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Unread 08-08-2013, 12:17 AM   #1
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Cherokee flip up wipers

So for as long as I've owned Cherokees I've been very annoyed that the wipers do not flip up. My K2500 wipers flip up and it makes it very easy to clean the windshield which I do very often (at least every fill up) because I drive a lot at night on dark rural roads.

Also I've spent 99.9% of my 30 years in the upper Midwest and my winters are typically -40F to 10F with snow and freezing rain every other day.

I'm surprised I have yet to find a post with an actual solution so I'm going to figure something out.

So knowing that AMC was deep in the GM parts bin I confirmed that my K2500 wiper arm fits on the Jeep.

Here is a photo of my Jeep with my K2500 wiper on the drivers side:

Flipped up:


Obviously the K2500 drivers side arm is too long so maybe the passenger side or an arm from an S10 will work.

Here are the arm bases:




Not having flip up wipers has bugged me for like 10 years so I'm pretty hell-bent on figuring this out.

Another option is to grind out the rivet on the Jeep arm and stick the GM base on it. It's pretty obvious by looking at it that it will work. I just don't know if I can re-rivet or bolt it so as not to be ghetto looking.

If anyone has already done this I would be interested.

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Unread 08-08-2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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I check and the passenger wiper arm on my K2500 is the exact same length as drivers.

However, according to Autozone the 1993 S10 wiper is 16.875 inches long which is about 0.875 inches longer than my Jeep factory. I think it would work. For two it would set me back $32 and I wouldn't have to re-paint the ones I have on there now which are fugly.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 04:13 AM   #3
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My cherokee very rarely gets washed....much less the windshield cleaned. I do however need to wipe the dust off of the inside from riding around doorless.

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I had a 1986 Toyota Supra with no fenders (rusted away) and when I drove on gravel roads it will fill up so much dust you couldn't see the radio.
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My stock cherokee wipers flip up. I made them. I just bent the upwards until the little tab popped up. They still work perfectly fine and they stay up when I need them to
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Unread 08-08-2013, 02:11 PM   #6
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My stock cherokee wipers flip up. I made them. I just bent the upwards until the little tab popped up. They still work perfectly fine and they stay up when I need them to
That's pretty interesting. By any chance can you take a photo of one of the bases?
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Subscribed cause I want flip-up wipers too.
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Unread 08-08-2013, 09:22 PM   #8
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Ill post up pictures when I get home
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Down

Some of the paint got chipped off

Up

As far as they go

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Very interesting. This weekend I'll try grinding off that extra metal the blocks it from flipping up (where the paint is worn off on yours). I don't really have anything to loose since my current arms are missing paint and rusty.
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I think grinding them down will be ineffective. That little amount of metal is what helps them stay up. The first time I bent mine up I thought I had broke it. They pop when I put them up and back down.
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Thanks for the pics to preview my options gents.
With consideration towards effort involved and results obtained, I think I might have to try the FORCE method and test the results. If I don't like it, the K2500 arms can be option 2. I guess I have until the night before the first ice storm of the season to make a final decision.
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I think grinding them down will be ineffective. That little amount of metal is what helps them stay up. The first time I bent mine up I thought I had broke it. They pop when I put them up and back down.
Ok by what you are saying and from the photo I get what you are saying.

I did get the S10 arm but I don't think they flip up. They looked like they did from the photos I had but now that I have it in my hands it does not look like they will. I will try it out since I have it anyway.
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Thanks for the pics to preview my options gents.
With consideration towards effort involved and results obtained, I think I might have to try the FORCE method and test the results. If I don't like it, the K2500 arms can be option 2. I guess I have until the night before the first ice storm of the season to make a final decision.
Before you spend any money the K2500 wipers are too long for the Jeep. I was looking at S10 wipers since they would be shorter but I don't think they flip up.
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Roger that thanks.
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