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post #1 of 15 Old 06-21-2021, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Folks, I've got a bit of a mystery. I purchased a 1979 CJ7 and it needs new wiper blades. The problem is that the ones the parts books say are correct don't fit. The Jeep was restored some years ago and I suspect an older type of arms and blades were used. I'm attaching a photo of the ones on the Jeep. Can anyone I.D. them so I don't spend more money on something that doesn't work? The arm slides directly into the blade and removal requires pulling outward on a tab on the distal end.
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-21-2021, 02:28 PM
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Looks like a Trico classic would fit it...but can't say on what size. Should be able to walk into any parts store and have them take a look and measure. When removed is the arm a straight style or a U style?

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Looks like a Trico classic would fit it...but can't say on what size. Should be able to walk into any parts store and have them take a look and measure. When removed is the arm a straight style or a U style?
Probably 13"

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Jeeps are the hook type blade and 11" in length. Same type used on Volkswagen Beetles.


Edit: They are not hook, my bad. Definitely the bayonet type.

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Keith, or anyone.

Who makes the best replacement blades for a CJ? The ones I purchased are junk.

Thanks and sorry for the hijack.

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Keith, or anyone.

Who makes the best replacement blades for a CJ? The ones I purchased are junk.

Thanks and sorry for the hijack.

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Keith probably has a better answer ....but no surprise there. Guy is a walking Jeep encyclopedia.

Out of all the brands I've tried I've always liked Trico ...they seem to fit the best, hold up well, and the classics look stock. However, I'm in the desert so I get one winter out of them and then they bake all summer. Rain-x is your friend on this one too.
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The last time I replaced the wiper blades on the one CJ that has working wipers.... I just bough the basic style wipers and removed the blade from the new ones, cut to the correct length, opened up the crimp on the CJ's wipers, slid in the good quality replacement blade and then crimped it back down. Seems to be working for the last few years.

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I buy 22" replacements and cut them to size; 11". I have bought ANCO U-22R, ACDelco 18-22RFW and they both worked out fine. Cheaper to cut them to size, PLUS you end up with 4 blades for down the road replacement.
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Jeeps are the hook type blade and 11" in length. Same type used on Volkswagen Beetles.
Every CJ I've ever owned used bayonet-style wipers, not hook.

THe picture above is the correct wiper blade and arm.

The bayonet end of the wiper arm pivots into that center hole on the wiper blade. and its just held in by the spring tension of the wiper arm.

and those are the nice wipers. Its hard to find those types around here. Usually I just see the junky anco "universal" style that has a cheap plastic adapter for the bayonet mount. junk
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Out of all the brands I've tried I've always liked Trico ...they seem to fit the best, hold up well, and the classics look stock.

I have to agree on the Trico brand and usually get them from NAPA or Amazon. But have to admit, my CJ is never out in the rain so I probably still have the same Trico wiper blades I bought in 2009.

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Every CJ I've ever owned used bayonet-style wipers, not hook.

THe picture above is the correct wiper blade and arm.

The bayonet end of the wiper arm pivots into that center hole on the wiper blade. and its just held in by the spring tension of the wiper arm.

That's right, my bad. I meant bayonet and have no idea why I mentioned hook type.

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That's right, my bad. I meant bayonet and have no idea why I mentioned hook type.
That said, there is the holy grail of a modern rear window wiper arm that will bolt-on replace the CJ wiper arms, so you have a better variety of wipers blades.

That said, I keep my windshield rain-x'd, so the wipers are not really an issue.
Years ago, I added washers to the linkage, and a larger blower for the defrosters.... and I can safely drive in a snowstorm.
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I've tried several brands and found none of them work well. I keep new ones on it to keep Barney Fife happy. Barney refuses to believe that I don't drive in the rain and that RAINEX works better. We did compromise. He insists on wipers and I don't have to have muffler.

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Problem solved. I opened the tabs on the old wipers, removed the worn out blades, and then installed the new ones. Many thanks for the help.
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