► APEX | Flow Formed Lightweight Mustang Wheels - Built to Perform

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    Questions?
    Call: 925-245-0773
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: www.apexraceparts.com
    Hours: M-F 9a-5p PST

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    APEX Flow Formed Wheels
    Over the last few years, APEX has been the go-to wheel for Mustang enthusiasts looking for the perfect balance between strength, weight, and cost. Our EC-7 design addresses the concerns of more and more racers and track day enthusiasts: long term durability, fitment, and performance. Our newer SM-10 design provides a step-up in strength and true race wheel features like I-beam spokes and reinforced inner lip.​


    ➡︎ Perfect fit
    ➡︎ Made to work with big brake kits
    ➡︎ 100% OEM compatibility, no extra hardware required
    ➡︎ Unbeatable warranty & 50% replacement program

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    EC-7 / SM-10


    Designs & Finishes
    EC-7 - 18" / 19"
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    Massive brake clearance & a plethora of fitments. The curved spokes of the EC-7’s face beautifully contour around some of the largest brake calipers available. The split "Y" spokes were carefully evaluated from every aspect to ensure lightweight and remarkable strength. Available in Profile 2 (medium concavity) to provide increased caliper clearance and creating a stunningly aggressive appearance.​



    SM-10 - 18" / 19"
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    Modern design with reinforced lips and I-beam spokes. The SM-10 spokes were designed to be robust where they need to be, and extra lightweight where they should be. Weight is reduced by CNC machining material out from the sides of each spoke. Available in Profile 2 (medium concavity) for maximum brake clearance and weight savings.

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    EC-7 / SM-10


    Fit Matters
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    The right solution for every application. Our wheels include details specifically implemented to enhance the Mustang owners' track day and street performance experience. An optimized car setup begins with the right wheel and tire fitment, and without model-specific attention, maximum performance is compromised. These wheels were developed exclusively for S197 and S550 chassis, and will work in either square or staggered applications. Most fitments are direct bolt-on solutions, however certain aggressive square fitments utilizing the 11” wide wheels will require spacers on the front axle for proper inner strut clearance. This not a compromised fitment, it is the only way to outfit an S197 or S550 chassis with the highly desirable true-rotatable 11” square fitment.​

    Simply put, our wheels are 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.



    100% OEM Compatibility
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    No need to change your wheel bolts, center caps, or TPMS sensors. All APEX Mustang wheels were designed from the start to work with OEM 60º tapered hardware, which means both OEM lug nuts and aftermarket stud kits with the proper lug nut seat type will fit perfectly. All of our 5x114.3 Mustang wheels use a 70.5mm center bore, no hubcentric rings or adapters are necessary. All wheels come with gloss black APEX center caps, but you can also snap-in select OEM Ford caps for a more OEM+ look. All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket equivalent TPMS sensors, and any standard-sized metal or rubber valve stem.​



    Brake Clearance
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    If the spokes or barrel of a wheel can’t clear your brakes, the wheel can’t be used at all. Spoke clearance is only half the problem. The barrel construction on a wheel also needs to be big enough to clear the sides of your caliper and rotor. Many aftermarket wheels that have aesthetic compromises in their design may work with smaller stock brakes, or smaller diameter big brake kits, but the larger kits will pose a major problem. The barrel of the SM-10 and EC-7 wheels offer 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. We 2D modeled most Big Brake Kits available in Solidworks and tweaked the wheel design prior to production in order to fit as many kits as possible. Good news GT350 owners, these 19” wheels not only clear your massive Brembo brakes, the barrel to caliper clearance is quite impressive. 18” wheels clear a variety of aftermarket BBK’s as well as popular factory BBK’s like the S197 14” and 15” GT500 Brembo setups, as well as the S550 Performance Package Brembo kit.​


    Weight Optimized
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    We 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 flow formed wheel with an ideal balance of strength and weight.



    True VIA - JWL & Beyond
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    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 we have the proof to back it up. Japan’s JWL is a standard for wheel load ratings. Our wheels exceed those ratings. 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.

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    Hub Centric - All APEX Mustang wheels with a 5x114.3mm bolt pattern are purpose built featuring a 70.5mm center bore. No centering rings required.

    Center Caps - We don't charge extra for caps and we design our Mustang wheels to be interchangeable with select OEM caps for enthusiasts seeking a clean factory look. All wheels come with our gloss Black APEX caps included. We also offer optional gloss red or gloss blue APEX caps.

    Hardware - APEX wheels can be used with all OEM mounting hardware, proper aftermarket hardware and wheel spacers.

    TPMS - All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors and standard fit valve stems. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with sensors or you choose to bypass them for your track/race car, then select from our metal stems available in multiple finishes.




    Lifetime Warranty
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    All our wheels come with a lifetime structural warranty and 1 year finish warranty, so you can be confident in your purchase.

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    APEX360° Wheel Replacement Program
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    Let’s face it: Whether you are a weekend warrior practicing at the track, a club racer pushing the limit for a podium finish, or your daily commute involves crater-ridden minefields known as city roads, mistakes happen and parts will be damaged along the way. We are not really a performance company if we sell wheels in a way that penalizes the pursuit of driving at the limit. For this reason, we stepped up and created a program to significantly reduce the costs of properly maintaining a set of wheels by making replacements extremely affordable.

    Our unique APEX360° Wheel Replacement Program offers eligible customers replacement wheels at 50% off our standard prices.



    Chassis-Specific Fitment Guides
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    We know what fits. From direct bolt-on to all-out race fitments and everything in between. We've street and track tested extensively to save you the trial-and-error.




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    Wheel & Tire Packages
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    Shop Tires

    For your convenience, wheel and tire packages are now available at APEX. Our knowledgeable Mustang Product Experts hand pick some of the best compounds available from prominent brands like Michelin and Nitto, and we’ve priced them competitively.

    All wheel and tire packages include free mounting and road force balancing by our trusted enthusiast technicians. We use high-end, touchless equipment and inspect every wheel and tire combo thoroughly before they leave our warehouse.


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    EC-7 / SM-10


    Questions?
    Call: 925-245-0773
    Email: [email protected]
    Web: www.apexraceparts.com
    Hours: M-F 9a-5p PST​
     
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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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  4. Gabe

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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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    APEX 18×11” ET52 EC-7 - rotatable square fitment
    305/35-18 Nitto NT01’s

    30mm spacer in front
    *originally to clear the factory struts, but new aFe coilovers would allow a smaller spacer

    Camber Specs:
    F. -3 degrees
    R. -2 degrees

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    Do not be forced into running a larger diameter wheel than desired due to inferior brake clearance.

    For the S197, the APEX 18" EC-7 wheels clear just about everything you can throw at them. StopTech 6 piston 380mm Trophy BBK - check. S197 GT500 Brembo BBK - check!

    For the S550, the APEX 18" EC-7 wheels clear the ever-so-popular Performance Package Brembo BBK with ease, while the 19" EC-7 wheels provide superior clearance to the massive GT350 Brembo BBK than most wheels on the market today.

    S197 StopTech 6 piston 380mm Brakes
    18" APEX EC-7


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    S550 Performance Package Brembo Brakes
    18" APEX EC-7


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    S550 GT350 Brembo Brakes
    19" APEX EC-7


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    S197 Mustang - GT500

    APEX EC-7 18x11" ET52 Wheels in Satin Black - Square Format
    315/30/18 BFG Rival-S Tires
    20mm Spacers up front
    Eibach Lowering Springs and -3* Camber
     
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    2015 Ford Mustang S550 GT Performance Package

    Rotatable Square Fitment
    APEX EC-7 19x10" ET40 Wheels in Anthracite
    Michelin 285/35-19 tires
     
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    Track/Race season is here and @S550SMOKE isn't wasting any time :cool:

    2015 Ford Mustang GT S550 PP

    Square - Rotatable Wheel & Tire Configuration
    APEX EC-7 18x9.5" Wheels in Satin Black
    Nitto NT01 275/35-18 Tires
    KW V3 Coilovers


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    2016 Mustang GT350 Track Pack

    Square Setup:
    19x11" ET52 EC-7 Wheels in Anthracite
    305/30/19 Michelin Sport Cup 2 Tires
    28mm spacer in front (with R front hubs)
    Gorilla standard length closed end lug nuts

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    Track/Race season is here. Are you ready?

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    Mustang S550 GT

    APEX EC-7 18x11" ET52 EC-7 Wheels in Anthracite Finish
    305/35-18 NT01 R-compound Tires
    25mm Spacers up front for inner strut clearance
    Extended Wheel Studs
     
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    The Boss is back from COTA!

    Drew had a very successful weekend at COTA on our 18x11" ET52 EC-7 wheels, 315 Hoosiers, and Cortex suspension. We wish him the best of luck going forward and more wins!

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    In case you haven't heard, our 18x10" ET43 EC-7 is the new wheel of choice for the SCCA Spec Mustang class! Last weekend Roger was very successful at Portland International Raceway, claiming wins on each day of competition. Keep an eye out for more content on Roger and his car coming soon.

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    I have heard, but I heard something else ...

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