1. This should be in the Wheels, Tires, and Suspension Area.
2. IMHO a 1.5" drop is how low the Focus should have came from Ford. The Focus sits so much higher than many other cars in its class.
3. Roads are getting worse, doesn't mean you shouldn't lower your car. So if you leave your car at stock height you can just not worry about bad roads? Bad roads are going to affect your suspension if its stock or not.
Zetechatch, what is your goal with lowering? Is it looks, auto-x, DD mixed with twistey days? What is your budget?
There's a lot more to lowering a car then just throwing springs on it [thumb]
There's no question that H&R is good stuff but it does tend to be a little more aggressive than most, but some of that depends on the system/kit you get. You may also want to consider Ford Racing springs and shocks. You can get a complete set (springs/shocks) for about 300.00 delivered. "Many" FF members have them and very few have ever reported problems with them. In general, the lower you go the stiffer the springs should get to compensate for the reduced travel. Also remember that shorter stiffer springs require shorter firmer shocks. Don't cheap out on the latter as you will quickly regret it.
H&R developed the Sport Spring in response to the Eibach Pro-Kit and made it a little sportier (better handling as the cost of ride quality). I would say overall it's worth it but if you aren't looking for the handling improvement it can be quote a shock to have your ride change.