I have a vintage Barrecrafters Jr. Star Fire SR-45 ski rack. It has four grey ‘suction cups’ on the bottom, where it rests on the trunk lid. These seem to be in good condition, but I worry about them cracking. Is there any way to ensure they remain supple? They are made of a rubber-like material, but they don’t appear to be actual rubber.
The skis are attached by means of black rubber straps. They are attached to the bottom of a post. The top of the post has a hook, and there are holes in the rubber straps to put over the hooks to secure the skis. Two of the straps have a nice curve to them and don’t look to be in horrible condition – but I wouldn’t trust them to actually use. The other two straps do not have their original shape, and they are cracking.
Barrecrafters no longer exists as its own company. They were bought out by Sportrack almost 20 years ago. I’ve sent a message to Sportrack to see if they can supply replacement parts, but have not heard back as it is the weekend. I have little doubt that after so much time, replacement parts will not be available. Any ideas for usable rubber straps?