APEX 18" SM-10 VW 5x112 Wheel - Satin Bronze
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Socket Diameter Clearance
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.
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.
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.
All SM-10 wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications. Very few applications require centering rings.
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.
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.
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. ACCIDENTAL 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.
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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