pivot ball alignment

I went with the direction it was turned in the FSM. It's odd most of them are that way because the contour in the inner fender aligns with it when it's turned the other way.
Just a guess...

On the assy line the stud would hold the brkt in place and gravity would cause it to hang?

Or maybe they found issues welding it one way vs another?

Or maybe the FSM used a generic photo?

As noted above if it's well attached it will last your life time