APEX SM-10 wheel on Laguna Seca Blue F80 M3

APEX SM-10 Wheels

Modern motorsport design crafted using advanced weight saving techniques

Part of the Flow Formed Evolution Line, the APEX SM-10 features a reinforced inner lip and I-beam spokes for exceptional strength with reduced weight.

  • I-Beam Spokes for Reduced Weight
  • Reinforced Inner Lip for Strength
  • Massive Brake Clearance
  • Independently Tested and Certified
  • Unmatched Replacement Program
  • Lifetime Structural Warranty

As close as you can get to forged. Without paying the premium.

The SM-10 is part of our Flow Formed Evolution line, with features typically only found on higher-end forged wheels. For those who need a superior wheel, but don’t have the budget for forged.

Features

Flow form wheel manufacturing process with torch flame applied

The Flow Form Advantage

Flow forming enables us to create high performance wheels without the price premium of forging. It improves the mechanical properties and grain structure of the barrel, increasing its strength and stiffness, which allows us to use less material and reduce weight. Thanks to our superior engineering, our flow formed wheels have a higher load rating than some competitors' forged wheels.

Macro shot of APEX SM-10 showing "I" Beam Spokes

"I" Beam Spokes

One of the most prominent features of the SM-10 is its advanced "I" beam spoke machining. Any excess material that doesn’t add strength is carved out from the sides of the spokes using a precision CNC ball cutter. This process is often deemed cost-prohibitive by others, but for performance without compromise we believe it's essential.

CGI showing comparison of Standard vs Reinforced APEX Wheels inner lip

Bigger, Tougher Inner Lip

The inner lip is the most vulnerable part of a wheel because it has no spokes for support. Our Flow Formed Evolution line adds more material to this high-impact area as an extra layer of protection against track berms, potholes, and whatever else the road may throw at you.

Anthraacite APEX SM-10 wheels

Maximizing Concavity

We use the deepest concave face profiles we can for every application after factoring in critical clearances such as brake calipers. The SM-10 utilizes 3 unique profiles to make this possible, with the deepest concave face delivering reduced weight and a stunningly aggressive appearance.

Brembo 6-pot brake caliper clearing APEX SM-10 wheel

Big Brake Clearance

Big brakes often require bigger, heavier, more expensive wheels, which aren’t ideal in a performance environment. The SM-10 is one of our many wheels which solve this problem. Through comprehensive laser scanning and endless rounds of test-fitting, we’ve created 18” wheels to clear huge brakes that typically require 19” wheels from other manufacturers.

Knurled Beads on painted inner barrel of SM-10 wheel

Knurled Beads

Whether it’s a day at the track or months of street driving, repeated hard braking can make a tire slip along the bead seat and go out of balance, causing vibration. We’ve added knurled beads to select sizes of this design to help grip the tire and reduce unwanted slippage.

Engineer executing FEA test on APEX ARC-8 Wheel

Weight Optimized

We conducted extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to reinforce high-stress areas and to remove material where it didn’t improve strength. The result is a wheel that is exceptionally light without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels.²

Dewalt impact gun torquing lug bolts on APEX SM-10 wheel

Built for Impact Sockets

Track wheels need track tools. Don’t settle for wheels that require undersized tuner lugs or thin walled sockets. All APEX wheels accommodate over-sized race lugs and impact sockets to make swapping wheels lightning fast.

32mm

Socket Diameter Clearance

Macro shot of APEX wheel pocket with APEX Wheels center cap

Finishing Touches

The SM-10 is 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.

Macro shot of JWL & VIA stamp on APEX ARC-8 wheel

JWL and Beyond

All APEX Flow Formed wheels meet or meaningfully exceed JWL load rating requirements. Some manufacturers don't meet the minimum requirements, yet still claim to be compliant. Always compare load ratings to ensure you aren’t sacrificing critical strength for a slightly lighter wheel.

Official VIA test report document from Japan

True VIA

The VIA is an independent wheel testing and auditing agency similar to TÜV. Many companies falsely claim their wheels have been certified, and even use the VIA stamp without permission. Our Flow Formed wheels have been certified, and we provide the registration numbers for every wheel. Protect yourself. Demand registration numbers from manufacturers.

Additional Features

Digital caliper measuring inner hub of APEX wheel

Hub Centric

All SM-10 wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications. Very few applications require centering rings.

OEM BMW center cap on APEX wheel

Center Caps

All APEX wheels come with our gloss black cap included that is interchangeable with the OE cap. We also offer additional colors for select fitments.

Loctite applied to APEX wheel studs

Wheel Hardware

APEX wheels can be used with all OEM mounting hardware, proper aftermarket hardware and most wheel spacers. Wheel locks and stud conversion kits also work perfectly.

OEM TPMS sensor installed on APEX wheel

TPMS

All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors and standard fit valve stems. If you don’t have sensors, then select from our metal stems available in multiple finishes.

A Wheel You Can Depend On

All APEX wheels come with a lifetime structural warranty against defects in workmanship and materials, plus a 1 year finish warranty. Exchanges are fast, easy, and hassle-free.
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Accidental Damage
Replacement

Curb rash or pothole damage on the street? Make an oopsie at the track? We’ve all been there. APEX is proud to offer 50% off replacement wheels, no matter the damage.
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Brake Caliper measuring distance from wheel spokes

A Fitment For You

We’ve tirelessly test-fitted hundreds of setup combinations in order to provide direct-fit, spacer-free wheel packages for everything from showroom-fresh cars to all-out race builds. Our detailed fitment guides help you avoid costly trial-and-error and walk you through every step of finding your perfect setup.

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Sizes & Prices

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Forged Sprint™ Line Flow Formed Evolution Flow Formed Classic Line
Manufacturing Forged Flow Formed Flow Formed
Price $649 $444 Starts at $369
Weight (lbs)¹ VS-5RS: 18.20 | EC-7RS: 18.80 FL-5: 20.00 | SM-10: 20.00 ARC-8: 18.85 | EC-7: 21.70
Load Rating (lbs) 1600 1550 1550
Side-milled Spokes
Inner Lip SprintSpec™ Reinforced Standard
Independently Tested
Brake Clearance Maximum High High²
Knurled Bead Unpainted Painted³
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* Aston Martin, Lexus, and Mazda wheels require centering rings.

¹ All wheels compared with equivalent 18x9.5” ET35 5x120 fitment, rounded to the nearest hundredth place.

² Except first generation ARC-8, which are being phased out.

³ Except BMW 18” wheels.