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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 19, 8:21 PM Thread Starter
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What timing light to get?

SO I did a search for what timing lights ya'll are using to no avail. I have the normal cheesy one but want a better one to dial in the timing. I've seen lights with dials on the back or fully digital. Which one does it all and won't break the bank?
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Re: What timing light to get?

I bought an OTC timing light on Amazon on sale, they can be a bit pricey. I've only used it a few times but no issues so far. Its cheaper to get some nice timing tape and mark your balancer, no need for fancy timing timing light.

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SO I did a search for what timing lights ya'll are using to no avail. I have the normal cheesy one but want a better one to dial in the timing. I've seen lights with dials on the back or fully digital. Which one does it all and won't break the bank?
I don't want to hi Jack your thread but I'm also looking for a new one but it has to be "msd " rated. I don't need dials either. Just something decent and works with multiple spark discharge ignition

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I like the mechanical dial back light over digital. Aids in tuning in a way that you can't readily do with digital. For instance if you want to map your distributor curve at different RPMs, you can dial the light to keep the timing mark zeroed and record the timing amount the dial is pointing at for each RPM step. I have a Sears Craftsman that's probably 12-13 years old and a Mac light that I bought used 20 years ago. The Mac looks cheesier in it's plastic housing than the Craftsman's chrome metal. They both use the same four pin detachable cable so are probably the same internals.
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I bought an Innova. It is nice to have the tachometer built in and it wasn't too pricey, I think around $75. I like it.
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I like the mechanical dial back light over digital. Aids in tuning in a way that you can't readily do with digital. For instance if you want to map your distributor curve at different RPMs, you can dial the light to keep the timing mark zeroed and record the timing amount the dial is pointing at for each RPM step. I have a Sears Craftsman that's probably 12-13 years old and a Mac light that I bought used 20 years ago. The Mac looks cheesier in it's plastic housing than the Craftsman's chrome metal. They both use the same four pin detachable cable so are probably the same internals.
That's what I'm looking for in a timing light. The dial to get her dialed in. I will look at sears or who ever sells craftsman now and see what's available.
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I use a plain actron no dial timing light. Works fine with all electronic ignitions.
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post #8 of 22 (permalink) Old Feb 8th, 19, 10:59 AM
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Re: What timing light to get?

I also have an Innova dial back timing light, works great with my setup, which includes a MSD 6AL-2 box with a Pertronix module in the distributor.


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I like my Flaming River self powered light.
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X2 on the Innova I've had one for nearly 20 years great light. I also have a timing tape on my balancer both work well together.
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I also have the digital Innova with the built in tach (#3568) it is great. It is made of plastic, but I've dropped it a few times on my concrete shop floor and it's still going strong.

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That's what I'm looking for in a timing light. The dial to get her dialed in. I will look at sears or who ever sells craftsman now and see what's available.
I remember years back that there was controversy about the accuracy of the dial back models. IIRC, the dial backs could be off several degrees at full advance. I think MSD are the ones who brought it up, but can't remember exactly. I use an old school, non-dialed back timing light, and with a degreed balancer, you can't mess it up.
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I have used the same 40+y/o sears dial back since I was a kid.

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