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What wipers do people use use for their 2014+ Versa Notes?

I've been having trouble finding good wipers in the extreme sizes (28" and 12") that the Versa Note takes. What brands and sizes are people actually buying and using?

As a note, I can't just get blade refills from the dealership. Apparently during some service over the past few years, a dealership swapped them out with aftermarket wiper blades.
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Bump. Still not sure what wipers to get...
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Bump. Still not sure what wipers to get...
Best wipers I have been able to find for my 2012 Versa :

https://www.tirerack.com/content/tir.../homepage.html

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True blade refills have died across the wiper industry, like the oil industry and banking ('08) and now insurance companies they are figuring out how to greatly increase profits by simply making less of a thing available through 'shortages' and other fairy tales. They get more profits now by selling the entire blade instead of just the refills by themselves. Of course the legitimate industry claim now is that people are too stupid and impatient to install refills now and what our schools have brought us. Like our president.

I live in Texas and there is NO longlife wiper in that killer heat, period. They will last longer but not enough to justify the extra cost. I just buy one that is cheap and fits and replace when needed.

When the refills started vanishing I bought a bunch at cheap prices online but none are long enough for the long one on Versa, I cut the longer refills to match any needed shorter ones. I may end up refitting the long Versa one with a shorter one to get cheaper wipers, BTDT. Was looking at the effective sweep width the other night to see what I could lose with no safety loss driving.
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Pimperell, I tried the site you linked, but the only matching wiper it gives is a rear wiper blade... What specific brand did you get?
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For posterity, here is what I finally did. I got a couple of Trico wipers, one 28" beam-style wiper and one 11" bracket-stype wiper. The small bracket wiper doesn't block the wiper fluid as was reported by others on the forum. The slightly too-small passenger-side wiper leaves a small wedge of the windshield uncleared, but I don't foresee it being an issue.

The installation was trivial and they seem to fit well. No skipping or missed spots (other than what I note above)

I still haven't been able to find a 12" front wiper anywhere (only back wipers). Next time I'll see if a 13" wiper fits.
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I just remove or measure my old ones and go to my local ollies and buy replacement ones for 2 bucks each. Its usually some no name or goodyear brand depending on what is in stock. I use to buy bosch, rain x or what ever was at the auto store upwards to 20 bucks a unit, but found they all shred or come apart in a year.

As an ollies boot camp member I get 15-20% off coupons for a shopping trip and buy 8 or so units for my 3 cars.
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I've been running Rain-X blades since last fall and have been well pleased. They cost more, but operate smoothly and are still chatter-free many months later. I'll buy 'em again!
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I used to sell blades and I see no value there in premium brands if in a hot state like here in Texas. The cheapies last virtually as long as the very expensive ones. True, the expensive may wipe a bit cleaner but not enough for the difference in price to me. The cheap are dead in one year, the expensive go one year plus, big whoop-te-doo.............

You can actually change up blade widths quite a bit if one can simply get around the fact they are no longer OEM widths, many are too timid to go there. If going smaller you find you really lose hardly any viewing at all. On my cars with both only one inch different I convert the longs to the shorter one to be the same and halve my wiper cost at a time.
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I tried those one year when advance auto had a BOGO sale. Still spent 20 bucks for 2. THey had a special stuff you smeared on the windshield and had to run the wipers for 2 minutes to rub it in the glass.

Since then, I either apply rain x to the windshield or turtle wax liquid ice wax.

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I've been running Rain-X blades since last fall and have been well pleased. They cost more, but operate smoothly and are still chatter-free many months later. I'll buy 'em again!
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