Remove no, make access panel yes.
I made repairs to my Classic and cutting an access panel was the ticket. I drilled out two rivets, extra fine metal cutting jig saw blade, mark the lines and it's done. Then to cover I used a piece of aluminum and made a cover. Lining the new hole with tape after removing any burrs helps too. And I added a nut on the end of the step shoulder bolt too.
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 5.9L 6 Speed
16" Michelins, Hi Spec Wheels, Max Brake, Dexter 4 Piston Disc Brakes, Carslile Actuator, Equal-I-Zer, Dill TPMS. Campfire cook. BMV-712