Rat= less work.
I personally like "different" so, the current "fad" is NOT for me. I prefer to do what I like as I'm the one doing it and the one driving it.
Paying customers get what THEY want not what I want.
I can dig the flat black look but this whole "trying" to make it look "aged" is a total joke. Unless you have skills at ab work, most look like a cheap attempt to make it look old and are obvious.
What you have NOW is a true representation of what they are trying to replicate so why screw it up?
As long as it's not dropping parts & pieces as you drive,build a solid driveline and make it SAFE to drive and enjoy.