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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Mon, Dec-31-2007, 08:50:21 AM   #11
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I have 424A and 420B and the secret I found for the drivers side is to look closely at the wiper arm. You should see a black plastic clip in the wiper arm by the spring on the inside that held the stock blade in place. Pry off this plastic clip and the icon blade will sit flush. This is because the plastic clip sticks out past the width of the wiper arm and touches the icon blade preventing the wiper arm from exerting its full force on the windshield.
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Old Fri, Jan-04-2008, 09:56:20 PM   #12
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I have 424A and 420B and the secret I found for the drivers side is to look closely at the wiper arm. You should see a black plastic clip in the wiper arm by the spring on the inside that held the stock blade in place. Pry off this plastic clip and the icon blade will sit flush. This is because the plastic clip sticks out past the width of the wiper arm and touches the icon blade preventing the wiper arm from exerting its full force on the windshield.

I have no idea what clip you're talking about here. I just pulled my old blades off and put the Icons on (422A & 420B). I tested the blades out by spraying my windshield with water and I noticed the section that doesn't get covered by the first wipe. I'm expecting that to go away after a couple of uses. Is that what you're talking about? How to cure that problem or to install the blades?

Anyway, I can't wait to try these things out on the road (although I hate driving my baby in the rain). I've seen these blades on all the new BMWs, the Lamborghini Gallardo, and even my mom's new Chevy Tahoe. It's about time I got with the program!
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Old Sat, Jan-05-2008, 03:39:09 AM   #13
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i have this same problem...
except mine have been on my car for months...
and it still hasn't gone away.
i don't know how to get full contact on my windshield.
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Old Sat, Jan-05-2008, 05:42:52 AM   #14
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I have no idea what clip you're talking about here. I just pulled my old blades off and put the Icons on (422A & 420B). I tested the blades out by spraying my windshield with water and I noticed the section that doesn't get covered by the first wipe. I'm expecting that to go away after a couple of uses. Is that what you're talking about? How to cure that problem or to install the blades?
Same here, bang on.
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The first picture with the finger representing the arm shows how the piece sticks out from the arm. The other pictures are various angles of the part that needs to be removed. Just pry it out from the arm
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I think stock work great, how much better can these be?
I don't think they can work ANY better than new stock ones. Most people are comparing new Bosch Icon wipers with worn Bosch stock wipers..
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The first picture with the finger representing the arm shows how the piece sticks out from the arm. The other pictures are various angles of the part that needs to be removed. Just pry it out from the arm
Thanks for the clarification. I didn't bother to try to fix it because I assumed it was a "wear in" issue, but after I looked at my car using your pics, I knew exactly what you were talking about. I pulled the part out, and it worked like a charm. I hope everyone that has this problem takes two minutes out of their day to fix it. Thanks again.



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I don't think they can work ANY better than new stock ones. Most people are comparing new Bosch Icon wipers with worn Bosch stock wipers..
I agree that new blades make a big difference, but the real difference is this. 1) They should last a little longer (no big deal), but more importantly, 2) Try using your wipers in the rain at higher speeds...say 70+. Normal wipers will tend to skip across the windshield and leave a little water behind. I use to just shut them off at those speeds. In contrast, the Icons stay glued down and work quietly and perfectly, even at high speed.


One more thing for everyone. If you have a local Kragen around you, the Icons are on sale this month. I got mine for $32 after rebate. Great deal!!
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The first picture with the finger representing the arm shows how the piece sticks out from the arm. The other pictures are various angles of the part that needs to be removed. Just pry it out from the arm
Thanks for the info! I just did this and they now work perfect.
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Anyone have a good Canadian source (or US source willing to ship to Canada) for the 422a driver's side wiper? Tom @ EAS only has the 420b's... so I have 2 b's and no a's!
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I've got the 424A for the driver and the 420A for the passenger. For those of you running the 422A on the driver side, the 424A works (fits) well and wipes a larger area. I am happy with these wipers. To me, they work just as good as the stock ones. I also think that the Icon's look more sleek and low profile. I got mine at my local AutoZone.
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