i did the same thing with my wheel-well, so after that i bought a stock suspension from the market place as a "refresher" it was used, but definitely an upgrade from what the car had.
haven't had rubbing issues since. maybe you can do the same now?
also something that helped, although not much, is i swapped in an unbreakable motor mount. (when i ran ST) it really made the switch from 1st to 2nd a ton better. ESPECIALLY when the shift point was at a pesky obstacle.. it helped regain control of the car with hard shift. also with those rough drag-start styles.