Originally Posted by RotaryResurrection
I am not sure about the notch you are referring to. IF you look on the mount where the rubber is on the inside, there's a square adjacent to one of the 4 studs. Before doing suspension work, I always note where the square is on the stock suspension, and reinstall them the same way later. They do not face the same direction from what I have seen but I do believe they face the inside.
You will have a left and right strut for the front, because if you look at the tabs for the brake caliper hose, those should be facing the rear where the caliper is, so that identifies left and right struts.
I can look on my car and tell you where the squares are oriented if you want...to my knowledge the car was 100% stock when I got it, and I put the squares on my new suspension back where the old ones were.
tHANKS FOR the advice. I know that these are the stock mazda shocks that came with the car. And the right hand side matches perfectly with what was there before, but i just wanted to make sure i put them on correctly.
The notch im referring too is on the outside edges of the strut mount. If you see there are 3 sides that have flowing curves and one side has a shorter for abrupt curve (notch). In the FSM it has that pointing to the fenders while the black rubber stick points towards the inside of the engine bay as can be seen in my last pic. I havent removed the DRiver side shock but will do so today when i get home and compare, thanks once again.
(if its not to much trouble i wouild like to know how yours are oriented, thanks)