I can tell you positively that the socket portion is located on the bottom of the resonator. The ball portion is on the bracket you can't separate if it doesn't take much pressure to separate the two. Now now I won't have access to my car for about a week otherwise I would send you pictures of how easy it is to pop that off of the ball.
Just got out of being in the hospital last week for 5 days. Complications from last month's surgery.
If I'm feeling up to it, I'll open up the engine compartment and check the oil. I'll see how that backet fits on there and whether you should be able to pop that off without having to loosen the bracket first.