APEX Race Parts designs and manufactures high performance, flow-formed and forged wheels for a growing list of vehicle makes. They are constantly expanding their product line with new wheel designs, wheel accessories and other performance and race parts. It is their mission to produce and distribute high-quality performance parts that meet the demands of racing and street performance enthusiasts.
Model EC-7R Wheel Quantity Single Rim Wheel Diameter 18" Wheel Width 8.5" Offset ET35 Bolt Pattern 5x120mm Centre Bore 72.56mm Load Rating 1,800lbs Weight 18.8lbs (8.52kg) Face Profile Profile 2; medium concavity Wheel Construction Forged
Please contact us to confirm the availability and suitability of this wheel for your model.
APEX EC-7R DESIGN
10K TONS OF PRESSURE
These wheels start as a cylinder of extruded aluminum that is forged by a die under 10,000 tons of pressure. This extreme pressure increases the strength of the material by eliminating porosity and improving the grain structure within the aluminium. It creates the perfect blank canvas to start from for the ultimate APEX wheels.
The designs and sizes offered by many companies are constrained by the blanks they can source from suppliers. What APEX found didn’t meet all their needs so they also designed and developed their own dies to stamp blanks that meet their exact specifications. The result? APEX wheels can be made in the key sizes needed for racing.
"I" BEAM SPOKES
Significant material was removed from the side of each spoke on the EC-7R to give it "I" beam like strength. Many wheels have webbing between spokes that create the illusion of side milling. APEX took material off the side to save weight. APEX didn’t add weight just for aesthetics.
“Forged” doesn’t mean strong. Many forged wheels focus on weight reduction so much that they end up with the same load rating as cast wheels. Think all forged wheels are stronger than cast or flow formed? Think again! APEX added up to 1,000 pounds of extra load capacity per vehicle compared to their flow formed line.
The forged line wheel has enabled APEX to release the finishes they’ve always hoped for. Fully polished aluminum, hand brushed with tinted clear, and a much wider range of painted finishes. APEX forged wheels not only deliver performance, but also distinctive new styles as well.
IMPROVED BRAKE CLEARANCE
The flow formed EC-7 featured APEX's first barrel design with Brembo 380mm clearance behind 18” wheels. That clearance is carried forward to the new Forged version. Typical blank forgings can have poor brake clearance profiles. By developing their own new profiles and new dies, APEX wheels can clear Brembo 380mm kits behind 18” wheels and 400mm carbon ceramics behind the 19’s.
APEX conducted extensive Finite Element Analysis to reinforce high stress areas and to remove material where it didn’t improve strength. The end result is a fully forged wheel with an ideal balance of strength and weight.
PAINTLESS KNURLED BEADS
Not all knurling is created equal. To reduce unwanted tyre spin as much as they could, APEX protected their knurling from paint to keep them sharp. APEX didn’t take the cheaper shortcut of painting over the bead area, which makes the knurling smoother and rounder. See and feel the difference.
TAILORED FIT, OFF-THE-SHELF
APEX is known for stocking many niche and spacer free fitments tailored specifically to a chassis. APEX are releasing those same fitments… and more in the new forged line. Much lower production requirements allows APEX to release a wider range of fitments that were previously off limits.
JWL AND BEYOND
Japan’s JWL is a standard for wheel load ratings. APEX's new forged wheels exceed those ratings by almost 20%. Most manufacturers only meet the minimum, while some even fall below—yet they still claim to be JWL. Always verify load ratings before you buy.
Many companies promote their wheels as being certified by the VIA when they actually aren’t. That’s like using the USDA logo on food without permission. APEX wheels get officially tested and registered by the VIA in Japan, and they have the proof to back it up.
A WHEEL YOU CAN DEPEND ON
All APEX wheels come with a lifetime structural warranty against defects in workmanship and materials, plus a 1 year finish warranty. Exchanges are fast, easy, and hassle-free. Contact us for full terms and conditions for details.
50% OFF REPLACEMENT WHEELS
Curb rash or pothole damage on the street? Make an oopsie at the track? We’ve all been there. APEX is proud to offer 50% off replacement wheels, no matter the damage. Contact us for full terms and conditions or for more details.
All APEX wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications to not require centering rings. All BMW specific 5x120mm bolt pattern wheels feature a direct-fit, 72.56mm centre bore.
APEX don't charge extra for caps and design their own to be interchangeable with the OE cap for a clean factory look. All APEX wheels come with our Gloss Black cap included. APEX also offer an optional red cap.
APEX wheels can be used with all OEM mounting hardware, proper aftermarket hardware and wheel spacers. Wheel locks and stud conversion kits also work perfectly.
All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sensors and standard fit valve stems. If you don’t have sensors then select from their metal stems available in multiple finishes.
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