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#1 (permalink) Old 11-06-2010, 03:03 AM
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Winter wiper blades

Hey guys has anyone used Anco's or Rain X's "Winter" Wiper Blades and can comment on how well they work? I don't really see how differ from something like...RainX's Lattitudes but someone up here recommended I get a set and swap them out for the winter months here up in Rochester as we get lots of snow and ice...alot.

Ideas? Opinions? They're fairly cheap on Ebay or Amazon or even in Walmart I think..but I wanted to hear you guys' talk about it first haha.

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I swap to Anco Winter Blades every year on my 2008 RAV4 Sport. The heavier rubber blade and rubber boot cover around the mechanism make it heavier blade to clean snow and ice. the cover also keeps the blade from clogging with ice. I like them, but now hav the new style all season blades (no mechanism) on my 2011 Subaru. I'll be interested to compare them this winter in ND.

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Have you tried the Bosch Icon wiper blades? I use them on my truck all year, winter/summer and it sets outside 24/7 , 365 days a year and the blades are over 5 years old and work great still!!
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I swap to Anco Winter Blades every year on my 2008 RAV4 Sport. The heavier rubber blade and rubber boot cover around the mechanism make it heavier blade to clean snow and ice. the cover also keeps the blade from clogging with ice. I like them, but now hav the new style all season blades (no mechanism) on my 2011 Subaru. I'll be interested to compare them this winter in ND.
Hmm I might give them a try..They're pretty cheap at Wal Mart it seems. What sizes do you use? I have a choice of 16", 22", 24"...
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According to Amazon, the following are the correct wiper blade sizes that fit the 4.3 RAV

Diver side blade = 24"
Passenger side blade = 17"
Rear Blade = 12"
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Would the 12" Rain-X ones fit? I just replaced the front ones and the locking bracket sticks out quite a bit.

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Would the 12" Rain-X ones fit? I just replaced the front ones and the locking bracket sticks out quite a bit.
I just put on a set of RainX Latitude wipers i the front and they fit fine. In fact I didn't even have to use any of the adapters to install them. The bracket that's already on the wipers is the one you need for the 2009's. Just slide the old one off and slide the new one on. They look weird as hell when you first put them on the arm because they are so curved but when you put the arms back down the blades conform to the shape of the windshield.
This is the first time I've ever used them so I don't know how well they work in the snow sleet slush etc. but I guess I'm gonna find out in a week or three.
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Do winter blades come with a rubber material that stays pliable better in really cold conditions? The original wipers on our Rav are really hard and chattery duing these cold days, but I'm not sure if it's the wiper blade material or just the wiper design.

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Do winter blades come with a rubber material that stays pliable better in really cold conditions? The original wipers on our RAV are really hard and chattery duing these cold days, but I'm not sure if it's the wiper blade material or just the wiper design.
It's probably the material. I'll try to remember to report back on my RainX Latitude wipers in a month or so after things start getting nasty.
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Weather was nasty today. My RainX Latitude wipers worked great. They stayed pliable and they cleared the windshield in one pass. Definitely worth the money.
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