I personally think that they are artists when it comes to bike building. I love the bikes and the show...fake or not. If you really want to get technical about it how many shows do you watch that are NOT staged? HorsePower TV? Trucks? Dreamcar Garage? Yeah, they all have producers and outtakes...
As for as them not building from scratch... didn't someone else build the car that you guys are working on...If you aren't sure look at the emblem on the front/rear. Last time I check their wasn't anyone that I know of anywhere around that has built their own rod from scratch...I am talking hand formed panels, handbuilt frames, etc.... everyone has to start with something right? I say if you don't like the shows, don't watch them and don't ***** about it.