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How exactly does timing tape work and exactly how do i time my engine, I am going to buy a expensive timing light from kragen, and take it back when im done with it. I want to do my total timing, i think its supposed to be about36-38, around 2,800-3,00 rpm. Im a little confused about the whole thing, I know how to set initial easily though. Also what don't you touch when turning the distributor when adjusting timing. I have msd setup(dist.,box,coil) and shocked the hell out of myself, jumped up straight in the air, one time while adjusting timing, would like to not let that happen again!!!
 

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What do you mean by "I am going to buy an expensive timing light and take it back when I am done with it"?
 

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Why would you go to all the trouble of buying a piece of equipment like that for your car, knowing that you need it anyway and then return it? As for the shock factor...(hummmmmm!!!!
anybody with me on this?) just be a bit careful and don't touch anything when you reach down there with your paw. You should be able to grab the cap and turn it provided you have the hold down bolt to the distributor loose enough, but not too loose. Never used the timing tape, can't help you there. It may have its plus'...anybody?

Sorry...I couldn't help myself


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Sometimes we just show our true colors... going to purchase it, use it, then take it back for full refund. I was taught right from wrong. Guess what category you fall under?
 

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why the hell would you want to take a good timing light back? what happens when you remove the dist. for some reason down the road, and need to time it? what if a buddy needs to time his car? what if actually buying that light and keeping it actually helps a guy keep a job somewhere? what if it just looks cool next to all your other tools? and if it is your first tool, it makes a good starting point for your collection. a good timing light is one of your most important tools...along with a vacuum gauge. you'd be amazed what can be fixed with those 2 most simple of tools...

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Well , thanks for nothing, I don't have 150 dollars to waste on a timing light, if i need it again, i will buy one again. Unlike you guys, i am on a budget, i don't have money just laying around, who cares about stupid old kragen! Anyway if anyone actually has any information for the question it would be greatly appreciated.
 

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If you steal a timing light then get one with
an advance dial.Then you won't need to
return the timing tape too.
 

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Why not either borrow one or buy a cheaper timing light? I couldn't imagine not having my own timing light for long.

You don't need a fancy dial type timing light if you have a timing tape anyway.
Check Harbor Freight or someplace.

If you got a shock from turning the distributor, you probably have a bad or loose plug wire somewhere.
Also watch out for reversing the ground and spark plug wires. If you connect the ground to the spark plug on a crome timing light, you can get a shock for sure when you touch the car.

I hate going into auto parts stores and seeing packages that have been opened and taped or stapled back. I never know if everything is still there or if it has been dropped or screwed with.
Would you pay $150 bucks or whatever for a timing light that was in an opened package?
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<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by cody:
Well , thanks for nothing, I don't have 150 dollars to waste on a timing light, if i need it again, i will buy one again. Unlike you guys, i am on a budget, i don't have money just laying around, who cares about stupid old kragen! Anyway if anyone actually has any information for the question it would be greatly appreciated.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

We're all on budgets Cody!! What you are doing is no better than breaking into someones house, or walking off with someones tools at a car show or the drags!! Where do you draw the limit? Did you ever think about saving for the things you want like honest folks?

Maybe you could just steal a car that's already tuned!!!
 

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Thanks for all of your stupid replies, obviously none of you except for a few no very much, kragen is the reason that there are few parts stores around anymore, all of the local stores are going out of business because they can't compete with the size of kragens and others. now instead of getting advice from a knowledgable person you get some dummy working for minumum wage, that doesn't know anything about cars, i have to help them help me!! Kragen doesn't get ripped off because they send it back to the manufacurer. All these corporations have a lot of money, this stuff doesn't hurt them at alllll. They can repackage the light and send it back to kragen. So keep your little comments to yourself please. And i still havn't got any answers, i thought everyone at this sight were helpfull, maybe some of you aren't
 

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You have issues Cody!! You are gonna have to learn the difference between right and wrong before the folks here help you any further!! What gives you the right to take advantage, no matter how much money someone has!!

The bottom line is your actions cost all consumers money! Do you buy software and take it back after you installed it too? Did you know when you go into Vons or Luckys you don't have to pay for the food you eat when you're shopping?

The one thing above all else here at TC is all the good, honest people that frequent it. Sorry you didn't turn out to be one of them!!
 

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You must be one of the stupid people at Kragen, do you pull over cops and tell them you accidently ran a stop sign, and tell them to give you a ticket? anyway i am trying to be nice, and your two cents is really not neccesary, fine go get ripped off at kragen, be my guest but don't worry about what im doing. I think there is a difference from returning a used tool, and stealing a car or someones tools. you are entitled to your brady bunch opinions but I didn't ask for so if you don't something positive to say, just keep your mouth closed!
 

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Oh yeah, thanks to the people who gave me some helpfull replies, i'm still not totally sure about the timing tape though
 

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Alway good to know there are nice folks out there with no morals! I think clill has the best idea, find another sandbox Cody!
 

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Why is everyone picking on Cody??? such a cool dude. Anyway Cody, I dont think anyone every actually addressed your question. Bud, what you need to do is get a drain pan and fill it with water, take off your shoe(s) and socks and stand in it. With your hand not holding the timing light dip it in the water and place it on top of the distributor and adjust accordingly. The fact of the matter Cody is that if you do not know how to adjust your timing without getting shocked, the principals of total timing and advance curves as they apply to the weight, gearing and torque of a given vehicle is shall we say a tic over your head. The new hondas are pretty dang cool, I think one would suit you pretty good. They dont have any pesky timing adjustments on them.

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