1st Gen FTW - It's AutoMedic!
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Garrison, ND
Yea, they are there for tuning, noise reduction, etc.
I don't know what kind of advantage you will have to keeping or removing it - since it is not a restriction, you can keep it there - but if you need to make room for something else, you could remove it. Most of the time the most popular intake mod is to just put in an aftermarket CAI of some sort. I'd recomend a JoeKD intake (if he still makes them).