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The Group Buy Racers have been waiting for.

The Design


Our lightest design ever returns, this time in a 17” diameter. We focused on widths and offsets optimized for a variety of popular E46 and E36 track and race car applications for this Group Buy. compared to our flow formed lines, wheel weights have been reduced and load ratings increased while the diameter change means more affordable tire costs for your average HPDE participant.

Built to a SPEC:

This 17” deal includes our 17x9 ET42 VS-5RS, a wheel optimized specifically for the rigors of SPEC E46 racing. APEX is no stranger to the E46 platform and spec E46 competition. This wheel was optimized specifically for the series with a weight per wheel of 16.2 lbs, the exact minimum weight allowed by SPEC E46. We could have made these wheels even lighter but we reinvested the extra material into places racers will appreciate. More robust inner lips and a higher load rating than the JWL minimums prevent bent wheels and keep you on track. Paintless knurled bead seats grip the series mandated 255/40-17 Nitto RRs and keep wheel/tire sets balanced.

Our ARC-8s in the same fitment have served us and a huge number of SPEC E46 racers well for years on track, but these new VS-5RS wheels improve on them in every way. Over 1.5 lbs lighter and stronger than the ARC-8s with fully forged construction, the new VS-5RS is ready to become the APEX standard for SPEC E46 competitors everywhere.

The Details


This deal is now live and locks on August 9th, 2022 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. The wheels are currently scheduled to ship out in August for all BMW fitments while other markets have wheel fitments that will ship later. Visit GangUp.com for more information.

Discount: Up to $300.00 off plus Free Shipping*

Join The Gang

To streamline pledging and fitment selection, we use GangUp to track interest and pledges. This system lets you commit at your preferred discount level and removes the old-school headache of forum threads and email chains as a Group Buy heats up. Watch the video below to learn how GangUp works and how to pledge.

These Group Buys depend on the BMW enthusiast community to succeed. More pledges mean deeper discounts and more competition for popular fitments and finishes. Make sure you pledge early to get the best possible allocation for your preferred set of Sprint Line 17” wheels.

Do you want to ensure that you receive the Max Discount? Once your pledge is locked in, help expand the Gang and share this deal. More pledges mean deeper discounts for both you and your fellow enthusiasts. Be sure to share this deal with anyone that might appreciate a discount on a set of our lightest-ever wheels.

More Info


A Fitment For You

We know what fits. From direct bolt-on to Spec Race fitments and everything in between. We've tested extensively to save you the trial-and-error.

View our fitment guides.

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*Free Shipping: This Group Buy offers free shipping to the 48 mainland US states. Buyers who have products shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, APO/FPO, and International destinations will receive a discounted shipping rate.

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Alec’s Space Gray E90 335i on 17” APEX VS-5RS wheels

Our Sprint Line forged wheels have already proven to be a huge hit within the BMW community in their 18” and 19” diameters. As we looked into expanding our VS-5RS forged line, the next logical range of fitments for these new wheels were 17s. With our huge focus on reduced weight and on-track performance, 17” wheels were a natural fit. Their inherently reduced weight and the access to affordable tire sizes made these new wheels a no-brainer fit for our classic BMW chassis that naturally suited smaller wheel diameters.

To launch our range of 4 new 17” fitments, we kicked off a Group Buy a few weeks ago.

While 18s and 19s are commonly run on the E9x non-m chassis, we wanted to take this opportunity to showcase these 17s on one of these cars. With aggressive drag fitments and taller sidewall tires being a popular option on modified E9X chassis, the VS-5RS are a natural fit.​


Mod List:
Bilstein B14 coilovers
M3 front control arms
Blue Brembo GT6 355mm BBK Front
Wagner style intercooler
VRSF catted Downpipes
MHD e30 OTS tune
xHP stage 3

17x9.5 ET35 Square
APEX Fitment notes:

Fitment shown: Brushed clear VS-5RS
17x9.5 ET35 Front & Rear VS-5RS on 255/40-17 NT01 tires
5mm front spacers used for strut clearance

17x9.5 ET35 square isn’t often run on the E9X cars but it can work with additional negative camber dialed in up front for clearance. This wheel fitment is an easy fit in the rear of the car with wider tires and taller tire sidewall options including 275/40-17 and is the choice of drag racers looking to exploit a meatier tire option ¼ mile at a time. 17x9 ET30 can be run up front for an easy staggered setup or all-around for a perfect OEM+ square fitment.​

17x9 ET30 Square
Fitment shown:
Anthracite VS-5RS
17x9 ET42 Front & Rear with 255/40-17 Toyo RR slick tires
12mm spacers used Front and Rear to give an effective offset of ET30

17x9 ET30 is our default square recommended fitment for this platform. Despite the smaller diameter wheels, the optimized barrel profile of both of these wheel fitments easily cleared the large aftermarket brembo brakes. Aggressive Toyo Slicks are showcased on this set of wheels as a carryover from our shoots on SPEC E46 3 series race cars.​

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Thanks to the efforts of all the enthusiasts who have pledged already, we've unlocked the Max Discount! With 12 days remaining in this Group Buy, you still have plenty of time to lock in your preferred fitment but you'll need to act fast.

Popular fitments and finishes are likely to sell out at this rate and those who pledge early are given priority when it comes to allocation. Don't miss out on your chance to lock in a set of these brand-new forged fitments.


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50% Replacement Program Video

We wanted to share this freshly released video going through the program with you all before this deal ends. This program is an under-appreciated part of buying APEX wheels that can be hugely valuable if you go off track midway through a lap or tackle the median of the street outside Cars & Coffee. All Group Buy orders are eligible for this program and while we hope you won’t have to use it, you’re covered if you do.


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