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Timing Light Recommendation

Anyone got good recommendation for an engine timing light?

What are some things to look for or should be requirements in a light? such as advance dial, amount of degrees etc....

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:37 PM
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Get a good name brand light and yes get one with a advance knob. I have a MAC timing light that I really like.
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I've got an advance knob Craftsman that gets the job done.
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Summit has good prices on good advance timing lights.
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Get a good name brand light and yes get one with a advance knob. I have a MAC timing light that I really like.
I also have a Mac ... TL 500E ... and I like it.
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I also have one of Mac Tools Timing lights along with a Snap-on electronic timing light. The electronic timing lights do not work with say MSD Ignition, they just "wig out"(like the old lady). I love my Mac Tools timing light when tuning HP engines.
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I have a plain old light and wish every time I use it that I had got the one with the advance on it.

I'd love to have a wireless one.....they make them?

mmmmmm got to go google!
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I have a plain old light and wish every time I use it that I had got the one with the advance on it.

I'd love to have a wireless one.....they make them?

mmmmmm got to go google!
WIRELESS! I wish multi meters were wireless too.
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Here is a good link to consider before buying a timing light as we seen issues with timing lights at higher RPM's with them jumping around.

All the engines we build we degree in the balancers and set the timing at the RPM where the timing is fully adavaced and we run the engine up to 6 or 7000 RPM depnding on the build to make sure the timing stays steady all the way up through and most timing lights are all done over 3500 RPM.

Check this link out.
http://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/sh...rch/1/#1298379
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I would recommend getting a light with a metal, not plastic, spark plug wire clamp.

I have a nice Sears dial back and I melted 2 induction clamps, due to header heat, as I had to place the pickup down near the spark plug to get a good signal @3000 rpm.

At $45 for a new pickup, I decided to **** can the sears after the second pickup melted.
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I would recommend getting a light with a metal, not plastic, spark plug wire clamp.

I have a nice Sears dial back and I melted 2 induction clamps, due to header heat, as I had to place the pickup down near the spark plug to get a good signal @3000 rpm.

At $45 for a new pickup, I decided to **** can the sears after the second pickup melted.
Put the clamp up by the dist. instead of down by the header and that won't happen.
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i have a snap-on, although a little pricey it is the greatest. it has dial-back, reads rock solid at all RPMs, gives a digital readout of degrees advances and also reads RPMs digitally. one great feature is a button that switches the readout digitally from RPMs to degrees advanced and back. it makes it so easy to plot your advance curve. with my snap-on "i don't need no stinken distributor machine"--
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I have a old Sunpro I bought back in the late eighties, it works great. I also bought a Craftmans about 13 or 14 years ago and it is not as good as my old Sunpro. I don't even know if they make Sunpro anymore, if they do I wonder if they are any good.
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i have a snap-on, although a little pricey it is the greatest. it has dial-back, reads rock solid at all RPMs, gives a digital readout of degrees advances and also reads RPMs digitally. one great feature is a button that switches the readout digitally from RPMs to degrees advanced and back. it makes it so easy to plot your advance curve. with my snap-on "i don't need no stinken distributor machine"--
Yep I have one also, but they "wig out" with MSD Ignition.
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I've got an advance knob Craftsman that gets the job done.
Craftsman is a great deal, and works as well as the higher priced models.
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