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Man do I hate Winter to pieces. Garage gets even colder than outside most days, - sucks for tinkering. The icestorms around here have added that extra special little b.s. to the mix too.

You boys down south need to pick up the slack for us yankees for a couple months. Meets? Mods? Any special something planned to get done by the Nats up here in June?

And don't look for much news from out west - they're getting treated to some snow and ice too!

[ 02-01-2007, 07:23 AM: Message edited by: 96 Black ]
 
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Alright Black you asked for it. Here's my latest most timely mod. It's actually Navy Lifers mod as I just copied the details exactly from this http://impalassforum.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=005850#000021 post.

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Can your arms do this?



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The Bosch Icon blades have an airfoil shape to retain contact at high speeds. :D



Overall pretty happy with the results. It's kind of tough to get the blades in just the right position. They work very well but the brand new windshield helps a lot too. Oh yeah, the new arms have dual sprayers attached as well

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I've wanted to do that for SO long! Didn't know it was actually already a mod, so that's great to read.

Only thing I don't like is the 2 different lengths thing, but oh well.

[ 01-19-2007, 02:52 PM: Message edited by: caddyguy109 ]
 
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A lot of cars have two different lengths from the factory. You will never notice...
 
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Originally posted by FASSTWOOD:
A lot of cars have two different lengths from the factory. You will never notice...
I know a lot do, just that I'm frugal and have fresh silicone blades right now anyway...in stock size.

Honestly, I rarely use my wipers--big on keeping all glass polished and sealed so most all water beads and blows off--but I just want to do this for the lift up fact. A lot of cars, these included, lack that and it's just nice to have when cleaning and such.
 
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Well dam! That's just, Dam!

My arms are all sandblasted up and crap anyway. Gud stuff.

What else?
 
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Im about to install the cpt level 2 tranny. I've just been waiting for my original to get really bad. Also im in the market for 3.73's/computer tuning and some other light mods. should all come together before spring.
 
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Originally posted by 96 Black:
Well dam! That's just, Dam!

My arms are all sandblasted up and crap anyway. Gud stuff.

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Yeah mine are too... I'm gonna order me up some arms on Monday. I could use new wipers too. So this would be a good time to do it.
 
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Not to monopolize my own thread, but you know I looked at mine outside after these new things in the pics didn't look anywhere NEAR the OEM 22" - either one. I suppose they are now, but based on travel and rest positions, why in hell couldn't a 24 or even 25" fit the driver's side?

Hmmmmm?
 
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After seeing this thread I ordered the arms and caps. Maybe tonight I'll go wiper blade shopping. I don't feel like being the guinea pig for 24 or 25 inch blades but I'll see what I could do...
 
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Originally posted by Brackets:
. . . It's kind of tough to get the blades in just the right position. . . .
Just a couple thoughts on that subject. Eyeballing your pics, had you considered trying to "finesse" the blade ends a little clockwise just to get them to nestle in the resting perch better? I'm talking about laterally bending the thinner part of the stalk close to the blade swivel attachment.

Outside of a teensy piece of additional unswept area at the extreme lowest part of the driver's A-piller, I don't see a real downside to trying that. I realize the blades would no longer be perfectly parallel with the stalk, but that does not appear too objectionable. The only issue would be if there was interference nearer the bolt attachment at the cowl as you rotate the arm forward when getting the blade all the way into the perch.

And Eddie, my thought on the length was more a brainfart from remembering a Mercedes I saw once that had only ONE blade to cover the whole windshield, but it looked like 30" long or so.

When I get this setup, I'm just gonna do a 24" on the driver's side for no real reason.
 
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I was at work playin with the wiper blades. The 2000 s class would work but the look like regular blades. The 2001 and newer blades are the aero style blades but the wont work on the arms. The 2005 and up c-class would of looked good but no dice. I thik I'l take aa ride to autozone now...
 
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Okay, I went to Autozone after work today. I went with the wipers sizes Navylifer recommended. You can't really go with bigger blades. Any bigger on the right side and your over the windshield into the molding, so you gotta stick with a 21 inch there. On the left sid you cant go biggere than the 22 inch because it starts hitting the right side arm. New wipers clean so nice.... :D
 
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10-4 on the passenger side. It appeared adding an inch to each end of the driver's for 24 overall would still clear easy, at least at rest position.

Thanks for the research. One last thought and then I'll give up. (or not ;) )

For anyone who already has them, could you get cleaner lines and possible better fitment at rest by using a passenger assembly on the driver's side as well?

The arm assemblies are def. different and the pass. side is straighter. It doesn't look like you can do too much more than Bracket's install for the pass. side considering the arm already so close to the cowl ledge and the outboard blade tip into the molding.
 
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So what is the real advantage? Popup? I personally hate the wipers you get today that don't stay on well and always pop off in a storm.

Does it fix?
 
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Ram-
1. The 9-14 year old original arm springs gotta be about sacked out by now, so ANY viable replacement would be attractive to discuss.
2. IF OEMs are still available, they're likely $300 per side like all the other skyrocketing prices are becoming for factory parts on these tubs.
3. More recent model arms will have newer design blade attachments - possibly a generation past the clipping method used on our originals, allowing use of latest-n-greatest tech blades. I'm not sure.
4. LOL on popping blades. I graduated from the $3 ANCO refills some time back when I realized how much safety is connected with seeing well in bad weather.

I'll pull the trigger pretty soon here on these new ones - just looking for some feedback on the "using a pass. arm for the driver side too" issue.
 
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I think the passenger side would work on the driver side but i'm just speculating. I'll look into it tomorrow. As far as working better, YES!!! The hook design on the arms provide a sturdier hookup for the blades. You don't really need to go with the Icon blades. I think regular blades would work well with these arms too. The pin design on our arms is antiquated and I now mine was flimsy. That causes the dreaded chatter... I'm happy now... :D
 
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