To control the Deavers, we’ll be fitting a set of King 21⁄2-inch bypass shocks. We initially went with a 16-inch-travel shock but soon realized that although the axle will move 16 inches we cannot fit 16s without getting into the bed and ruining the utility of the truck. By going with a shorter shock and mounting it outboard the frame and at an angle we’ll be able to keep the wheel travel without filling the bed with a tubular bed cage. This reminded us of a very important step when building any custom suspension: Wait to order your shocks until you know exactly what wheel travel and space your truck will afford. Otherwise you’ll be swapping shocks, as we will be.