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Question Rear wiper blade refill

I have a 05 Forester and I never changed the rear wiper. Can I just buy a refill blade(just the rubber part) and change it? Does anyone know the part#?
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Can I just buy a refill blade(just the rubber part) and change it?
That's how I've replaced the rear wiper on my 2004. A mistake I made: not removing the old blade and taking it to the auto parts store to match to the replacement blades.

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So that's what you do!
I made the mistake of buying an entire blade from Autozone and like a ding bat threw out the original.
Then I totally destroyed that one and ended up going to the dealer to get a whole new blade.
Lesson learned.
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I just get a blade refill and cut it to the right length with a pair of nippers. There is no aftermarket replacement for the whole assembly, AFAIK.
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I thought the best replacement was to get rid of the composite arm that's on the '04 and later models and replace with the metal arm from '03 that will properly accept a conventional refill. Maybe Roo or another vendor could pipe in with the part numbers.

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I thought the best replacement was to get rid of the composite arm that's on the '04 and later models and replace with the metal arm from '03 that will properly accept a conventional refill. Maybe Roo or another vendor could pipe in with the part numbers.
This would be very nice.

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I thought the best replacement was to get rid of the composite arm that's on the '04 and later models and replace with the metal arm from '03 that will properly accept a conventional refill. Maybe Roo or another vendor could pipe in with the part numbers.
Maybe customers will simply purchase from one of the supporting vendors, instead of taking the information to the cheapest place they can find online...


...naw, that's not going to happen.

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Maybe customers will simply purchase from one of the supporting vendors, instead of taking the information to the cheapest place they can find online...

...naw, that's not going to happen.
I find it very interesting the fact that you refer to the members of this forum as customers. I'm am not a customer, I am an enthusiast, not to mention a supporting member, as is TAGXT04 for that matter. That is why I frequent this site in the first place.

Now while I understand your position to look out for the better interests of this site, I have to say that I don't care for guilt trips for looking for a good solution or price for a proprietary part that has to be replaced periodically.

I would be more then happy to use a supporting vendor for my replacement parts, but I must say that I take issue that I can't seem to find a vendor that will disclose their prices for parts, (i.e. replacement blades) on this site without filling out a bunch of personal information. I don't like filling out my personal information on line any more then I have to, and I don't want to get extra marketing emails from multiple vendors just because I want to shop for a reasonable price.

For those who are looking for some links as to where you can get a price before filling out all your info, be they vendors or not, I've found these sites have fairly reasonable prices.

Part number SOA591U316R.

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I find it very interesting the fact that you refer to the members of this forum as customers. I'm am not a customer, I am an enthusiast, not to mention a supporting member, as is TAGXT04 for that matter. That is why I frequent this site in the first place.

Now while I understand your position to look out for the better interests of this site, I have to say that I don't care for guilt trips for looking for a good solution or price for a proprietary part that has to be replaced periodically.

I would be more then happy to use a supporting vendor for my replacement parts, but I must say that I take issue that I can't seem to find a vendor that will disclose their prices for parts, (i.e. replacement blades) on this site without filling out a bunch of personal information. I don't like filling out my personal information on line any more then I have to, and I don't want to get extra marketing emails from multiple vendors just because I want to shop for a reasonable price.
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Maybe customers will simply purchase from one of the supporting vendors, instead of taking the information to the cheapest place they can find online...


...naw, that's not going to happen.
When the blade is shedding rubber I don't want to wait a week for some mail order to arrive, while praying that it doesn't rain in the meantime.
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Is the Part number SOA591U316R the 2003 metal wiper assembly? It appeared to me just to be the wiper blade?

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Is the Part number SOA591U316R the 2003 metal wiper assembly? It appeared to me just to be the wiper blade?

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It's just the blade the part that holds the blade.

For more info, including illustrations:

First, go here:
https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/oe_parts_cat.html

Second, under "Search by keyword"
Type"Wiper"

Third, under "Collision", fill out your info and hit continue, all kinds of info there.
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It's just the blade the part that holds the blade.

For more info, including illustrations:

First, go here:
https://www.subarugenuineparts.com/oe_parts_cat.html

Second, under "Search by keyword"
Type"Wiper"

Third, under "Collision", fill out your info and hit continue, all kinds of info there.
Thanks. I never could figure out how to use that catalog. Doesn't give a part number, but the diagrams are handy.

I too don't understand the close guarding of part numbers, they are nice to be able to make sure people are talking about the identical parts.

So, I just want to confirm FOR SURE, the metal 2003 Forester wiper arm will go on my 2004 XT and allow me to use aftermarket arms and blades?

Thanks,
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