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APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels

EC-7R FORGED

Lighter and Stronger than the original. Now fully forged


All New Fully Forged Wheels

An evolution of design and technology culminating in improved strength and reduced weights with added machining features and new premium finishes.

EC-7R FORGED

Our new EC-7R is a significant step forward. Now lighter and stronger than the original flow formed version thanks to "I" beam spokes and forged manufacturing. It’s enhanced with the features and benefits you’ve been waiting for.

  • Forged 6061-T6
  • Paintless Knurled Beads
  • Significantly Stronger
  • Premium Finishes
  • Increased Brake Clearance
  • Lifetime Structural Warranty
APEX forging process explained

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 aluminum. It creates the perfect blank canvas to start from for our ultimate wheels.

APEX forging process explained

To Die For

The designs and sizes offered by many companies are constrained by the blanks they can source from suppliers. What we found didn’t meet all our needs so we also designed and developed our own dies to stamp blanks that meet our exact specifications. The result? Our wheels can be made in the key sizes needed for racing.

APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels I Beam Spokes

"I" Beam Spokes

Significant material was removed from the side of each spoke on our EC-7R to give it "I" beam like strength. Many wheels have webbing between spokes that create the illusion of side milling. We took material off the side to save weight. We didn’t add weight just for aesthetics.

More Strength in APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels

More Strength

“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! We added up to 1,000 pounds of extra load capacity per vehicle compared to our flow formed line.

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APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Premium Finishes

Premium Finishes

Our forged wheel line enabled us to release the finishes we’ve always hoped for. Fully polished aluminum, hand brushed with tinted clear, and a much wider range of painted finishes. Our forged wheels not only deliver performance, but also distinctive new styles as well.

APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Premium Finishes
APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Premium Finishes

Improved Brake Clearance

The flow formed EC-7 featured our 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 our own new profiles and new dies, our wheels can clear Brembo 380mm kits behind our 18” wheels and 400mm carbon ceramics behind our 19’s.

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APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Brake Clearance
APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Brake Clearance
APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Weight Optimized

Weight Optimized

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 fully forged wheel with an ideal balance of strength and weight.

APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Weight Optimized
Paintless Knurled Beads on APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels

Paintless Knurled Beads

Not all knurling is created equal. To reduce unwanted tire spin as much as we could, we protected our knurling from paint to keep them sharp. We didn’t take the cheaper shortcut of painting over the bead area, which makes the knurling smoother and rounder. See and feel the difference.

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APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels tailored for BMW
APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels tailored for BMW

Tailored Fit, Off-The-Shelf

APEX is known for stocking many niche and spacer free fitments tailored specifically to a chassis. We’re releasing those same fitments… and more in our new forged line. Much lower production requirements will allow us to release a wider range of fitments that were previously off limits.

All APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels are VIA certified

True Via

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.

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All APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels are VIA certified
All APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels are VIA certified
APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels exceed JWL standards
APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels exceed JWL standards

JWL and Beyond

Japan’s JWL is a standard for wheel load ratings. Our 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.

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APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Lifetime Warranty
APEX EC-7R Forged Wheels Lifetime Warranty

Lifetime Warranty

All our forged wheels come with a lifetime structural warranty and 1 year finish warranty, so you can be confident in your purchase. See here for full terms and conditions.

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APEX360 Wheel Replacement Program

50% Off Replacement Wheels

Do some serious damage to a wheel that’s not covered under warranty? No worries. Curb rash or even totally mangling a wheel in a car accident is covered by our APEX360° program. We offer replacements for wrecked wheels at 50% off our standard prices. See our full terms and conditions for more details.

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APEX360 Wheel Replacement Program

Compare for Yourself

 APEX
EC-7
APEX
EC-7R
Titan 7
TS-5
BimmerWorld
TA16
Manufacturing Flow formed Forged Forged
Actual Weight (lbs) 21.70 19.20* 18.85
Max Load Rating (lbs) 1,550 1,521 1,521
JWL Required Load Above Minimum Minimum
VIA Registered Yes No* No*
Brembo 380mm Clearance Yes No No
Paintless Knurled Bead No No No
Fits OEM Center Cap Yes No Yes
Center Cap Included Yes No No
50% Off Replacements Yes No No

3rd Party Validation

Registration numbers are on each product page and can be validated in the VIA’s database. Ask other companies for their numbers.

NOT VIA Registered

All TA16 wheels are stamped with the VIA logo and were sold as “certified by the VIA” as of 8/12/19. This logo symbolizes certification and registration by the VIA. We confirmed that none of their wheels have been independently tested and registered by the VIA as of that date. *Update: As of 8/25/19 they now claim to be “tested according to VIA standards” instead of certified, but their wheels still have the logo. Click here to learn more.

NOT VIA Registered

Titan 7 advertises their wheels as being “tested to VIA standards” and they stamp all of their wheels with the official VIA logo. This logo symbolizes certification and registration by the VIA. We confirmed that none of their wheels have been tested and registered by the VIA as of 8/12/19. Click here to learn more.

Titan 7 advertises the weight of their 18x9.5" ET35 TS-5 wheel as 18.0 pounds, but we measured 19.20 on the scale that was used to measure all the other wheels.

Additional Features

All APEX wheels have vehicle specific center bore

Hub Centric

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 center bore.

APEX wheels fit OEM center caps

Center Caps

We don't charge extra for caps and we design ours to be interchangeable with the OE cap for a clean factory look. All APEX wheels come with our Gloss Black cap included. We also offer an optional red cap.

APEX wheels work with OEM hardware

Hardware

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.

APEX wheels work with OE and aftermarket TPMS

TPMS

All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors and standard fit valve stems. If you don’t have sensors then select from our metal stems available in multiple finishes.

Just the right fit

SizeOffsetWeightLoad
Rating
MSRPAvailability
17x8.5" ET35 17.15 1,700 $505 order
17x9.0" ET42 17.5 1,700 $510 order
17x9.0" ET30 18.0 1,700 $510 order
17x9.5" ET35 18.45 1,700 $515 order
18x8.5" ET45 ~18.6 1,800 $605 Pre-Order in March 2020
18x8.5" ET35 19.0 1,800 $605 order
18x9.0" ET42 ~19.0 1,800 $610 Pre-Order in March 2020
18x9.0" ET30 19.2 1,800 $610 order
18x9.5" ET58 ~19.8 1,800 $615 Pre-Order in March 2020
18x9.5" ET45 ~20.0 1,800 $615 Pre-Order in March 2020
18x9.5" ET35 19.95 1,800 $615 order
18x9.5" ET28 19.85 1,800 $615 order
18x9.5" ET22 19.95 1,800 $615 order
18x10.0" ET33 19.8 1,800 $620 order
18x10.0" ET25 20.8 1,800 $620 order
18x10.5" ET40 20.9 1,800 $625 order
18x10.5" ET22 21.1 1,800 $625 order
18x11.0" ET44 ~21.8 1,800 $630 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
18x11.0" ET29 ~21.6 1,800 $630 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x8.5" ET35 ~19.2 1,900 $705 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x9.0" ET30 20.1 1,900 $710 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x9.5" ET45 ~20.3 1,900 $715 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x9.5" ET35 ~20.4 1,900 $715 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x9.5" ET28 ~20.5 1,900 $715 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x9.5" ET22 20.6 1,900 $715 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x10.0" ET33 ~20.8 1,900 $720 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x10.0" ET25 20.7 1,900 $720 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x10.5" ET45 ~20.9 1,900 $725 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x10.5" ET25 ~20.5 1,900 $725 Pre-Order in Q2 2020
19x11.0" ET44 ~21.5 1,900 $730 Pre-Order in Q2 2020

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