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    DIY: Wagon Rear Wiper Upgrade

    This should apply to all Subaru wagons, including the OBS, Outback, Impreza and Legacy.

    Problem: You have a 90s or 2000's wagon, and your rear wiper is rusty and generally pretty crappy. What's your option? Buy a used, junkyard arm and try to recondition it? Buy a brand new arm from the dealer and pay out the nose for it?

    Here's a solution that gives you a new arm, for a few bucks and some time, and when you need to replace your blade you go visit a Honda dealer and pay $3 for the blade.

    Waitaminute, a HONDA dealer?

    Oh yes!

    See pics below for details, but essentially you will remove your old wiper arm entirely, and replace it with a newer arm + wiper combination from any late model Honda Odyssey or Pilot:

    Old arm + new arm already installed:



    Old arm showing the open hole where the arm bolts onto the wiper motor:


    New arm showing the identical open hole and the 10mm nut:


    Parts:


    (last pic shows the original nut from the Legacy, the part number is for a new $0.05 nut from Honda)

    Any questions, let me know, but if you can change your oil you can do this mod. Shoot if you can do this mod you should be able to change your oil!
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    nice...added to the to-do list

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    +2.... will be doing it this weekend
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Sweet, have a distance shot? Is the blade longer than the stock one, and if not can the blade length be changed?
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Quote Originally Posted by Soul Shinobi
    Sweet, have a distance shot? Is the blade longer than the stock one, and if not can the blade length be changed?
    Blade length is the same as stock, so is the arm. Blade length cannot be changed as it is now an integral part of the arm.

    However, this arm will not rust as its plastic and i saved weight too. LOL
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    so how do you change the blade when it needs it?
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Nice job huffer!

    And Airgne, it looks like you can just get replacement blade from honda....
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    win! im SO doing this when i get near a honda dealer




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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    whos the weird asian in taking the pics?
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Quote Originally Posted by Airgne
    so how do you change the blade when it needs it?
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    Nice job huffer!

    And Airgne, it looks like you can just get replacement blade from honda....
    http://www.thehondapartsstore.com/herso ... vinsrch=no
    Yep, that's it.

    It's a bit more fiddly but it's how pretty much all the rear wipers are on wagons/vans these days. Just look at any late model vehicle, GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota, etc.
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Great job huffer.

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    went to my honda dealer. the part is retailed at $50. nut was 75¢. i asked for the 3 buck wiper and they looked at me like i was an idiot.
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Perhaps you misunderstood my DIY. I took photos of the part numbers so people would know exactly what to buy. The wiper BLADE is $3 but the entire arm assembly that includes the blade is around $40 online.
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    such a great upgrade. installed mine today and looks so much better than a rusty wiper.

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    ^^^ post pics!!!
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Notice any improvement in clearing the window? Even with a new blade on my wagon it seems to miss certain spots, namely the top part of the window, not a huge deal, just curious.

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Thats usually because the spring on the wiper arm is worn out. With the new arm i installed, i get complete even coverage. I really happy with it! Btw, any wiper arm manufactured like this one will work, it just has to have the 8mm (?) hole for the wiper motor. So go junkyard diving!
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    Hmm, I learn somethin new every day.

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    had crazy rain today and used it for the first time. it wipes the whole back windshield now! it used to miss one spot in the middle before with the old wiper.

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    great to hear, i had the same experience after my upgrade. post pics of your install!
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Installed mine this week as well...

    Thanks again for the part numbers

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Quote Originally Posted by rocketlegacy
    went to my honda dealer. the part is retailed at $50. nut was 75¢. i asked for the 3 buck wiper and they looked at me like i was an idiot.
    from the link i posted it would be about $30 plus shipping for everything.
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Wooot now to find a front wiper upgrade.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LiCelsior
    Wooot now to find a front wiper upgrade.
    Yup, my next project....
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    What year Odyssey or Pilot?
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    03 pilot would work.

    http://www.hondaautomotiveparts.com/

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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Quote Originally Posted by impreza_GC8
    What year Odyssey or Pilot?
    Anything from 03 up. I used 07 Pilot, but if you match the PN you're golden.
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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    This is what it looks like on a 3rd Gen Legacy. easy to do and a nice lil addition. Thanks Huffer



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    Re: Rear wagon wiper upgrade - time to go new school

    Great job Roger, looks great!
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