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Old 09-03-2008, 05:27 PM
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Timing Light Question

I am new to Hotrodding and acquiring tools and equipment as I go.
Its time to buy a timing light and there appears to be many choices. Is it worth the extra money to go all in and buy a digital timing light with advance timing features and a tach or should i just cheap out and buy a plain Jane light?

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digital lights aren't reliable

Most of the real pros don't trust digital/advance timing lights.

http://www.dragracingonline.com/tech...-lights-1.html

Actron, SunTune, SunPro models CP7504
around $ 40 or so dollars

http://www.amazon.com/Equus-5568-Pro...4189195&sr=8-1

thnx, jack vines
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I read something probably 20 or more years ago that said the only dial-back timing lights that tested accurate were one MSD product and one from Sears. I already had a perfectly good Sears non-dial-back light, and I figured I could mark a lot of balancers myself for the price of a newfangled timing light, so I kept my old one until it died, then bought another one just like it.

You still need a tach, though.
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As far as I know, the Sears lights have been made by Actron for a long time. I have a dial back Actron and a normal one, I've never had a problem with either. I have heard more expensive lights sometimes have problems with MSD or other multiple spark systems, the cheaper lights are less sensitive and usually work better.
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We spend alot of time at the local circle tracks tuning on the weekends and we have seen alot of problems with most dial back lites except the MSD one.

The one we use the one from Flaming river as they seem to be very accurate at any RPM

Here are some links to look over
http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/sh...hp?tid/173877/

http://www.dragracingonline.com/tech...-lights-1.html
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I subscribe to the KISS formula (Keep It Simple S-----). While electronics have gotten much better, the older tried and proven tools always seem to work best and longer. It isn't, IMHO,until you get to the digitally controlled vehicles that you really need the exotics.
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MSD Lights is made by Actron too. The MSD engneer did told us who made the timming lights for them.
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