APEX Wheels | Introducing Our Forged Sprint™ Line - Our Lightest Wheels

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    Our forged Sprint™ line was built to be extremely light while still offering a meaningful strength increase over our flow formed wheels.


    ➡︎ 10K ton forged 6061-T6 aluminum

    ➡︎ Stronger Sprint™ spec inner lip

    ➡︎ Side-milled spokes for reduced weight

    ➡︎ Massive brake clearance

    ➡︎ Independently tested and certified




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    10K Tons Of Pressure

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    Our new forgings weigh as much as 120 pounds before machining. To form such a thick blank we require special equipment capable of 10,000 metric tons of pressure. This extreme pressure increases the strength of the aluminum by eliminating porosity and improving the grain structure.


    True Motorsport Blanks

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    Many companies use 3rd-party blanks intended for non-motorsport wheels which can severely limit sizes, concavity, spoke design, and critical brake clearance. We designed our very own blank profiles from scratch which gives us total control over the final product, resulting in exceptionally deep spokes and stronger designs.

    Learn more our true motorsport blanks.


    Side-milled Spokes

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    One of the most significant upgrades to our Sprint wheels is the addition of wider and deeper side-milled spokes. Any excess material that doesn’t add strength is carved out using a precision CNC ball cutter. Side-milling is often deemed cost-prohibitive by others, but for true performance without compromise we believe it's essential.

    ➡︎ 40-50% Wider

    ➡︎ 50-100% Deeper

    Learn more about our wider and deeper side-milling.


    A Stronger Lightweight Wheel

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    Our forged Sprint™ wheels are lightweight without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels. First, we carved out as much material as possible, then we purposefully added one pound back to reinforce critical areas, creating a stronger inner lip and a higher load rating.¹ What’s the point of a lightweight wheel if it’s fragile?

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    Weight Optimized

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    We conducted extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to reinforce high-stress areas and to remove material where it didn’t improve strength. The result is a wheel that is exceptionally light without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels.

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    Independently Tested

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    We don't rely solely on computer simulations or unverifiable in-house testing. We believe independent testing is critical to protect consumers in this unregulated industry. We chose STL, an independent lab in Ohio, to test our Sprint™ wheels far above JWL standards, including increases in testing duration, impact drop height, and total load.

    Learn more about our rigorous independent testing.


    Tough Inner Lip

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    Introducing the Sprint™ spec inner lip, with a unique channel profile that makes it even stronger than our previous designs. So even though our Sprint™ wheels are pounds lighter than comparable flow formed wheels, the inner lip is stronger.

    ➡︎ 32% more reinforcement than our flow formed wheels.

    Learn more about our Sprint™ spec inner lip.


    Big Brake Clearance

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    From day one, APEX has been on a mission to build wheels that clear big brakes. Our new forged wheels are the product of everything we’ve developed over the past 10+ years, including an innovative high-clearance barrel design and vehicle-specific spoke profiles.


    Deeper Concavity

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    Our new forgings were redesigned to create extra deep, concave spoke profiles. Their new shape allows us to make any profile, from flat to deep and everything in between. Each one is optimized for a specific application using 3D laser scans of factory and aftermarket brake kits.


    Paintless Knurled Beads

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    Whether it's a day at the track or months of street driving, repeated hard braking and acceleration can make a tire slip along the bead seat and go out of balance, causing vibration. Knurled beads help, but are less effective when painted over. Our forged line features unpainted knurled beads that stay sharp and maximize grip.

    Learn more about why our forged wheels have unpainted knurled beads.


    Built for impact sockets

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    Track wheels need track tools. Don’t settle for wheels that require undersized tuner lugs or thin walled sockets. All APEX wheels accommodate over-sized race lugs and impact sockets to make swapping wheels lightning fast.

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    Laser-Engraved Specs

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    As track enthusiasts ourselves, we know how frustrating it is to try to locate and decipher wheel specs that have been hastily hammered into the rim or become unreadable over time. With our new Sprint™ wheels, we chose to invest a little extra and laser-engrave the specs on the barrel, in plain sight, making them easy to find and read. (You’re welcome.)


    APEX Forged Sprint Line Wheel Gallery

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    VS-5RS Gallery


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    EC-7RS Gallery


    Learn More

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    18" EC-7RS Detailed Shots



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    18" VS-5RS Detailed Shots



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    Crazy to think, but this is our first ever, in-depth video about any of our wheels.

    Our engineering team put 2 years of hard work into our new Sprint Line and the forging dies that made them possible, so we were compelled to create a technical video that dives into the details. This video has a lot of great content our product descriptions don’t include. After watching, we’re confident you’ll truly appreciate why these features are so valuable.

    If you're craving more content, this should quench your thirst.

     
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    Paging Mustang owners in the Bay area! If you're interested in free professional photos of your car on brand new APEX wheels, we are looking for volunteers for test fitting and photoshoots! Volunteers will get copies of the photos, a discount on a set of APEX wheels, and APEX goodies/swag. If you're interested in volunteering, please email us at [email protected] with your contact information, location, and a photo of your car. All are welcome. Show us what you've got! If you'd like to take an inside look at what these photoshoots involve, our good friend Blake made a video detailing the process of an 18" test fitment on his F82 M4 recently.

     
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    As we kick off the last four weeks of this Group Buy, we wanted to touch base to let you know that our first wave of production is right on schedule. This means we are currently on track to fulfill your orders in the timeframe outlined on the fitment table under the overview tab. Things could always change, but everything is looking better than expected currently.

    As a reminder, if you have only expressed interest and have not pledged, you're not officially a part of the deal to receive wheels. With nearly 400 members interested, some popular fitments and finishes will sell out in the first production run. We’ve already placed a restock order and it should be here pretty quickly, but we have not decided if we will cancel backorders or if we will allow late participants to get the discount and receive wheels from the second shipment. Be sure to come back and submit your pledge to lock in your order now to avoid the rush that always happens in the final week.

    Technical Note
    As a group of track enthusiasts and racers, we understand how frustrating it can be to bend a wheel in pursuit of a PB or podium finish. Whether you find yourself 4 wheels off track on a safari excursion or creating your own driving line jumping treacherous berms, wheels are put through a tremendous amount of stress and abuse in the process – sometimes simply being forged isn’t enough to avoid bends.

    To mitigate this, our engineers made a concerted effort to reinforce the inner lip of these motorsport wheels and created our stronger, Sprint™ Spec inner lip design. If you haven’t already, we recommend you read our technical writeup on our Sprint™ Spec inner lip.

    Blog: MEET THE STRONGER, APEX SPRINT™ SPEC INNER LIP
     
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    When Function Meets Form



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    As wheel specialists we understand that, when it comes to reducing weight and increasing stiffness in wheel spokes, there is a big difference between functional and aesthetic side milling. Instead of milling a few negligible millimeters of depth just to look cool, our engineers optimized our new motorsport blanks to create narrower yet significantly deeper spokes, with deeper side milling that is nearly 50mm wide on some wheels. The result is a stiffer “I” beam-spoke shape that also showcases a stunning aesthetic. If you haven't already, we recommend you read our technical write-up on our deeper and wider side-milling.

    Blog: HOW DEEPER AND WIDER SIDE-MILLING MAKES WHEELS LIGHTER
     
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    Technical Note

    As racers and automotive enthusiasts, we understand that safety is a top priority when modifying your car. In the United States, there are no testing requirements when it comes to producing wheels, leaving the industry entirely unregulated. Unfortunately, this opens the door to shortcuts and cheating by unscrupulous manufacturers.

    Here at APEX, we conduct extensive and expensive safety testing to ensure our wheels are safe, and results are independently validated by a 3rd party. To find out more about our testing process, and why we chose Standard Testing Labs, based in Ohio, be sure to read our technical write-up linked below.

    Blog: TESTING TO A HIGHER STANDARD
     
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    Production Update

    Batch 1: The first batch of wheels is arriving at our warehouse in the first week of January. We are on track to fulfill these wheels in January as planned. We will continue to notify everyone once orders begin to ship out.

    Batch 2: Production is being buttoned up, and we are on track to ship orders out in March without delay. We do not expect any delays at this time and will update everyone once production is completed.

    Reorder Production: Due to the success of this deal, we are already producing additional wheels to arrive a few weeks after the 2nd batch.

    Video Q&A With Our Founder

    Our Marketing Director sat down with our CEO to discuss the in’s and out’s of our new Motorsport Blanks. Check out our latest episode of APEX Tech Talk to learn about the difference between our motorsport blanks and typical “street” blanks.

     
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    Batch 1 & 2 arrival clarification:

    Some of you were confused by our last update regarding the January and March arrival of wheels, and we wanted to provide some clarification. We produced a significant number of wheels, so all sizes won’t be finished at the same time. The first batch is set to ship out to customers in January, and the second batch will ship out in March. We recommend viewing the “Available Fitments” table on the deal description tab for an ETA of your desired fitment.

    The vast majority of participants will receive wheels in accordance with the ETAs listed on the fitment tables. However, with such a high volume of participants, it’s possible that popular sizes from the first January batch run out. Don't worry, we’re already making more and they should be ready to ship out at the end of March. Only once the deal comes to a close will we know accurate ETA dates per order as many people have backup designs and finishes selected, so a calculation can’t be made at this time. In a future update we’ll provide more detail on the options you’ll have once the deal closes, for processing your order.

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    New Mustang Content!

    We recently met up with our friends from Dig Motorsports to shoot their S197 Spec Mustangs at Thunderhill Raceway. These cars are set up with the 18x11” ET52 square fitment, paired with 305/35-18 Nitto NT01 tires. The white car showcases our EC-7RS wheels in Satin Black, and the blue car is fitted with our VS-5RS wheels in Brushed Clear. We look forward to seeing these cars with our Sprint Line Forged Wheels on the podium next year!



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    New Years Eve will limit last minute answers:

    As the deal comes to a close and many people submit orders in the final hours, time is running out for our staff to respond to questions. We’re trying to get back to people after normal business hours to support people as much as possible, but this year the deal happens to end on New Years eve. Our staff will likely be unable to answer questions that come in after 4pm pacific on Friday. If you’re on the fence and have questions. Please submit them asap so we can get back to you before the deal ends.

    Feel free to message us directly through the “Message Vendor” feature here or send us an email to [email protected].
     
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    Thank you to everyone who participated in the Group Buy! It is now closed and we will be in touch will all who ordered. Have a good one!
     
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    CNC sculpted I beam spokes? Yep, we've got that. All Sprint Line Forged wheels feature our I beam spoke technology for increased stiffness, reduced weight, and stunning looks. Check out these 19x11" EC-7RS wheels on this GT350R. Available now and on sale!


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    New video release! Our EC-7RS has a number of great features that are difficult to appreciate when only looking at still photography. This video goes in depth on what makes these one of our best wheels ever.

     
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