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Post by matthew1 » Fri Dec 20, 2019 12:44 pm

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Re: ARD's address is now a PO Box

Post by Clemens » Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:42 am

Besides Lucky now has to squeeze himself in there to sleep, does that mean any changes to customers? Just curious.
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Post by matthew1 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:13 am

I don’t get how he was a big fish in a small pond, and now it’s gone. What went wrong? I suppose I should ask him.
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Post by matthew1 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:27 am

I've emailed him. I'll report here if anything he says is on the record.
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Post by matthew1 » Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:46 am

Auto response: "Due to our current transition within the business our response time has increased to 2-3 weeks. Please bear this in mind."
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Post by hausmeister » Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:22 pm

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=91843

thats the response I got.
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Post by matthew1 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:16 am

A wholesale business needs a physical address as much as a retail one.

Maybe he’s taking a break during the transition.

I can’t let this go, I admit. I’m curious and speculative.
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Post by matthew1 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:20 am

Clemens wrote:
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Besides Lucky now has to squeeze himself in there to sleep, does that mean any changes to customers? Just curious.
If the box is as big as a Japanese airport hotel pod, he doesn’t have to choose between sleep and product. Lots of room for both 😉.
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Re: ARD's address is now a PO Box

Post by rspi » Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:33 pm

When I was up there he seemed pretty focused on the customers that were in and out of his shop. Not sure if he has closed that down, when I emailed them 60 days ago, I was told they are still in business.

On other medians, many people were really talking bad about ARD tunes, this went on for a few years. As with most public post, many people buy into that stuff when it's not challenged or defended. I got a tune from them this year for my yellow T-5R sedan.

From my experience, many, many people have issues with tunes in general when they do stupid things like 1) not properly bringing the car to stage 0 before dropping in the tune, 2) not installing proper equipment like a oversized turbo and stock injectors, 3) not fixing broken stuff, 4) having a busted wastegate or not adjusting one properly, etc.

Yes, it's a small market with very little fish so it may not be worth the struggle.
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Re: ARD's address is now a PO Box

Post by bmdubya1198 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:59 am

I think I remember seeing on his website that he closed the shop and was just focusing on his products and tunes, but as everyone knows none of that is still available.
I've been wondering about this too, though... everything just shows "out of stock".

The issues with ARD tunes are with ME7 cars, not as much M4.4. Unfortunately ARD's tunes just couldn't keep up with the competition. Hilton is the man for ME7 and Vast for M4.4. At least for anyone not nearby a good local tuner (SteveO in CT and Sovvagn Motorwerke in CA) they seem to be the best options.
Anyone I've talked to who has an ARD tune has been happy with it, but they have all had M4.4 cars.
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