If you don't cut the front springs you won't need c/c plates...but I do since I cut mine. As far as stock and strut life, it all depends on how low you go. If you go without cutting, you may be ok for a while, if you cut it to my height, I dunno how long they'd last.
"I'm not driving too fast...just flying too low"
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