Ground Control Coilovers = $300
Stock Struts = Free
Extended Top Hats (4) = $100
Run Extended Top Hats and go with 1.25-1.5 inch in the front and 1.75-2 inch in the rear. Then Drop the coilovers to about a 2" drop all around. As far as your stock struts are concerned you'll only be dropped half an inch in the front and none in the back so you won't have to worry about blowing them.
Edit: If you want to go even lower on stock shocks then here's another thing. Since you are running stock shock travel in the rear per above then you could easily go another half inch (to a 2.5" drop) in the back......on the front that's pushing it though since you are going to have the shock travel of a 1" - 1.25" drop in the front with a 2.5" drop.
So......modify the lower portion of the front shocks where the shock sits in the fork. There are write ups on how to do this and basically you drop it in the fork another inch. What this does is drops the car in the front by and inch therefore letting you rasie back up and get your shock travel back. If you don't want to raise, then it will lower you an inch without losing any extra shock travel. I did this with my illumina's and have since run probably 30,000 miles on them with no problems.
In an afternoon you could easily drop your car nearly 3 inches with stock shocks and never worry about blowing them....just takes a little extra DIY....so if you don't care about performance and just want a mild-heavy drop without blowing the stock shocks then this is the solution.
Edited by CleanGSR, 11 June 2008 - 07:30 AM.