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August 16, 2013, 06:39:04 PM

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E70 FRONT and rear wiper arms and blades fitted to my E53
« on: August 16, 2013, 06:39:04 PM »
Well I've been itching to do something else to the X5 and wiper upgrade is on my to-do list,

With an upgrade in mind I've been searching the net trying to see if front E70 wiper arms can be retro fitted to the E53 to accommodate the genuine aero blades and before people say you can get bosch blades to fit the stock E53 arms thats fine but i hate the way they look awkward with the big cover hiding the connector and they look even worse sat in the car looking out.

Anyway I could find no one else that had done the mod the only mention i could find was on a post on here where someone had fitted the E70 rear arm and blade and i think it was Raj had said the fronts can't be done due to the arms being to long, that's when I thought sod it I'll buy the parts and give it go because if there too long i can shorten the arms if needed.

So the parts turned up today I recived the rear parts arm, blade and cap and the fronts arms and blades.



So then popped home to test fit and sure enough like Raj mentioned one side the passenger side was to long but not by much and the drivers side was spot on,

Here's how the passenger side fitted:



So took it back to work and set about shaving an inch off it and here is how.

The end is clamped round the bar



So i cut the end free



Then trimmed the arm down an inch and repositioned the arm in the end ready to weld back up



Once welded and welds ground smooth and touched up with satin black.



Back on the car this time bolted on.



Pic of the before.





And the after.





A pic I found on the net of a set of aftermarket conversion blades.


And for good measure the back before and after ( no mods needed).





Some I'm sure will be thinking what's the point but I love there low profile sleek look rather than the dated old style or the aftermarket conversion blades and the work GREAT

So i might be the first person running the genuine E70 front wipers ( that I know of)

August 16, 2013, 11:20:32 PM
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Re: E70 FRONT and rear wiper arms and blades fitted to my E53
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2013, 11:20:32 PM »
Well done, looks great - enjoy
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August 16, 2013, 11:41:03 PM
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2013, 11:41:03 PM »
Nice 'n' easy, but a good one mate. Tempted myself now.

Great job


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August 17, 2013, 12:39:41 AM
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2013, 12:39:41 AM »
Thanks guy's,

Wasn't that bad to modify took about 10 mins but specialist tools are needed, i used a 3" cutting disc on a little die grinder a welder and not that you can see it but I smoothed out the welds by grinding them flat

August 17, 2013, 11:45:22 PM
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« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2013, 11:45:22 PM »
Excellent mod buddy. I did consider trying to cut the arms down but didn't have the proper tools. Still an excellent mod to do though. I may have to get you to do me one and send it down  8)

September 07, 2013, 11:42:31 AM
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2013, 11:42:31 AM »
You have convinced me to change the rear arm, have been unsure but it obviously works, so am going for that now.

I had the newer style blades added to my E46, and was considering changing the E53, I will admit, i think it will be just the blades though as I cant see me cutting and welding anything  :-[
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September 07, 2013, 09:30:11 PM
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2013, 09:30:11 PM »
Well I've just picked up a set ( im in the trade so get trade prices) and modified them for Raj and sent him them in the post recorded delivery, don't mind doing it again if wanted.

September 07, 2013, 10:52:46 PM
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2013, 10:52:46 PM »
Well I've just picked up a set ( im in the trade so get trade prices) and modified them for Raj and sent him them in the post recorded delivery, don't mind doing it again if wanted.

Very much appreciated too. I'd Diego recommend them as they really do freshen the look up a touch for those eagle eyed out there.

September 07, 2013, 10:57:12 PM
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2013, 10:57:12 PM »
Raj knows I can't afford sweet FA at the mo!
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September 07, 2013, 11:00:47 PM
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2013, 11:00:47 PM »
Raj knows I can't afford sweet FA at the mo!

Neither can I hence making the bank pay for me  :))

September 08, 2013, 07:43:57 PM
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2013, 07:43:57 PM »
No worries, offer stands if your circumstances change

September 08, 2013, 08:21:51 PM
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2013, 08:21:51 PM »
No worries, offer stands if your circumstances change

Very much appreciated buddy - will defo have to ask you to pencil me in at some stage. Just want things to calm down at my end...
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September 08, 2013, 11:17:26 PM
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2013, 11:17:26 PM »
Additional feature of the E70 arms is that both can be lifted without having to be in the vertical position which is superb now when cleaning the motor as before was a pain when washing the windscreen as couldn't lift the arm fully out the way on the passenger side.

September 09, 2013, 06:30:02 PM
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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2013, 06:30:02 PM »
Nice mod. Looks really well :)

June 23, 2014, 08:04:50 PM
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2014, 08:04:50 PM »
Just done the rear mod today, must say, does look so much better.

Was wondering if you can change the wiper blade to a longer one, say 17 inch?

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