Hey guys, I think you will find that the manufacture does not want you to remove the foam absorber as this can affect SIR timing, and is part of the occupant safety system. As a mater of fact the manufacture states that in the event of a loss, if this absorber is deformed it will require replacement. If you think they say that so that they can sell more, that isn't correct either, because GM has a TSB on how to repair a broken absorber. The major insurance companies even require an OEM absorber if replacement is necessary, because of safety issues. So with that being said, I would not remove it!