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The Polar Vortex and the snowfall of the last few days have shown the inadequacy of the OEM wipers on my 2019 Forester Premium.

Can anyone help with a recommendation for suitable replacement after-market wipers? I can't find anything on the internet.
 

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wiper blades

Several years ago consumer reports evaluated wiper blades. They opted NOT to rate them, but pointed out that when new they were very similar, and that they all needed replacing after 6 months.

I've been finding what's on sale since then, and trying to replace every 6m.

Just my 2c

Jeff
 

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I just drove from Erie PA to Pgh. Heavy snow and polar cold. I actually thought the OEM wipers worked great. And mine are 2 years old.
Just one mans experience.
Are the wipers on the 2017 the same as the wipers on the 2019? They are certainly substantially different from the wiper arms and blades on my newly-departed 2005 Forester X. Very thin and flimsy with the washer fluid nozzles attached to the wiper arms.

I'm accustomed to changing about every six months, Michelin or Bosch usually.
 

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I just last week took off the Subaru wipers to find them of cheap light construction and the rubbers shredded on my 2017, however at 38k, so they worked for a while. On E-bay the OEM refills set was $30 so I went to Advance Auto and with rebates got TRICO Neoform beam blades for $27 the front pair after rebate. I find them to have a much heavier duty thicker teflon coated rubber blade, work and fit well, I will go with these henceforth.
 

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I am not saying the OEM were garbage, but I don't know for how long they were starting to shred. They had been streaking. My main point is the Tricos are obviously of heavier and all season construction when you place them side to side. And can be had for less money. I am dealing with the New York share of the Polar Vortex here.
 

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I like Neoforms myself. Had Bosch second from top last time. 2 winters only. Wont get them again. My original blades lasted 2 years. Neos in the past went 2 winters.

I think if you run the blade over rough ice or frost it wears them out faster. All types.
 

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Any body had success finding winter windshield wipers for a 2019 forester ( sports model ) ?
can't seem to find any after market because of the special arm .
Not even sure Subaru makes special winter/snow
any other solutions ?
 

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any luck finding winter blades for the 2019 forester ? what is so special about the arms ? how come there is no information about it anywhere ?
 

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I have had good luck with Rain-X "beam" wiper blades from Wal-Mart. The special construction really hug them to the windshield as they operate. Make certain to raise the wiper arms off the windshield at night, so they won't stick to the glass when you need them in the morning. They work great for Utah weather conditions.
 

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For anyone running blades more than 1-year, that’s crazy talk. I change them out a minimum of once a year, sometimes twice a year with the heat in SW Florida. Sure, if the blades perform flawlessly after a year that could be an argument for keeping them but wipers are a tool and tools are changed out depending on a job. Need winter wipers, put them on. Need summer wipers, swap’em out and store the winter blades.

I know the 2019’s use the rok-loc 3 arms(spelling may be off). Trico I believe makes a compatible blade and has always worked well for me on my winter toy when I visit Colorado.
 

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I used Wire Tie to hold normal wiper bought at Walmart at $5 each. No need for special type.

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Passenger Side has water jet nozzle, so I placed cutter pin through hole in normal wiper blade, so it hold up a little bit, so normal wiper metal frame do not touch inner plastic parts / tube of water jet nozzle.




without cutter pin, wiper frame touch water jet nozzle inner plastic parts, probably wear off tube/ plastic parts of nozzle over time..


 

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Just an FYI. I have been using Rain‑X® 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner with Rain Repellent for a long time. I have not changed a wiper blade since than.
 

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Not sure how well they work on snow and ice but silicone blades are suppose to last considerable longer than rubber blades. The downside is that silicone blades have been a lot more expensive. However, I was recently in Walmart and noticed these:

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Just use rain x spray every couple of months. Mine last like 10 years.
rain x is fine but you still need to take care of the blades. i live in the snow and am preparing for winter so "just use rain x" does nothing for me.

not seeing any brands that are compatible, yet, with the 19 foresters.
 
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