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Rear windscreen wiper

Postby johnfevs » 26 Jan 2014, 21:29

I don't have a rear windscreen wiper on my van. It's a 1980 air cooled with a 2.0 cu engine.
Would it have had one originally ??
Is it possible to fit one and if so what parts would I need and are they easy to get hold of.

Not desperate to get one but would have helped when I was out for a drive today

Any thoughts, thanks
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Re: Rear windscreen wiper

Postby R0B » 26 Jan 2014, 22:20

TBH I have one on my velle but never use it.Not worth the hassle of doing one from scratch IMO.
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Re: Rear windscreen wiper

Postby Oldiebut goodie » 26 Jan 2014, 22:36

I do use mine but must admit it is only 4 or 5 times a year. The worst time is when the roads have been salted and it drying white otherwise it is viewable through. I don't think that it would be high on my list of priorities to have if I didn't have one though.
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Re: Rear windscreen wiper

Postby Aberdeenbus » 27 Jan 2014, 10:02

We'll I did retro fit one to my 82 van, I found the parts on an 87 being broken.
As best as I can remember from the front
Fuse box relay n wiring to wiper stalk
Wiper stalk
Wiring from wiper stalk to rear of van
Washer bottle for rear n pipe for washer bottle to washer jet
Rear wiper motor and mount
Rear wiper arm and blade.

It's a fair chore to do but brings a smile to your face when finished, then you realise you only use it now and then lol

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Re: Rear windscreen wiper

Postby Plasticman » 27 Jan 2014, 10:38

dont even bother with the rear view, waste of time, we have nice big door mirrors and better to use IMO
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Re: Rear windscreen wiper

Postby billy739 » 28 Jan 2014, 08:57

Would it have had one originally ??


only as an option so probably not if its not there now

from factory the original wires up the drivers pillar and go along the roof but depends how good a job you want ?

don't buy one of these , one of them go for the whole kit , expect to pay 50-100 for everything .

if you get one from an early ( pre 86) van it should be plug and play , after 86 you may need to swap a few plugs / wires
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Re: Rear windscreen wiper

Postby CovKid » 28 Jan 2014, 21:54

Just give the back window a coat of Rain-X now and again. It'll do just as good, if not a better job. I can understand having a rear wiper on a car where the glass is not as vertical, but its a waste of effort on these. I sealed mine up long ago and I've never missed it.

I said this once before but its greatest use was as a selling point in VW showrooms - i.e: "And for an extra grand, heres our luxury version Sir" - something VW did with the Beetle too, pointing out an extra bit of chrome or padding here and there to denote it as a 'GL' or 'luxury' version when really, the additions were mostly cosmetic.

A heated rear screen absolutely, but the only time I've had to clear rear screen of water/muck, all the windows needed it (like first thing some mornings). If you're determined, you'll fit one but they're more trouble than they're worth, honest. I found that water-repellent coatings like Rain-X are far more effective - especially on motorways. It also helps reduce the scraping needed on frozen mornings.
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Re: Rear windscreen wiper

Postby willpom » 05 May 2014, 18:39

CovKid wrote:Just give the back window a coat of Rain-X now and again. It'll do just as good, if not a better job. I can understand having a rear wiper on a car where the glass is not as vertical, but its a waste of effort on these. I sealed mine up long ago and I've never missed it.


How did you seal it up out of interest? I've just bought a replacement tailgate that has a wiper and want to remove it as I can't be faffed with all the wiring & washer hose.
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