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Old 01-23-2013, 10:34 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by ibinubu12 View Post
Valeo R-12B is the closest to the wiper Ford equipped from the factory (front and back wipers on almost all Fords are Valeo). I bought another one on Amazon after 14 months with the first one. Unlike the front wipers, which I replaced with Valeo Gen2 flat blades even though I don't think they needed to be replaced, the rear definitely needed it. The back window always is dusty and it seems to be harsh on the rear wiper.
12-A works, too, however, it's not an exact match. I liked the look/style of the Ford-spec'd Valeo better, so I transplanted the insert from the aftermarket blade to the original.

I did use Gen2 blades for a while but switched back to the Motorcraft-spec'd ones. The Motorcraft blades, while built by Valeo, have a more aggressive wind spoiler built in, and aren't bi-directional.
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