Photoshoot: 19″ ARC-8 Wheels on Carbon Black BMW E46 M3

Rear 3/4 view of a Carbon Black BMW E46 M3 with APEX 19" ARC-8 wheel fitment

There’s nothing better then the look of deep concave spokes. Fitting them on the back of a BMW E46 M3 is no challenge, but if you can also get them to fit up front, it changes the car’s entire personality. This Carbon Black BMW E46 M3 is running our new 19″ ARC-8 wheels in the Hyper Silver finish. These Profile 3 wheels use our most aggressive spoke profile. On this model M3 this look can be achieved with a number of different front and rear wheel combinations, but this particular M3 is running a rather aggressive setup. For this test fitment and photoshoot of the 19″ ARC-8 wheels, we installed 19×10″ ET25 (Profile 3) wheels square. Although this is far more aggressive than what we would recommend for most customers, it visually looks the same as our much easier wheel combinations because all Profile 3 wheels share the same spoke concavity, only their widths and offsets change. On this wide 10″ setup we used Hankook V12 Evo tires in the size of 275/30/19 all around. This car is lowered on BC Coilovers with -3.5 degrees of camber dialed in up front.

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Photoshoot: 19″ PS-7 Wheels on Laguna Seca Blue BMW E46 M3 Convertible

Front 3/4 view of a Laguna Seca Blue BMW E46 M3 Convertible with APEX 19" PS-7 wheel fitment

There’s nothing better then the look of deep concave wheels on a lowered M3. Fitting them on the back of a BMW E46 M3 is no challenge, but if you can also get them to fit up front, it changes the car’s entire personality. We had the opportunity to play with this convertible for a day, but we could only test out one configuration with deep concave front wheels. The Laguna Seca Blue E46 M3 Convertible shown is running an extremely aggressive staggered 19″ PS-7 wheel fitment for street use. The same general look can be accomplished with easier fitting wheel and tire combinations that share the same face profile.

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Photoshoot: 19″ EC-7 Wheels on Alpine White BMW E90 335D

Front 3/4 view of an Alpine White BMW E90 335D with APEX 19" EC-7 wheel fitment

We took our APEX shop car that normally runs a staggered set of 18×9/18×9.5″ EC-7 wheels, and we mounted up a set of 19″ EC-7′s in equivalent sizes. Our 2011 Alpine White LCI E90 335D was tested and photographed running 19×9″ ET35 (Profile 2) front and 19×9.5″ ET33 (Profile 3) rear wheels. A setup like this would typically be used by someone wanting to run a mildly aggressive street setup, as it is more aggressive than our most conservative combination available for the 3-series. For this test fitment we used 245/35/19 and 255/35/19 Hankook V12′s. Since we like everything to be track worthy, this diesel 3-series was already equipped with MCS single-adjustable coilovers and Ground Control camber plates. As tested the car had only 1.5 degrees negative camber dialed-in up front, which was unnecessary to fit these 9″ wheels and 245 tires. Typically this diesel would be running 255 Michelin Super sports up front on a 9″ wheel along with wheels that use a more aggressive offset, so we had more than enough front fender clearance the way our shop car was configured. The ET35 offset of these 19″ wheels in combination with a 245 tire allows them to be a direct flush fitment on a stock E9X non-M, but careful attention is still needed to avoid any suspension clearance issues with some aftermarket kits due to their added wheel width in towards the strut. For the easiest front fitment, or for those looking to run tire widths closer to OEM sizes, the 19×8.5″ ET35 wheel is the right choice. 8.5″ wide wheels with a 235 are an easy fit, and still provide a nice performance increase over stock.

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Photoshoot: 19″ ARC-8 Wheels on Fire Orange BMW E92 M3

This Fire Orange BMW E92 M3 is running a squared 19″ ARC-8 wheel fitment with Hankook V12 tires, and lowered on Eibach Springs. There are numerous fitment combinations available for this model M3 ranging from 9″ to 10.5″ wide, and all of them share the same deep concave face profile (Profile 3). This specific car was tested with a square setup of 19×10″ ET25 ARC-8 wheels front and rear with 275/30/19 sized street tires. Although this is a wide front wheel/tire setup, it is a direct bolt on set up with street tires without the need for aftermarket suspension or camber plates if the stock suspension is being used. R-compounds are also an option with the addition of camber plates should one choose to run 19′s on the track, but suspension clearance is effected by R-compounds, and the unique shapes of aftermarket suspension components.

Fire Orange BMW E92 M3 with APEX 19" ARC-8 wheels. Get wheel fitment help from our experts. Call us today!
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Photoshoot: 18″ PS-7 Wheels on BMW E36/8 Z3 M Coupe

Rear angle view of a Titanium Silver Z3 M Coupe with APEX 18" PS-7 wheels. Get wheel fitment help from our experts. Call us today!

This Silver BMW Z3 M Coupe is running our staggered 18″ PS-7 wheel fitment wrapped in Nitto NT-05 tires, and lowered on TC Kline Single Adjustable coilovers with Ground Control Hybrid Camber Plates. The Z3 M’s fitment shown here is visually similar to what BMW E46 M3 owners would run with staggered concavity when running a narrow front wheel and wide rear. We tested the car with 18×8.5″ ET35 (Profile 1) front and 18×10.5″ ET22 (Profile 3) rear wheels wrapped in 235/40/18 and 285/35/18 tires, which is a direct fitment for this car.

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Photoshoot: 19″ EC-7 Wheels on Jet Black BMW E46 M3

Front angle of a Jet Black BMW E46 M3 with APEX 19" EC-7 wheels. Get wheel fitment help from our experts. Call us today!

This Black BMW E46 M3 is running an ideal staggered 19″ EC-7 wheel fitment for street use. Tires are Hankook V12 tires, and the car is lowered on ST Coilovers. For an E46 M3 looking for a more aggressive wheel fitment than OEM, but trying to avoid any fender modifications, the 19×9″ ET35 (Profile 2) & 19×10″ ET25 (Profile 3) EC-7′s with 245/35/19 and 275/30/19 sized street tires would be the answer, as shown in the photos. This fitment sets the wheels more flush with the fenders than the OEM wheels, and allows for noticeably wider wheels and tires to be used without any fitment issues. In comparison, the OEM wheel fitment is a conservative 19×8 with 225 front, and 19×9 with 255 rear. With a half inch wider width on both the front and rear compared to the OEM 19″ wheels, this wheel setup allows for a better looking stance for the car while still being compatible with the OEM suspension and factory alignment settings. The wider front wheels can even clear coilover kits that utilize progressive V-shaped springs, such as those from KW/ST and Bilstein. If one is looking to run an even wider tire in front, the 255/35/19 can work with added negative camber on the 19×9″ ET35 (Profile 2) EC-7 wheels.

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Job Opening: Automotive Photographer

Apex Race Parts (APEX) is looking for multiple, experienced and passionate automotive photographers to help handle our in-house and on-location technical and creative automotive photography. Initially this would start as project based contract work to test your skills, but could quickly grow into a flexible part-time, salaried full-time, or just remain a contract position, depending on your performance. You would work under the guidance of the Marketing Coordinator as part of a mixed team of other contract and employee photographers and assistants.

Your duties will include working in our studio and automotive shop area to take and edit photos as defined by the marketing team. An ideal candidate will have direct experience working with paying clients on projects with strict deadlines and high standards of quality. Being required to re-edit work already done to achieve a set quality standard should be familiar for you. You will work with the Marketing Coordinator to execute planned photography jobs ranging from technical under-the-car photos, on-location, and in-studio beauty shots, product photography, and any other miscellaneous photography-related tasks.

Your problem solving skills and meticulous attention to detail will be exercised on a regular basis as your output will be required to meet specific expectations and deliver on all requirements of detailed project outlines. Your thorough communication skills will be vital to interacting with the marketing team as a whole. Project requirements will often change mid-process and you must be able to improvise, adapt, and overcome challenges. Through your communication, you are expected to lead and properly schedule and delegate tasks to studio assistants, while making an efficient use of your time in the studio. With direction from the Marketing Coordinator, you will be responsible to bring projects from conception to completion with quality results.

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New Release: 19″ ARC-8 Wheels

Long anticipated, and arriving in September, the APEX ARC-8 wheel will finally be available in 19″ sizes for BMW. The ARC-8 design was first released back in 2009, and originally only available in race oriented fitments in a smaller 17″ and 18″ diameters. The straight spoke mesh design allowed for a strong and light-weight wheel that quickly became popular among racers and enthusiasts alike for it’s deep spoke concavity.

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The new 19″ diameter is part of APEX’s push towards supporting both the race and street crowd with specialized fitments.  These larger diameter wheels are configured to cater more specifically to the aesthetic needs of the street going enthusiast, along with functional changes that better meet the needs of the street environment.

Just like the rest of the APEX wheel line, the ARC-8 is once again produced using the Flow-Forming manufacturing process. Flow-Forming, which has also been called “Roll Forging” or “Spin Forging”, produces a barrel with similar strength to that of a fully forged wheel. This reduces weight in the most significant part of the wheel, as it has the greatest impact on rotational mass.

More aggressive wheel widths and offsets were selected versus our line of race-oriented wheels, allowing for a flush fit without spacers. Now available in 17″, 18″ and 19″ diameters, the ARC-8 is produced using two unique face profiles for each diameter with increasing spoke concavity.  A total of 25 BMW specific sizes will be available once these 8 new 19″ sizes arrive. This new diameter will be available in 3 finishes: Hyper Silver, Anthracite, and Satin Black. Hyper Black will not be available upon initial release. Sizes, and pricing are listed in the graphic below. Weights will be updated upon receipt of final production samples.

Blog-19-ARC8-ProfilesStrength improvements were made to help specifically address the unique abuses of the street where low-profile and stretched tire fitments are used. To help fight wheel bends, we’ve increased the thickness of the wheel’s inner lip. Load ratings exceed JWL requirements, and all sizes have been crush tested in Japan, earning them official VIA certification and registry marks. Additionally, the barrel’s diameter increases sharply after the drop center, improving big brake kit clearance. The ARC-8 also accepts OEM Roundel center caps, TPMS sensors, and comes with our newly redesigned gloss-black APEX center caps.

For those who fell in love with the ARC-8′s looks and lightweight features but wanted something larger, your wheels are now here.

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Job Opening: Web Marketing Manager

Apex Race Parts (APEX) located in the San Francisco East Bay is a fast growing company that produces high performance automotive wheels and wheel accessories, in addition to distributing a range of other performance products. Our success comes from our team of hard working, highly motivated staff members. We work everyday to better our systems and processes to continually improve efficiency and customer service. Although we’ve been in the parts business since 2007, our culture, environment, and growth rate feel more like that of a tech startup.

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The Web Marketing Manager will work under the Marketing Director to support our site and continually improve our customer reach via the web. You’ll take full ownership and responsibility of our online presence and website’s functionality, it’s marketing campaigns, and their overall effectiveness. Customers come to us for our knowledge and expertise, so you’ll work to help our site deliver them an experience similar to speaking with one of our sales staff directly. Your past experience supporting an ecommerce business and other relevant marketing experience will allow you to connect customers with our original content, and optimize that experience for conversions. No training will be required on analytics, SEO, PPC, and other relevant tools/techniques, so you’ll hit the ground running by implementing our marketing campaigns, and supporting the necessary changes and maintenance of our site other systems need. Your past experience working with outside contractors and developers will allow you to cost effectively and efficiently support complex site changes and improvements. Continue reading »

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New Release: APEX PS-7 wheels

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The APEX PS-7 is the first of a new line of lightweight, street-focused wheels arriving in June in BMW-specific fitments. The development of this new line will allow us to continue developing track and race-specific designs separately, while also bringing our expertise and lightweight technology to the typically heavy and aesthetically focused street market. The PS-7 brings long needed improvements to a mesh design that’s been seriously lacking in features, and left enthusiasts with only heavy alternatives.

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Just like the rest of the APEX wheel line, the PS-7 is once again produced using the Flow-Forming manufacturing process. Flow-Forming, which has also been called “Roll Forging” or “Spin Forging”, produces a barrel with similar strength to that of a fully forged wheel. This significantly reduces weight in the most significant part of the wheel, as it has the greatest impact on rotational mass. Even with key strength improvements that add weight in select areas, static weights are reduced by 20% on average versus cast alternatives.

More aggressive wheel widths and offsets were selected versus our line of race-oriented wheels, allowing for a flush fit without spacers. Initially available in 18” and 19” diameters, the PS-7 is produced using three unique face profiles with increasing spoke concavity. We designed these these face profiles to significantly increased concavity on many applications that are traditionally more conservative. A total of 17 BMW specific sizes in three finishes are initially being released.

APEX PS-7 sizes and profilesStrength improvements were made to help specifically address the unique abuses of the street where low-profile and stretched tire fitments are used. To help fight wheel bends, we’ve increased the thickness of the wheel’s inner lip. Load ratings exceed JWL requirements, and all sizes have been crush tested in Japan, earning them official VIA certification and registry marks. Additionally, the barrel’s diameter increases sharply after the drop center, improving big brake kit clearance. The PS-7 also accepts OEM Roundel center caps, TPMS sensors, and comes with our newly redesigned gloss-black APEX center caps.

Performance luxury vehicles deserve much more than heavy cast wheels. The PS-7 combines racing inspired lightweight engineering with desirable street styling, to produce the ideal wheel of choice.

APEX PS-7 finish comparison

 

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18″ PS-7 wheel category page

19″ PS-7 wheel category page

 

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