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what timing lights do you guys like?

Post  mitch on September 19th 2011, 5:49 pm

I need to buy a new timing light and would like some recomendations.

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Post  IDT-572 on September 19th 2011, 5:51 pm

MSD light is what I have now. you can see the timing marks even in bright day light.
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Post  rmcomprandy on September 19th 2011, 5:59 pm

mitch wrote:I need to buy a new timing light and would like some recomendations.

One wire, internal battery powered Snap-On ... you'll use it a lot more because it's SOooooo easy.

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Post  bruno on September 19th 2011, 6:24 pm

i have a digital mac and a snap on .... and they are all off ...the msd works the best
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Post  David Cole on September 19th 2011, 6:29 pm

I picked up on of these a couple of years ago on ebay. It works great. Brighter than a couple of newer ones I have.

Read the article. Good info.

http://www.dragracingonline.com/technical/vii_10-lights-1.html
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Post  bigblockfox468 on September 19th 2011, 6:39 pm

David Cole wrote:I picked up on of these a couple of years ago on ebay. It works great. Brighter than a couple of newer ones I have.

Read the article. Good info.

http://www.dragracingonline.com/technical/vii_10-lights-1.html

Yep thats the one I got
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Post  richter69 on September 19th 2011, 7:05 pm

old cheap chrome craftsman here..................best light I ever had, had it like 20 years lol.
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Post  rmcomprandy on September 19th 2011, 7:16 pm

bruno wrote:i have a digital mac and a snap on .... and they are all off ...the msd works the best

The Snap-On that I have has been checked numerous times and is right-on however, it has NO dial adjust timing feature ... it shows what the timing IS, period.

Whatever is decided upon, use that SAME light every time not a few different ones.

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Post  racnrick on September 19th 2011, 7:19 pm

I think I read somewhere, or heard it that the dial adjustable light will give an inaccurate reading with MSD ing. Anyone else heard that?

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Post  Larry Williams on September 19th 2011, 7:43 pm

MSD for me
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Post  BigDave65 on September 19th 2011, 8:34 pm

richter69 wrote:old cheap chrome craftsman here..................best light I ever had, had it like 20 years lol.


Same here, had it forever seems like.
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Post  '65 T-BOLT on September 19th 2011, 9:12 pm

BigDave65 wrote:
richter69 wrote:old cheap chrome craftsman here..................best light I ever had, had it like 20 years lol.


Same here, had it forever seems like.
mine is retired, I have been using a Snap-On non digital with the dial.
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Post  whatbumper on September 19th 2011, 9:55 pm

richter69 wrote:old cheap chrome craftsman here..................best light I ever had, had it like 20 years lol.

same here. had an MSD and Snap-on before and they were both exactly 6 degrees off.

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Post  69F100 on September 19th 2011, 10:44 pm

I have the Chrome Actron from Advance Auto looks just like Rick's craftman I think I payed around 60 BUCKS FOR IT AND WORKS GREAD ON MSD
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Post  BOSS 429 on September 20th 2011, 12:05 am

whatbumper wrote:
richter69 wrote:old cheap chrome craftsman here..................best light I ever had, had it like 20 years lol.

same here. had an MSD and Snap-on before and they were both exactly 6 degrees off.





WE TESTED A bunch of lights a few years ago and found it wasnt the light fault , it was the plug wires, some are so thick some lights picked up better then others, test this by useing a cheap wire sometime over a thick wire, we started carrying a stock wire just to check timing on a few diff engines.



i have a 20.00 sears,and a 400.00 snapon, both always read the same,one a dial,other a dit.





-rich





and yes always use the same light on the same engine
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Post  res0rli9 on September 20th 2011, 1:05 am

whats the # on the old chrome craftsman timing light, think I have that one.
Mine is # 2134

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Post  Hangman on September 20th 2011, 1:20 am

res0rli9 wrote:whats the # on the old chrome craftsman timing light, think I have that one.
Mine is # 2134

That's the number they list in the article. Same one I use. Also have an older Craftsman one that you have to slip a wire under the ign. wire on the dizzy. Get zapped too many times by that one when turning the dizzy.

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Post  bbf-falcon on September 20th 2011, 4:58 am

racnrick wrote:I think I read somewhere, or heard it that the dial adjustable light will give an inaccurate reading with MSD ing. Anyone else heard that?

Yep

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Post  jasonf on September 20th 2011, 12:12 pm

I have an old Mac tools one and it always works. I have never tested it against anything else though so I don't know if it is off or not. Interesting article and thread.
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Post  Moodyblues on September 22nd 2011, 5:51 pm

MSD replaced the Craftsman I had......
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Post  fast89gt on September 24th 2011, 12:50 pm

old chrome Craftmans Non dial back light
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Post  jmf32 on August 11th 2012, 11:43 pm

Actron Digital from Autozone. $99.00
I also have the Craftsman chrome adjustable type but I wasn't sure if it was accurate so I replaced it.
I drop it too much because I forget about the detachable cord.
The Actron does rpms and the digital readout is helpful.

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