I went with the Tokicos from the mach1, i got them cheap online. I have no complaints about the struts but I didn't like the shocks. I tried the KYB AGX adjustable shocks they're ok but no one complains about the Bilsteins. Bilsteins are stock on '03&'04 Cobras. You will need caster camber. You can drive without the plates but the geometry will not be correct.