Recently Adam wrote an article on the RPM/UTI Meet held here in Orlando, FL. In an act of bold assertion, he expressed his opinion and to say the least stepped on a couple… several hundred toes.
From that I think there needs to be some clarification, so some questions have to be answered.
***Once again this is my expressed opinion, you guys have the right to disagree and if you do leave a comment***
Ok, so what do I consider rice? To me rice is any car cutting corners to achieve a desired look or goal trying to be something that it’s not. What I mean, is any car who, for example, buys replica and tries to play it off as the original or lowers their car by cutting springs (unless you know the mechanical properties of the spring and know that by shortening the length you affect the spring rate since most springs don’t have a constant spring rate through their entirety… simply speaking it can be done properly, with research and testing, but by that point it’ll just be cheaper to buy new springs). Oh, and let’s not forget the fake parts that are suppose to resembles or sounds like original upgrades (turbo speakers, fake calipers, or fake pipes anyone?!?!).
That said, I may not like a car because it has certain products or certain wheels but as long as they don’t try to play off something that they’re not then I respect them. I understand some people don’t have the funds to purchase the products they want, most people don’t actually, but there is a difference between buying cheap and going rice.
So, what’s wrong with buying replica? Companies that make replica wheels, body kits, turbos, etc etc take away value from companies that spend time and money developing products. And simply speaking it is a matter of respect, buying original products rewards the company and allows a return on their investment, thus allowing the company to continually evolve and create newer better products. Heck, it even helps the manufacturer lower their prices from a high demand (if the product sells well), aka they can get better more efficient machinery. If we take that away from them who will be the innovative companies risking their resources for new products? All I am saying is you don’t help anyone when you buy replicas, you only hurting the market by encouraging more replicas to be made thus less innovation. Not to mention, you can potentially damaging your car and wallet in the long run. I guarantee you the original will give you much more satisfaction, better results, and a longer lasting product. Oh and if you absolutely must buy replica and there is no where around it… then at least don’t fake the funk.
What about non “JDM” companies? So just to make clear, I’m not a JDM elitist that only wants Japanese products. I just want the best product out there, and it so happens that in my experience Japanese products have been one of the best. But that does not mean I only buy or respect Japanese companies… I respect many American, Australian, and European companies. Americans make great products, just that their best work has been in the domestic market… until recent years where companies have started branching into the import market. Australians also make good products, some of which you probably aren’t aware are Australian. And Europeans have always made good products so that’s a no brainer. Also to some extent my respect also goes out to Chinese manufacturing plants, who (whether we know it or not) manufacture products for companies world wide. Basically any one can make good products, its just all about how much a company invests in quality.
So my last question… Ricers are Japanese parts posers (to simplify it). So what do you call American parts posers? Potatoe-ers? And what about European part posers? Pasta-ers?