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      03-09-2011, 12:03 PM   #67
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These are BY FAR better images than before and are much more representative of actual. Just got my Anthracite set last week after debating between that and Hyper Black. I feel MUCH better now with my decision. Can't wait to get tires mounted & put them to work at the track!!
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      03-09-2011, 01:10 PM   #68
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Are you still working on a version that will clear the Brembo 380mm kits?
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Are you still working on a version that will clear the Brembo 380mm kits?
Yes, but it will be a completely different design. There's nothing else we can mention about it at this time. We'll post about it as soon as we can. In the mean time we'll keep this thread about the ARC-8 wheels
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I'm looking around for good tires for the 10.5 that are coming in april. There aren't many options at 295/35/18. Any recommendations?

After checking the choices I'm tempted to go 10's all the way around
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      03-09-2011, 04:58 PM   #71
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I am planning on 265/35/18 front and 285/35/18 rear with my 9.5/10.5 set. The front and rear wheel widths will be 1.0 inch greater and the front and rear tire widths will be 0.80 inch greater. You can plug those sizes into Tire Rack and get some good options at a variety of prices. I am considering Continental DW.
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      03-10-2011, 01:37 PM   #72
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BBK clearance: Many owners install Big Brake kits on their cars. Having an 18” wheel that can clear large calipers is a must. Due to the low offset nature of the E9X M3, there are no clearance issues with the concave spokes of the ARC-8 wheel. Barrel clearance was increased during the design phase to accommodate StopTech’s 380mm kit. The only kit that poses an issue at this time is the 380mm Brembo setup.
Thinking about a BBK and am looking specifically at the AP Racing or StopTech Trophy kits. I can measure when I get home, but wondering if you happen to know if they'll fit under the 18x10's that were delivered last week?
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      03-10-2011, 08:28 PM   #73
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Thinking about a BBK and am looking specifically at the AP Racing or StopTech Trophy kits. I can measure when I get home, but wondering if you happen to know if they'll fit under the 18x10's that were delivered last week?
What size is the kit?
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What size is the kit?
AP Racing:
- Front: 14.50" Strap Drive Rotor, 6 piston caliper
- Rear: 14" Two Piece Rotor, 4 piston caliper

StopTech Trophy has a couple of sizes:
- Front: 355mm or 380mm
- Rear: 355mm

Does the size of the caliper make a difference? Only measurements I can seem to find are for the rotors.
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      03-11-2011, 07:47 PM   #75
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AP Racing:
- Front: 14.50" Strap Drive Rotor, 6 piston caliper
- Rear: 14" Two Piece Rotor, 4 piston caliper

StopTech Trophy has a couple of sizes:
- Front: 355mm or 380mm
- Rear: 355mm

Does the size of the caliper make a difference? Only measurements I can seem to find are for the rotors.
That AP kit is 368mm front and 356mm rear with small calipers. It will fit fine.

We already know the 355 and 380mm SopTech kits fit

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18x10" Front 275/35/18 - 18x10.5" Rear 295/35/18 – Preferred setup
What would this set-up look like (any pics) on a stock 2008 M3 coupe?

I am looking for street set-up only. I would like a good offset and fitment that would fill up the wheels (more flush) than stock, but no rubbing.
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      03-19-2011, 10:40 AM   #77
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If I'm just going to use these as Track wheels, and don't mind the warning light, any reason I can't do without the TPMS?
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      03-21-2011, 01:26 PM   #78
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Success at the track!

Just wanted to post an update on my setup for anyone who may be considering something similar. I have the following:
  • Wheels: 18x10 APEX ARC-8's, square (anthracite)
  • Tires: Grand Am Continental Challenge scrubs from Turner, 275/35-18
  • Spacers: 15mm TMS (front), 12.5mm TMS (rear)
  • Suspension: Ground Control conversion kit, lowered 1/2" all the way aroiund
  • Alignment: -2.6 Front, -1.97 Rear (0 toe at my shops recommendation)

First, there isn't any rubbing. Anywhere.

Second, GORGEOUS. (giant FAIL for the camera being left at home...) Edit: Picture in action from this past weekend:


Third, handling was spectacular. I'm fairly certain I took 3-4 seconds off my best time from last year. (secondary FAIL on my part for opting out of renting a transponder yesterday)

Fourth,

Edit: The photog that was out finally posted pics. Here's a link so you can see for yourselves... I don't have copyright to it, so it goes straight to his site & is watermarked.
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      03-21-2011, 01:27 PM   #79
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If I'm just going to use these as Track wheels, and don't mind the warning light, any reason I can't do without the TPMS?
Nope.
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      03-22-2011, 12:58 PM   #80
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What would this set-up look like (any pics) on a stock 2008 M3 coupe?

I would like a good offset and fitment that would fill up the wheels (more flush) than stock, but no rubbing.
If you're going for a street only setup, then you may not want that much front rubber to cut down on tramlining. The 18x9.5" et22 wheel with a 265 would be a better option. The offset would make it a flush setup. I don't have photographs of this fitment at this time, but will post them as soon as possible.

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If I'm just going to use these as Track wheels, and don't mind the warning light, any reason I can't do without the TPMS?
Most people don't install TPMS sensors for track day wheels and just ignore the simple light on the dash.
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      03-30-2011, 10:17 PM   #81
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Will these ever be available in a 19" size?
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If you're going for a street only setup, then you may not want that much front rubber to cut down on tramlining. The 18x9.5" et22 wheel with a 265 would be a better option. The offset would make it a flush setup. I don't have photographs of this fitment at this time, but will post them as soon as possible.



Most people don't install TPMS sensors for track day wheels and just ignore the simple light on the dash.
I kind of like having the TPMS sensors at the track. I haven't had any issues with but a friend of mine did with a tire and it was an early warning. Less concerned on the street really, as I don't drive 150mph there.
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Will these ever be available in a 19" size?
19's are not a performance oriented modification. There is almost zero r-compound tire selection in that size, and they are an unnecessary weight increase over 18" wheels. This is a technical discussion of the 18" wheels, and not a commercial post, but I can say that although anything can be made with enough demand, we don't currently have the intentions of producing this design in 19".


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I kind of like having the TPMS sensors at the track. I haven't had any issues with but a friend of mine did with a tire and it was an early warning. Less concerned on the street really, as I don't drive 150mph there.
Early warning of what?
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Early warning of what?
TPMS have saved my butt twice now on my track wheels. Once was early warning that I had a slow leak due to loose valve stem (the warning light goes on when there is a slight pressure drop in one tire).
The second time was a nail puncture on the way to the track that allowed me to safely pull off to the side of the road immediately after it happened.
I am absolutely putting tpms in all the wheels I ever own!

Can't wait to pick up my ARC-8's tomorrow!
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TPMS have saved my butt twice now on my track wheels. Once was early warning that I had a slow leak due to loose valve stem (the warning light goes on when there is a slight pressure drop in one tire).
The second time was a nail puncture on the way to the track that allowed me to safely pull off to the side of the road immediately after it happened.
I am absolutely putting tpms in all the wheels I ever own!

Can't wait to pick up my ARC-8's tomorrow!
Interesting. I was trying to understand what on track specific failures were happening that a driver wouldn't feel as a changing in handling, and then come in on their own.
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I've had a tire go down between the last corner and T1 before...TPMS would have been handy, probably would have braked at the 3 instead of the 1...
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My wheels get here this week and i've just now started looking at tires.

My spec is 18x9.5" ET22 and 18x10.5" ET27 as many of you.
I'd like to run Toyo R888's as i have experience with this tire on my Elise.

Can i run the 275/35ZR18 on the fronts and 295/30ZR18 rear?

I link for the sizing table is here
http://toyotires.com/tire/pattern/proxes-r888
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Might even be able to get away with the 305/35's. The 295/30's will be a little short which might make it easier to overheat the R888's. They don't like wheelspin in my experience
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