megabmw
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Rear wiper delete

Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:14 pm

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I33t
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Location: Australia

Re: Rear wiper delete

Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:25 pm

? Why
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Delivered in Melbourne 4/12/2014. Arrived locally 11/12/14, with 24km on the clock.

coreperformance
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:42 pm

I like it!

That wiper strikes me as a stubby little thing, that doesn't cover much of the glass anyway.
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TheNickGuy
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:38 pm

Ok, how'd you do it?

It's not like the thing is useful anyway, I like the look without it.

MikeS
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:54 pm

I33t wrote:? Why
+1 - doesn’t it get wet where you live?
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megabmw
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:35 am

Sure it's raining, but I never use the rear wiper, it scratch the glass.
As said above, it's to small and not useful.
And I like the look without it, make notice there is not type logos either. Clean!

I33t
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:06 am

You get dust in Norway? Anytime I've been there it has been raining!

We get lots of dust here in Australia, but I have yet to scratch a rear window by using the wiper. Some cars allow you to run washer fluid before the wiper runs, we have a Citroen that does that, must check if the i3 does it.
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Delivered in Melbourne 4/12/2014. Arrived locally 11/12/14, with 24km on the clock.

megabmw
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:10 am

Not so much dust, more sand.
I'm cleaning the car quite often so in real life it isn't a problem...

KolorMeCarbon
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:50 am

I'm going to do same mod, do you have to remove the tailgate trim with any special tools?

KolorMeCarbon
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Re: Rear wiper delete

Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:04 pm

wiper delete completed!

The interior trim panels have thre torx fasteners, two behind the clips that hold the warning triangle.
Then the large panels pulls off (clips). The two vertical trim panels need to be pulled out of their clips before you can unhook the main centre panel from them.

Three bolts hold the wiper motor in place and one elec connector.

The wiper arm has a taper-fit, it can be stubborn. I tried levering it off the shaft, then I took a break to re-think how to separate it, then it somehow just fell off with no effort required!

Reassmbly of panels is easy. I stuck a circle of gloss black vinyl over the hole left in the glass, practically invisible.

Wiper deleting makes the tailgate lighter to lift up (may replace the gas-strut with a linear actuator for automatic raising. The car seems easier to drift now, is that due to lighter tailgate or winter chill keeping the tyres cold?

Next mod is blackout the rear lights and reduce drag/turbulence round the front wheels with two aero-splitters.

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