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Wiper blade sizes: Get a Bigger, better wipe!

Hi all, whats the standard size for wiper plade for MN-12? Right now I have 55cm (22") and looks kinda small for drivers side

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both should be a 20" wiper
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so you're 2" longer than stock. I usually get 21 or 22 inch

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I use 22" passenger side and 24" drivers side! Now that cleans the windshield! The OEM 20" size is way to small.

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hmm. maybe i should upgrade. does it really make that much of a diffrence?
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hmm. maybe i should upgrade. does it really make that much of a difference?
I think so. Try it. Wiper blades are cheap enough.

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I think so. Try it. Wiper blades are cheap enough.
yea they are, especially since i work at a auto parts store/warehouse
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I use 22" passenger side and 24" drivers side! Now that cleans the windshield! The OEM 20" size is way to small.
Yep. That's what I run as well. Just like my f150 came with 18" from the factory, I'm running 24" on both sides IIRC and there is STILL room.

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Thanks guys, I cant imagine havin 20" and how people can drive with that
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I did this over the weekend. Previously running 22" both sides, now running 24" driver/22" passenger

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24/22 works great on Ruby. It'll work better when I finally get the wiper arm installed in the best location *grins*

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Currently it's a small bit low - whacks the cowl cover.

I need to remove it and put it back on.

I had them off, and the cowl covers, and the wiper motor platform, while working on Ruby this past ten months.

Had them sandblasted and repainted them flat black, too. They look a LOT better. Too bad the hood paint just about died while working on the car ...

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20 inches on MN12s?

My "92 and my "95 both always wear 22" blades, just put a set on the '95 two days ago.
I'm pretty sure the catalog on computer at AAP shows 22" as well. I run the same blades on my '01 Mercury GM.



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Damn .... my '95 looked so great until this year and the hood and roof both started dying and FAST. Got a guy says he'll paint them and treat me right (he will, I've known him 35 years) and I guess we'll do trunk too. Sides look great! It's my DD, 82K miles now .... just waiting for when he's ready.

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Damn .... my '95 looked so great until this year and the hood and roof both started dying and FAST. Got a guy says he'll paint them and treat me right (he will, I've known him 35 years) and I guess we'll do trunk too. Sides look great! It's my DD, 82K miles now .... just waiting for when he's ready.
I have an offer from the paint and body guy for a local Ford dealership (interestingly enough the one that one nephew works at as service manager, another nephew's ex-wife as service writer, and the other nephew's son used to work as a mechanic) for about $2000 including all body work needed to cherry her out, if I do the front bumper first (which I have a replacement bumper - need to cut the cornering light holes in it and remove the chrome trim so I can reattach the body-color trim off the old broken bumper cover).

I don't think that's a bad price, all things considered. Especially for a professional painter. And since the nephew who's the service manager was certified in auto body and paint (he can't do it for a living being asthmatic ... ) and says it's a great job, AND the nephew's '94 Mustang GT is being painted for $1500 ...

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Is OEM really 20"? I had to get new blades today, and the little book on the store shelf told me 22". Does Ford expect the longer blades to transmit more resistance, stressing wiper motors or something?

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Okay, so here's a question, what's everyone using for blades? I replaced the ones on both cars last year with some highly rated, yet cheap model, but the passenger side on the 97 doesn't make contact at the top of the window when they are off so it wiggles a bit. The drivers side and both sides of the '02 are just fine though.

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ShadowDragon - what length blades did you use on the 97?

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www.rockauto.com shows 22" for these cars as well.

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Wipers

My 1991 T-bird calls for 22" wipers. I was thinking about going with a 23" wiper.

Does anyone have a 23" wiper on their bird ?

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I thought these cars called for a 20" wiper?!
23" Is too long for the passenger side, (The end won't touch the windshield) On my Mark VIII I have a 24" on the drivers side, and a 22" on the passenger side... I ran the same sizes on my Cougar...

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I'm using 22" wipers no problems ever and I've been driving birds for about 7 years now and always with the 22's

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i have a rain x 26" on my drivers side (dont ask why-got it new for free) and it works

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I just put "20's on according to the ANCO book. Thought they looked a little small.

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Damn .... my '95 looked so great until this year and the hood and roof both started dying and FAST. Got a guy says he'll paint them and treat me right (he will, I've known him 35 years) and I guess we'll do trunk too. Sides look great! It's my DD, 82K miles now .... just waiting for when he's ready.
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I don't think that's a bad price, all things considered. Especially for a professional painter. And since the nephew who's the service manager was certified in auto body and paint (he can't do it for a living being asthmatic ... ) and says it's a great job, AND the nephew's '94 Mustang GT is being painted for $1500 ...
Got her done last week, looks great ..... gonna stretch some more life out the sides and ends now!

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The application guide calls for a 22" blade both sides.

The parts store was out of 22s in the brand I wanted, so I took 21" blades and they look great.
I held the 22" next to the 21" replacements I bought and they look only to be about 3/4" shorter (3/8" each end) -- weird, but whatever.

The 22" blades were Anco and and the 21" were Bosch. I'll try to get y'all pics if I think about it

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I always thought the wiper blades were a bit small on my Bird. I am glad that other sizes work as well. I have the same blades from the day I bought the car, March 2008! They still work but they could use replacing. Needless to say, I don't use them too much. I never seen this thread before, thanks for the tips!

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I gather that both sides can use 22in blades. Is that right?

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