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    Post New: APEX EC-7 Wheel Released



    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.

    An optimized car setup begins with the perfect wheel fitment. Without the perfect offsets, maximum tire widths and the potential of your car are always compromised. With this in mind, the EC-7 has three unique face profiles ranging from shallow to deep concavity resulting in 13 unique 18″ sizes. This wide range of fitments allows for vehicle-specific caliper clearance, offsets, and tire widths, creating the most optimal setup possible.

    Available Sizes and Weights:
    18x8.5" ET45 - 19.55lbs
    18x8.5" ET35 - 20.10lbs
    18x9.0" ET42 - 20.75lbs
    18x9.0" ET31 - 21.25lbs
    18x9.5" ET58 - 20.65lbs
    18x9.5" ET43 - 21.55lbs
    18x9.5" ET35 - 21.70lbs
    18x9.5" ET22 - 21.75lbs
    18x10" ET43 - 21.70lbs
    18x10" ET33 - 22.50lbs
    18x10" ET25 - 22.45lbs
    18x10.5" ET27 - 22.50lbs
    18x11" ET25 - 23.35lbs

    Available Finishes
    Race Silver
    Anthracite
    Satin Black

    The EC-7 adds 7 new BMW sizes not available in the ARC-8 design. The 3 face profiles offer maximum concavity and reduced weight. This avoids the common adaptation of a single face profile for unintended fitments or dependency on spacers.



    The EC-7′s spoke profile has been designed with a curve to provide additional caliper clearance. It can clear a BBK spacer free on applications where the ARC-8 could not. A significant improvement to the EC-7 is the increased barrel clearance that now allows for the 18″ version of this wheel to properly clear the Brembo 380mm BBK. A detailed list of which wheels can clear which brake kits will be made available.

    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 APEX center caps.



    The EC-7 prototypes have arrived and we will be test fitting on numerous applications (fitment photos to come). After VIA crush testing and certification the expected arrival date for the first batch is July.

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    This thread will be used as a technical discussion for the fitment of these wheels.
    Last edited by paintpro21; 07-27-2012 at 08:23 PM.

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    Nevermind. Missed a line of the post. They look great!
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    wow... these are awesome. Will have to get a set of these when I can afford to use my arc 8s as dedicated track wheels :o Love your products!

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    gotta say I LOVE them... kinda reminds me of the M3 GTS wheels a bit. Very motorsport inspired, love em.
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    REALLY......ugh these wheels look amazing..... i just bought a set of ARC 8's but they might be going up for sale......are you guys doing group buys anytime soon?

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    Amazing.
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    I just updated the size list by adding 18x10" ET43 with weight info.

    Quote Originally Posted by BimmerFreak View Post
    Amazing.
    How would these work on a E92 M3?
    18x9.5" ET22 - 21.75lbs
    18x11" ET25 - 23.35lbs
    The fronts were designed for the E9X M3 as a clean fit. The 18x11 rears will fit depending on the tire used and may require a roll depending on ride height. 18x10.5" ET27 rear is proven to fit easily and cleanly with 285's and 295's.

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    these are GORGEOUS!!! wish they were lighter, sure, but for the price im guessing they'll come out at, I don't htink these will be beatable. I certainly appreciate the extra rigidity to address the current wheel failure issue and would also rather not risk one exploding and putting me and $XX,XXX worth of fancy metal through a wall

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintpro21 View Post
    I just updated the size list by adding 18x10" ET43 with weight info.



    The fronts were designed for the E9X M3 as a clean fit. The 18x11 rears will fit depending on the tire used and may require a roll depending on ride height. 18x10.5" ET27 rear is proven to fit easily and cleanly with 285's and 295's.
    Can you actually roll the E90 rear? Seems like its just a thin wall. What are you recommending for a square setup?
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    great looking wheel -- too bad it's not coming in 17" sizes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Car54 View Post
    Can you actually roll the E90 rear? Seems like its just a thin wall. What are you recommending for a square setup?
    There is a little material to work with, which is why the 11's will not work for most people. It's a niche fitment that will be on race cars mostly.

    The set that almost all E9X M3 owners pick up is 18x10" ET25 square with 275/35/18's. It's a direct bolt on, rub free setup, even with r-compounds. The car has great front and rear clearance.

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    I will have to see if I can run 295 slicks on the 18x11, E36, Pennon flares

    I guess I need to see if I can even get 295/18 slicks!

    I have the Arc 8 in 18x10.5 with 285 slicks planed, have some 295 A6 tires on them at the moment.

    Beautiful new wheel, thanks for bringing such quality wheels to the market for great prices

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    Group buy anytime in the near future?

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    Wow these look ridiculously good. I agree that they look like an hommage to the old M3 GTS wheels. FANTASTIC.
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    I'm in San Jose, and have a 1M w/ stock suspension. Happy to make myself available for a test fit.

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    These look sexy!! I will def be putting these on my e36 M3 Track car. Most likely 18x9's all the way around. Great stuff.

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    I already called about a pre order, I want at least 2 but maybe 3 sets of 18x11's and would of loved being the first on the list

    I have to wait until they start the GB though but it will be worth it!

    I plan to run 285 slicks on them.

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    Wonder if that 11 rear would fit the shoe...

    11 et 25 = 42mm less inside clearance and extend outside 8mm looks like a 5mm spacer would flush out perfect. Front appears it will probably need some camber plates

    I wish I was in Cali I'd come test fit tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by timsev View Post
    pics on car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elliott95 View Post
    REALLY......ugh these wheels look amazing..... i just bought a set of ARC 8's but they might be going up for sale......are you guys doing group buys anytime soon?
    PM me if you decide to sell your arc 8s

    Quote Originally Posted by paintpro21 View Post
    There is a little material to work with, which is why the 11's will not work for most people. It's a niche fitment that will be on race cars mostly.

    The set that almost all E9X M3 owners pick up is 18x10" ET25 square with 275/35/18's. It's a direct bolt on, rub free setup, even with r-compounds. The car has great front and rear clearance.

    Also fits 1M
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    Quote Originally Posted by raamaudio View Post
    I will have to see if I can run 295 slicks on the 18x11, E36, Pennon flares

    I guess I need to see if I can even get 295/18 slicks!

    I have the Arc 8 in 18x10.5 with 285 slicks planed, have some 295 A6 tires on them at the moment.

    Beautiful new wheel, thanks for bringing such quality wheels to the market for great prices

    Rick

    If you are considering the Hoosier A6 in 285 or 295 the 285/30 (10.9") is actually wider than the 295/30 (10.8") and wider than the 295/40 (10.5"). It is that crazy Hoosier math where a 255 and 275 are the same width. I am running the 285 on a 10" rim without issues.

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