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Old 01-24-2011, 02:57 PM   #19
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Remember to wear workgloves, the sheet metal there is crazy sharp, kioshi knows firsthand doing this mod. I wore leather gloves while working on it.

Only downside I think is to trying to clean the window with the washer fluid, gotta time spray. Doesn't bother me too much
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:44 PM   #20
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For everyone that has done this... Are there any tricks to removing the back door trim? All the repair manual says is
4. REMOVE BACK DOOR TRIM BOARD ASSEMBLY
(a) Using a screwdriver with its tip wrapped in
protective tape, slide the handle plate of the back
door trim board to disengage it.
(b) Disengage the 3 claws and 9 clips and remove the
back door trim board.
With this illustration:
I'm guessing that you just remove the little handle plate, then slowly pull the whole thing off (similar to other interior trim pieces, e.g. radio trim, A/C trim, etc.).

That sound about right?

Figure it might be a little easier to ask ahead of time instead of standing there looking at the panel and going, "hmmm?..." while scratching my head.
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Old 09-20-2011, 03:37 PM   #21
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No tricks. I just went around the edges and pulled straight where I felt a clip. It did take more pull than I originally thought since I didn't want to break any clips
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:14 PM   #22
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No tricks. I just went around the edges and pulled straight where I felt a clip. It did take more pull than I originally thought since I didn't want to break any clips
Thanks, sex! (Great user name, by the way!) I figured it was as easy as it sounded: just pull it off. Just didn't want to rush it and break a bunch of clips.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:24 PM   #23
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Hm, I may just do this when I have time this week! Props.
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:30 AM   #24
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It's been more than a year now and my only observations are:

1. The blade conformed to the glass .. doesn't affect function
2. It's hardly noticeable, especially if the rear headrest is up
are you still able to use the wiper arm cap? To me it looks crappy without it.....
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Old 09-21-2011, 12:27 PM   #25
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^^^^ Yes I would like to know also. As it appears the arm looks a bit tweaked.
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:02 AM   #26
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My car budget is limited right now so I'm going after all the free/inexpensive mods. I did this one tonight. I probably should have followed the advice about wearing gloves.

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are you still able to use the wiper arm cap? To me it looks crappy without it.....
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^^^^ Yes I would like to know also. As it appears the arm looks a bit tweaked.
My wiper arm cap still fits. The wiper arm is still in its normal zone of travel, it just stops in a different spot. I'll post up some pics tomorrow.
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:35 AM   #27
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Yep I understand about budget constraints. Have you done the one that modifies that cap that we are talking about allowing you to flip the arm all the way from the glass?
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:26 PM   #28
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Yep I understand about budget constraints. Have you done the one that modifies that cap that we are talking about allowing you to flip the arm all the way from the glass?
The wiper arm cap mod was the first mod I did shortly after getting the car.

In the new stopped position the arm is slightly off angle from the cap but it isn't very noticeable unless you are looking for it.

Pics of the wiper with the cap on.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:37 PM   #29
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You know with the MI decal and the way the arm lines up.....it isn't that bad looking.
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Old 09-24-2011, 12:20 AM   #30
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I like this mod. straw from pine trees always get stuck in my wiper blades. I may plan to do this eventually
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:37 PM   #31
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Nice DIY! Did it. Love it. Easy and free. Looks sweet too! 25 minutes tops.
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:34 PM   #32
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Got this done this afternoon and still had time to mow the lawn. What a productive Saturday afternoon! Like Stove mentioned, the end cap angle is off a little bit when the wiper is stopped, but it's not noticeable at all.

About the filth: yesterday it rained while I was driving back home from school, so it was really easy to line up the wiper blade with the new vertical stop position. And it illustrates the purpose of the mod... just imagine all that dirt and crud being wiped across your window instead of being pushed down and away from it! So, yeah, my car's dirty, but that dirt served its purpose.





Now to wash the car!
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:17 PM   #33
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I did mine today, and yes having a line of dirt to align your new standing position to is very, very useful :)
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Old 11-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #34
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cool idea if you want to see the wiper arm every time you check your rear view mirror . but i agree about the dirt , snow wiper arm acts like a shelf for all the crap that get stirred up while driving i want to pull the whole unit off but cant find a nice looking hole cover
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:20 PM   #35
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There are many cars that have the wiper positioned as it is in this mod, so I doubt there's much obstruction...
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:58 PM   #36
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cool idea if you want to see the wiper arm every time you check your rear view mirror . but i agree about the dirt , snow wiper arm acts like a shelf for all the crap that get stirred up while driving i want to pull the whole unit off but cant find a nice looking hole cover
Having the wiper arm up is probably less of an obstruction than a window that you can't clear off at all...
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