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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 11-20-2010, 08:00 AM
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Finally, I had time to finish e39 wagon wiper blades upgrade (front and back) to Bosch Icon Blacketless style. Since I have owned my E39 wagon the wiper has always made noise when it wipes, it leaves streaks of water behind. I have replaced the blades several times a year. But they will work fine for couple months and then fail again. My wife e60 work like a chime. It wipes very quite and hold up alot longer. As everyone know, E39 can not use aftermarket wiper blade.

So I decided to do an upgrade with e60 front wiper arms with new blades and rear will change to Bosch Icon. I had finished front for over 6 months now and just finished rear last week. My front still work like new and look OEM and clean. I am so happy and want to share with Bimmerfest friends.

Ok, guys..

Parts & Tolls Required
WIPER ARM LEFT161617198597$53.80
WIPER ARM RIGHT161617185366$98.38
Set of wiper blades161 61 0 431 438 $43.55
OEM Arm Puller ( Rent from Autozone ) FREE
sockets 17 for Driver side, 13 for Passenger side

Rear for wagon
Bosch Icon Part#418 at any Auto part store
Shop Snip or Cutter

For the DIY... I got this idea from "pa520" and "rtfacts1"for the front(thank you ). please see the pictures.( some of the pictures are the pictures from original DIY)

1. Spray WD-40 and wait about 1 hour on both sides. A driver side is so easy just swap with a new e60 arm and do not over tight( they all have torque spec on each arm). But a passenger side is a lot of work. REMEMBER you must use " Arm Puller " I rent from Autozone. Do not try to pull or using a hammer. It will damage all the teeth!!!!

2. Cut both arms at the red line so that the e60 arm is the same length as the e39.But don't worry the top part of these arm are not aluminum. But e39 under the joint are aluminum.

3. Welded arm all 4 sides. Clean up before prime and painting.

4. install using torque spec of each arm.

Rear for Wagon

1. remove the old wiper blade

2. Using a snip or cutter to cut these 2 pieces( inside a red circle ) inside a Bosch cover

3. install. make sure you put correct side. " Bosch Logo on the blade must facing out side"

So...This is one of those DIY that I can feel the difference when I an finished.... Especially winter is around the corner. I am so happy about this DIY . It look good and perform great!!!! I am planing to do another one for my friend soon... good luck and happy motoring..


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Old 11-20-2010, 11:33 AM
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Nice. I've been eyeing the blades on the newer cars. I had cheap bracketless ones from Canadian Tyre on my old car and... they really sucked. Got new blades on this car and was wowed... then a month went by and they started streaking where the infomercials say they do. However, they still blow my mom's outta the water.

Might give this a try. My landlord was trained as a machinist...
What exactly do you cut? Do you take the part that connects to the motor off the E60 arm and attach the part that holds the wiper blade to the E39 motor mount part? i.e. Take the E39 bottom and the E60 top, with top/bottom being if the wiper is vertical on the car.

Nice touch with including wagon specs too!

Edit: You missed the [img][/img] tags on the first image
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