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I'm not a big fan of the newer aftermarket wiper blades being sold for our cars, and with refills for the OEM blades getting harder to find I thought I would document the sources I've found. The good news is that it's still possible to find refills for both the "standard" wiper blade and the winged 9C1 blade. Both use 22" refills. All results are specific to my 1995 Impala SS, but I believe they're applicable to other B-bodies that use the same OEM blades.

The "standard" OEM blade and wiper is still available from GM under service part number 25689175. MSRP is currently about $12, but it can be had for less from a number of online vendors. The refill for this blade requires integral "rails" to mount it in the blade.

A refill that works with the 25689175 blade can be bought from GM; the service part number is 22155433. MSRP is about $8.00, but again, they can be found for less. I've bought them both individually and in a package of two. I've read reports that the Anco U22R refill will work, but I found that the mounting rail is too thick to fit without having to open up the prongs on the blade. I haven't yet found an aftermarket source that is confirmed to fit without hacking.

The winged 9C1 blade (originally specified for the driver's side only) appears to be obsolete from GM. It was sold under service part number 10283602. You may still be able to find them new from vendors who specialize in obsolete parts.

I haven't found a refill from GM that fits the 10283602 blade. The rubber insert for this blade is attached using a stainless steel retainer that slides into the prongs on the blade. To replace the insert you need to pinch the sides of the retainer to remove it from the blade. With the retainer and insert separated from the blade you can remove the insert from the retainer. A new insert can be installed by slipping it into the retainer and reinstalling the retainer when finished.

I've found two sources for replacement rubber inserts. The first may also be obsolete, but if you can find them Lexor Profile "E" inserts will work. I just paid about $5 for a set of two. These are a 28" "cut to fit" insert. The second source is your favorite BMW parts supplier. The part number is 61-61-1-470-281; this is a 24" rubber insert made by Bosch. A set of two will cost around $20 at a BMW dealer, but they can be found for much less with a little online searching.

I hope this helps others who want to reuse their OEM blades. Please report other confirmed sources if you know of any.
 

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FWIW I use ANCO U-22R refills on my "9C1" wipers I put on the SS

they are $3.25 a pair on rockauto.com. I just got them at local auto parts store last time

the 9C1 "winged" wipers stay pushed against windshield at higher speeds vs standard wipers
 

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Good info on the 9C1 blades....Thx!
 

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Rockauto has a lot of 22" refills. They're under the tools/universal parts tab.
They do, but which ones fit which blades? The refills for the standard and 9C1 blades aren't interchangeable. As I noted above the U22R refills don't fit the standard blades.
 

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Refills are hard to find at auto part stores. They use their shelf space for the exploding wallet blade/wiper combos. I did find NAPA carried a few (NAPA brand) but didn't have the 22's for the 9C1 wiper. I got some 18's for my other car for about $6.50.

rockauto.com, even with shipping, was like $8.30
 

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Refills are hard to find at auto part stores. They use their shelf space for the exploding wallet blade/wiper combos. I did find NAPA carried a few (NAPA brand) but didn't have the 22's for the 9C1 wiper. I got some 18's for my other car for about $6.50.

rockauto.com, even with shipping, was like $8.30
O'Reilly has them, AZ has them, Carquest has them. I have been refilling them for 9 years with no problem finding them, including recently.
 

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O'Reilly has them, AZ has them, Carquest has them. I have been refilling them for 9 years with no problem finding them, including recently.
yesterday I went to AZ (2 of them), O'rielys, Walmart, pep boys and NAPA....NAPA was the only part store that carried any "refills" and the section was about 2' wide in the store for refills

I have 5 cars and get refills for the ones that take them. Yeah part stores used to carry them...now I find their shelf space is dedicated to the full blade/wiper only stuff. profit margin is better on a $12-$16 blade vs $7 for 2 refill blades

I am not in any rush so rockauto.com is where I got the 22's for the SS and between the various part stores I hit I was able to get either refills or kits for the other cars as cheap as rockauto with AAA card or "sale" discounts

At least in my area the part stores are not carrying refills except NAPA...they all used to.
 

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At least in my area the part stores are not carrying refills except NAPA...they all used to.
Same here. One of the reasons I started this thread was so that folks who can buy refills can add part numbers. If you can get them, which ones are you buying and which blades do they fit?
 

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Anco U-22R refills installed

Finally get my car running after 10 months of downtime and of course the weathers been nothing but Sh!tty. Seemed like a good time to see if the Anco U-22R refills I got would fit and how well they install on the 9C1 "winged" wiper blades.

A little tricky getting the old ones off but the refills slid right into place. Only downside is that the weather looks like it will give me lots of chances to test them out this Holiday Weekend. :frown2:
 

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been using 22R refills in my 9C1 wipers for 20+ years. plug & play

we don't get the kind of weather you have in PA here in SoCal so mine are rarely used

Not missing visits to Q this winter....man the weather back there has been brutal
 

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FWIW - switching to the Bill Harper mod for wipers is one of the best things I've done. Gets rid of the lousy Pin mount for a J hook. Lots of blade options with that............... and a much better system.
 

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I'm familiar with the Wiper Arm mod and like that you can fold the Arms away from the windshield for cleaning. I considered this mod myself but can't use the "Winged" 9C1 Wiper Blades with them.

In the 20+ years I've had the car and driven in lots of Rain, I never seemed to have a problem with Wiper Performance. I also recently replaced the arms with Brand New Factory replacement arms figuring the old arms should be replaced and they looked pretty Ratty. Not sure of the advantages of the J Hook style over Pin style and there may be some reasons for that change.

For "me", I just like the look and performance of the 9C1 Blades and probably the main reason I won't switch over to the other style. For years I've dealt with holding the arms up for cleaning and don't find that too difficult. Now if there was a Folding Wiper Arm mod that also used a pin style, then I may be all over that. I guess I'm just a "Winged" Warrior who really likes the look of the 9C1 blade and is more than happy with how they perform.

Having some simple cost effective options now in refills is a big plus for us "winged" folk.
 

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FWIW - switching to the Bill Harper mod for wipers is one of the best things I've done. Gets rid of the lousy Pin mount for a J hook. Lots of blade options with that............... and a much better system.

It may be worth noting, though, that the arms don't rest in the original "parked" position with this mod. That may matter to some folks.
 

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I have found the 9C1 "wing" arms do what they were designed to do...keep the blade firmly against the windshield at high speeds while the wipers are in use.

Refill blades generally are low or non stock items in most chain auto part stores as they keep "replacement" type wipers that have a higher $ cost. Fortunately RA, Amazon have them and the cost is very low

I always buy refill inserts for all my cars that have those types of blades
 
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