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End of an Era

It is with a clear mind and a heavy heart that I write this blog post.  When I started on this journey roughly 18 years ago after purchasing my DA Integra, I never knew where that car would take me over this wild adventure, and what a ride it has been.

What started out as a hobby and quickly became a major part of my life, almost immediately developed into a thriving business that took over my life (while loving every minute of it).  I never imagined all of the friends I would make playing with cars and dabbling with electronics, but here we are 18 years later, thousands of customers, vendors, friends, competitors and I find myself during a part of my business life that is both odd to me, and somewhat comforting at the same time.  For the last 18 years I have been building a business, but that switched a few weeks ago and I now find myself trying to dismantle what I have created with as much grace and poise as I can muster.

At the beginning, when I finally realized this was a business, I told myself I would get out when at least one of two key ingredients went away.  Money and Fun are those ingredients of my professional career and unfortunately one of them is just no longer there, which means it is time to bow out.

I will spare you all of the details, as they are personal to me, but I wanted to put out a public plan for what you will see occurring here over the next few weeks as we wind down.  I have been lucky enough to not only have Xenocron, but I have started other businesses as well and these businesses will absorb some parts of Xenocron that need to carry on.  Race Spec and Syn Garage (which are partnerships if you didn't know) will become a much greater focus for me personally and all of our employees will transition to either of these businesses or any future opportunities I have brewing out there currently.  My team is strong and dedicated, and will bring the same level of excellence to whatever challenges we encounter, and I am dedicated to them.  Some products we have developed with the Xenocron brand will now be sold through Race Spec and perhaps other "dealer" partnerships.  All DYNO/Calibration related functions will be handled by Syn Garage including the scheduling of all dyno related services.  Race Spec and Syn Garage will get the majority of my own personal attention going forward, but I will also be taking a bit of a sabbatical through 2022 to focus on my family while also looking at other possible professional life direction.

On our website, we will be gradually discounting and selling off the majority of the inventory we have on the shelves.  We may be still doing some limited drop shipping of items we can easily get but honestly that will not be our focus.  If the site says we have something in stock, 99% chance its true and whatever number it shows for stock will be the last we have until it’s sold out.  If you have questions about stock, you can always call or email of course to confirm prior to placing an order and we encourage you to do so.

Whatever stock we have left at the end can be sold in lots to wholesale customers, shops or anyone really that might want to purchase a large lot of similar products at an extreme discount, but we will get to more of that later.  Keep checking out our CLOSEOUT/CLEARANCE section for items that get added daily along with the banners at he top of our home page that will promote certain brands that will be on sale.

Black Friday will be our last 'hurrah' for sales and shipping, and we aim to have everything gone by December 17th.   The last two weeks of this year will given to my employees to enjoy their families and their holidays, and I will be doing the same as well.

I will not personally be disappearing, as I do still enjoy this industry but I will be looking for other opportunities out there for myself. What this means is that if you know me and my particular skills, and have an opportunity....let's chat!

Thank you all for the support and time you have given me both personally and professionally through out the years I have known you!

 - Chris Harris

PS - Update 11/19/21 inventory is selling off well, and our current discount on the site for most items is at 15-20% off the price it is listed for, and we will keep increasing through the Black Friday Sales Weekend.

If any business or larger customer is interested in doing a BULK Purchase of items we have in stock, please email xenocron@gmail.com and ask for instructions on how to do so and that can be provided.

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5 comments

  • Jordan 12:10 PM

    Man Chris! We met back in the home made turbo days. Sad to see this closing but happy to see you moving on to bigger and better. Please make sure you’ll be available to tune the civic one last time when it’s ready. I’ll pay you double!!!! Talk soon man Jordan

  • Michael Nielsen 12:10 PM

    Dang crazy to hear Xenocron will be closing the doors, so much stuff i have learned from you on pgmfi.org and on Xenocron.com bought my first chipping kit and basemap from you in 2006 when I was first getting into chipping and tuning my buddy’s cars it’s been a great adventure working with your company and becoming a dealer for Neptune in 2009 and Ktuner on 2014 and ordering products from you guys, thankyou for everything and look forward to see your next adventure in life. Cheers MNTuning

  • Ralph 11:35 PM

    I knew you before you started Xenocron…. pgmfi.com days/h-t. Started out as a diy-er myself, with xtronics romulator and nokia ttl cable for datalogger – and you helped me get on my feet on tuning stuff! great 15 years! it has been a pleasure working with you! good luck on your future endevours!

  • Elliot Fraticelli 01:31 PM

    Thank you for all the company and yourself have done for the tuning community. Still remember the good old post in the forum days from where I first knew about what became Xenocron. As a self taught “DIY” tuner, Xenocron offered both the tools and knowledge to get me and many others going. I will always be appreciated for all you done for myself, my company and also for letting me be part of your team for a time. Look forward to what the future ventures will bring to you and also Race Spec/Syn Garage. Can always count on me for whatever I can help with, industry related or not. Regards from PR.

  • Steve 01:31 PM

    So sorry to see Xenocron winding down Chris, you and your staff have been a staple in this industry for years. I still have a few boxes of Xenocron parts that show up when I am cleaning the garage, some of them from almost 15 years ago when Xenocron was showing the rest of us how to chip/tune hardware that the rest of industry said couldn’t be done. You and your team’s professionalism were both and example and an asset to the industry. I wish you the best in your future endeavors and understand the need for downtime and redirection as well. I hope to see you around in your future business projects. Steve www.e-tunez.com

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