Okay, thanks for the info! I wasn't meaning to be offensive. So as long as it is a passive item it will work without the required stat points? I thought that I tried that with a computer component and when I unequipped my crew member the item's stats were removed from the info sheet, but maybe I was mistaken.
Oh! I don't recall exactly which point, but I had a really big Scavenger ship then the next upgrade in command made me a tiny ship again. Is that the same with the older races too? Kind of disappointing going from a nice battleship to a babby ship again.