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Old 02-22-2005, 05:34 PM   #1
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EXT: better vision/wiper blade switcheroo!

Tools:
Wiper blades, we all have some on our car
12mm socket

Story:
On day I was trying to figure out what was the most functional setup for my wipers since I was driving alot in the rain. I found that the passenger side on the drivers and driver on passenger worked good but it went off the windshield on the passenger side.

Procedure:
Start by removing both wiperblades and pass. side wiper arm only with 12mm socket. Reinstall arm with drivers side blade on so that it is on windshield as low to the hood as possible, but still on the glass. Install passenger on drivers side arm. Test wipers to ensure they don't go off glass.

What it should look like:


Results:
With this setup, I have noticed about a 20 percent total gain of visibility during rainy conditions. Before I got only about 70-75% of the windshield. Now around 80-85% with new setup. I will send pics as soon as I figure out my camera phone and why I can't email pics. Or if anybody has a similar wiper setup, send in your pics please. The only thing is you don't get that clean tucked look that the factory setup has.

Note: RainX your window for even more visibility. I even go as far as doing every window and my exterior mirrors, as well as my lights after I wax them all. You would believe the amount of water that runs off my car at freeway speed. It beads all the way from front to back!
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Old 02-22-2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:29 PM   #3
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i dont have any wipers

rainX does the trick for me
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Old 02-22-2005, 08:55 PM   #4
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i dont have any wipers

rainX does the trick for me
you don't have any wipers?
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:00 PM   #5
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you don't have any wipers?
no sir, rainX really does it for me. and im not stupid about it ya know. if the rain is pouring down so hard that i dont feel comfortable driving, then i dont put lives in danger
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:03 PM   #6
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this is peaking my curiousity...can you expain why? PLLLEEEAASSSEEE
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:05 PM   #7
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this is peaking my curiousity...can you expain why? PLLLEEEAASSSEEE
well, about a year ago it came down to having to buy new blades. i know they are fairly cheap, i just never got around to it and i have just gotten accustomed to not having them
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:09 PM   #8
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so the rain x really works that good? Sorry just nosey tonight..lol
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:15 PM   #9
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so the rain x really works that good? Sorry just nosey tonight..lol
yea, like the thread-starter (JDM4DOORLX) said, he also used rainX. the rain will bead up and the glare will be reduced. great product
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:16 PM   #10
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nice....i'll have to get me some..I never thought it worked so good...
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:25 PM   #11
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hell yeah water just rolls off your window. my all show cd5 dosent have wipers. i just rain-x'ed the hell out of the window.
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Old 02-22-2005, 09:34 PM   #12
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Yeah, rain-x is awesome.. never beleived it until i used it. When I do.. I dont have to use the wipers.
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Old 02-22-2005, 10:22 PM   #13
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RAIN-X is amazing

i cant beleive people have never used it before

your cb7 will look SOOOOO much better w/ no wipers on it

w/ rain-x though you have to be going at least 30 for it to work and in the morning when you have dew on your windows you are screwed unless of course you have one of those blade things in your car to clear off windows

everyone should get rain-x, it really works
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:44 PM   #14
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where can i get this super duper "rain-x" lol
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:59 PM   #15
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*cough* *cough* so you figure out how to post them pics yet, ill adjust mine and see what happends...
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:29 AM   #16
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Rain-X is all good and dandy but try using it in the northeast with 10 inches of snow, and slush getting on your windshield every minute, I think no one could survive without wipers up here! On that note I just replaced my wiper inserts. $8 bucks total at the dealership.
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Old 02-23-2005, 01:02 AM   #17
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i think cars with out wiper look ALOT clear, i took mine off
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Old 02-23-2005, 01:07 AM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by JDM4DOORLX
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Procedure:
Start by removing both wiperblades and pass. side wiper arm with 12mm socket. Reinstall arm with drivers side blade on so that it is on windshield as low to the hood as possible, but still on the glass. Install passenger on drivers side arm. Test wipers to ensure they don't go off glass.
i really don't see a benefit of switching the wiper blades over. i actually see a loss. the driver side wiper blade is a lot longer compared to the passenger side. you cover more surface area on the driver side windshield with that blade rather than the passenger side one. maybe all the benefit you get is that the passenger can see a bit more. please elaborate if i'm wrong.

since it has been rainning a lot lately (in sunny southern california, who knew?!), i noticed how effective my wipers are. for the sake of this thread, attached are some shots i took of them. please clarify on this "better vision" DIY. i know we all would like to improve our vision.
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Old 02-23-2005, 09:00 AM   #19
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u cant really use the rain X if u use your wipers cause it will smear and takes the visibility away. already tryed it,but beside that it works rather well
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i dont have any wipers

rainX does the trick for me
IMO rain x makes wipers work better because the water doesn't stick to the window as much therefore making it easier for the wipers to clear the rain off. and the water is already rolling off the window on its own so that makes wipers work even less hard. also, sure rain x clears your window but what about all the road grime that builds up? you need wipers to clear that stuff off.

So what happens when you have a layer of mist, or condensation, or the condensation that keeps coming back deal....what do u do then. cuz i'm pretty sure rain x won't help there. like fushigi i too am a little baffled by your idea.
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