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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Thu, May-18-2017, 06:58:13 PM   #1
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Default ► 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
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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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Default Re: ► New Stronger & Lighter SM-10 & FL-5 Wheels by APEX

Any plans for 17s?
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FL-5 in 17's PLEASE.


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17s!!!!
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I'd be interested in 17's as well!
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Default Re: ► New Stronger & Lighter SM-10 & FL-5 Wheels by APEX

Appreciate the comments guys. We know that a good portion of the E36 crowd would prefer 17's, and that is definitely something we can do.

Once we have released wheels for this specific segment of the market, we always have the option of following up with alternate diameters and sizing should their be enough demand from the community.
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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



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it's now June...when will you release the 17"?
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it's now June...when will you release the 17"?
No set ETA yet, but now that our first set of wheels have been produced, we will begin focusing on other sizes!

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