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Old 01-31-2020, 02:27 AM   #99
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Are you going to open up the line of your other wheels to the brz?! I’d be in heaven you have some sweet looking wheels on other platforms!
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We've got a number of new 5x100 fitments in the works including the 17x9.5" wheels being discussed in this thread, and our engineers and production team are working hard behind the scenes to bring these to fruition. We know many have been patiently waiting for the release, and while I don't have a hard ETA at the moment, the idea is to get them into customers hands this season.

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I need tires this year, might as well buy my second set of Apex wheels. Looking forward to seeing the new models. I'm hoping for SM10
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Agreed, the 17x9.5" wheels are being designed with hardcore track enthusiasts and racers in mind. Brake clearance, as well as front strut clearance, will be paramount and the offset will likely be somewhere between ET38 & ET40. We test inner strut clearance with various race compounds, suspensions, and camber settings, as not all are created equal.

Customers purchasing the 17x9.5" wheel will be running 255/40-17's, or a 245/40-17 race compound that runs wide where they would benefit from the added sidewall support. Aftermarket suspension (slimmer in design) and negative camber is par for the course.

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Old 02-14-2020, 01:51 PM   #102
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CALLING ALL BRZ PERFORMANCE PACKAGE OWNERS IN THE BOSTON, MA AREA

In an effort to expand our wheel offering, we are actively looking for a BRZ Performance Package model with the stock Brembo brakes and Sachs struts still in place to conduct 3D scanning. If you or a fellow enthusiast you know is available, please contact us by PM, email or phone. Scanning can be done at your convenience, Monday - Sunday, and can also be done at your location. I know many of you have stored the car for the winter, so we want to make this as convenient as possible for the owner.

This is a vital step to ensure our new flow formed and fully forged fitments and designs for this community are optimized for this chassis, and we greatly appreciate the support from the community in bringing this to market.


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CALLING ALL BRZ PERFORMANCE PACKAGE OWNERS IN THE BOSTON, MA AREA

In an effort to expand our wheel offering, we are actively looking for a BRZ Performance Package model with the stock Brembo brakes and Sachs struts still in place to conduct 3D scanning. If you or a fellow enthusiast you know is available, please contact us by PM, email or phone. Scanning can be done at your convenience, Monday - Sunday, and can also be done at your location. I know many of you have stored the car for the winter, so we want to make this as convenient as possible for the owner.

This is a vital step to ensure our new flow formed and fully forged fitments and designs for this community are optimized for this chassis, and we greatly appreciate the support from the community in bringing this to market.
I don't know if it's too late in your development process, but for 17x9 fitments there be different offsets? The ARC-8 17x9 et42 is very close to the stock front struts when using 245/40/17 Continental tires.

In my case, camber plates were necessary to get any negative camber up front on RCE yellow springs.
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I don't know if it's too late in your development process, but for 17x9 fitments there be different offsets? The ARC-8 17x9 et42 is very close to the stock front struts when using 245/40/17 Continental tires.

In my case, camber plates were necessary to get any negative camber up front on RCE yellow springs.
It sounds like you'll appreciate one of our new fitments

8" and 8.5" wide wheels are slim enough where inner and outer clearances are a non-issue as long as the wheel manufacturer chooses the appropriate offset. We do 3D scanning and on-car testing with various track/race compounds to ensure we offer the most optimum offset.

When it comes to 9" (and wider) wide wheels, the "perfect" offset really comes down to how your car is setup - suspension type, how you plan to dial in negative camber (bolts vs. plates), how much negative camber you would like to run, tire size and tire brand since not all are created equal. This means that enthusiast "A" with a more compliant suspension (aftermarket coilovers or non-Sachs struts) may appreciate a higher offset like 9" ET42 where no/less negative camber is required to clear the outer fenders, while enthusiast "B" with Sachs struts may appreciate a lower offset like 9" ET35 so they dont have to run spacers on the fornt.

The same can be said about enthusiast "C" using camber plates to dial in negative camber, vs. enthusiast "D" who will use camber bolts (which compromises inner strut clearance).

For these reasons, we will have multiple 9" fitments (offsets) to satisfy the needs of all enthusiasts.

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Old 02-14-2020, 08:50 PM   #105
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It sounds like you'll appreciate one of our new fitments

8" and 8.5" wide wheels are slim enough where inner and outer clearances are a non-issue as long as the wheel manufacturer chooses the appropriate offset. We do 3D scanning and on-car testing with various track/race compounds to ensure we offer the most optimum offset.

When it comes to 9" (and wider) wide wheels, the "perfect" offset really comes down to how your car is setup - suspension type, how you plan to dial in negative camber (bolts vs. plates), how much negative camber you would like to run, tire size and tire brand since not all are created equal. This means that enthusiast "A" with a more compliant suspension (aftermarket coilovers or non-Sachs struts) may appreciate a higher offset like 9" ET42 where no/less negative camber is required to clear the outer fenders, while enthusiast "B" with Sachs struts may appreciate a lower offset like 9" ET35 so they dont have to run spacers on the fornt.

The same can be said about enthusiast "C" using camber plates to dial in negative camber, vs. enthusiast "D" who will use camber bolts (which compromises inner strut clearance).

For these reasons, we will have multiple 9" fitments (offsets) to satisfy the needs of all enthusiasts.

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Well, now I am getting slightly concerned. I just got in on that group buy for the 17x9 et42 on the understanding that they fit PP with Sachs. Don't they?


Or is it just a camber bolts vs plates issue? I planned on plates but don't have them yet. Although I expect they will be in by the time the group buy wheels are delivered...

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Old 02-14-2020, 10:23 PM   #106
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@APEX Race Parts: if you do that 3d scanning to ensure your wheel clearance .. may i ask for two things that imho twins owners community may greatly benefit from?
- can you also scan non-PP stock brakes?
- can you release brake clearance fitment templates for both stock PP and for generic stock brakes?
Most aftermarket brake vendors provide downloadable brake templates for their BBKs .. unfortunatly no such for stock brakes though even they are more numerous and their owners also would benefit from easier/quicker wheel check way (eg. with stock brakes if one wishes to check some R15 for winter use clearance).
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@APEX Race Parts This is awesome. What sizes and wheel models are you testing for? Iíve always loved the rest of your lineup. When can we expect them to be released?
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Can't wait to see new wheel desgins. You guys have won my business next wheel purchase.

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Well, now I am getting slightly concerned. I just got in on that group buy for the 17x9 et42 on the understanding that they fit PP with Sachs. Don't they?


Or is it just a camber bolts vs plates issue? I planned on plates but don't have them yet. Although I expect they will be in by the time the group buy wheels are delivered...
In the case of my tires, DWS06 in 245/40/17, I had to keep the front camber at 0 to allow 5mm of clearance between the tire and spring/perch. I tried camber bolts and could only reach -0.3 degree, and that left barely 3mm of clearance, so camber plates were necessary. If you have camber plates, the whole assembly moves so itís not an issue.
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Can't wait to see new wheel desgins. You guys have won my business next wheel purchase.

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Me too. Really eyeing the FL-5 or maybe the EC-7s. Got new tires on stockers last month so I’m good for a bit while they design the new ones. Excited
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CALLING ALL BRZ PERFORMANCE PACKAGE OWNERS IN THE BOSTON, MA AREA

In an effort to expand our wheel offering, we are actively looking for a BRZ Performance Package model with the stock Brembo brakes and Sachs struts still in place to conduct 3D scanning.
I wonder if you should also scan the same setup but with camber bolts giving something around -1.5...-2į in the front, as this seems to be a popular mod among drivers who want negative camber in the front but not ready to spend significant money on coilovers.
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Well, now I am getting slightly concerned. I just got in on that group buy for the 17x9 et42 on the understanding that they fit PP with Sachs. Don't they?
One more data point: on stock suspension height your car will look like a monster truck on these wheels. You'll most likely want to lower the car, at which point might as well get some reasonably priced coilovers. At least this is what I ended up doing, although I picked wheels from a different manufacturer.
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