You should really ditch those steps! What an eye sore!
Was that and old compression boot you had on the front of the cap?
I know most people say they hate those. Noisy and wear off paint.
I'm thinking of putting one on the cap for my F150. I don't think it will be noisy because there is not nearly as much movement between the bed and cab of the F150 as there was on the ranger. The boot would be in contact with only the rear window in most spots, and I think I would put clear vinyl (like a clear bra) on the paint where the rubber boot would touch it.
2006 F150 FX4 Super Crew - Bilstien 5100s leveled 2", 35" KM2s, 4.56 gears, Detroit locker, Eaton E-Locker, Traction Bars, AEM intake, Xcal 2
2010 VW Golf TDI 6MT