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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 15, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Timing light?

Who makes a decent timing light?

I don't need a nuclear powered one nor do I wanna buy junk either.

Just a reasonably priced one that is functional.

Are there any particular features on the newer ones that I should look for?

Type of bulb?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 15, 09:03 AM
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Re: Timing light?

Not sure what the application is. If it is a one shot deal I don't think you need to spend the big bucks(jmho). Do you need a dial back or just the light? I picked up one of those cheapo lights at autozone and it worked better than my old one which was not cheap. Do you need it everyday for work or a one shot deal(maybe borrow one.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 15, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Timing light?

Very occasional use...

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 15, 11:04 AM
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Re: Timing light?

Look at them on Amazon and make sure you read the reviews, cause there is junk out there.

I have this one, non digital so there's less things that can blow on it.

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Re: Timing light?

I much prefer the dial back type. Usually a little more expensive, but well worth it for the dial-back feature.

You can find timing lights used, but Make sure you get a light with an inductive type pick-up. The very old school lights did not have this.

The actron light pictured above looks excellent. I have a sears/craftsman light that is very similar.

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Re: Timing light?

I have a Actron dial and a Sears Craftsman I bought when I first bought the car. Both are great lights, and I use and like both but the Sears is heavy and I like the feel of that.


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Re: Timing light?

Gotta have the dialback function...my sears one is good. Newer style models have tach function also. That would be handy.

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Re: Timing light?

I have been using A Sears Craftsmen dial back timing light for years. Nothing negative to say about it. It works well and is well made. The dial back feature is very handy.

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Re: Timing light?

I have an old dial back light, might be a sears, it worked great last time I used it about 15 yrs ago.
I now have a huge pile of new parts for my current project,and read that MSD stuff doesn't like the dial back lights.

Just incase you have MSD
A quote from their site

"Many lights have trouble reading the MSD's capacitive discharge multiple sparks. Dial back timing lights are not recommended. Try another non-adjustable light and check the timing again. MSD offers a Timing Light, PN 8990."

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Re: Timing light?

I found several dial backs I owned a while back would not work on many HEiI type dizzies
I generally extend the timing marking anyway to work out side the normal 15 or 20 deg crank markings.
So my general go to home workshop timing light is an old elcheapo brand markings peeled off yrs ago basic unit...it does everything I need to graph up curves and re config , custom curve dizzies on the engine.

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