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Any plans to make an 18in wheel with a barrel closer to 19in to clear the stock GT350 brakes?You'd sell a ton of those to us track rats who want to run 18in scrubs :)
 

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Any plans to make an 18in wheel with a barrel closer to 19in to clear the stock GT350 brakes?You'd sell a ton of those to us track rats who want to run 18in scrubs :)
That would be great but it's not really possible to achieve. Gotta get some AP brakes and then run the fun 18" stuff :)

I'm excited for the 19" Group Buy to launch next month though, hoping lots of GT350/R owners hop in for their winter upgrades.
 
That would be great but it's not really possible to achieve. Gotta get some AP brakes and then run the fun 18" stuff :)

I'm excited for the 19" Group Buy to launch next month though, hoping lots of GT350/R owners hop in for their winter upgrades.
Are you sure? There’s a gent at COTA who runs a custom set from Forgeline. There’s also a local wheel company down here (name is escaping me) that will do it. Both have fairly high prices at north of $6.5k. But they’d sell like hot cakes at a lower cost I think. All of us hate running 19in tires
 
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I don't hate running 19s, I have more choice in tires with 19s than with 18s.

The reason is there is no reliable source of supply of used 18 slicks up here, 1 guy used to run the GT4 series and had tires now and then but certainly not reliable and he didn't run last year at all. Our sources for used race tires are tiny compared to what your sources are in the US of A. It's mostly amateur guys who use their tires till the cords are showing! Bringing used stuff in from the US is a losers' game with taxes, duties, rules, regulations etc etc etc.....

Sucks to be us canucks, for a lot of reasons.....but then there's the upside.
Though it escapes me at the moment what that upside is.....
 

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Are you sure? There’s a gent at COTA who runs a custom set from Forgeline. There’s also a local wheel company down here (name is escaping me) that will do it. Both have fairly high prices at north of $6.5k. But they’d sell like hot cakes at a lower cost I think. All of us hate running 19in tires
Are they monoblock or multipiece? I can check with the engineering team but the clearances would be incredibly tight and whoever is mounting tires would hate you since there'd be no dip. In either case, the current dies don't have the capability so it would be a while (years) before something like that would be into production.
 

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Paging Mustang owners in the Bay area! If you're interested in free professional photos of your car on brand new APEX wheels, we are looking for volunteers for test fitting and photoshoots! Volunteers will get copies of the photos, a discount on a set of APEX wheels, and APEX goodies/swag. If you're interested in volunteering, please email us at [email protected] with your contact information, location, and a photo of your car. All are welcome. Show us what you've got! If you'd like to take an inside look at what these photoshoots involve, our good friend Blake made a video detailing the process of an 18" test fitment on his F82 M4 recently.




 

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I wanted to jump in here and qualify something , because I am fairly certain Forgeline ( another quality Sponsor on TMO ) can make a rim for the GT 350 in an 18 inch size, but there is one caveat the consumer must be made aware of! This issue is that clearance is super , super tight, and if you get a rock or other debris lodged it could score the barrel. We ( Woodhouse Dodge ) did plenty of custom rims with Forgeline ( great to work with ) for Viper ACRs ( Gen 5s). This car came with 19 inch fronts that also needed to run a special Kumho Tire and folks wanted more availability - an 18 inch wheel would be the cure. We told our customers the distance between the barrel and the caliper was quite close and things could get lodged between them, scoring the barrel or even catching fire if lodged ( other peoples rubber ). I have a good idea this is the same concern with the GT 350, but the best answer would be to contact Forgeline.

Note, this concern is apparent with many wheels , even those that say they will fit on your car, and this is one of the main reasons so many of us are using Apex wheels. For those of us that have had scored barrels in the past you will appreciate the degree Apex goes to allow plenty of room. This is one benefit derived from buying from them and more distance between the brake system and the wheel also means better circulation of air. So, in essence, the benefit is two-fold , and if you add that it also makes the wheel easier to fit around the caliper when mounting, you could have an argument there are benefits in triple.

Some of the wheels that came out for the new S550 and GT 350 Mustangs showed they only fit the rear , and this was due to the larger brake rotors/calipers on the GT 350s and upgraded brake options on the GT. Folks wondered about this concern and there were TrackRats who found out about Apex back then and that they could fit a squared system all the way around ---- there are other reasons folks on here have been pretty darn loyal to Apex. The new rim design on their Forged Wheel is quite exciting , since more air flow and more room in the barrel has numerous benefits as noted before. At Thanksgiving , I am sure many of us want to give Apex a round of applause for taking aware many of the concerns of tire/wheel/brake system fitment! Bravo !!
 
Are you sure? There’s a gent at COTA who runs a custom set from Forgeline. There’s also a local wheel company down here (name is escaping me) that will do it. Both have fairly high prices at north of $6.5k. But they’d sell like hot cakes at a lower cost I think. All of us hate running 19in tires
I can imagine the marring if something gets caught.
 

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