Please don't cut the struts. That is just plain dangerous. Do it right.
Also, SVT struts cannot be lowered 2". They are stiffer, but do NOT handle working outside of their effective range OR stiffer springs. Even cutting the rod to put the travel in their optimal range will still cause them to blow quickly due to how stiff of a spring you need to lower the car where you want it and not ride on the bump stops.
I'm all for saving money when you can, but never when it compromises safety. If you want low on a budget, go with Racelands. They are GARBAGE, but at least won't kill you.
ZETEC Crew #49