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Apex Race Parts
Apex Race Parts EC-7 Satin Black 18x9.5 +38mm
2015+ WRX / 2015+ STI
Ships for free in the 48 states
Apex Race Parts EC-7
The Apex EC-7
Apex Race Part Wheels. Lightweight, strong, attractive, and road coarse ready. Created with performance and strength in mind with. The EC-7 wheel includes details specifically implemented to enhance the WRX/STI owners' track day and street performance experience; offering further-improved big brake clearance around the barrel and a direct bolt-on with standard factory issue lug nuts.
- Model: EC-7
- Wheel Diameter: 18"
- Wheel Width: 9.5"
- Bolt Pattern: 5x114.3mm
Fit MattersThe right solution for every application
An optimized car setup begins with the perfect wheel and tire fitment. Without model-specific attention, maximum performance is compromised. The EC-7 wheel includes details specifically implemented to enhance the WRX/STI owners' track day and street performance experience; offering further-improved big brake clearance around the barrel and a direct bolt-on with standard factory issue lug nuts. With the WRX/STI-specific EC-7, there is no need for aftermarket wheel studs or lug nuts, and no hub centric rings required for use. Simply put, our wheel was designed for long-term durability without sacrificing performance and fit, while also adhering to APEX’s mission of maximizing value. Corner carving & track enthusiasts: this is your wheel.
Please note, small spacers may be needed up front for proper strut clearance depending on suspension type, vehicle ride height and tire size and brand.
Brake Clearance - SpokesSpokes 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. We made sure all 18" APEX EC-7 wheels can properly clear OEM steel brakes, spacer free. Because of the large variation in clearance needs, APEX produced the EC-7 wheel using three unique face profiles. When the correct profile is used for each specific vehicle application, every Big Brake Kits can clear the spokes spacer free.
Brake Clearance - BarrelA 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 18" 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 over-sized wheels.
The EC-7 barrel diameter is an improvement over our ARC-8 design. That difference allows the EC-7 to clear massive big brake kits where the ARC-8 simply cannot. This is vital on 18" applications because they are the ideal wheel diameter for performance and race applications. Without enough clearance, most larger diameter brake kits will almost certainly not fit behind typical wheels, forcing you to compromise with heavier, larger diameter wheels. Most 18" wheels on the market make aesthetic compromises to their design that consumers wouldn't even know have a major negative impact on barrel clearance. 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.
Face ProfilesOne design, many levels of beauty
The EC-7 wheel is available 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.
SpokesMore 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.
TPMS SensorsThey all fit
TPMS sensors, which monitor tire pressure, are one piece of technology that can't be compromised. The attention to OEM compatibility on the EC-7 wheel doesn't end with center caps. All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket equivalent TPMS sensors, and any standard sized metal or rubber valve stem.
Flow FormingBenefits of forging, without the pain
All APEX wheels, including the EC-7 wheel, 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.
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Apex Race Parts EC-7 Satin Black 18x9.5 +38mm / 1895-5114BLK-BUNDLE-PARENT Fits
1 customer review
Subispeed got these to me in perfect condition. These wheels look incredible in person and on the car. I paired mine up with Continental ExtremeContact Sports in 255/40/18, and its a nice meaty setup at stock height.