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Old 05-16-2013, 10:52 PM   #11
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I love the focus wipers. The first time it rained in my 06 ST I was like "WHOA!" when the wipers went off. I loved it. Then after totaling a Focus ST, driving a high output yokahama powered taurus for awhile (which is still in the garage in pristine condition barring the body itself [no rust, just ugly color, too many hit parking blocks {also nothing to do with me}]), when I got in my 12 Focus and turned on the wipers, I again jumped in my chair and said "whoa ( or something close to that lol)", forgetting about the "bus style" wipers. Also, a potential note of interest, the taurus required something like a 24 inch wiper and a 19 or so inch wiper. When I changed them, the ones at the time were like both 17 inches lol.

PS I could definitely live without the courtesy wipe. Thank god the windshield fluid is manual controlled though. I had an 01 Ranger which no matter what you did sprayed the windshield for like 3 seconds. It drained the shit out of the fluid reservoir and was really annoying.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:11 PM   #12
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GM had a few vehicles that had opposed wipers, mostly the W-bodies, when I was growing up we had a '97 Cutlass Supreme and and a '93 Lumina APV with the opposed wiper system. Those Lumina vans had HUGE windshields so they needed that system.

That was the only thing that I liked about driving that Cutlass and I wonder why all cars don't have opposed wipers. I've been in some storms or cars where the passenger blade slings rain water onto the drivers side when the wiper speed is on HI; or worse, when snow gets pushed over and it just gets packed down on the cowl area on the down stroke.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:12 AM   #13
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The opposing wiper system work in cars with long, steeply-raked windshields, like the Focus and Civic. With a shorter windshield, the wipers wouldn't be long enough and leave a pretty big gap in the middle.
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But doesn't the "opposed" system not clean the top middle of the windshield? I rather have two small circles on the bottom of the window than not being able to see out of the middle of it.
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But doesn't the "opposed" system not clean the top middle of the windshield? I rather have two small circles on the bottom of the window than not being able to see out of the middle of it.
Unless you can see through the rear view mirror, it's not really an issue...it clears most of the windshield.
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Cost. Our wipers require 2 motors to operate and a computer to move them in the proper configuration. Standard wiper configuration uses one motor, and a linkage to move both arms. Its a simple system that cost less.
The old GM opposed system used a plan old linkage set up with one motor. Synchronizing two wiper motors + affordable 80-90's GM = doesn't work properly.

I'm sure the two motor system is more compact, other than that I don't see any real advantage of two motors.
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I love the focus wipers. The first time it rained in my 06 ST I was like "WHOA!" when the wipers went off. I loved it. Then after totaling a Focus ST, driving a high output yokahama powered taurus for awhile (which is still in the garage in pristine condition barring the body itself [no rust, just ugly color, too many hit parking blocks {also nothing to do with me}]).
Don't you mean Yamaha-powered Taurus?

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