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      10-29-2010, 01:20 AM   #1
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Thumbs up //APEX\\ - Official Preview - 18" AERO-7 Wheels mounted

These are the first official photos of the 18" AERO-7 wheel by APEX (Aftermarket Performance EXpress)

update: Official studio shots have been posted in post #29

Available exclusively for the BMW 1 series, these AERO-7 wheels are Flow-Formed to reduce weight while maintaining strength. 18x8" front, and 18x9" rear wheels allow for the use of 225/40/18 and 255/35/18 tires respectively. Designed to fit the BMW 1 series stock or modified, without rubbing.

Current AERO-7 sizes are 18", but 19" AERO-7 wheels for the BMW 1 series will be available shortly the 18" sizes arrive.

The wheels were tested on BR Racing's 135i after just competing in the Global Tuning GP at Laguna Seca this past weekend, where it ran on multiple sets of the APEX ARC-8 wheels, taking second in class.

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Front - 18x8" et45
Rear - 18x9" et50

Weight: Fronts are 19lbs~ Rears are 20lbs~
Load rating: 1580lbs JWL/VIA certified
Finish: Sample set shown in Standard Silver (non-hyper finish)
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      10-29-2010, 02:12 AM   #2
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Ooohh I like these a lot! Something different from the regular mesh! I just wish they were 7.5F/8.5R to stay D-Stock legal
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      10-29-2010, 09:52 AM   #3
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Finally... the unicorn wheels (been hearing of these for a while).

They look HOT!!!
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      10-29-2010, 12:03 PM   #4
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Weight and strength?

Look like a winner!
Weight and strength is posted in the first post. We put the wheels on a scale prior to mounting the tires, but we did not write down the weights. We'll post the correct weights in the near future once the tires are off again.

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Weight: Fronts are 19lbs~ Rears are 20lbs~
Load rating: 1580lbs JWL/VIA certified
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      10-29-2010, 12:46 PM   #5
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How is that lip treating you?
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      10-29-2010, 03:25 PM   #6
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These look better than I expected APEX. Super respectable weight. I'm thinking about them for my street wheels.

onefastman, I don't see much of a lip if any at all.
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      10-29-2010, 05:56 PM   #7
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onefastman, I don't see much of a lip if any at all.
I think he was talking about the front bumper lip (Vorsteiner lip)
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      10-31-2010, 04:04 PM   #8
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How is that lip treating you?
The lip has seen A LOT of track and street use. It seems to be holding up just fine when. I borrowed it to drive to Bimmerfest (1000 miles round trip), and I only scraped it leaving a driveway and a few speed bumps when I could not drive over them at an angle. But it seems to only scrub the bottom and not the edge.
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      11-02-2010, 10:15 AM   #9
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Will stock BMW center caps fit these wheels?
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      11-02-2010, 09:03 PM   #10
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Will stock BMW center caps fit these wheels?
Yes, the APEX caps are replicated after the OEM fitment so that they can easily be replaced with BMW roundels.
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      11-02-2010, 09:32 PM   #11
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These are really nice. Much better than the csl knockoff wheels that we usually get.



Prices?
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      11-02-2010, 09:57 PM   #12
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Good question. Price? When will these be available?
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I've seen this car in person and the tire set up is different 235/40 or 245/40 for the front. car looks great with wider tiers selecion.
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      11-08-2010, 12:32 PM   #14
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Sounds like the car is too low for the street. Still have your teeth?
It sees a lot of track time and rides great on the street since it's on AST 5300's.
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      11-12-2010, 04:22 PM   #15
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Any locals want to try these wheels on for a photoshoot?
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      11-25-2010, 10:55 PM   #16
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Any update on when these wheels will be available or when a group buy can be started?
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Any update on when these wheels will be available or when a group buy can be started?
The wheels will be available in Q1 of 2011. The commercial section is where specifics are allowed to be discussed
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still looking for another local car that would be interested in doing a test fitment/photoshoot
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VIA certification numbers were received today. The wheels are officially in production. Hopefully we can get some additional mounted photos in the next few weeks

18X8.0(+45) : VIA-15-1389
18X9.0(+50) : VIA-15-1385
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These wheels will be finished production in 3 weeks, and we should have access to all 4 finishes mid February once they arrive. We'll post pictures for a color comparison at that time.
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I'm working on getting photos of all 4 finishes as they have arrived.

In the mean time, here are some pictures of the sample set on the AlekShop 135i

The car is new and on a factory suspension. The same wheels/tires were used as on the BR Racing 135i.

18x8" et45 front 225/40/18
18x9" et50 rear 255/35/18







You can see that the wheels fit very cleanly. without fender rubbing issues:
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Very cool Eddy. I love my Apex wheels (track wheels) and this has me tempted to pick up another, darker set for the street tires. You guys are killing it!
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