Originally Posted by Zillon
The one thing holding me back on this project is the lack of availability on the Motorcraft AD1094 strut bearings. Whenever they are available again, I'll get my build together. I'm hesitant to order the bearings from anyone who has an existing stock, because I worry about a bad bearing batch being the culprit behind this whole mess. So, I want the strut bearings I install to be as fresh off the production line as possible. The other option I have, is to buy the Mazda3 strut bearings, but they aren't cheap. zx3matt also mentioned that his significant other's MZ3 has a similar clunking issue, and she has a new Skyactiv 3.
The other thing about the MZ3 strut bearings is that its literally the same part right down to the Ford Motor Company branding on the bag, only they repackage it in a mazda branded bag and charge more money for the identical component.
If the bearings were bad it would effect both vehicles as they use the same parts.