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


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APEX Flow Formed Wheels


For over 10 years, APEX has been the go-to wheel for BMW enthusiasts looking for the perfect balance between strength, weight, and cost. Our ARC-8 and EC-7 designs address the concerns of more and more racers and track day enthusiasts: long term durability, fitment, and performance. Our newer FL-5 and SM-10 designs provide a step-up in strength and true race wheel features like I-beam spokes and reinforced lips.


➡︎ Perfect fit without spacers

➡︎ Made to work with big brake kits

➡︎ 100% OEM compatibility, no extra hardware required

➡︎ Unbeatable warranty & 50% replacement program


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ARC-8 / EC-7 / FL-5 / SM-10


Designs & Finishes


ARC-8 - 17" / 18" / 19"

The lightest wheel we make. Also the most affordable. A deep lug recess allows for easy access for beefy impact sockets without scratching the wheel face. Available in Profile 1 (less concavity) and Profile 3 (deep concavity). The less concave profile provides increased caliper clearance on narrow applications, while the deep concave profile reduces weight and creates a stunningly aggressive appearance on low offset and wide width applications. Both profiles are available in 17”, 18”, and 19” diameters. Face profile is determined by offset and width and cannot be selected independently.


EC-7 - 18" / 19"

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 light weight and remarkable strength. Available in Profile 1 (less concavity), Profile 2 (medium concavity), and Profile 3 (deep concavity). Profile 1 provides increased caliper clearance on narrow applications, while the deepest concave face reduces weight and creates a stunningly aggressive appearance on low offset and wide-width applications. All three profiles are available in both 18”, and 19” diameters. Face profile is determined by offset and width and cannot be selected independently.


FL-5 - 18"

Gorgeous flow formed lip with I-beam spokes for reduced weight. Both the inner and outer lips are flow formed to stand up to all the abuse the street and track have to offer. The spokes of the FL-5 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. It’s expensive and avoided by almost every manufacturer, but affordable with volume. Available in Shallow, Medium, and Deep lip profiles. This maximizes spoke concavity and reduces weight on the FL-5 design. Lip size is determined by offset and width, and cannot be selected independently.


SM-10 - 18" / 19"

Modern design with reinforced lips and I-beam spokes. Like the FL-5, the SM-10 spokes were also 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) and Profile 3 (deep concavity). The medium concavity is offered on narrow-width applications, while the deep concavity is offered on our wide-width applications. Concavity is dependent on width and offset, and cannot selected independently.



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Fit Matters


The right solution for every application. An optimized car setup begins with the perfect wheel and tire fitment. Without model-specific attention to each wheels specifications, maximum performance is compromised. Each size was selected to find the right balance between a clean fit and the most grip possible. Each design's wide range of widths, offsets, and face profiles result in unique fitments ranging from 8.5" to 11" wide. Each wheel combines these features to meet the different brake caliper, strut, and fender clearance needs of each BMW model. Most vehicle models have options for wheels that range from direct-fit to aggressive for specialty applications. Daily drivers and professional racers don't have the same needs, so why should they be forced to buy the same exact fitment?



100% OEM Compatibility


No need to change your wheel bolts, center caps, or TPMS sensors. All APEX BMW wheels were designed from the start to work with OEM 60 tapered hardware, which means both OEM lug bolts and aftermarket stud kits with the proper lug nut seat type will fit perfectly. All of our 5x120 BMW wheels use a 72.56mm center bore, no hubcentric rings or adapters are necessary. All wheels come with gloss black APEX center caps, but you can also snap-in your OEM BMW 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



If the spokes or barrel of a wheel can’t clear your brakes, the wheel can’t be used at all. We’ve made sure all of our flow formed wheels clear OEM steel brakes spacer-free when the correct vehicle-specific designs and fitments are used. With many applications, even big brake kits will clear spacer-free. The 17" ARC-8 clears many kits up to 355mm. Our 18" wheels clear up 380mm, including the Brembo GT kit, which has long been the benchmark as one of the toughest brake setups to clear. Our 19" wheels clear even the 410mm BMW Carbon Ceramic brakes. View our fitment guides to confirm brake clearance, or contact us if you don't see your setup listed.


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


JWL & VIA - More Than Just a Stamp


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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Additional Features


Hub Centric - All APEX BMW wheels with a 5x120mm bolt pattern are purpose built featuring a 72.56mm center bore. No centering rings required.

Center Caps - We don't charge extra for caps and we design our BMW wheels to be interchangeable with the OE roundel cap 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. Wheel locks and stud conversion kits also work perfectly.

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




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



APEX Wheel Replacement Program




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 APEX Wheel Replacement Program offers eligible customers replacement wheels at 50% off our standard prices.




Fitment Guides



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. View our fitment guides.


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Wheel & Tire Packages




Shop Tires


For your convenience, wheel and tire packages are now available at APEX. Our knowledgeable BMW 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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ARC-8 / EC-7 / FL-5 / SM-10


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Strong and Light:
The I-beam spokes of the FL-5 and SM-10 reduce the rotational mass of these designs while also being visually striking.
Pick up your set today!


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Fitment question: E91 LCI Xi - will the FL-5 fit front and rear in size 18x9.5 et35? Thinking a 255/35/18 tire. Thoughts?
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Fitment question: E91 LCI Xi - will the FL-5 fit front and rear in size 18x9.5 et35? Thinking a 255/35/18 tire. Thoughts?
Hi there,

On an LCI E91, the 18x9.5" ET35 square setup is going to be very aggressive. Typically, that fitment is only reserved for track focused E9X's, due to the significant front camber requirement to ensure everything fits without rubbing.

Here is some additional information regarding this fitment from our non-M E9X guide:

Front & Rear: 18x9.5" ET35 with 265/35-18 tires
At least 5mm front spacers are required for inner strut clearance. Aftermarket suspensions that are known for reduced inner clearance (see below) can not be used with this fitment.
At least -3 degrees of front negative camber required.
275/35-18 tires can be used with additional negative camber.
LCI: Sedan and wagon may require rolled rear fenders and/or negative camber to prevent rubbing.

With stock suspension, a 5mm front spacer is required for inner suspension clearance. If you have an aftermarket suspension that is known to reduce inner clearance (KW, ST, etc), you will not be able to fit this setup. With 5mm front spacers, typically around -3.0 degrees of front camber is required to alleviate any rubbing that might occur. However, with smaller 255/35-18 tires, the camber requirement will likely go down slightly.

If you are just wanting to run 255/35-18 tires, I would suggest leaning towards the 18x9" ET30 square setup. With an 18x9" ET30 wrapped in 255/35-18 tires at all four corners, you can run that setup as a complete direct fit on a stock LCI E91.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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APEX Overstock Sale

Too much of a good thing!

Some of our wheels have been idling on our shelves for too long! In order to make more room for exciting fresh inventory, we've decided to put select wheels on sale! This will be an ongoing sale and the products will be updated every 2 weeks depending on inventory. Don't see the offset or width that you are after? Check back in a few weeks! You never know what might go on sale!

Head over to our website to check out the sale now!
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18x9 ET30 Silver FL-5 for BMW, when do you guys expect to get them back in stock? December like the website says?
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18x9 ET30 Silver FL-5 for BMW, when do you guys expect to get them back in stock? December like the website says?
Yep, that is correct. As the arrival date gets a bit closer, our ETA will get more specific and the website eta will be updated.

If you haven't ordered these wheels yet, I would recommend placing an order during our Black Friday sale. These wheels should be discounted even if they are out of stock and when back-ordered, they will be shipped out to you as soon as they arrive at our warehouse.

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The Flow Formed ARC-8 is our lightest, most affordable wheel, which is why it’s been our best seller for over 10 years. Part of our Classic line, it's a timeless motorsport design engineered to optimize weight and strength.





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The Flow Formed SM-10 and FL-5 feature I-Beam spokes to reduce weight without sacrificing strength.




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Just curious, to be truly a proper BMW fitment, would APEX start offering their rims with the extra five holes for alignments? The same holes are also required for dealer camera and radar alignment.
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Just curious, to be truly a proper BMW fitment, would APEX start offering their rims with the extra five holes for alignments? The same holes are also required for dealer camera and radar alignment.
We don't have plans currently to add those extra holes, however any BMW dealer will certainly be able to perform an alignment with any of our wheels.

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Just curious, to be truly a proper BMW fitment, would APEX start offering their rims with the extra five holes for alignments? The same holes are also required for dealer camera and radar alignment.
We don't have plans currently to add those extra holes, however any BMW dealer will certainly be able to perform an alignment with any of our wheels.

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Yes, I know. I am a BMW Alignment tech.

Wish my own APEX wheels had the extra holes.
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The Flow Formed APEX FL-5

The FL-5 is our only wheel to feature dual flow forming. Both the barrel and front outer lip are formed using high-pressure rollers to maximize strength while simultaneously reducing weight.


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Hyper Black Finish

The Hyper Black finish, only available on our Flow Formed ARC-8 model, is a great alternative to Hyper Silver. Featuring a darker inner barrel and shadow chrome like appearance, it's sure to give your BMW a stylish yet aggressive look.




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When's the next group buy????
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At this time, we do not have any specific dates for upcoming flow formed BMW Group Buys. However, if you would like to stay up to date with any of our promotions or Group Buys moving forward, I would highly suggest signing up for our newsletter on the home page of our website.

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APEX wheels are finished using a multi-stage liquid paint over a powder coated base coat. This coating process leaves lug holes, center bores and mounting pads untouched, which ensures proper fit and torque values.


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The FL-5 was designed with a focus on maintaining optimum brake clearance without sacrificing the deep dish appearance. The spokes feature a curved design made to easily clear most aftermarket calipers.


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