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I've installed these on 3 different RAM trucks and have never removed the rubber block. In fact, this must be a new step, I don't remember seeing this step.
Never added one, I find it easier just NOT to let the tail gate "GO FLOP". But I'm only 70+ and have driven lots of pickups over the years. Just seems like a expense to me, that could be better put somewhere else. It reminds me of the bumpers the have the "toe hole" to put your shoe in to get into the bed of the truck. Every brand/make of vehicle that I tried my work boots would not go in the slot. I just put my foot on the top of the bumper (about 1-2 inches higher) and set on up into the bed. AHHHHH! maybe I am just to old to know better!