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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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wiper blade recommendations?

I've used the OEM style on my Birdy since '96, but have wondered whether I should try the beam style.

A high percentage of new vehicles are outfitted with these as OEM, but does this design work out well on our particular windshields?

Do the plain Jane ones experience too much lift for my Bird? I guess I could try a pair with understated aero hoods. I wouldn't put a ridiculous, ginormous aero wing model on my classy Birdy; those are best left to teens and their ricers. Besides, a major reason I've considered the beam style is because it's sleek and minimalistic.

Should I go with natural rubber or synthetic, graphite-impregnated, or what?

Natural rubber blades I've used from various brands don't last long before they lose efficacy and start streaking. I'm in south Texas, Birdy lives in the garage, and I feel that blades shouldn't die this quickly where I live.
I'm not a fan of rubber revitalizer on wiper blades. I've used this kind of stuff on pinch rollers, idler tires and belts in consumer electronics when replacements aren't available, but I don't really care to have it dragged across my windshield. Washer fluid probably wouldn't agree with it, for one thing, especially my preferred Rain-X.

What's your recommendation for brand & model of beam type blade for my Bird? Or, should I forget about 'em altogether?
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While I love rain-x, I'm not a big fan of their wipers. I usually get whatever is on sale in a conventional style, and just change them when they start streaking. I usually get about 6 months out of a set on my DD, and a set of blades costs about $10.

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I am a huge fan of beam style wiper blades. I've used them from Michelin, Rain-X, etc for the last few years on multiple vehicles. On my current Winter Beater, a 1997 4Runner, I have the Rain-X ones and they work very well, and the built in "rain x" coating does help the water bead. It's not as effective as actually rain-xing the windshield, but it's better than nothing.

The main issue for me isn't lift due to air resistance, but in colder weather the icing that I get on all of the older spring style or "covered" winter wipers. The beams do still ice up if you leave them out overnight in a snowstorm, but a good slap against the windshield or a quick brush off clears it and they don't ice up while you drive like the old style do. In regular driving at highway speed they are as effective if not slightly better than any other style windshield wiper I've ever had, including the ridiculous ones I had with square flaps on them in the early 90's that were on the 74 Trans Am when I bought it.

As far as rubber construction, I've never paid much attention. I buy whatever looks like it's a good value and call it good.

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Originally Posted by MadMikeyL View Post
While I love rain-x, I'm not a big fan of their wipers. I usually get whatever is on sale in a conventional style, and just change them when they start streaking. I usually get about 6 months out of a set on my DD, and a set of blades costs about $10.
Agreed. I wouldn't use them just because they're so damn ugly

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I've had Michelin beam wipers on the T-bird since 2011, and they haven't worn out yet...

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I've been running the Anco Profile wiper blades for awhile too..
Being a "fairweather bird", the wiper blades don't get changed often..


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Like most things today, there are probably only 2 manufacturers making blades for all the brands. I too basically buy any name brand with a good price. The key to getting them to last is not over using them in light rain and keeping your windshield clean.

With rain x glass dressing, there is hardly a need to even use your wipers at highway speeds so I've never had any lift issues. I agree that beam style is the way to go. Especially in areas where there's snow and ice, or in dry dusty conditions.

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