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Old 04-05-2006, 02:12 AM
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Can anyone explain why we seem to all run the older lucas style wiper systems over anything newer?

Am I correct in assuming the use of the coiled metal drive over some form of occilating lever system is the prime reason?

If this is so what model cars are best to target for a 3 wiper system?

Seems I can't get sign off from my engineer without screen and ancillaries in place. Vic-Roads requires pictures of the various ICV components on the car being signed off prior to receiving a VIN.

Through my enquiries todate I have noted a range of swept degrees suggested as suitable and this is somewhat confusing. Are the various windscreens being used different in size?

I have the option to use a 110 degree wiper but wonder if this is suitable. I also have Don Pilling's 3 wiper drawing, can anybody indicate what sweep this is designed for? I would like to buy his all new kit but $ initially dictate a cheaper option, which I have.

Can anyone shed some light on what wiping system is suitable.

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Old 04-05-2006, 03:09 AM
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These are the reasons I can see for using Lucas system:

Tried and proven, you don't have to re-invent the wheel
Original style
Spiral wound drive cable and bundy tube housing takes up very little room compared to level arm
Lucas system is an easy type to modify/supply to correct wiper arm spacing
Lucas system is an easy type to modify/supply with correct sweep
Lucas system wheel box shafts fit directly onto little Trico Stainless wipers, Wipers are supplied with adaptors to fit to other shaft types.
Wiring is easy
Easy availability for nice looks chrome bezzels to fit over wheel box shafts
Easy to space to right angle and distance from body.
Parts are readily available, will always be able to buy new parts for this system.


Personally I wouldn't skimp on wipers. When you really need them, you really need them to be reliable.
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Old 04-05-2006, 03:50 AM
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Thanks Craig

I suppose your response says it all - well almost

What donor sources should I be looking at particularly to get the right sweep?

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Old 04-10-2006, 07:28 AM
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Hi Stephen,

Last week I bought my wiper motor from Stafford Vehicle Components
http://www.s-v-c.co.uk/
I bought it online from their website, they were really prompt and it arrived by post in just 5 days. You can order the drive gear seperately with the sweep angle that you require, I have an RMC which is similar to the G-force and I used a 105 degree. Stafford also supply the wheelboxes and drive parts, their prices are OK, but the postage is expensive.
It is a rotten job to get to the wipers after the dash is installed so I would rather pay for new parts that fit and never have to worry about them again.

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Old 04-14-2006, 12:39 AM
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My brother tried to skimp on a wiper set and stuffed around getting bits and pieces and modifying them to suit. Sadly I think he still uses Rainex as his wipers fail on a regular basis. I bought Don's set. Fitted it in two hours and have no regrets. Your engineer is going to want a three wiper set so that the coverage of the wiper blades comply to the ADR's

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Old 04-14-2006, 12:53 AM
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Why do you need wipers? don't think I have ever used mine except when I forget the layout of the switches on the dash.
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