Byrd, I know the picture is poor...Take a close look, what I did was lowered the perimeter of the bed. Look at the bottom of the step to rocker in your photo & then look at the one I did. The photo in 1983stepside's avatar (he posted in this post on page 2) is done this way, plus a bunch of lowering of coarse, but the step & rocker are lined up.
I did my fleetside this way in a weekend, it would seem to me that the stepside could work well. I allways thought the 4x4 stepside's should have a 2"-3" bodylift under just the cab.
Isn't it great to look at the "Before" picture...The thing looks like a 4 wheel drive! Back in the fall we were out in my truck & backed in beside a nice stock, restored 1/2 truck at a cruise. I said to my wife "Isn't it hard to believe that this truck was that high when we started?" She replied, "But that's a 4 wheel drive.".... It wasn't! Lorne