Keith Dublin

Well here it is at long last, my first feature car thread, and I’m glad to say im kicking it all off with a super WRX STI Type R owned by Keith Waterhouse (Keith Dublin)

The location chosen by Keith was the car park at the Tivoli Theatre in the heart of Dublin city and I really don’t think a better location could have been found for the shoot, the art work is emmense and to actually appreciate it you would need to see it in the flesh and with so much colour on the walls the reflections on the type R’s freshly polished paint were amazing,we’ll let the pictures speak for them selves.

How long have you had the car?

I have the car for nearly 5 years. I always wanted a grey Type R.

How was the car sourced?

After going to see loads of Type R’s I seen the car on auto trader. I bought it from a lad in Longford who imported it from the UK.

What makes the car so special to you?

What makes the car so special to me is the way it handles. It just sticks to the road and the way it pulls through the gears makes you smile every time.

What does the club mean to you?

I have been in the ISDC now for a long time. Had some great times and have made some friends for life. It’s always good to meet up whether it be an overseas event or a monthly night meet. They are a great bunch of lads and lassies.

What changes are you going to make to your car?

Now thats a tough one….if the war office (the wife) lets me I will be looking for 450 BHP soon, but loads of breakfasts in bed before that happens and maybe some new wheels and a new boot lid with no spoiler so that I can swap it around sometimes.

What are you seeking from your car?

Some day down the line I will make her into a track toy and maybe get a new age blob eye for the road.

When if at all will you replace the car?

Don’t think I’ll ever sell the car I just think it would make a nice track weapon some day.

Is there anyone you would like to thank for this project?

Big thanks to Ciaran in ASD Automotives for all the work on the car. He is always at the end of the phone and really knows his performance cars inside out. Also James in CCR for keeping the paint looking so fresh.





isdc It’s pretty standard at the moment. Some small stuff like 3 port boost solinoid, Samco hose kit, Decatted exhaust and Mapped by Andy Forrest in the UK. Never had it on the dyno so not sure what power its putting out.



isdc Pretty standard with an exedy organic clutch



isdc Detangoed and new paint with a version 6 front splitter
isdc V6 boot spoiler



isdc The inside is as it came out of the factory except for a small steering column lamco boost gauge



isdc Standard shocks and springs at the moment, coilovers on the way
isdc Whiteline 24mm adjustable rear anti roll bar
isdc Whiteline antilift kit
isdc Whiteline rear drop links
isdc Whiteline adjustable camber bolts



isdc Brembos with DS 2500 pads
isdc Braided lines all round



isdc Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta



isdc Rota GR-A 17 inch



isdc Standard I am not a big fan of ICE only in my JD’s


1999 Subaru Impreza WRX STi-V Type-R

Version V (09/98-08/99) – GC8F

The power stayed the same as the previous version 280bhp. The engine layout and design was made cleaner and was dubbed as the Boxer Phase 2 engine. The facelift the rest of the Impreza line had was also applied to the STi. The WRX STi weighed 1,270 kg (2,800 lb). There were 1000 WRX Type RA STi Version 5 Limited cars and the WRX Type R STi Version 5 Limited cars had a 4 month waiting period for each order. The interior was also changed slightly from the Version 4 including seats and steering. This model was also produced as a 555 limited edition.


Make Subaru

isdc Model 1999 Impreza WRX STi-V Type-R
isdc Powertrain Layout Front Engine / AWD


isdc WheelBase 2520 mm / 99.2 in
isdc Length 4350 mm / 171.3 in
isdc Height 1405 mm / 55.3 in
isdc Width 1690 mm / 66.5 in
isdc Weight 1260 kg / 2778 lbs


isdc Configuration Turbocharged Flat-4
isdc Displacement 1994 cc / 121.7 cu in
isdc Power 208.8 kw / 280.0 bhp @ 6500 rpm
isdc Torque 347.09 nm / 256.0 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
isdc Bore 92.0 mm / 3.62 in
isdc Stroke 75.0 mm / 2.95 in
isdc Compression Ratio 8.0:1
isdc BHP / Liter 140.42 bhp
isdc Redline 7300 rpm



isdc Type 5-Speed Manual
isdc Final Drive 4.44:1
isdc 1st Gear Ratio 3.17:1
isdc 2nd Gear Ratio 1.89:1
isdc 3rd Gear Ratio 1.30:1
isdc 4th Gear Ratio 0.97:1
isdc 5th Gear Ratio 0.78:1

Chassis & Body

isdc Steering Rack & Pinion
isdc Tire Sizes F 205/50R-16
isdc R 205/50R-16


isdc Top Speed 150.0 mph / 241.4 kph
isdc 0 – 60 mph 4.5 seconds


Words & Pictures… Tommy 555

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