Originally Posted by HIGHCOUNTRYMIKE
I also have the 2003 E350 4X4 SMB
I have decided to replace the factory headlights with the VantageOptics.
QUESTION: I replaced the factory headlights several years ago with new factory lights.
It was a very easy swap out. Is the Vantage replacements lights the same simple swap?
or should I have a professional install the new lights?
Which V-Optics version is the best replacement ?
Thanks for the interest and kind words on my Vantage Optics products! The swap from the OEM to the VO kits is very straightforward. They mount in the same locations with the same components and only require a couple of extra steps to get setup properly. We now offer ballast mounting brackets for the 97-up vans to make the installation much cleaner and easier. The required relay harness is plug and play with a single power source (fuse box location recommended) and two grounds.
My recommendation for the kit with the best overall bang for the buck is the Basic Retrofit Kit with the following options (most are defaults):
Basic HID Retrofit Kit
Morimoto H1 8.0 Projectors
Apollo 2 Flat shrouds
Morimoto XB H1 bulbs
Hylux AMP ballasts
Ballast Mount Brackets
9007 relay harness
LED turn signal kit
Feel free to call or email with any questions you may have (there are lots of options!)