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    ► New Stronger & Lighter SM-10 & FL-5 Wheels by APEX

    Last year APEX worked with the community to develop a new and improved track wheel. Over 700 of you took our lengthy survey and we ended up moving forward with both proposals instead of just one. You wanted a wheel that was lighter and stronger than our more recent designs. The SM-10 and FL-5 were developed based on your feedback.

    Both wheels arrive early-mid June 2017, and we’re already working on expanding the number of available sizes.





    Feature Highlights
    • Lighter by 2 lbs. on average vs. EC-7
    • Stronger than all prior designs
    • I” Beam Machining on spokes
    • Revised inner lip design
    • VIA certified in Japan to JWL standard
    • BBK clearance including 380mm kits
    • OEM mounting hardware and stud kit compatible
    • OEM center cap compatible
    • TPMS compatible

    The SM-10 and FL-5 designs are APEX’s first wheels to feature advanced CNC machining that removes material along the sides of every spoke. This creates a stronger and lighter “I” beam spoke design. To get a similar styling cue, many other brands just use aesthetic accent lips on their designs which add material and weight.

    Style is the lowest priority on our list. We prioritize function over form. These wheels keep the superior BBK clearance of our older EC-7 design. Brembo 380mm and other 380mm kits can clear. We beefed up the inner lip by adding extra material, resulting in better protection again bends during serious abuse.

    Like all APEX wheels, these are produced via flow-forming. This process roll forges the barrels, reducing weight and gives the wheel the strength it needs take on the street and the track.

    SM-10 Sizes and Specifications

    The SM-10 combines a straight 10-spoke design with “I” beam machining to produce a lightweight wheel that is a departure from our traditional mesh styles. Multiple face profiles continue to provide superior big brake clearance and maximized concavity for all sizes.
    • 18x8.5” ET35 - 18.4 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x9.0” ET30 - 19.5 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x9.0” ET42 - 19.3 lbs. - TBD
    • 18x9.5” ET22 - 20.5 lbs. - ETA Q3
    • 18x9.5” ET28 - 20.3 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
    • 18x9.5” ET35 - 20.0 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x9.5” ET43 - 19.9 lbs. - TBD
    • 18x10.0” ET25 - 20.5 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x10.0” ET33 - 20.7 lbs. - TBD
    • 18x10.5” ET22 - 21.4 lbs. - ETA Q3
    • 18x10.5” ET40 - 21.2 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
    • 18x11.0” ET44 - 21.0 lbs. - Arriving June

    Profile 2 Face


    Profile 3 Face


    FL-5 Sizes and Specifications

    The FL-5 takes advantage of Dual Flow Forming plus our newest “I” beam machining technique. Still a one-piece wheel, the Dual Flow Forming strengthens both inner and outer barrels while maximizing front lip depth for each unique width and offset
    • 18x8.5” ET35 - 19.0 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x9.0” ET30 - 20.2 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x9.0” ET42 - 20.0 lbs. - TBD
    • 18x9.5” ET22 - 20.2 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x9.5” ET28 - 20.9 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
    • 18x9.5” ET35 - 20.5 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x9.5” ET43 - 20.4 lbs. - TBD
    • 18x10.0” ET25 - 21.0 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x10.0” ET33 - 21.4 lbs. - TBD
    • 18x10.5” ET22 - 21.3 lbs. - Arriving June
    • 18x10.5” ET40 - 21.2 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
    • 18x11.0” ET44 - 21.6 lbs. - TBD

    Medium Lip


    Deep Lip


    Gallery

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    Last edited by Eddy@ApexRaceParts; 05-22-2017 at 01:25 PM.

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    Those FL-5's look so dang good! So many things to save for! Ill definitely keep an eye on these. My dad just bought a set of EC-7s for his mustang and loves them.

    It is kind of hard to tell from the pictures but on the 8.5" and 9.5" FL-5 do the spokes stick out past the lip?
    Last edited by fanboi; 05-19-2017 at 08:42 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fanboi View Post
    Those FL-5's look so dang good! So many things to save for! Ill definitely keep an eye on these. My dad just bought a set of EC-7s for his mustang and loves them.

    It is kind of hard to tell from the pictures but on the 8.5" and 9.5" FL-5 do the spokes stick out past the lip?
    Thank you for your feedback! We appreciate the kind words. The SM-10 spokes do go up to the edge of the wheel lip, while the FL-5 spokes end right where the large lip begins!

    -Matt

    - - - Updated - - -

    We love the new design of our SM-10 and FL-5 wheels! Here are some up close beauty shots of the new “I” Beam Machining on the spokes :thumbsup2:




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    Check out these detail shots of our FL-5 wheels which showcase the new "I" beam machined spokes, and the new lip design!




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    Here is another great shot showing the differences between the FL-5 and SM-10 wheels!


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    Here is a first look of the SM-10 and FL-5 wheels in the Satin Black finish!

    Sm-10:




    FL-5:



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    Here is a comparison of all of the available finishes on the SM-10 and FL-5 wheels:




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    Here are some on-car pictures of the FL-5 wheels on a Z4M






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    Any plans to release in 17" fitments for E36's? New wheel designs are lovely by the way.

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    Sexy wheels. Love my 17x9 ARC-8's that I just put on for the summer along with Apex studs and spacers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoshinsha View Post
    Any plans to release in 17" fitments for E36's? New wheel designs are lovely by the way.
    No plans for 17" wheels just yet, but it may be something we consider for the future!

    Quote Originally Posted by TostitoBandito View Post
    Sexy wheels. Love my 17x9 ARC-8's that I just put on for the summer along with Apex studs and spacers.
    We appreciate your business

    -Matt

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