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Old 02-09-2017, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default 2017 PIAA wiper blades or refills don't fit

I always put on PIAA blades because their siliconized rubber gives the windshield that rain-x effect and they last for years.

Apparently Subaru has a new connection I've never seen before and none of the 5 adapters from PIAA will fit. Their application guide didn't list the 2017s yet but I took a chance and ordered the Si-Tech model as it was the closest match to stock.

With great effort I did manage to swap out the rubber blade and put it in the Subaru housing on the driver side but it was an extremely tight fit and would bunch up easily and I had to cut off 1/2" of the rubber.

Hopefully PIAA will add a connection adapter at some point for the 2017.
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Old 02-09-2017, 01:06 PM   #2
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Or you just have no idea what you're doing perhaps
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Old 02-10-2017, 01:06 AM   #3
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Or, because they're totally different than any wiper blade that Subaru has offered before, the aftermarket doesn't have a solution yet.
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Old 02-10-2017, 01:25 PM   #4
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Soapy water can help rubber or silicone slide easier than dry, just like "other things" like lube now and then. Even spit can work.
LOL.

Otherwise, yeh, new model may need different parts. Try contacting PIAA?
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Old 02-10-2017, 01:31 PM   #5
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Otherwise, yeh, new model may need different parts. Try contacting PIAA?
I did, they requested pics and I sent them. We'll see what happens now.

P.S. I found graphite worked the best as a lube, I got the passenger side rubber swapped out with relative ease.

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Old 02-12-2017, 10:02 AM   #6
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Yes, they changed the '17 Impreza to beam blades with the big rectangular "pushbutton" attachment boss.
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Old 02-12-2017, 10:06 AM   #7
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My OEM blades lasted a really long time, and performed well. To each their own I guess
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Also subaru gives you free replacements for 3/36k lol

Some people like wasting money tho
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Just trying to be helpful to those unaware there are better alternatives to the traditional rubber most everyone offers.
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:30 PM   #10
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Also subaru gives you free replacements for 3/36k lol

Some people like wasting money tho
Didn't know about free replacements, but PIAA blades do work better than OEM so it's not a total waste.
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Old 02-12-2017, 12:38 PM   #11
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PIAA charges out the ass for every product they make. $60 headlights. $300 fog lights. $25 for a single wiper blade.

If you like the water repelling feature of silicone blades, get a $5 bottle of rain-x. Works better, and the water repelling usually only lasts a month or two max with silicone blades.

My experience with multiple silicone blade brands was they last at best as long as quality rubber ones, and they're weak for winter weather because of how flimsy the silicone is compared to rubber.
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Old 02-12-2017, 06:17 PM   #12
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PIAA charges out the ass for every product they make. $60 headlights. $300 fog lights. $25 for a single wiper blade.

If you like the water repelling feature of silicone blades, get a $5 bottle of rain-x. Works better, and the water repelling usually only lasts a month or two max with silicone blades.

My experience with multiple silicone blade brands was they last at best as long as quality rubber ones, and they're weak for winter weather because of how flimsy the silicone is compared to rubber.
So you haven't actually tried the PIAA ones, but you're going to make statements like

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get a $5 bottle of rain-x. Works better
lol ok then

Another quality post by a quality member
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lol I know enough to know only idiots overpay for things that don't work any better than cheap stuff
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:47 PM   #14
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lol I know enough to know only idiots overpay for things that don't work any better than cheap stuff
You don't know **** if you haven't actually tried it nor seen any scientific tests proving that it is inferior.
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Lol oh boy, youtubers who hate the validity of science disagreeing with their opinions.

Thanks for completing the picture
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You don't know **** if you haven't actually tried it nor seen any scientific tests proving that it is inferior.
Thanks for the heads up on the blades not working.

But... Lighten up, Francis.

All that's going on here is someone is saying is that a $5 bottle of Rainx works better than $brand$ blades. Any brand, doesn't matter what you paid for them.

Unless you've habitually done the rainx thing (every month to every other month depending on how often one sees moisture) there is no argument, really. And reading your answers, I'm thinking you never have used rainx.

What makes me say this? A halfway-decent application of rainx means you don't even need to operate your $brand$ wipers. You wouldn't have the need to actually buy any wipers.

Of course, no one, should be TELLING you what you spend money on. Shame on them! I think more or less, people are suggesting you should try it before spending $$ on $brand$ wipers. You may find that the Subaru wipers, that you get free for 3years/36k miles, work great when used in conjunction with rainx.

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Well sonofabeech, I didn't know the wiper inserts were included in the 36k. Blew $18 on a refill last summer. I'll have to remember that before I get to 36k in a few months...
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...BUT, it requires a trip to the service department and they have to be in need of replacement. They're not going to just give them to you.
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Good point. And my definition of "needing replaced" is probably not the same as Subaru's. 😁
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Thanks for the heads up on the blades not working.

But... Lighten up, Francis.

All that's going on here is someone is saying is that a $5 bottle of Rainx works better than $brand$ blades. Any brand, doesn't matter what you paid for them.

Unless you've habitually done the rainx thing (every month to every other month depending on how often one sees moisture) there is no argument, really. And reading your answers, I'm thinking you never have used rainx.

What makes me say this? A halfway-decent application of rainx means you don't even need to operate your $brand$ wipers. You wouldn't have the need to actually buy any wipers.

Of course, no one, should be TELLING you what you spend money on. Shame on them! I think more or less, people are suggesting you should try it before spending $$ on $brand$ wipers. You may find that the Subaru wipers, that you get free for 3years/36k miles, work great when used in conjunction with rainx.

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Yea personally I use the OEM wipers and use the RainX spray occasionally. The OEM wipers are ridiculously good.
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Yea personally I use the OEM wipers and use the RainX spray occasionally. The OEM wipers are ridiculously good.
There's your problem. The spray sucks. You have to use the spray every few weeks. The formulation is much different.

Get the yellow bottle and use some elbow grease. You'll realize better results.

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Old 02-13-2017, 11:27 AM   #23
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Yea personally I use the OEM wipers and use the RainX spray occasionally. The OEM wipers are ridiculously good.
Might want to give Aquapel a try. I found it far superior to RainX but the install is trickier. You have to follow their directions for climate conditions and application other wise you can get some haze that's difficult to buff out.

I use it on the mirrors and all the side/back windows.

http://www.aquapel.com
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Well sonofabeech, I didn't know the wiper inserts were included in the 36k. Blew $18 on a refill last summer. I'll have to remember that before I get to 36k in a few months...
Yeah, just drive up and say you need new wiper inserts under the warranty. No need to call or anything in my experience.

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Might want to give Aquapel a try. I found it far superior to RainX but the install is trickier. You have to follow their directions for climate conditions and application other wise you can get some haze that's difficult to buff out.

I use it on the mirrors and all the side/back windows.

http://www.aquapel.com

Aquapel is nice, but I feel rainx is superior for a few reasons.

Rain-X is $5 for a bottle that gives me a month minimum of good protection, even when it rains constantly and I use my wipers a lot. I get about 10 applications out of a bottle if I'm being conservative(as in I'll get more IRL but I'll use 10 for this post). That's $0.50 per application (or less potentially). Aquapel is usually $3-10 per application depending on how many you buy and where from. Aquapel sounds like it lasts about 6 months before it becomes noticeably degraded, so it sounds like at best you'd break even with rain-x if price is your main concern.

Rain-X also starts off with a bit better shedding ability. I haven't personally tried both myself, but everyone I've ever seen who's tried both says Rain-X starts to work at, for example, 30mph, but aquapel you might need to go 40+ for the water to roll off. Of course, if you do 98% highway driving this part doesn't matter.

This is probably a non issue for most people but I've heard multiple people say they got broken/dried out aquapel applicators, I haven't heard that happening with rain-x spray bottles.

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I think you're an idiot.
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