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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 10-11-2013, 10:34 AM
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Between this thread and the other one linked, I gather that both sides can use 22in blades. Is that right?
Yes, both driver/pass side use 22" blades.

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Got my wiper blades in today from Rock Auto. Can't wait to put them on and be ready for the winter rains .

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I've been using 24/22" PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades since May 2012. They are amazing, quiet and do a great job, I haven't even replaced the blades on them yet.
Before that I was using between three and six seats of "cheap" wiper blades a year. Yup, I don't tolerate streaks or noise well at all.

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Hahaha, my blades would drive you crazy then! These are the first set I've bought the T-Bird in 2yrs.

Then again, I'm in SoCal and our "rainy season" is really 2 weeks long, typically between january and february, and then there's the occasional shower here and there up until early june.

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I'm using 22in Duralast Fless Wiper Blades. So far so good.

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Given the slope of the windshield on these cars it's important to use a AeroVantage type blade. The stock ones WILL lift off the windshield around 90-100 MPH in the rain. And chatter and skip at best or lift entirely off the windshield. This was when the car was two years old and arm springs were new and it had the factory wiper blades. Now that these cars are over 15 years old and the arm springs are tired it's probably even more important. Adding a oversize wiper is only going to excaberate the issue. I suspect the fully enclosed Winter Type blades offer even greater surface area. Only aggravating the issue.

And when your wipers are getting airborne at the century mark it's probably a good sign as any to slow down

I just put new 22 wipers on one car. I think I'll buy a pair of 24s and do the drivers side of both while they are still fresh.

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The odd thing is, all the parts catalogs (even Rock Auto) specify 24" wiper blades on the driver's side for the 1989 T-Bird/Cougar, and 20" on the passenger side, for that year ONLY! All other years, 1990-1997, specify 22" blades for both positions.

I don't understand why they specify different size blades for 1989 - the MN12 was structurally the same from 1989-1997, wasn't it?

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The odd thing is, all the parts catalogs (even Rock Auto) specify 24" wiper blades on the driver's side for the 1989 T-Bird/Cougar, and 20" on the passenger side, for that year ONLY! All other years, 1990-1997, specify 22" blades for both positions.

I don't understand why they specify different size blades for 1989 - the MN12 was structurally the same from 1989-1997, wasn't it?

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I wonder if they're like that in the 89 owners or service manuals as well. If I were to guess, Ford may have speced them to be the same size from 90 onward so customers wouldn't accidentally mismatch them.

Oh and technically the wiper cowl was revised in 1993, as well as a significant portion of the steel bodystructure. But the wipers are the same geometry

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Shredded a blade in the monsoon on my way to work so stopped and put a 24 on the drivers side. Works great. I bought two and I'm going to swap one of the 22 I just put on the daily driver out to the passenger side. Definitely worth doing this "mod" the next time you change blades.
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