I just bought a set of Bontrager paradigm tubeless ready rims that are set up as tubeless right now. If I'm planning on going with an inner tube and a clincher Tire can I remove the plastic seal strip provided by Bontrager that is on the wheel now? I've heard that strip makes Tire changes more difficult. Should I leave that strip in place when I go to a inner tube or remove it and use Rim tape instead? I'm fairly new to the tubeless ready setup and trying to learn all I can. I love all the advice that has given here
Presumably the rim strip in question is a Bontrager TLR strip. Distinct both from regular tubeless rim tape and also from regular non-tubeless plastic rim strips, the Bontrager TLR strip design has a more sophisticated cross-section that is designed to match the rim and establish the bead lock properly. They come in different widths and colors, and each applicable rim only takes one variant.
If you take it off and replace it with tape or a conventional rim strip, the rim hook will hold the wheel securely for tubed use. What it won't do is provide anything like a proper tubeless bead lock, which the TLR strip is instrumental in creating in the rim designs that use it. So if you ever wanted to go back to tubeless, you're probably buying new ones. They don't tend to come off reliably without getting damaged. It's possible to use conventional tubeless tape instead, but it typically takes many layers to begin to create a proper lock, and even then doesn't work as well. It's not recommended. This is a controversial topic and the kind of thing where you can find many forum posts with people saying they've set up their Bontrager TLR rim with Stans tape etc. It can be made to work but absolutely does not work as well or as easily as just using the strips.
Without the bead lock acting as intended, yes the tire will be much easier to unseat. In many cases this issue is better solved with good technique, but there are also some tire/rim combinations that are just extremely difficult, so depending on the circumstances it could be reasonable to do this.