great original VW/SWF longer body wipers with stronger spring mechanism

time to go wet weather vintage VW goods shopping in sunny California

With summer slowly fading into autumn, getting the wiper body replaced becomes more of a priority with the ever-increasing wet weather here in the UK. Although we’re blessed with numerous suppliers of good after market parts, word on the street is that most of the wiper arm bodies are a pretty poor imitation of the original made in Germany VW items!

So it was time to broaden my search and look for some good quality used VW replacements. So wiper bodies are wiper bodies right? Wrong! As often is the case, everyday’s a school day when looking for Volkswagen spares! From my research on various forums, I found out that VW tried to improve on the effectiveness of the basic wipers, which to be honest, are barely adequate at best! They produced a later body which was a bit longer and had a stronger spring mechanism in it. This was to try to increase pressure of the blade on the windscreen and make it more effective.

a new window sticker to add to the collection – big thanks to NorCal Relics!
a new window sticker to add to the collection – big thanks to NorCal Relics!

Unfortunately these longer bodied wipers were apparently a bit harder to come across these days (not as common). However, after much looking online, good news came in the fact that I found NorCal Relics in California had a decent condition pair for sale. A deal was struck and soon they were in the post over here to the UK

great original VW/SWF longer body wipers with stronger spring mechanism
great original VW/SWF longer body wipers with stronger spring mechanism

So big shout out and thanks to NorCal Relics who funnily enough are actually not that far from where my bus originally came from in California. Very impressive service from them in terms of getting them shipped over and the quality of the wipers themselves. Their nice original aged patina which will be perfect for my bus! Their cool sticker has pride of place on the side window of the bus.

small v longer body wiper arm comparison
small v longer body wiper arm comparison

Interesting to see a side by side comparison of the two different body lengths, probably about 15mm-20mm difference in lengths?

wiper body side by side comparison
wiper body side by side comparison

Time to get them oiled and put on the bus ready for the change in the UK weather. I might even look at trying some different 11″ ‘sprung’ stainless steel wiper blades on them to see if (as some people have suggested) this also increases the wipers effectiveness…

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