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I'm researching changing my wiper blades and am finding all kinds of info. You guys are my go-to. What are my 3 wiper sizes and what brand is best with this windshield design. I'm new guys so don't roast me
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A no roasting, easy bake answer 馃榾 is:
Forum supporting vendor @Scrubblade would be good place to start.
Their forum section is here and their website blade finder is here.

The finder returns the correct sizes but doesn't tell you the following:
Driver side is 16", Middle and Passenger side are 14", Rear wiper is 9"

(note: Scrubblabe smallest rear blade is 10", I don't know how it will work)
ETA: which blades go where; rear blade note
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I just replaced the inserts only on the original wiper arms ... the OEM inserts lasted 7 years, and that's unmatched by any of the aftermarket blades I've used on my 4Runners (and I've tried most of the major aftermarket blades on my Toyotas over the last 21 years).

The OEM Toyota inserts are extremely soft and compliant, they feel like a silicone compound.

If you do decide to try some aftermarket blade assemblies, DO NOT throw away your OEM arms. If you are not satisfied with the aftermarket stuff, you can always just buy the OEM inserts, stick them in your original arms, and revert to original performance.
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I bought this:


What I got was pretty decent. I would have tried OEM inserts if my OEM blades weren鈥檛 long gone. The FL sun bakes them into pieces, so I鈥檓 used to replacing them once a year.

Edit: Also if I remember right the rear window blade has to be a certain design to work with the wiper retainer/holder when it鈥檚 turned off. Someone else can chime in on that and probably have a better idea than I.
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I bought this:


What I got was pretty decent. I would have tried OEM inserts if my OEM blades weren鈥檛 long gone. The FL sun bakes them into pieces, so I鈥檓 used to replacing them once a year.

Edit: Also if I remember right the rear window blade has to be a certain design to work with the wiper retainer/holder when it鈥檚 turned off. Someone else can chime in on that and probably have a better idea than I.
Correct, the rear is proprietary. The docking wedge is riveted to the arm. Sold on Amazon as well.
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I bought this:


What I got was pretty decent. I would have tried OEM inserts if my OEM blades weren鈥檛 long gone. The FL sun bakes them into pieces, so I鈥檓 used to replacing them once a year.

Edit: Also if I remember right the rear window blade has to be a certain design to work with the wiper retainer/holder when it鈥檚 turned off. Someone else can chime in on that and probably have a better idea than I.
You mean the sun bakes the inserts ... the metal arm assemblies last forever, although the black paint will eventually begin to fade.

On my '14, the original inserts were just as soft, compliant, and free from any cracking as the new inserts I installed. I don't know why they didn't wipe quite as effectively as they did when they were new.
You mean the sun bakes the inserts ... the metal arm assemblies last forever, although the black paint will eventually begin to fade.

On my '14, the original inserts were just as soft, compliant, and free from any cracking as the new inserts I installed. I don't know why they didn't wipe quite as effectively as they did when they were new.
Right I mean the inserts. I鈥檝e used RainX, Bosch, and a few others. Someone replaced the OEMs on my FJ before I got it, so I don鈥檛 have the frames any more. I might go for the OEM frames and inserts if the Amazon bargain wipers don鈥檛 last (knock on wood).

I鈥檓 always so impressed by the quality every time I get new OEM toyota parts. I just picked up a brand new replacement OEM rack and pinion and it looks like a piece of jewelry to me. The quality is so good. So I don鈥檛 doubt the oem wipers will last longer than any other.
For what its worth I run 14 inch blades on all 3 wipers. You can`t tell the difference between the 16 and the 14 inch blades. :)
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I just replaced the inserts only on the original wiper arms ... the OEM inserts lasted 7 years, and that's unmatched by any of the aftermarket blades I've used on my 4Runners (and I've tried most of the major aftermarket blades on my Toyotas over the last 21 years).

The OEM Toyota inserts are extremely soft and compliant, they feel like a silicone compound.

If you do decide to try some aftermarket blade assemblies, DO NOT throw away your OEM arms. If you are not satisfied with the aftermarket stuff, you can always just buy the OEM inserts, stick them in your original arms, and revert to original performance.
Are dealers best place to get the OEM inserts?
I run a 15 on the drivers side and 13s on the middle and passenger. Its slightly less coverage but they apply more pressure so i find they work a little better.
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These work great for me.
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The insert part numbers are 85214-50061 for the 16 inch, 85214-68011 for the two 14 inch (ea) and 85214-35070 for the rear insert. Like 30 bucks for all at your Toyota dealer鈥檚 online store.
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The insert part numbers are 85214-50061 for the 16 inch, 85214-68011 for the two 14 inch (ea) and 85214-35070 for the rear insert.
If you've lost the original factory blades and would like to have them again:
85212-13031 wiper blade assembly driver side
85212-35091 wiper blade center, passenger side
85242-35040 blade, rear wiper
New blade assemblies include an insert installed.
Note that the SightLine blades might be great but they are not the original OEM Japan blade with the replaceable inserts. The dealers don't usually stock the real OEM blades so you have to order them in, but they are worth the wait. In the small sizes that the FJ uses, the original blades aren't too expensive either.
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I have the original OEM metal frame blades and they work great but can get plugged up with ice or snow. I may try some dedicated winter blades in harsh winter conditions鈥 and use the OEM when it鈥檚 warmer. What do people recommend for winter blades?
The insert part numbers are 85214-50061 for the 16 inch, 85214-68011 for the two 14 inch (ea) and 85214-35070 for the rear insert. Like 30 bucks for all at your Toyota dealer鈥檚 online store.
Thanks!

4W2FJC those look great!
If you've lost the original factory blades and would like to have them again:
85212-13031 wiper blade assembly driver side
85212-35091 wiper blade center, passenger side
85242-35040 blade, rear wiper
New blade assemblies include an insert installed.
Note that the SightLine blades might be great but they are not the original OEM Japan blade with the replaceable inserts. The dealers don't usually stock the real OEM blades so you have to order them in, but they are worth the wait. In the small sizes that the FJ uses, the original blades aren't too expensive either.
Dumb question

How Do I know if my OEM wiper blade assembly is there and I JUST need the inserts? Are you able to tell by photos of my truck? I want to make sure if I am buying inserts only or the full wiper blade assembly

Thanks

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I just replaced mine. I like the Bosch ICON blades. Been using them & happy with them.
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