Should Dodge have used hidden wipers?

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  1. Jungle Cat

    Jungle Cat Silver Member

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    After deciding on buying my Challenger Hellcat which to me is an almost perfect visual design. There is no car in the world no matter price which I consider better looking. I am stumped why they did not use hidden wipers? After looking at the huge gap at the rear of the hood it just looks to me like A natural place to drop the wipers in there. I know on modern cars they are looking for the convenience of propping the wipers up to change but that could still be done if wipers are in up position when engine is turned off. Thoughts?
     
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    I removed mine as it will never see the Rain, Threw them in the Garbage, Gone Cya
     
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    You would think the huge wipers hanging out there would be an aerodynamic drag as well. Getting rid of them maybe could get the extra MPH to 200? Maybe not much drag that close to the windshield anyway. Ironic thing is my wipers should never be used. At least not on purpose unless a spot shower.
     
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    Beat me to it.
     
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    Same here...mine never sees rain so I removed them...hidden would look good..
     
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    If you keep rain x on windshield it can save your bacon in an unexpected storm.
     
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    I do and it did...My 2013 SRT got caught out in the rain with no wipers....no problem with the Rain-X...
     
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    Yes, great stuff. I sctually got stopped by a state cop in a snow storm years ago asking me why my wipers were not on. It was a different car obviously. I still laugh at that.
     
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    Check out Skittles' awesome video in the Europe section. Watching those wipers flapping at 189 mph says they should be hidden.
     
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    My fear exactly. I probably will not be obtaining those speeds anytime soon.
     
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    Not rain, snow, sleet or dark of night will not keep me from making the rounds in my Hellcat!

    Why would anyone ever willing park or store such a great vehicle. These machines were made to be driven...

    Thanks, but I'll keep my wipers!
     
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    Great post idea and I would never think about it. I will probably keep mine on due to northeast weather
     
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    I hear SRT monitors this site. Maybe they will take note? This all goes back to my experience with early 70's GM muscle cars. They all had the hidden wipers. It was a good idea 45 years ago. Why not now?
     
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    Rain? What's that? All we have out here is coyotes and tumbleweeds
     
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    I think when they were designing the Challenger body to fit on the available chassis, they had to fit the wipers as best they could, while keeping reasonably correct hood proportions. We forget what a 'shoehorn job' the whole Challenger project was circa 2006, and totally unplanned. It only was to address the outcry by some 'fringe retro nutsjob types' against the 4dr Charger's design, never expecting the showcar Challenger to cause the commotion it did and get a green light for production. To this day I am amazed the current Challenger even exists, let alone the Hellcat variant. With that said, the wipers have an exposed retro vibe to them. We are buying a retro car, right?
     
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