For over 10 years APEX has offered strong, lightweight and affordable wheels for the BMW community. Now one of our most popular designs, the EC-7, is available in both 18” and 19” diameters for your Civic Type R.
The 18x9.5” ET43 is a great rotatable square fitment for those looking to significantly reduce unsprung weight without sacrificing structural integrity. If enough members pledge for this wheel, we will be able to produce them in the specific 64.1mm center bore required for the Type R. If we do not reach the necessary minimum, this wheel will be offered in our standard 72.56mm center bore and accompanied with centering rings at no additional cost.
The 19x9.5” ET43 offers the same benefits as its 18” counterpart, but in a larger diameter. This wheel is being offered in a 72.56mm center bore and accompanied with centering rings at no additional cost.
|Payment Stage Opens||Payment Stage Closes||Ships By|
|5/22/2018 12:00AM PST||5/29/2018 11:59PM PST||Early July 2018|
|Race Silver||Anthracite||Satin Black|
|Bolt Pattern||Center Bore||Weight||MSRP|
|5x120mm||64.1mm or 72.56mm (with centering rings included)||21.55 lbs||$319|
|Bolt Pattern||Center Bore||Weight||MSRP|
|5x120mm||72.56mm (with centering rings included)||23 lbs||$369|
|Wheels||Satin Black EC-7 19x9.5" ET43|
The right solution for every application
An optimized car setup begins with the right wheel and tire fitment, and without model-specific attention, maximum performance is compromised. These fitments are offered specifically for the Civic Type R chassis and will work in a square fitment.
Spokes that work for you
If the spokes of a wheel don't clear your brake calipers, then the wheel can’t be used at all. The EC-7 design offers industry leading brake clearance, effectively clearing all factory brakes and most aftermarket big brake kits that we have come across. Do not be forced into running larger diameter wheels than desired due to inferior brake clearance.
Brake Clearance - Barrel
A lot of room in a tight space
Designing a wheel with spokes that clear a Big Brake Kit, is only half of the battle. The inside of the barrel needs to be large enough to physically fit large calipers and rotors. Be warned— not all wheels are made equal. The barrel of the EC-7 wheel offers unmatched caliper clearance because wheels shouldn’t limit your choice of aftermarket brake kits, and brake kits shouldn’t force you to run oversized wheels. We 2D modeled most Big Brake Kits available in Solidworks and tweaked the wheel design of the EC-7 prior to production in order to fit as many kits as possible. Contact us to confirm brake clearances for your specific application.
One design, many levels of beauty
These EC-7 wheels are manufactured in three increasingly-concave face profiles; The shallowest face 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. This Civic Type R application utilizes our medium profile for the best balance between caliper clearance, concavity, and weight.
More than just a pretty face
The curved spokes of the EC-7 serve many purposes, both in terms of form and function. The split "Y" spokes were carefully evaluated from every aspect to ensure light weight and remarkable strength. Their curved design increases brake calipers in almost every application, allowing the EC-7 to fit where the ARC-8 design simply cannot. The unique curvature of each face profile reduces center pad material as they are optimally selected for each unique width and offset. The lack of a deep front lip and spokes that connect directly to the barrel's lip, producing a rigid wheel with even load distribution.
Form follows function
Race wheels can't just be light, they need to function in a high performance environment. Unlike the narrow lug recesses of most other wheels, the EC-7 wheel features bored-out lug recesses that easily accommodate oversized race lugs and beefy impact sockets. We don’t force you to compromise with narrow aftermarket tuner nuts and sockets. This allows for quick and easy wheel changes and prevents chips and scratches from tools.
The finishing touch
The EC-7 wheels will ship with our APEX Gloss Black center cap, but Gloss Red center caps are available as an add-on. Factory center caps will not be compatible with these wheels, and many track enthusiasts may decide to run the wheels without caps at all. #becauseracecar
Original or Aftermarket, it all works
The EC-7 wheel can be used with all OEM and aftermarket mounting hardware with a 60° tapered seat. Lug bolts, wheel locks, and stud conversion kits all work perfectly. The EC-7 wheel also accepts wheel spacers without issue. The shallow rear chamfer allows the wheel to remain hub centric even when 5mm flat spacers are used. The chamfer is deep enough to clear the chamfered lip found on some aftermarket spacers that would typically cause improper seating of the wheel and, therefore, wheel vibration.
Benefits of forging, without the pain
All APEX wheels are produced using the Flow-Forming technique. This process significantly reduces weight in the barrel, which has the greatest impact on rotational mass. During the manufacturing process, rollers apply high pressure to the inner barrel, compressing the aluminum into it's final shape. This effectively eliminates porosity and aligns the grain structure of the metal, which increases tensile strength. The end result of the Flow-Forming process is a light-weight and extremely strong barrel that equals that of a traditional forged wheel at a fraction of the cost.
Testing & Certifications
We break a lot of wheels
Computer simulated stress tests are no match for real world testing when designing a light-weight wheel that will see extreme loads. All APEX wheels are crush and load tested to exceed JWL standards and those results are independently tested in Japan by the 3rd party government agency known as the VIA. Countless wheel companies falsely claim they are tested and certified by the VIA, and so they lack the certificates to prove it. We test and certify each and every design, diameter, width, and offset, separately. We publicly list all our VIA registration numbers which are on file with the VIA for confirmation. Don't trust brands that claim testing, but can't provide verifiable registration numbers.
Weight & Strength Optimization
It's all in the details
Various design features were implemented to ensure that the EC-7 wheel design was as light, but had even more strength to handle the abuses experienced in endurance racing. We began with a beefy, multi-spoke, one-piece design. We built and test this wheel with even higher load rating requirements. We added reliefs in the mounting pad to remove weight between lug holes, where we could safely save weight. The design was then run through Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to further optimize the spoke and barrel design. The result is a lightweight wheel with extra strength in all the right places. Use the EC-7 with confidence is over built for both street and track.
Because being faster is just not enough
The EC-7 wheel is available in multiple finishes. All APEX wheels are finished using a comprehensive multi-stage liquid paint system over a powder coated base coat. Standard finishes include gloss-metallic finishes, and semi-gloss or matte finishes.
Often overlooked, painted or powder coated lug hole seats can cause hardware to loosen or begin the spread of paint chipping to more visible sections. The coating process of the EC-7 leaves lug holes, center bores and mounting pads untouched, which ensures proper fit and torque values.
A wheel you can depend on
All APEX wheels are backed by a 2 year structural warranty and a 1 year finish warranty to the original. This warranty guarantees that all APEX wheels will be free from defects in materials, workmanship, and paint finish under normal and reasonable use.
Free US Ground Shipping
Free shipping is available to members in the 48 mainland US states. Buyers who have product shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, and International destinations will receive a $75 shipping credit that applies towards the actual calculated cost of shipping. Shipping prices shown during registration include the $75 shipping discount.