You know SMZ, I'm glad someone's as pissed about this as I am. We pay premium price, we deserve a premium product.
The first dealership I took mine to said, "oh yeah...that's normal, working as intended...it'll loosen up"....after keeping me there for over 6 hour with no shuttle/ride home.
Second dealership replaced both control arms, noise is back but considerably muted as you stated.
Haven't had the engine tick but my oil is extremely low, will probably need to add a quart or so before the engine starts grinding.
People say we're babies and whining about a little noise, but quite frankly it's not just the suspension issue...but also Ford's action (or lack of) about the problem. It's simply frustrating to drop upwards towards 40 grand and have the car sit at the dealership more than in your garage.
Seriously thinking about just ditching it for a 370z or GTI before anymore BS arises...I've always had excellent luck with their dealerships/products here.