Originally Posted by sdstang
Tires and wheels aren't a priority at moment, I'm happy with what came with the car on that front. I'd like to reduce the wheel hop a bit and reduce body roll. Budget wise, I would max out around $1500 as I have a list of other changes I need to make. If I can spend far less than that I'd be very happy. After only a couple weeks with the car I realize changing the shifter or at least adding an aftermarket bracket is a must.
Well you don't need to lower the car to reduce wheel hop and body roll, you can achieve that with sway bars and lower control arms. If that is all you are trying to achieve I'd still recommend some shock/struts.
If you want the look of lowering the car too, then you need springs. If you want a good ride quality, I'd recommend Steeda Sport springs. If ride isn't a factor for you and you want a bit more drop you can go with Ford Racing springs. Again, you will want an adjustable pan hard bar if you lower the car.
If you want to keep going I'd recommend a new UCA and relocation brackets for your car.
Personally, you need to determine what you want, what you are willing to give up, and how much you want to spend. Once you know what you want (flatter handling, less wheel hop, looks of lowering) and what you are willing to give up (harsher ride, more NVH) and your budget ($1500) I'd email/call Sam Strano and give him your thoughts. He can set you up better than most, and since he isn't someone who is attached to any one company he can recommend a combination of parts that offer you what you are after.
If I had to do it over again:
Steeda Sport Springs
Koni STR.T Struts and shocks
GT500 Strut mounts
J&M Aluminum adj PHB
J&M or Ford Racing LCAs
Whiteline relocation brackets
Your pick of sway bars
That combination would cost probably $1800.