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Old February 4th, 2012, 05:02 AM
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Wipers for newer Rovers

Its time to replace my LR3 wipers. The genuine wipers lasted 4 years (in Pacific NW weather too...), though I was never thrilled with the amount of noise they made. What are you all running on your newer Rovers? I see the Silblades are popular for the D's, and the Bosch jobs look like they do well but only last a year or so. Should I go back to geniuine?
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Old February 4th, 2012, 07:56 AM
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Old February 4th, 2012, 10:24 AM
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I picked up a set of wipers for the LR3...turned out they were Britpart. And they're going back, total garbage. Probably will just go genuine since mine lasted 6 years.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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I didn't realise that land rover made wiper blades that last more than three months! I would recommend Silblades, I had them on my disco for about five years. I'll probably buy a set for my 110 when it needs new ones. Fwiw I work at a dealership and never use the genuine blades.
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Old February 4th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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[QUOTE=I would recommend Silblades.[/QUOTE]

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I picked up a set of wipers for the LR3...turned out they were Britpart. And they're going back, total garbage. Probably will just go genuine since mine lasted 6 years.
I stand corrected...I replaced them back on '08 with genuine LR, so looks like I got 4-years out of mine too.
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Old February 5th, 2012, 06:50 PM
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Thanks for the input fellas. I'm assuming garage use prolongs the life of any wiper blade, and since I'm in an apartment for the time being, I'll probably go with either Silblade or Bosch Icon.
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Soak them in rubbing alcohol and they will last another few months.
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Old February 5th, 2012, 07:20 PM
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Soak them in rubbing alcohol and they will last another few months.
Rubber or Silblades? Wouldn't the alcohol break down the rubber? I was a bio/chem major and I don't remember a thing...

BTW, just ordered Silblades off Amazon. If these perform for 1.5 years, I'll be happy; I'll replace at that point with a new Disco.
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No,the alcohol makes them like new...
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Old February 12th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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Well, put on the SilBlades. No rain yet so can't comment on that, but they are a lot bulkier than OEM. The arms are probably 1/2" further off the glass. This truck is a box anyway, but hopefully that doesn't cause whistling. I'll post a picture for posterity.
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Silblades are the best in my opinion. I have had them on my LR3, Discovery, and now my Defender. On the Defender, has anyone had any issues with there being a little too much resistance for the wiper motor when the windshield is a little dry...like when clearing light mist? I know the wipers on Defenders are pathetic but I checked the motor, cable, and gears (added a little grease) and everything seemed to be fine. The problem did go away after about a week of using them but I found that what helped most was applying SilBead Window Treatment.
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another vote for silblades-have had them on the 130 for a couple of years now
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