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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old May 8th, 01, 04:23 AM Thread Starter
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this timing light has a dail on the back of it .when I turn it it changes the reading I get. sould I set the dail to O degrees and set the timing,or set it at 34 degrees and turn the dist to bring the mark to O on the crank?

I am totally lost with this type of light Ive always used the standard ones and set it at 8-10 BTDC

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old May 8th, 01, 04:49 AM
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I set my initial timing with the light set to zero -

then rev your engine until timing mark stops advancing (note the rpms) -

with rpms up - dial in the light until it goes back to your initial timing mark (ie: lines back up on 12)- note number on light - this is your total mechanical.

You can also do it backwards as you suggested (set to light to 34, then back mark to 0) - but I always forget what my initial is....

Either way works....

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old May 8th, 01, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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I thought that was how it worked ,but I wasn't sure

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old May 8th, 01, 06:07 AM
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The dial back is easy once you get the hang of it. No matter if you're setting inital or total it works the same. You turn the dial until the marks on the balancer and the indicator line up at 0 (zero). Now read the dial and it tells you what the setting is...

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