On my craptastic front shock are craptastic rubber thingies that cover the upper part of the shock (you know, the purty, shiny part) and the one just kind of bunches up and looks dumb. Can I take them off? Are they actually protecting something? I know there's plenty of shocks without the rubber thingies (that's the technical term, right?) but I was a little worried that mine had them because they were actually needed. Thanks!