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Expected Life Span of Thule 753-3399 Crossroad Roof Rack Feet

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I have 10 year old feet and am wondering about the shelf life of the rubber strap? I generally put them on and take them off so they see approximately a 3 months of sun weathering a year. Thank your for any insight.

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Thule couldn't provide an expected lifespan, as there are many variables that affect the lifespan of their crossroad roof rack feet. Since you don't leave them on the vehicle year-round, they'll last longer than ones that are continuously installed on a vehicle. Also, the bands that clamp around the roof rail have a steel band inside them, so the bands aren't completely constructed of rubber which will make them last for quite some time.

One thing to keep in mind, however. Thule changed their crossroad roof rack feet a couple of years ago, the new model uses crossbars that have slots in the underside, so eventually (they won't say when) they'll stop offering replacement parts for the original crossroad roof rack like yours.

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