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Two New Potential Wheel Designs

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We just unveiled two new potential wheel designs. They would be the new solution for those who want the EC-7’s great brake clearance, but with the ARC-8’s lighter weight.

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Redesigned and Reinforced APEX Wheel Studs

APEX BMW Wheel Stud Kits

It’s a good time to upgrade your wheel studs

Redesigned APEX wheel studs feature an improved shoulder design to reduce stress risers and stud failure. 75mm and 90mm versions are available with a true bullet-nose race tip for faster wheel installs and a cleaner look, or with an easy to install hex head.

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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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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.

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18″ PS-7 wheel category page

19″ PS-7 wheel category page

 

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New EC-7 APEX wheels for Ford Mustangs

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APEX Race Parts has been focused on high performance BMW wheels since it was founded in 2007. The journey has been incredible with more work than we cold ever imagine, many hurdles to overcome, and great successes. The APEX brand is solidly entrenched in the BMW performance community, but our original goals were far grander.
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New Release: 19″ EC-7 Wheel sizes

APEX is proud to introduce new 19” sizes to our line of EC-7 wheels arriving in June and available for pre-order via Group Buy starting later this month. Originally designed as an endurance race wheel, the EC-7 styling has become extremely popular in performance street applications on all BMW models. We’re continuing our philosophy of durability, fit, and performance with new design improvements and fitments that are ideal for aggressive street applications.

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What’s new?

These new 19” widths and offsets are more aggressive than our track-oriented 18” sizes, and allow for a more flush fitment. Wide widths and specialized offsets make sure these wheels are still a big step up in tire width and performance, and not just an aesthetic upgrade. The wheel’s design has been tweaked to further enhance functionality and appearance. The center pad depth has been increased on all sizes to further accentuate spoke concavity. Inner lips were thickened to increase strength and better handle the abuse from low profile and stretched tires. These wheels include a newly redesigned sleek black center cap made from a more heat-resistant material for increased durability in track environments. Of course, OEM center caps and TPMS sensors still work perfectly.

An optimized car setup begins with the perfect wheel fitment. Without the perfect width and offsets, your car’s performance potential is always compromised. With this in mind, we’ve added 11 new 19” BMW-specific fitments to compliment our 13 existing 18″ sizes. The 19” EC-7’s are produced using three unique face profiles ranging from moderate to extreme concavity. This wide range of vehicle-specific 19” fitments allows for maximum concavity, proper caliper clearance, wider tires, and an overall ideal setup.

Background:

The EC-7 wheel line was originally created to address the concerns of more and more racers and track day enthusiasts: long term durability, fit and performance. With the increase of faster and heavier cars being used in racing, HPDEs, and spirited driving, the EC-7 was designed and engineered to handle extreme abuse on the track & street and offer a wide range of direct fitments, all while producing a lightweight wheel. We’ve taken these strength and endurance features even further with the 19” line to produce a very stylish and functional wheel.

Product Details:

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Manufacturing Process:

Just like the rest of the APEX wheel line, the EC-7 is once again produced using the Flow-Forming technique. 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 barrel, which has the greatest impact on rotational mass. We’ve produced an even stronger wheel by combining the strength of the lightweight barrel with a more robust face design. The EC-7 welcomes endurance racing and potholes.

Designed for BMW applications, the EC-7 accepts TPMS sensors, factory lug bolts or stud conversion kits, and OEM roundel center caps. All wheels come with new APEX black center caps.

Available Finishes:

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Warranty Summary:

2 year Structural, 1 year limited finish warranty guarantees wheels will be free from defects in materials, workmanship and paint finish under normal and reasonable use.

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APEX EC-7 — New Concave Fitment for the E36

This is our E36 M3 project car that participates in local Nasa Norcal TT events. Modifications include JRZ RS Dual Adjustable coilovers, Ground Control camber plates and sway bars, and many other modifications to prepare for time trial sessions at the track. For NASA TT it runs our 17×9″ ET42 Satin Black ARC-8 wheels with 255/40/17 Nitto NT01 R-Compound tires.

This is a brand new, spacer free, concave fitment that is a new offering from APEX: 18×9″ ET31 front wheel and 18×9.5″ ET43 rear wheel.

E36 M3 with Concave EC-7s
E36 M3 with Concave EC-7s

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New APEX EC-7 Wheel Release

APEX is proud to introduce its new EC-7 wheel. This new wheel addresses the concerns of more and more racers and track day enthusiasts: long term durability, fit and performance. With the increase of faster and heavier cars being used in racing, HPDEs, and spirited driving, the EC-7 was designed and engineered to handle extreme abuse on track and street, offer a wide range of direct fitments, while producing a lightweight wheel. The new features offered make the EC-7 the perfect compliment to the APEX ARC-8.

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Studio Photography of New AERO-7 Wheel for BMW 1 Series

With the recent arrival of the new APEX AERO-7 wheel, we are proud to unveil official studio photography showing off all 4 finish of the 1 series exclusive wheel design. They are available in the same four finishes as our popular ARC-8 wheel line, except a new full Gloss Black finish has replaced the standard satin/semi-gloss black finish for this new design.

APEX Aero-7, Anthracite

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