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      04-30-2012, 12:22 PM   #1
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Post New: APEX EC-7 Wheel - clears Brembo 380 BBK



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.



Race Silver Finish - Profile 3


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 and Pricing:
18x8.5" ET45 - 19.55lbs - $294
18x8.5" ET35 - 20.10lbs - $294
18x9.0" ET42 - 20.75lbs - $299
18x9.0" ET31 - 21.25lbs - $299
18x9.5" ET58 - 20.65lbs - $319
18x9.5" ET43 - 21.55lbs - $319
18x9.5" ET35 - 21.70lbs - $319
18x9.5" ET22 - 21.75lbs - $319 - M3 Fitment
18x10" ET43 - 21.70lbs - $329
18x10" ET33 - 22.50lbs - $329
18x10" ET25 - 22.45lbs - $329 - M3 Fitment
18x10.5" ET27 - 22.50lbs - $349 - M3 Fitment
18x11" ET25 - 23.35lbs - $359 - M3 Fitment

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.

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.

This thread will be used as a technical discussion for the fitment of these wheels.

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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All CA customers will be charged 8.75% CA Sales tax.

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      04-30-2012, 12:26 PM   #2
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)...the expected arrival date for the first batch is July.
Nice work I expect these will be a huge sales success!
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      04-30-2012, 12:35 PM   #4
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when can I get a set?


edit: nevermind, I see
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      04-30-2012, 12:36 PM   #5
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They look nice! Though they seem to weight a little more than the ARC-8.
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      04-30-2012, 12:42 PM   #6
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In for a new set when they become available.
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      04-30-2012, 12:45 PM   #7
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very nice!
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win. again.

but no more hyper black?
and price similar to ARC-8?
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One more curious about general expectations for price, these seem like a no brainer. Can't wait till they are available for sale.
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One more curious about general expectations for price, these seem like a no brainer. Can't wait till they are available for sale.
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I understand these are for the track and you can flame away, but i wish there was a 19" option. Also, these look awesome! Good job guys.
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One more curious about general expectations for price, these seem like a no brainer. Can't wait till they are available for sale.
This is a technical discussion about the wheels outside of the commercial section. Price is not to be part of the discussion here. That information is not available at this time, but it will be made available in the appropriate section soon.
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"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"

Is the EC-7 stronger than the ARC8?
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"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"

Is the EC-7 stronger than the ARC8?
The EC-7 is stiffer and able to take more stress than the ARC-8 even though the ARC-8 never had an issue concerning strength and it's been through plenty of serious abuse as well. On the EC-7 this weight is mostly near the center so it has minimal impact on rotational mass, even though its static weight is higher.

As we planned our new wheel we considered the features being requested by customers, the order in which customers prioritize those features, in addition to how our wheels and other wheels like it were being used.

We found that countless racers were concerned with issues plaguing other wheels, and they preferred added strength at the marginal cost of extra weight. It was an opportune time to produce a wheel that could meet those needs/concerns and be a compliment instead of a replacement to the ARC-8.
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The EC-7 is stiffer and able to take more stress than the ARC-8 even though the ARC-8 never had an issue concerning strength and it's been through plenty of serious abuse as well. On the EC-7 this weight is mostly near the center so it has minimal impact on rotational mass, even though its static weight is higher.

As we planned our new wheel we considered the features being requested by customers, the order in which customers prioritize those features, in addition to how our wheels and other wheels like it were being used.

We found that countless racers were concerned with issues plaguing other wheels, and they preferred added strength at the marginal cost of extra weight. It was an opportune time to produce a wheel that could meet those needs/concerns and be a compliment instead of a replacement to the ARC-8.
Thanks, I wasn't in any way implying that the ARC8's weren't strong. I've been pounding on mine for almost 2 years now without any issues
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The EC-7 is stiffer and able to take more stress than the ARC-8 even though the ARC-8 never had an issue concerning strength and it's been through plenty of serious abuse as well.
I can atest to this...my ARC8s took a real beating in Korea. The roads were atrocious. 3 years and still going strong. Which is kind odd that you would add more strength to the EC7. I would say maybe go the other way and make it even lighter than the ARC8.
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YES, so happy they clear Brembo 380mm!!! Can't wait to get a set of these.
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This is a technical discussion about the wheels outside of the commercial section. Price is not to be part of the discussion here. That information is not available at this time, but it will be made available in the appropriate section soon.
Just was a casual comment wondering what ballpark potential buyers could expect since many people here are excited about the wheels. Somewhat OT but... not sure what is going on but seems like vendors are getting extremely touchy (even more than in the past) about anything relating to price outside of the vendor section. I'm not sure if this is being driven by the admins but whoever is driving it needs to relax a bit.
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Will this clear my Alcon 384 kit???
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