► APEX | EC-7 Mustang Wheels

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  1. ApexRaceParts

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    APEX EC-7 Wheels

    The EC-7 was designed for long-term durability without sacrificing performance and fit. More and more, faster and heavier cars are being used for racing, track days, and daily driving. Because of this, engineering the EC-7 to handle extreme abuse on the track and street, while keeping the wheel lightweight, was vital.

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    1. They Fit Everything
    An optimized car setup begins with the perfect wheel and tire fitment. Without model-specific attention, maximum performance is compromised. This Mustang specific EC-7 equips S197 and S550 enthusiasts with the precise wheel specifications needed to outfit their cars with a square fitment. This strikes a perfect balance of efficiency and grip.

    The EC-7 wheel includes details specifically implemented to enhance the Mustang owners' track day and street performance experience; offering further-improved big brake clearance around the barrel and a direct bolt-on fitment with standard factory issue lug nuts. With the Mustang-specific EC-7, there is no need for aftermarket wheel studs or lug nuts, and no hub centric rings required for use. Simply put, our wheel was designed for long-term durability without sacrificing performance and fit, while also adhering to APEX’s mission of maximizing value. Corner carving & track enthusiasts: this is your wheel.

    Please note, small spacers may be needed up front for proper strut clearance depending on suspension type, vehicle ride height and tire size and brand.

    2. Brake Clearance - Spokes
    If the spokes of a wheel don't clear your brake calipers, then the wheel can’t be used at all. We made sure all 18" APEX EC-7 wheels can properly clear OEM steel brakes, spacer free. Because of the large variation in clearance needs, APEX produced the EC-7 wheel using three unique face profiles. When the correct profile is used for each specific vehicle application, every Big Brake Kits can clear the spokes spacer free. The EC-7 18x10” ET43 is one of the few 18” wheels on the market that can clear the S550 Performance Package brakes, S197 14” Brembo BBK, S197 GT500 15” Brembo BBK, and more!

    3. Brake Clearance - Barrel
    Designing a wheel with spokes that clear a Big Brake Kit, is only half of the battle. The inside of the barrel needs to be large enough to physically fit large calipers and rotors. Be warned— not all 18" wheels are made equal. The barrel of the EC-7 wheel offers unmatched caliper clearance because wheels shouldn’t limit your choice of aftermarket brake kits, and brake kits shouldn’t force you to run oversized wheels.

    The EC-7 barrel diameter is an improvement over our ARC-8 design. That difference allows the EC-7 to clear massive big brake kits where the ARC-8 simply cannot. This is vital on 18" applications because they are the ideal wheel diameter for performance and race applications. Without enough clearance, most larger diameter brake kits will almost certainly not fit behind typical wheels, forcing you to compromise with heavier, larger diameter wheels. Most 18" wheels on the market make aesthetic compromises to their design that consumers wouldn't even know have a major negative impact on barrel clearance. We 2D modeled most Big Brake Kits available in Solidworks and tweaked the wheel design of the EC-7 prior to production in order to fit as many kits as possible. Contact us to confirm brake clearances for your specific application.

    4. Hub Centric
    All APEX EC-7 wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications, and centering rings are never required for any Mustang S197 or S550 application. All 5x114.3mm bolt pattern wheels feature a direct-fit, 70.5mm center bore. Also, we don't reuse the same centercap design for all of our wheels. Every EC-7 wheel is designed to work with factory center caps. You can easily replace APEX center caps with OEM Ford center caps for a clean factory look. The EC-7 wheels will ship with our Gloss Black center cap that mimics the size and shape of a Ford factory center cap.


    Designed for the Performance Enthusiast

    Light-weight
    Flow-forming allows for a significant reduction in rotational mass by reducing barrel weight. This manufacturing technique allows our wheels to be almost as light as a traditional forged wheel, but without the significant increase in price.

    Strength
    Track duty requires a wheel that can handle the punishment of high lateral G’s, hitting berms, and every once in a while, a small off track excursion. Spoke and barrel design are a major factor in wheel strength. The flow-forming technique uses high pressure disks/rollers to roll the wheel’s barrel into its final shape. This gives the barrel the same strength properties as a forged wheel, since monoblock wheels go through a similar step to form their barrels. We design our spoke dimensions to help evenly distribute loads from the barrel to the center of the wheel. The lack of a front lip, and spokes directly connecting to the edge of the wheel, also add increased strength to the outer lip of the wheel.

    Chassis-Specific Fitments
    Stretched rubber, narrow tires, and fender rubbing are not elements to look for in a competitive wheel/tire setup. All of our wheels were designed with offsets that allow for proper fitment of extreme summer, and r-compound tires without the need for spacers or fender rolling. This means keeping the tire under the fender, and away from suspension components. Track oriented wheel widths are also important as they provide proper sidewall support under hard cornering. Too much rubber for a wheel results in excessive sidewall deflection, which translates into sloppy and delayed turning response.


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    1. FEA Optimization
    We took more time than ever before on this step, revising and iterating our design to reduce weight as much as possible. After countless iterations we removed material from the sides of the spokes in a way that allowed us to increase strength over our previous designs.

    2. Always Flow Formed
    All APEX wheels feature Flow-Formed construction that utilizes rotary forging to produce a strong and lightweight barrel. The EC-7 is no exception.

    3. True JWL & VIA Certification
    Strength needs to be certified. Our wheels were not simply FEA tested in a computer simulation, or in-house tested to an unregulated standard. We conduct real-world crush-testing and all of our wheels conform to Japan’s JWL standard, as well as being 3rd-party tested by the VIA. All of our wheels carry a 690KG load rating.


    Available Finishes

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    Sizes, Weights, and Pricing

    18" Sizes

    19" Sizes


    Questions about tires, fenders, brakes, spacers, or suspension clearances?
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    On-Car Photos & Renders

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    Shown above: GT350 19x11" ET52 EC-7 wheels in Satin Black with 305/30/19 tires all around, with 25mm spacers up front.

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    Shown above: S550 GT PP 18x10" ET43 EC-7 Wheels in Anthracite with 295/35/18 tires all around, with 15mm spacers up front.

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    Shown above: S550 GT PP 18x10" ET43 EC-7 Wheels in Satin Black with 275/40-18 tires all around.

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    Shown above: S550 GT PP 18x11" ET52 EC-7 Wheels in Race Silver with 305/35-18 tires all around, with 25mm spacers up front.

    Product images are nice but we know what you really want to see, photos of our wheels on actual cars. You can check out our extensive collection of photos on our Flickr page here, or we also have a Showroom Gallery on this forum here


    Ordering and Contact Information


    • Hours: Monday - Friday, 9AM to 6PM PST
    • Shipping: All orders are shipped directly from us via UPS. Local pickup also available at our Livermore, CA Warehouse. (Map It)
     
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    KENNY BROWN SERIALIZED GT4 CS BOSS 302

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    Wheels, Tires & Hardware
    APEX 19×10″ ET40 EC-7 square in Anthracite
    Bridgestone RE-71R 285/35-19 square
    Extended Stud Kit
    12.5mm spacers up front (not necessary for clearance)

    Kenny Starts with the Chassis Support
    Jacking Rail
    Matrix Brace

    The Rear Grip Kit Provides the “Bite” for the Rear
    Comp Aluminum Lower Control Arms
    Anti-Squat Rear Traction Brackets
    U-link Rear Upper Control Arms
    GT4 Rear Roll Center Relocation Kit w/Aluminum Panhard Bar

    Dampers
    Kenny Brown Spec, JRZ RS1 Coilover Kit With Specific Coilover Main Springs.

    Front Suspension
    Kenny Brown GT4 Tubular K Member
    Kenny Brown Front Control Arms
    Caster Plates
    3 Way Adjustable front Sway Bar
    Sway Bar End links
    Bumpsteer/Tie Rod Ends

    Power Upgrades
    JLT Cold Air Kit with Tune
    Bassani Exhaust
    Triple Pass Radiator with High speed Fan.
    Oil Separators

    Brakes
    Kenny Brown/Baer Pro 4R Brakes
    Rear Eradispeed Rotors
    Stainless Steel Brake lines
    Hawk Pads
    Kenny Brown Brake Duct Kit

    Drivetrain
    MGW Shifter

    Personal Protection
    4 Point Roll Cage
    Rear Seat Delete
    Quick Clips Harness Attachment
    4 Point ASM Harnesses
    Fire Extinguisher
     
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    Our customer Matt's S197 track setup. He just completed his first HPDE. (@mattthecarman on IG)

    - APEX 18x10" ET43 EC-7 Wheels in Satin Black
    - Squared 295/35-18 Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires
    - ARP 3" Wheel Studs
    - Vorshlag Lugs
    - 15mm spacer

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    What is it with this wheel design?
    It's made by about a dozen different manufacturers, I see it on everything from Mustangs to Miatas to BMW's
     
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    You are correct, and this is a great topic to touch on. Customers often ask, "What makes your wheel different than a number of other options out there?" These are the questions that every enthusiasts should be asking when in the market for new aftermarket wheels.

    The split 7 spoke mesh design has been offered by several wheel companies over the years, and that is simply due to it's ability to be strong, weight conscious, and clear a variety of massive factory and aftermarket big brakes. With that said, it is important to note that not all split 7 spokes on the market are created equal, even if they look similar at the surface. The genetic makeup so-to-speak can vary greatly from manufacture to manufacture, and this results in major differences in the final product you receive as a customer - how the wheel performs, endures repetitive abuse, what it weighs, how much brake clearance they provide, and more. Furthermore, many wheels offered to customers today are not crush tested to JWL standards and confirmed and registered with the VIA.

    We have offered our Flow Formed EC-7 design for over 8 years now, originally targeting the BMW community where it remains one of our top sellers. The classic mesh design can look at home on both past and present vehicles, and while many companies recycle wheel deigns from one vehicle platform to another, we understand that chassis specific optimization is necessary to ensure each "version" of the EC-7 we produce encompasses all of the important features that enthusiasts are looking for. This doesn't just mean changing the center bore and bolt pattern to provide a direct fitment for each vehicle platform, but also altering the genetic makeup of the wheel if need be to ensure the wheels fits properly and can withstand the added stress which may come with heavier chassis like the Mustang or Camaro for example. Our wheels were not simply FEA tested in a computer simulation, or in-house tested to an unregulated standard. We conduct real-world crush-testing and all of our wheels conform to Japan’s JWL standard, as well as being 3rd-party tested by the VIA. All of our wheels carry a 690KG load rating.

    We offer our EC-7's in three different face profiles, which all vary in spoke concavity to ensure brake clearance is never compromised due to width or offset changes in the wheel. The EC-7 is one of the few 18" Flow Formed, VIA JWL certified wheels on the market that can clear a Brembo 380mm BBK, S197 GT500 BBK, or S550 PP BBK without the use of spacers. Our 19" EC-7 provides GT350 owners with more caliper to barrel clearance than the factory wheels. These features are not necessarily consistent across all split 7 spoke mesh wheels on the market today.

    There are far too many wheel options out in the world from manufactures that focus their efforts on the design aspect of a wheel, and at the end of the day, that is not how we bring value to our customers. The design of our flow formed wheels lend themselves to proper brake clearance, weight and strength optimization, and load distribution first and foremost. Offering these designs in a wide array of widths and offsets that allows enthusiasts to run their desired tire size(s) and type without performing extensive modifications is key. We want to solve the communities pain points, filling voids in the marketplace. Chasing designs to meet ever changing aesthetic preferences is not the fight we want to fight.

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    CorteX Racing brought out their GT350R for our 10 Year Anniversary Open House and we had the pleasure of shooting it in our studio, what an amazing machine!

    - APEX 19x11" ET52 EC-7 Wheels in Satin Black square
    - 305/30/19 Nitto NT01 Tires
    - 25mm Spacer upfront
    - OEM Lug Nuts (GT350R comes equipped from the factory with 3.5"+ extended studs)


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    Here's a nice S550 track car from one of our authorized dealers WheelsCo out of Canada. Great looking square setup with some meaty tires.

    Square Setup:
    - APEX 18x10" ET43 EC-7 wheels in satin black
    - 295/40-18 Hankook RS4 Tires

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    Get your lightweight 18" EC-7 wheels which offer massive BBK clearance this month at great pricing before the craze of next track season hits.

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