Contributed by Angelo Russo
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Tip: I have a tip for adjusting the wiper blades on 1994-01
Mustangs so that they are less visible from the driver's view
through the windshield. The factory installed positions allow
too much of the wiper blade visible through the lower surface
of the windshield when viewed from the driver's seat.
a cleaner appearance from the cockpit view and allows you to see
more of the hood surface instead of looking directly at the wiper
blades through the bottom of the windshield. I find it especially
helpful when parking and driving in the right lane against concrete
walls and bridges.
I have a
better sight reference being able to see the actual surface of
the hood. This is extremely more noticable to short drivers. You
simply pull the retaining tab out at the base of each wiper blade
arm, pull each wiper arm off and install them one notch down on
the splined pivot shaft, then push the retaining tabs back in.
The wiper sweep on the driver's side is reduced ever so slightly
but the benefit of seeing the hood surface through the windshield
outweighs that. - Angelo
What can we
say, we love totally free mods and this one does not require any tools
BTW: Yes, we've
pulled wiper arms many, many times before in the past but needed to
be reminded that we can put them down :-)
We decided to
try Angelo's tip. If you live in an area that does not see much rain
or don't drive the stang much in rain, then this is something that might
work great. We tried this mod in a rain and the wiper travel is reduced,
but good enough.
Here we go:
First here are
the stock locations of the wiper blades.
Driver Side stock
Passenger side stock
Before you do
this mod, sit in your stang and get a good feel for the position of
the stock wipers from inside the stang. Really look at the view out
the front when they are totally stock so you can tell the difference
after you do this mod to see if it's worth it for you.
While this mod
does look cool from the outside, it's really on the inside where you
will notice a clean view of the hood and a less clutered view in general
from the driver and passenger seat.
To remove the wiper arm, simply pull that little latch out, fold the
wiper arm back and pull it off. Make sure that little tab is completely
out (you might have to hold it out) or the wiper arm won't lift off.
No tools are needed.
To re-install, slide them back on, push the little tab back into the
arm and lower the arm.
MOD (Arms Lowered)
to "go all the way" and put the wipers full down barely touching
the black plastic cowl area.
Driver side after
Passenger side after
The view from inside
the stang is much cleaner and from the outside you get a slightly cleaner
look as well.
Wipers after the mod.
While doing this
mod, you might want to turn the wipers on / off to test your settings.
Turn them on / off before you do anything to make sure you got the default
You want to ensure
you don't lower the arms completely onto the plastic lower cowl, but just
touching or above should be ok.
You can go one notch
down or all the way as we did. Since we don't see much rain in our area,
we decided to put them all the way down.
The day after we
did this we saw some rain :-) We did notice a reduced wiper arm sweep,
but it was good enough.
We like the new
view from inside the stang despite having to deal with the reduced wiper
arm travel on a few occasions.
Till next time..
see ya on the street ! - MW
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