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You don't need an unusual tool to remove the key, you just have to get to it. It's really easy to take it out once you get to it. For me, the easiest way was to unbolt the bed and lift the back of it up 6" or so. It was 8 Towx head bolts on my long box, it's probably 6 on a short box. After lifting the bed up a little I had clear access to the tire mechanism. I took the key thing out, and I just keep an 18" 3/8" socket extension in the truck if I ever need the spare.
The other nice thing about doing this is that now I can take the spare up and down with a drill or impact wrench. Much faster.
You might want to put a chain or cable around your spare to keep it from wandering off though...