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Old 09-27-2011, 08:23 AM   #76
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Default Just buy the PIAA's...

I first bought a set of PIAA's when the Super Silicone was fairly new. I thought "well, I gotta try them". I did all the prep-work, washed the windshield and applied the base coat of silicone.

HOLY WTF, these blades are incredible! The silicone is no joke, it's like the wipers are applying Rain-X all the time. I had them on for about 5 or 6 years when I decided to replace them. They had just started to show signs of wearing down and winter was coming. I saw the Bosch Icon and liked the flat blade design. So I bought a set of the Icons since people were raving about them as well. Idiot me didn't do his research and failed to see that PIAA also had a flat blade design.

The Icons are nowhere near as good as the PIAA in my experience. I'm sure the Bosch are better than stock but I was so disappointed. Now it's time to replace the stock blades on the STi and there is no doubt I will be buying a set of PIAAs. They look pricey but for how long they last, they're worth every penny.
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Old 10-14-2011, 11:58 AM   #77
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I'll start by saying icons are overrated (as well as over-priced) I switched to neoforms a couple of years ago. Secondly, I have a love/hate opinion about the silicone wipers. The concept works BUT only where the wipers wipe which creates too distinct of a line between where the silicone is and where it is not. It bugs me.

My set-up is trico neoform beam blades with aquapel glass treatment. The aquapel treatment lasts 6 months so its perfect for a lazy guy like me AND since you treat the whole windshield, there's no big contrast line like the silicone scenario. So my entire windshield beads and the rain rolls right off and it does it for 6 months. The neoforms are pretty much the quietest and smoothest wipers I've ever used and they clear rain/snow well.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:13 PM   #78
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i prefer OEM wipers never had a problem with them
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:36 PM   #79
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I have a love/hate opinion about the silicone wipers. The concept works BUT only where the wipers wipe which creates too distinct of a line between where the silicone is and where it is not. It bugs me.
That's how you know they're working . The line hasn't bothered me.

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The aquapel treatment lasts 6 months so its perfect for a lazy guy like me AND since you treat the whole windshield
I must be lazier because I don't want to do the treatment but once and it lasts for the increcibly long life of the wipers.
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Old 10-14-2011, 02:02 PM   #80
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I decided on the Bosch Icons since there was a long delay in getting the Si-Techs. I read a bunch of reviews on the Si-Techs and wasn't impressed, so I decided to just stick with what I trusted.

They should be here mid-next week. So excited!

I hate Bosch Evolutions.
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Old 10-17-2011, 10:59 PM   #81
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Hello,

A windscreen wiper or windshield wiper is a device used to remove rain and debris from a windscreen or windshield. Almost all motor vehicles, including trains, aircraft and watercraft, are equipped with such wipers, which are usually a legal requirement. A wiper generally consists of an arm, pivoting at one end and with a long rubber blade attached to the other. The blade is swung back and forth over the glass, pushing water from its surface.

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Old 11-17-2011, 08:27 AM   #82
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Can anyone confirm the size of the two blades on a 2011 WRX 4-door?

After having my OEM wipers replaced under warranty with new OEM wipers, I'm now convinced that I need something better. What complete trash.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:45 AM   #83
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Can anyone confirm the size of the two blades on a 2011 WRX 4-door?

After having my OEM wipers replaced under warranty with new OEM wipers, I'm now convinced that I need something better. What complete trash.
I'm showing 24" (driver) and 16" (passenger).

Icon part numbers: 424A and 416A
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:08 AM   #84
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I'm showing 24" (driver) and 16" (passenger).

Icon part numbers: 424A and 416A
Thanks--I think I'm actually going to try a PIAA set.

Amazon tells me their 24" and 16" super silicone blades don't fit my vehicle, but I've read numerous reviews stating problems with amazon's fitting guide. PIAA's site only has the 2010 impreza, but it lists 24" and 16" as well and it has the same part numbers I'm looking to get.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:09 AM   #85
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Can anyone confirm the size of the two blades on a 2011 WRX 4-door?

After having my OEM wipers replaced under warranty with new OEM wipers, I'm now convinced that I need something better. What complete trash.
Like I stated earlier, started with PIAA silicone, lasted 5-6 years! Tried the Ikons because a lot of people like them and they were a tad cheaper. HUGE mistake. Back to the PIAA's and lovin it. First set was the old metal frame type, worked great. Rockin the SI-Tech's now and they have been great as well.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:40 PM   #86
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Can anyone confirm the size of the two blades on a 2011 WRX 4-door?

After having my OEM wipers replaced under warranty with new OEM wipers, I'm now convinced that I need something better. What complete trash.
Looks like 24 & 16: https://www.wipers123.com/product_di...delhid=Impreza
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:44 PM   #87
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Installed the PIAA super silicones tonight...pretty involved process:

1. Clean windshield thoroughly
2. Apply pre-treatment
3. Let dry for 10 minutes
4. Buff off with dry towel
5. Install wipers
6. Run wipers dry for 5 minutes

Too bad they didn't tell you which way to install the clips. Now the "PIAA" white logo is upside down on one side

I'm so OCD...

Bring on the rain!
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #88
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Ive been running the same Bosch Icons for 6 years 70,000 miles. theyve been on multiple subarus and gone through 6 maine winters. They have never given me any sort of trouble so Id say their well worth the money.
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:22 PM   #89
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Does RainX windshield wiper fluid affect anything for the negative on these super silicones?

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Old 11-22-2011, 10:15 AM   #90
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Does RainX windshield wiper fluid affect anything for the negative on these super silicones?

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I can't imagine that there would be any negative effects since PIAA supplies that pretreatment which I believe is very similar to rainx.

It rained this morning on my way to work--performance from the PIAA super silicones was excellent, although i would have liked to see more beading from the pretreatment (for some reason it was beading better on my passenger side--I only used one of the wipes since one comes with each blade and says to use on the entire windshield. I might apply the other one later.)

They are extremely quiet and only leave very minor residual water on the backswipe (which quickly clears). I'd give them a 9/10 on initial impression.
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Old 11-24-2011, 01:15 AM   #91
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I'm using RainX Latitude now but I don't see that great results. Then again, the springs in my wiper arms are probably old and loose. YMMV.
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:03 AM   #92
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what ever the lexus replacements are, bought them for 50 bucks for the pair but the inserts cost me 8 dollars to replace both
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Old 11-24-2011, 03:24 AM   #93
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:31 AM   #94
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++1 Trico NeoForms + Aquapel Glass Treatment!! As far as the glass treatment, it really does last 6 months so you only have to put it on twice a year. The advantage to treating the whole windshield rather than the silicone wipers is that the wiper line is less noticable since the whole windshield is treated; not just where the wipers sweep. The neoforms have the teflon surface protector which I thought was marketing BS but now am a believer...smooth and quiet.
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:53 PM   #95
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I recently purchased Bosch Marathons. Similar design as the more expensive Icons. They seem to do fine on my vehicle.
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Old 12-05-2011, 06:51 PM   #96
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Just installed flat silblades on my 2nd gen wagon. Supposed to rain or snow all week so I shall know soon how good they are.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:01 PM   #97
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anyone from canada know where to order wipers?
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Old 12-05-2011, 11:58 PM   #98
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anyone from canada know where to order wipers?
Tire rack ships there. Or isn't there a Canadian tire ?
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:20 PM   #99
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hey all, so i just bought the PIAA SI-Tech Silicone 22 and 17" and my 22" after the adapter click piece is like almost slightly raised. its almost as if the adapter was misplaced by an inch to its not directly centered.

because of this im getting no wiping motion at that part. anyone have/seen this problem before? any fixes for this or should i try and returning them to tirerack?
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:36 PM   #100
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Absolutely get them replaced...they should work perfectly.
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