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Ford does not mention it in the strut rebuild nor replacement steps. https://www.dropbox.com/s/d872wcw4p1uyel2/05strut.pdf?dl=0
During removal I have seen the arrow pointing to the front and to the wheels. I have not seen ill effects from doing it either way.
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Glad you found the answer needed and sorry Ford did not mention it in the tech repair guides.