Fake or real let me see those bad boys :jester:
Debating if I should get some
Debating if I should get some
1. some things are just for looksWow, never knew there was such a thing as fake hood pins, why not just put the real deal on. I want to get some original '70 style functional pins for mine.
It's for those who don't care about what they do (pretty much nothing on a stock hood, by the way), but still want a certain look. To me they're purely like stripes - stick-on cosmetic stuff. That's the same reason why the factory installs non-functional vents or hood scoops: not needed for normal use, but those who want it can order the real deal. And you have people who think of resale and don't want to turn off buyers with mods than can't be undone. Some are probably not sure they want all their mods for life either.Wow, never knew there was such a thing as fake hood pins, why not just put the real deal on.
I get what you're saying and then I don't. Because I have the same instinctive "not this ricer shit on my car" gut reaction, and then because once you give it serious thought it doesn't hold any water. Lemme explain:Personally I feel that putting "fake" or "replica" parts on your car is pointless. I mean why would you want to advertise something that your implying you have when in reality it's not even real or functioning?
I can understand most of what your saying but I don't have to agree with all of it. Tires for instance are a modification and can be done many different ways with many different combinations regardless of brand or size. So as long as you buy rims and tires and tighten the lug nuts down, then it's all good. Just don't try to make your rims look like $6,000 rims by putting false labels on them when you bought $600 rims.I get what you're saying and then I don't. Because I have the same instinctive "not this ricer shit on my car" gut reaction, and then because once you give it serious thought it doesn't hold any water. Lemme explain:
Vinyl roofs were designed to give the visual illusion of a convertible so they were pure fakery and were installed by the factory back in the day. Now to give their modern car a more retro vibe some put vinyl, others wrap and others yet paint on their roof. Another useless, pointless, not factory, and purely cosmetic mod. Yet it looks great if you're into it (I am).
What about stripes? Why do cars have them if they're not race cars? It's all image and suggestion. Stripes come from the factory or the aftermarket too. Now my R/T came without... so if I decided to put some R/T stripes on it would it be fakery? And are vinyl, instead of painted, stripes not fakery to begin with?
Tall rims? Why do many SE or SXT owners use those? They didn't come with them from the factory. Are they trying to impersonate higher trims? Why does everybody put on oversize rubber, you really think it's for more grip and traction? Or is all this purely a matter of taste? And, more importantly, who cares?
The analogy with posing and upbadging doesn't apply because no one is suggesting performance with hood pins, especially today when no one except old farts know what they are, and unlike wide rims and fat rubber, for example. They're literally 'tits on a boar' and you sound like there should be mammary glands under them or you'll cry foul.
So how to explain fake hood pins? I had to a few times, and on the work order I had people simply write "fake hood pins - do not pull". Real hood pins would also necessitate a lot of explanations even to mechanics these days, by the way.
I also have stick-on chrome door handles because I didn't want to immobilize my daily driver by taking them apart to have them done, with the risk that they wouldn't function properly afterwards. I have stick-on wood trim in my interior because it was easy and cheap, removable, and looked good. And wasn't the factory fake wood made of vinyl contact paper back in the day? You're getting the picture. It's about being practical, realistic, and not taking oneself too seriously, not about being a fraud.
Of course, I get what you're saying because in theory there's a right way and a wrong way to go about mods. But nowadays when even the factory uses double-sided tape for spoilers and badges... who's to say you can't just stick things on and they have to be bolted down or riveted (it was like that in my day)? And aren't manufacturers lying when they make fake vents or heat extractors, or put huge spoilers on cars that'll never see a track and will probably hardly go over 80? Car design, like women's makeup or fashion is a lot about false advertising. So making a big deal about stick-on hood pins is pretty naïve when you think about it. Mine don't say 'Mopar'... and neither do my rims nor my tires. My T-handle does, and I understand it's made in China so I'm not so proud of it, by the way.
Now that the look of my car is solidifying and I'm fairly sure I'm going to keep the pins... I know I'll eventually replace them with functional ones. Just to avoid reactions like yours and to save the time needed to explain why the fake ones make sense. IDMTfirefighter and I have been saying the same thing thread after thread, and it gets old so I think I'll just cave in. Not to fit in, not because it's the right thing to do, not because I need the function, but out of fatigue. :icon_smile: