That went better than I thought it would... wipers FYI

The VW wipers always have bugged me a bit - even after I painted them silver. I decided to order a pair of correct arms and blades from Sierra Madre and see what I could come up with - that hopefully did not include changing the linkage.

To my surprise, the repo arms fit on the VW posts. They sat a little tall, so I drilled the internal mount on the arm (for depth, not width) which allowed the arm to drop another 1/8 - 1/4 of an inch. While it did appear that tightening the bolt on the arm would hold them on just fine, I had a very bad experience with mis aligned wipers hitting new paint many years ago, so I made one last/quick modification. I made some alignment reference marks on the glass (with a sharpie), pulled the arms off and took a file to the post, creating a flat area, just to make sure that the bolt had maximum contact with the post. They work fine and look the part. Pretty pleased.

These things really are just the biggest model cars ever. Very fun to tinker on.

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TRP posted:

The ones Brian has on his speedster are my old ones that I purchased from Sierra Madre:

The Arms
The Blades

I wasn't super pleased with the set screw to hold the wiper onto the arm after one of them flew off on the freeway. 

I went back and picked up these:

The Arms
The Blades  (Sierra Madre is back-ordered on these.)

@TRP I did the ole VHT paint to my blade a few weeks ago. While I like them better then the black, the still are a bit clunky. 

I understand the set screw installation per your first blades and @ScottS blades he posted at the top. It seems Scott shared your nervousness with the set screw, hence the need to file. 

That said, how are the second set of blade arms attached?  Any modifications needed to the posts?

I’ve attached photos of the before and after to see my posts. 

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TedTRPKevin - Bay Area (formerly SF-Speedster)
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