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Old 05-18-2017, 01:57 PM   #1
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New Stronger & Lighter SM-10 & FL-5 Wheels by APEX

Last year APEX worked with the community to develop a new and improved track wheel. Over 700 of you took our lengthy survey and we ended up moving forward with both proposals instead of just one. You wanted a wheel that was lighter and stronger than our more recent designs. The SM-10 and FL-5 were developed based on your feedback.

Both wheels arrive early-mid June 2017, and we're already working on expanding the number of available sizes.





Feature Highlights
  • Lighter by 2 lbs. on average vs. EC-7
  • Stronger than all prior designs
  • "I" Beam Machining on spokes
  • Revised inner lip design
  • VIA certified in Japan to JWL standard
  • BBK clearance including 380mm kits
  • OEM mounting hardware and stud kit compatible
  • OEM center cap compatible
  • TPMS compatible
The SM-10 and FL-5 designs are APEX's first wheels to feature advanced CNC machining that removes material along the sides of every spoke. This creates a stronger and lighter "I" beam spoke design. To get a similar styling cue, many other brands just use aesthetic accent lips on their designs which add material and weight.

Style is the lowest priority on our list. We prioritize function over form. These wheels keep the superior BBK clearance of our older EC-7 design. Brembo 380mm and other 380mm kits can clear. We beefed up the inner lip by adding extra material, resulting in better protection again bends during serious abuse.

Like all APEX wheels, these are produced via flow-forming. This process roll forges the barrels, reducing weight and gives the wheel the strength it needs take on the street and the track.

SM-10 Sizes and Specifications

The SM-10 combines a straight 10-spoke design with "I" beam machining to produce a lightweight wheel that is a departure from our traditional mesh styles. Multiple face profiles continue to provide superior big brake clearance and maximized concavity for all sizes.
  • 18x8.5" ET35 - 18.4 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x9.0" ET30 - 19.5 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x9.0" ET42 - 19.3 lbs. - TBD
  • 18x9.5" ET22 - 20.5 lbs. - ETA Q3
  • 18x9.5" ET28 - 20.3 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
  • 18x9.5" ET35 - 20.0 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x9.5" ET43 - 19.9 lbs. - TBD
  • 18x10.0" ET25 - 20.5 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x10.0" ET33 - 20.7 lbs. - TBD
  • 18x10.5" ET22 - 21.4 lbs. - ETA Q3
  • 18x10.5" ET40 - 21.2 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
  • 18x11.0" ET44 - 21.0 lbs. - Arriving June
Profile 2 Face


Profile 3 Face


FL-5 Sizes and Specifications

The FL-5 takes advantage of Dual Flow Forming plus our newest "I" beam machining technique. Still a one-piece wheel, the Dual Flow Forming strengthens both inner and outer barrels while maximizing front lip depth for each unique width and offset
  • 18x8.5" ET35 - 19.0 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x9.0" ET30 - 20.2 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x9.0" ET42 - 20.0 lbs. - TBD
  • 18x9.5" ET22 - 20.2 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x9.5" ET28 - 20.9 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
  • 18x9.5" ET35 - 20.5 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x9.5" ET43 - 20.4 lbs. - TBD
  • 18x10.0" ET25 - 21.0 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x10.0" ET33 - 21.4 lbs. - TBD
  • 18x10.5" ET22 - 21.3 lbs. - Arriving June
  • 18x10.5" ET40 - 21.2 lbs. - Aug/Sept. Dependent on M2 Group Buy
  • 18x11.0" ET44 - 21.6 lbs. - TBD
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Deep Lip


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Old 06-01-2017, 04:26 PM   #2
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We love the new design of our SM-10 and FL-5 wheels! Here are some up close beauty shots of the new "I" Beam Machining on the spokes :thumbsup2:



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Check out these detail shots of our FL-5 wheels which showcase the new "I" beam machined spokes, and the new lip design!



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Old 06-07-2017, 06:23 PM   #4
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Here is another great shot showing the differences between the FL-5 and SM-10 wheels!

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Old 06-08-2017, 05:50 PM   #5
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Here is a first look of the SM-10 and FL-5 wheels in the Satin Black finish!

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Old 06-08-2017, 09:59 PM   #6
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DAMN those FL-5's would be nice on my e39...
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:53 PM   #7
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DAMN those FL-5's would be nice on my e39...
The lipped design of the FL-5's definitely suit the E39 chassis well

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Here is a comparison of all of the available finishes on the SM-10 and FL-5 wheels:



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Check out the SM-10 wheels on this E46 M3 race car! We think they look fantastic!!





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Check out this E46 M3 with the new APEX 189.5" ET22 FL-5 wheels in Race Silver. These are wrapped with 265/35-18 Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R Tires. This setup requires 3.8 camber on the front and about 2 on the rear.









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Here is a look at the Race Silver SM-10 wheels on a E92 335i!



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For 18"
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which offsets do you think would fit nicely for track use?
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Old 07-31-2017, 06:28 PM   #13
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For 18"
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which offsets do you think would fit nicely for track use?
For your E46 3 series, I would recommend going with the 18x8.5 ET35 as a square setup. You can pair those with 245/35-18 tires! Our current 18x9.5 ET35 would require some fender work in the rear and quite a bit of negative camber if you wanted to run a proper tire. For the best track setup, the 18x8.5 ET35 square is the way to go

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Beau's E46 M3 with SM-10 Wheels in Race Silver
  • Wheels:18x10" ET25 Race Silver SM-10 Square
  • Tires: Advan Neova AD08R 285/30-18
  • Suspension: Fortune Auto FA510 Coilovers
  • Camber: -3.3* front camber (-3.8* at track), -2.5* rear camber
  • Spacers: No front spacer, 10mm rear spacer





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Last year APEX worked with the community to develop a new and improved track wheel. Over 700 of you took our lengthy survey and we ended up moving forward with both proposals instead of just one. You wanted a wheel that was lighter and stronger than our more recent designs. The SM-10 and FL-5 were developed based on your feedback.

Both wheels arrive early-mid June 2017, and we're already working on expanding the number of available sizes.

Feature Highlights
  • Lighter by 2 lbs. on average vs. EC-7
  • Stronger than all prior designs
  • "I" Beam Machining on spokes
  • Revised inner lip design
  • VIA certified in Japan to JWL standard
  • BBK clearance including 380mm kits
  • OEM mounting hardware and stud kit compatible
  • OEM center cap compatible
  • TPMS compatible
The SM-10 and FL-5 designs are APEX's first wheels to feature advanced CNC machining that removes material along the sides of every spoke. This creates a stronger and lighter "I" beam spoke design. To get a similar styling cue, many other brands just use aesthetic accent lips on their designs which add material and weight.

Style is the lowest priority on our list. We prioritize function over form. These wheels keep the superior BBK clearance of our older EC-7 design. Brembo 380mm and other 380mm kits can clear. We beefed up the inner lip by adding extra material, resulting in better protection again bends during serious abuse.

Like all APEX wheels, these are produced via flow-forming. This process roll forges the barrels, reducing weight and gives the wheel the strength it needs take on the street and the track.
Dear APEX,

I asked about the fitment of FL-5 18 inch wheels over 380mm Ksport 8pot BBK. I've been told that 18 inch wheels EC-7 clears good, so I believe if I order FL-5, I'd be without problem that it clears too. I've just purchased them days ago (9x18 10x18).

Hope you can clarify,
Thanks
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Hi Apex,

What is the load rating for the SM-10 wheels. I am located in Australia and looking to compare these as my next set of wheels to the local equivalent. The weight side of it is extremely appealing as they are lighter than my current set up but load rating is important to me also as they receive allot of abuse.
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