okay an '04 WRX. Now... who knows what components I'd need, say if someone were selling parts out of a wrecked car?

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Old 11-30-2003, 02:04 PM   #10
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Now... who knows what components I'd need, say if someone were selling parts out of a wrecked car?
Judging by the schematic, everything is contained in the switch. It's hard to tell without seeing the schematic for your car what you'd need.

If you want, I can send you a copy of that page of the service manual - send me a pm or email.

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Old 11-30-2003, 06:05 PM   #11
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You probably just need to find a stalk with this feature.
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Old 11-30-2003, 08:12 PM   #12
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Just wondering how much of a pain it might be (price, parts, installation all considered) to add an intermittent wiper system to my 2000 2.5RS.

It's certainly nothing I long for, but I think some of the newer cars have it, and they *are* a nice thing to have, when you're used to it.

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Man, this would be really nice to have actually. I want to know how this works out.
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Old 12-03-2003, 09:23 PM   #13
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Old 12-04-2003, 10:39 PM   #14
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My girlfriend's '02 OBS has variable wipers with the dial (as opposed to hi-lo).
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Old 12-05-2003, 09:57 AM   #15
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does anyone know if you can just change out the stalk and have it work? I know I could with my Focus ... would be interested in doing this w/ the RS
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I am pretty sure any wrx should have the dial (and maybe any new age impreza '02-'04?), and the wiper stalk on my brother's '97 legacy appears to be identical so I am sure you wont have too much trouble finding one. I'd like to know how this mod goes I have considered it myself.

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Has anybody looked into this further?
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Old 02-05-2004, 01:05 PM   #18
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I once checked the schematics for gen.1, and the wiring looks the same between adjustable and non-adjustable switches. Both have a timer circuit inside to send a series of pulses that produce single swipes, same as if you were momentarily pulling on the stalk. I am waiting for a used wagon-type switch to come by.
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Old 02-08-2004, 05:44 PM   #19
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I once checked the schematics for gen.1, and the wiring looks the same between adjustable and non-adjustable switches. Both have a timer circuit inside to send a series of pulses that produce single swipes, same as if you were momentarily pulling on the stalk. I am waiting for a used wagon-type switch to come by.
Very cool.

Please keep us updated.
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Old 02-10-2004, 09:58 AM   #20
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OK, I have an answer that applies to '98-'01 Impreza: an adjustable wiper switch 83119FC100 for '98-'02 Forester S is a direct replacement and can be installed after removing the steering column covers. Those with coupes and sedans would end up with an unneeded rear wiper switch, but I believe the wiring plug will still match the harness.

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Old 02-10-2004, 10:51 PM   #21
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OK, I have an answer that applies to '98-'01 Impreza: an adjustable wiper switch 83119FC100 for '98-'02 Forester S is a direct replacement and can be installed after removing the steering column covers. Those with coupes and sedans would end up with an unneeded rear wiper switch, but I believe the wiring plug will still match the harness.
Thanks for the research.

Now I just need to find it for less than the $77 subaruparts.com has it listed for.

Is that just the wiper stalk off a '98-'02 Forester S?
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Old 02-11-2004, 01:13 AM   #22
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You're welcome. This came along before I could find out what to do on an older car. The part is a box with a stalk and a wire plug, it screws onto the switch housing.
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