@scottalanmiller said in I thought I had a lot of gear at home but WTF?!?:
Exactly, that stuff is so silly. I get the reasons that people do it, you have to do one thing to impress the serious people, and one to impress the clueless people who aren't interested in those things. Flame decals, CPU fan lLEDs, chrome axle covers, ProxMox are all "impress the masses" moves. If you do serious stuff underneath, then I can appreciate that stuff. But the lack of substance here is the real issue.
Yeah true, but I think the chrome axle cover bothers me more than anything else haha. So... You are putting a chrome cover on a 4x4 that is generally lifted with large tires, but people are supposed to believe you go offroad. If you go offroad, what are the chances your axle gets dirty? nearly 100%, right? lol
Other issues like K & N systems are generally stem from a lack of knowledge similar to what we commonly see in IT. Are K & N systems generally good and do they help the vehicle? sure, but it is it worth the $400-600 to get a 4-8hp? People get confused by the marketing because they see the system can add up to 60HP. The thing is that you will only get that much HP in a very extreme circumstance. Every motor is different and most are obviously fairly well tuned at this stage. You are not going to be a legitmae automotive company and designed a terribly restricted air system that decrease HP and fuel economy at a tremendous level. It would hurt you big time. Where we see most of these gains is in older EFIs from 80s and 90s when these things werent tuned. Even then you would be super lucky to get 20-30HP. I have never heard of a single instance of anyone getting more than that.
We could compare this to many things in IT where the marketing doesnt necessarily lie, but it is purposely misleading and they make their money from misleading customers.