Strut tower reinforcement plates are only $23 from Turner Motorsport and, in my opinion, very worthwhile. I put Bilstein coil overs on my vert and now I'm paranoid about mushrooming. Ordered reinforcement plates now and will install this weekend. $23 is inexpensive insurance against potential costly metal work.
Oh yeah, the research for reliable advice on convertible suspension is indeed tiresome. After swapping to Meyle HD control arms and bushings I have found that the bushings failed even quicker than stock. I have since replaced the bushings (after just 25k miles) and bought stock.
Last edited by BavLar; 04-04-2012 at 07:45 AM.