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    Has anyone tried the Rain-X Silicone blades on their Bird? What is your blade of choice for our cars? I looked at the silicone blades today. But at $33.95 each at AutoZone, I decided to wait a few days to get some input from the forum. The new top model Bosch blade is $28.05 each so I think the two are comparable in price.

    Also, the passenger side wiper blade on my car rides about three inches higher on the windshield than the driver side blade. It has been this way since I bought the car three years ago. Is this common for the 2004 bird or something I should try to adjust if it is adjustable. No, I will not attempt bending the wiper arm down! Thanks in advance for your input.

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    The wipers are two different lengths. I have used the Rain-X blades and was happy with them.
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    • #3
      Canít speak to their silicone blades but I recently bought the Rain-X Latitude blades for my Chrysler. They are very nice and ran around $35 for the pair. I plan to get another pair for the Tbird. Are you sure that you have the right length of passenger side blade on your car? I believe that the driver side is 24 and the passenger is 22.
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      • #4
        If you have the owner's manual the proper blade length is in there. I don't own an 04 otherwise I would give you the page number to look.
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        • #5
          This has been asked before, Billy, and there are always a lot of different preferences. To answer your question, I have not used RainX wipers, but do use something similar -PIAA. They last for several years and work very well for me, so the expense over time isn't so bad. The refills are about $15 each, but top quality. BTW, each side is a different length. I recall a post some time ago mentioning there were tiny dots on the windshield indicating where the wiper should park. Ah, here it is, see post #5 from Mike.

          http://www.thunderbirdnest.com/forum...derbird-wipers

          The wipers are 22 and 24 inches long.
          Last edited by merlot4; Feb 11, 2019, 06:31 AM.
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          • #6
            I've been very partial to the Bosch Icon wiper blades. Some of the Volkswagens I've had in the past had them as standard equipment. They worked so well I've bought them for our Thunderbirds and other vehicles when I've needed replacements. Autohaus AZ has them and I've been very pleased with the parts and service I've gotten from them in the past. Here are the links to the two you'll need for our 02-05 Thunderbirds.

            https://www.autohausaz.com/pn/24A
            https://www.autohausaz.com/pn/22B

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            • #7
              I stick with the original equipment Trico and keep the grease off with Joy soap.
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              • #8
                I think I have some Bosch ones on my bird but I don't hardly ever use them because I don't drive in when it's raining out. They're over 3 years old and I know they don't perform great anymore. I have found Rockauto wiper prices are way below the standard auto parts stores in the area.

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                • #9
                  Great feed back as usual. Especially thanks to Merlot4. I have cleaned that windshield at least a hundred times and never saw those orange dots! The dots don't lie, the 24" driver side wiper blade is more horizontal along the bottom of the glass tint and the 22" passenger wiper is angled up about two inches to the outside edge. No adjustment needed.
                  I elected to go with a set of Bosch Icon blades. Good reviews and about a third less in costs plus they offer a $15.00 rebate right now. Thanks again!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BillyL View Post
                    Great feed back as usual. Especially thanks to Merlot4. I have cleaned that windshield at least a hundred times and never saw those orange dots!
                    Thanks, but that credit goes to steelblue5505/Mike, who originally posted that.

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                    • #11
                      I haven't found much difference in blades and usually buy mine at Walmart Mine usually dry out from heat rather than wear..

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                      • #12
                        Same here. My wipers do not get used much as I do not take the car out in wet weather as it is not my daily driver. I think dry rot from garage heat and sun is my culprit.

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                        • #13
                          Besides blades (Rain-x are great), a thorough cleaning of the windshield with ammonia or windex and a fresh razor scraper and THEN the Rain-Ex treatment, is the way to go. I barely use my blades at highway speeds when I do this. All windshields build a film up over time that needs to get removed. My bird is a daily driver, so itís gotta be safe, and a clean windshield is a big part of that.

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                          • #14
                            While I admire your industry, Andy, I just have to ask why you use your wipers a highway speed when you are scraping and cleaning.......

                            Lest offense be taken, none was intended. I completely agree, a clean windshield is big deal important, although I'd be careful with that scraper, have you ever seen this?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 428PI View Post
                              I think I have some Bosch ones on my bird but I don't hardly ever use them because I don't drive in when it's raining out. They're over 3 years old and I know they don't perform great anymore. I have found Rockauto wiper prices are way below the standard auto parts stores in the area.
                              Just took a look at the Rockauto wipers. Some very good prices on Trico.
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