Getting the gear is near pointless, since I can just buy from the fleet stores if I want to.
Actually the Borg engines are faster than the fleet store ones.
Yes, but I have the engines still from the old STF store and on my oldest toons back from the day when you had to do the hour long most difficult mission incarnation.
And no content in the game requires me to actually get any of the most elite gear anyway. once you get the best gear you don't even have anything left to grind for...