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Unread 09-27-2011, 08:06 PM   #1
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WipeBoy Wiper Kit: Is it worth it?

I need new wiper blades and arms (Springs are shot, arms are tweaked, and rusty)
Should I get the wiperboy kit? How much more travel does it give the wipers?

Would you recommend it?
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Unread 09-27-2011, 10:15 PM   #2
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It's not going to give you any more "travel" except to the new down position. If you already need arms etc. probably worth the money, just to have the wipers rest lower, not worth the money.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 12:47 AM   #3
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I need new wiper blades and arms (Springs are shot, arms are tweaked, and rusty)
Should I get the wiperboy kit? How much more travel does it give the wipers?

Would you recommend it?
http://riptech.net/cgi-bin/ps.cgi?AC..._ID=1807393902

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Personally, I;ve been thinking about this kit for a while now. Just dont know if its worth the $$

Fall is here and winter is coming and out here in Vancouver our wipers get alot of mileage. Last winter I tried a product (from a cousin who owns a glass shop) called 'AquaPel'. Very easy to apply, its a high performance, longer lasting (6-8 months) version of RainX water repellant and it works amazing. Water beads off clear, visibility is amazing from a sprinkle to a torrential downpour (w/o using wipers!)

Anytime i have the jeep over 50km/hr and its raining i don't need my wipers... so it would really be cool to get them outta my line of sight!
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Unread 09-28-2011, 01:32 AM   #4
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I'm in the PNW too an I completely understand the need for good wipers. I just ordered them, specifying I want an extra long motor arm. Hopefully I get complete window coverage with laydown wipers! worth a shot considering new wiper arms were going to be ~$40+wipers
Aquapel sounds awesome! I've had terrible luck with rain-x on my YJ (while great experiance with cars?), maybe aquapel is what I need. I'm certainly up for anything at this point.
I currently have wipers that chatter and smear across the window with non-exsistant rain-x that was just applied.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 08:08 AM   #5
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I was even wondering if getting the TJ style would work ($24/per arm):
http://www.jeep4x4center.com/tj/Windshield_wipers.htm
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:07 AM   #6
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I looked at this kit too. It seems great! New arms, blades and repositioning them all lower. There's one problem, how would you know if your arms were in need of replacing if you couldn't inspect them while driving?

I like when my passengers tell me to put my wipers down, then I reminded one of the time his wiper motor broke on his sedan in a downpour. Good passengers not only keep their mouths shut, they borrow a squeegee from a gas station and ensure we arrive at our destination safely. Yes I returned the squeegee
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Unread 09-28-2011, 10:11 AM   #7
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Good passengers not only keep their mouths shut, they borrow a squeegee from a gas station and ensure we arrive at our destination safely. Yes I returned the squeegee
Been there done that. And yes, I returned the squeegee too... after a 200 mile roadtrip in the rain. I had my passenger hanging out the window to clean the windshield on a volkswagen convertable. It was probably a pretty funny sight.
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Unread 09-28-2011, 10:24 AM   #8
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i put it on my 92 8 years ago. at that time all they sold you was the arm that goes on the motor and you had to shorten the right wiper arm about an inch or so. i ran into the owner in a parking lot in so. cal and he gave me his card. the up travel is the same just the down travel goes all the way down. next to lifting my jeep 3 inches the best thing i ever did was get this. no more driving around with the wipers parked at the 1 o'clock position.
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Good passengers not only keep their mouths shut, they borrow a squeegee from a gas station and ensure we arrive at our destination safely. Yes I returned the squeegee
I just pennied up $4 and got one from autozone I get a lot of laughs on the trail when I stop at creeks to wet it, even more when I use it on the road for the inside of the windshield. I'm thinking about trying to make some manual wipers for the inside of the windshield next summer.

bhartwell59: Just putting on TJ arms wouldn't work, you'd need a new wiper motor arm also. I don't know if the TJ and YJ arms are interchangeable.
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It's not going to give you any more "travel" except to the new down position. If you already need arms etc. probably worth the money, just to have the wipers rest lower, not worth the money.
I agree with this. If you drive your jeep daily then it might be worth it. I only drive mine to wheel and cruise around town, but mainly wheel. So to me it wouldn't be worth the money unless I needed to replace the whole assembly.
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To everyone claiming it won't give more travel. Then please explain why they include a new longer motor arm?
To the guy that said there is only more down travel, more travel is more travel how you use it determines where the wiper goes.
I look forward to getting the kit and testing it out. There will be pictures and hard evidence of how much window coverage is improved.

It doesn't bother me to have the wipers park on the window, but I can imagine it will be great to not have them there, just like flipping the mirror around or taking off the upper part of the half doors.
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The longer arm just gives it more room at the "rest" position which keeps the wiper arms off the windshield. The only way to get a longer stroke is to change out the motor with one with a longer radius or change the geometric relationship of fulcrum to leverage point. I personally don't believe that this kit addresses that issue.
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To everyone claiming it won't give more travel. Then please explain why they include a new longer motor arm?
To the guy that said there is only more down travel, more travel is more travel how you use it determines where the wiper goes.
I look forward to getting the kit and testing it out. There will be pictures and hard evidence of how much window coverage is improved.

It doesn't bother me to have the wipers park on the window, but I can imagine it will be great to not have them there, just like flipping the mirror around or taking off the upper part of the half doors.
I'd really appreciate those pics. Thanks for that
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Unread 09-28-2011, 06:34 PM   #14
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I'd really appreciate those pics. Thanks for that
No problem, my pleasure

Anticanman please think about what you just said. The second part of your second sentence is what this kit does. Please read this link and the PDF within http://riptech.net/cgi-bin/ps.cgi?AC..._ID=1582005720
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Unread 09-28-2011, 09:36 PM   #15
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To everyone claiming it won't give more travel. Then please explain why they include a new longer motor arm?
To the guy that said there is only more down travel, more travel is more travel how you use it determines where the wiper goes.

I look forward to getting the kit and testing it out. There will be pictures and hard evidence of how much window coverage is improved.

It doesn't bother me to have the wipers park on the window, but I can imagine it will be great to not have them there, just like flipping the mirror around or taking off the upper part of the half doors.
There has to be a longer arm because the wipers now stop lower.

How exactly do you think having the wipers park lower allows you to "determine where the wiper goes"? That doesn't even make sense, the wiper will go 4 inches lower than it does now.
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