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Old 02-19-2004, 11:12 AM   #1
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Thumbs up PIAA Super Sporza/ Super Silicone Wipers

First off, the Super Silicone and the Super Sporza are pretty much the same wiper, aside from the fact that the Super Sporzas have spoilers on them to keep them better situated against your windshield at higher speeds.

This review is based on the Super Sporzas (21" driver/19" passenger) which I purchased from Tire Rack for my '99 Outback Sport.

Summary: The best wipers I've used, and I've tried everything from Triple-edge to Bosch MicroEdge Excels combined with RainX. The Super Sporzas are superior to any wipers I've used in conjunction with RainX.

More Detail: These wipers apparently apply a very thin coat of silicone to your windshield with each wipe. Logic would say that this would cause smearing or other undesirables, but I've not had this problem. Anyway, the benefit of this is that water will bead on your windshield much like it does with Rain-X. The wipers glide smoothly over the windshield...smoother than any I've ever used, and get perfect coverage. To the best of my knowledge, these are the only wipers of their kind.

The only requirements PIAA has is that you wash the windshield, then use an included alcohol-soaked cloth to clean it before using the wipers.

You almost can't just call these wipers, since they're like Wipers with Rain-X+ included. The Super Sporzas look great, without looking overdone. They're very well-built, and they work better than any wiper I've used alongside RainX. The Super Silicones are available in a carbon-fiber look if that's your thing.

The main advantages I've seen are that the fogging-up that normally occurs with Rain-X is nonexistent with these wipers, and best of all, you don't ever need to re-apply anything since the wipers lay down the silicone themselves. They go for about $22-$25 apiece...well worth it if you live in a rainy climate. Unfortunately I haven't tested them in icy conditions, but I've been told they excel there as well.

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Old 02-19-2004, 07:48 PM   #2
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Don't have the Sporza's, but I'm on my 2nd set of Piaa wipers, and they're GREAT! Every other wiper (stock, Bosch, Amco) I've tried would chatter on the driver's side, which drove me crazy. These are nothing but smoooooth, and lasted me more than a year. Would've lasted longer, but 2 salty winter seasons put my first set away.

Great wipers, well worth the money!
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Old 03-01-2004, 03:12 PM   #3
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i got some piaa wiper blades when i first got my car (almost 2 yrs ago) they are great .. i need to replace those blades soon though... i think that moistened towelette they give you to clean the windshield with is rain-x type fluids ..
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:11 PM   #4
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i got some piaa wiper blades when i first got my car (almost 2 yrs ago) they are great .. i need to replace those blades soon though... i think that moistened towelette they give you to clean the windshield with is rain-x type fluids ..
Nope, the moistened towelette is basically only a towelette with alcohol in it for cleaning. If it were Rain-X type stuff, it wouldn't last as long as it has on my car.

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Old 03-02-2004, 04:59 PM   #5
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Heh, bump for great wiper blades!

I've had mine for 4 months, and with southern california rainy season kicking in, i'm loving them even more. Smooth as butter. Residue buildup does occur, but it wipes off easily with a tissue. We'll see how they hold up through the summer heat, but the perform so well i won't mind buying them again (well, the refill blades anyways...)

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Old 03-04-2004, 11:28 AM   #6
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What size fits the WRX?
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:31 AM   #7
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What size fits the WRX?
22" Driver Side
17" Passenger Side

[i think it is anyways, feel free to correct me]

Got mine through www.tirerack.com, the auto select chart pulled up those measurements,
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:35 AM   #8
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Thanks. Any specific tools needed for installation?
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Old 03-04-2004, 04:32 PM   #9
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19" passenger side also fits just fine. I'd suggest it if you went with the Super Sporzas since they don't come in any less than 19". No necessary tools for installation...just look on the back of the package for the proper adapter to use.
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There are others called Silblades, and you can get them in various color combinations. I'm thinking of getting silver/black. http://www.silblade.com/
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Just strapped on PIAA silicone blades on teh wagon to include the 15" rear wiper. While the prospect of $20/wiper was daunting, I bit the bullet and trusted the reviewers who have posted here. Holy crap were they right. Install is a little harder than normal blades as you have the detailed cleaning and "bedding in" process, but it isn't rocket science.

After using them for about 4 hours today in solid rain, they work fantastic. The bedding in process leaves a slight silicone film. Many have equated this to Rain-X. Having used Rain-X, Castrol's version, and the high dollar PPG version, I can say the effects are similar, but not identical. Think Rain-X after several showers or 2-3 weeks. This means nice beading and flow, but not the wonderful flow of fresh Rain-X.

Considering the 5 year lifespan of these wipers, I'd recommend them. The prospect of the cheaper Silblades did cross my mind though, but I opted for the bling of PIAA.
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I've had mine for about almost 2 years. Still going strong. I do have a set of refills sitting in the garage when/if they do finally crap out.

[the refills are ALOT cheaper, only afew $$$ a blade, but they're hard to find. i had to order them on www.autobarn.com]
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I just bought these today and put them on. My initial impression is...



AWEsome. The graphite blended rubber glides very smoothly and cleanly, leaving my windshild very clear and visible.



Questions to those who have used these long-term:

1. What is their longevity?

2. Do you feel the extra expense was worth it?

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Old 10-12-2005, 02:25 AM   #14
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i never used them but from what i heard the oem ones are just as good.
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I like mine. I had a set on for about 2 years before i finally replaced the blades with a new refill. They never chattered, sqeaked, or streaked even after 2 heavy rainy seasons here in southern california.

The initial cost is high mostly because you're paying for the frames, but www.autobarn.com sells just the refills which only cost afew dollars.
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^^^ thanks for the review, and the tip on the refills.
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i never used them but from what i heard the oem ones are just as good.
I'm anal about having a good wipers on my car. The PIAA wipers are much better than stock. I highly recommend them.
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i put mine on a month ago. It has rained pretty hard the past couple of days, and they have worked perfectly. It was well worth the price.
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with the OEM ones i get a streak when the wiper goes back down. anyone else have this problem? 13K miles. should i get PIAAs? whats the price and where?
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If the OEM ones are streaking, clean them with warm soapy water and then some rubbing alcohol on the wiping edge.
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with the OEM ones i get a streak when the wiper goes back down. anyone else have this problem? 13K miles. should i get PIAAs? whats the price and where?
I had the exact same problem. I bought mine from Tirerack, $53 shipped.
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^^^

I had picked mine up at Auto Barn yesterday for $15 a piece
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If the OEM ones are streaking, clean them with warm soapy water and then some rubbing alcohol on the wiping edge.
i did that a few days ago, and it barely got any better. so i guess im gunna get some PIAAs before winter comes.
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I had these blades on a couple of years ago. My impression was they at the time probably were not worth the money. On the otherhand the price has come down some since then. I live in the Northeast with lots of salt, sand, ash etc. used on winter roads and I believe that may have affected the longevity of the blades. They seemed effective for about 1 year (13,000 miles). After which there was a notible reduction in completely clearing the windshield (without streaking) and loss of the water repellancy feature. The other consideration is they are no better than stock blades at resisting freezing up in cold weather.......
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:50 PM   #25
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Guys, there are different PIAA blades...

From what I can tell, you guys are comparing the Super Graphite to the more expensive Super Silicone Wiper.

Both are great wipers...


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