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Old 01-04-2018, 04:52 PM   #1
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► APEX | ARC-8 Lightweight Track Wheels



APEX ARC-8 Wheels
We are proud to continue offering our timeless ARC-8 wheel. This new wheel addresses the concerns of more and more racers and track day enthusiasts: long term durability, fitment, and performance. With the increase of faster and heavier cars being used in racing, HPDEs, and spirited driving, the ARC-8 was designed and engineered to handle extreme abuse on track and street, offer a wide range of direct fitments, while still producing a cost-effective, lightweight wheel.

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Designed For The Performance Enthusiast
Fit Matters
An optimized car setup begins with the perfect wheel and tire fitment. The 17x9.0” ET42 ARC-8 configuration was built with feedback from very well know industry leaders to meet the needs of the hardcore performance enthusiast. That means the right fit and the most grip possible, for the flexibility to work for street enthusiasts and racers alike.

The ARC-8 is a direct bolt on that accommodates many different brake configurations. (Read more below) It was specifically designed for ideal suspension and fender clearance — even when using the widest, meaty performance tires! Offset was very purposefully chosen to allow for direct bolt-on fitment, or the use of camber bolts, clearing the factory fenders and struts. The spokes naturally have more caliper clearance versus a deeply concave, or lip-style wheel. Many of these small choices add up to maximized flexibility and performance for the end user.

Spokes
The spokes of the ARC-8 were designed to be robust where they need to be, and extra lightweight where they should be. In each iteration of our ARC-8 design, the split spokes are carefully evaluated to ensure light weight and remarkable strength. The lack of a deep front lip, and implementing spokes that connect directly to the barrel’s lip create a rigid wheel, with very even load distribution. These features help reduce one of the most common concerns with aftermarket wheels — bending.

Lug Recess
Unlike the narrow lug recesses of many other wheels, the ARC-8 wheel boasts a completely wide-open wheel hardware recess that easily fits race lug-nuts and the beefy adapters or impact sockets used to fit them. This allows for quick and easy wheel changes at the track, or just as a bonus; prevents chips and scratches from tools upon install or removal.

Hub Centric
Centering rings are never required for a direct fit with APEX wheels. For this application, a 56.1mm center bore is utilized. Rings might not sound so bad until one rolls away during a wheel change, or gets seized onto a wheel hub!

Open-Hub Center
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 ARC-8 wheel boasts a completely wide-open design that easily fits over-sized race lugs and beefy impact sockets. This allows for quick and easy wheel changes at the track, and as a bonus prevents chips and scratches from tools for those just running these wheels on the street.

Brake Clearance - Spokes
APEX wheels properly clear all OEM brake calipers including many bolt-on BBKs. Our wheels are targeted at the serious performance-minded owner knowing many will elect to upgrade the basic OE caliper and disc setup as they get more serious with mods. If you do go with a big brake kit (BBK), most big brake kits that clear 17” wheels will fit behind our low profile spokes without spacers, although some applications may need a thin spacer due to the added width of aftermarket calipers.

Confirmed BBK clearance on our 17x9.0” ET42 ARC-8 wheel include: Stoptech ST40 328mm, Essex-AP Sprint & Endurance, AP Racing 330mm, Wilwood's kits, RacingBrake 4045, STi 4 Piston, 300ZX 4 Piston, Alcon 334mm, Sparta 355mm kit (3mm spacer is recommended), Tarox B32-6 326mm kit, RR Racing Stage I through IV Competition kits. If you have any questions, you can contact us to confirm brake clearances for your specific application.

Brake Clearance - Barrel
Spoke clearance is only half the problem. The barrel opening on a wheel also needs to be large enough to clear the sides of your caliper. Many wheels on the market make aesthetic compromises to their design that have a major negative impact on barrel clearance. Those wheels may work with stock brakes and smaller diameter big brake kits (BBKs), but larger brake kits can pose major clearance problems. Our barrel opens up wider and earlier than most aftermarket wheels. This creates the largest possible inside diameter to accommodate a wide range of BBKs.


The APEX Standard


1. FEA Optimization
Various design features were implemented to ensure that the ARC-8 wheel design was as light and durable as possible. We began with a strong one-piece design featuring an open hub center and reliefs in the mounting pad to remove weight between lug holes. The design was then run through Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to further optimize the spoke and barrel design. The result is a light weight wheel with extra strength in all the right places, while keeping weight to a minimum.

2. Always Flow Formed
All APEX wheels feature Flow-Formed construction tha utilizes rotary forging to produce a strong and lightweight barrel. The ARC-8 is no exception.

3. True JWL & VIA Certification
Strength needs to be certified. Our wheels were not simply FEA tested in a computer simulation, or in-house tested to an unregulated standard. We conduct real-world crush-testing and all of our wheels conform to Japan’s JWL standard, as well as being 3rd-party tested by the VIA. All of our wheels carry a 690KG load rating.



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Size, Weight & Pricing

17” Wheels
17x9” ET42 ARC-8 / 17.8 lbs / $269 ea.


Questions about tires, fenders, brakes, spacers, or suspension clearances?
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Owner: @86senpai on Instagram
17x9" ET42 ARC-8
255/40-17 Maxxis Victra VR-1 tires


Owner: Derek @ddderekb on Instagram
APEX 17x9" ET42 ARC-8 FR-S/BRZ Wheels in Satin Black
245/40-17 Pirelli Pzero Tires
BRZ Performance Package Brembo BBK
RCE Yellow Lowering Springs


Tire Mounting & Balancing Service



Popular street and track tires are now available when you order APEX wheels. Add tires with your wheel order and get free tire mounting and 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. With our competitive tire pricing bundled with the savings of free mounting and balancing and convenience, it’s the ultimate wheel & tire package.

*Note: Tires will only ship mounted to the wheels in your order, and can not be sold separately. Tires and wheels must be purchased in the same transaction. Tire-only orders will be canceled and refunded.

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We've got a new production run rolling, be sure to let us know if you would like to reserve a set prior to track season.



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APEX 17x9" ET42 ARC-8 wheels in the Anthracite
245/40/17 Hoosier R6 tires
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FYI Derek @ddderekb BRZ has 245/40R17 tires on it not 245/45.
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FYI Derek @ddderekb BRZ has 245/40R17 tires on it not 245/45.
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Does the Wheel clear Brembo w/o spacer?
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Does the Wheel clear Brembo w/o spacer?
Yes. It's my son's car. Be careful which tires you run as some tires run wider than others. If you want more chamber without coilovers go 235/40R17 instead.

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Does the Wheel clear Brembo w/o spacer?
As jmark mentioned, these wheels will clear the factory Brembo's and a variety of other aftermarket BBK's without spacers.

Like any wheel, inner clearance to the strut will depend on the suspension type, vehicle ride height, tire size and brand as not all are created equal. We have has many customers install up to 255/40-17 tires without clearance issues (with negative camber dialed in).

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As jmark mentioned, these wheels will clear the factory Brembo's and a variety of other aftermarket BBK's without spacers.

Like any wheel, inner clearance to the strut will depend on the suspension type, vehicle ride height, tire size and brand as not all are created equal. We have has many customers install up to 255/40-17 tires without clearance issues (with negative camber dialed in).

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Doesn't negative camber make hitting the strut more likely? How do coilovers help fix this?
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Doesn't negative camber make hitting the strut more likely?
This is a common misconception. Adjustable camber plates are mounted at the top of the strut, and when negative camber is dialed in, the wheel moves in harmony with the suspension. In other words, the tolerance between suspension and wheel/tire does not change

Some vehicles offer the ability to adjust camber at the knuckle (6th gen Camaro for example), and dialing in additional negative camber through this method would compromise wheel to strut clearance.

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To be clear, adjustable camber plates can be purchased and installed on factory suspension, or on aftermarket coilovers. Some coilovers come with adjustable camber plates, but many require you to purchase them a-la-carte.





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Missed this for a second year in a row... Wish this was posted in the group buy section like all the other times. I've been checking on a weekly basis. Any other way to join in ?
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We've got lightweight 17" ARC-8 wheels as featured below on one of our favorite track prepped 86's back in stock. Contact us if you have any fitment or product related questions.



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Stock Alert! We've got ARC-8 17x9" ET42 5x100 wheels stocked in all finishes, including the highly desired Matte Bronze. Don't wait, Matte Bronze inventory is extremely limited.



Subaru BRZ Performance Package w/ Brembo Brake Kit

17x9" ET42 ARC-8 wheels in Anthracite
245/40/17 Firestone Firehawk Indy 500 Tires
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Many have asked us about the great features and details of the ARC-8 wheel design, and while images are helpful, they simply do not do the wheel justice. We took things a step further by creating the following video. (Note: the concave face profile is not available in the FT-86/BRZ fitment).


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