Timing gun

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  1. beags86

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    Timing gun seems have taken a crap. Instead of just buying whatever pile of crap is behind the counter at the local China auto parts store I thought I would ask if anyone has a good one they have and like. I've never had one with a lcd readout or one with a built in tach or anything like that.
     
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    Do you want one of those?

    I opted for the old style flash and go light. No dial, lights, bells or whistles
     
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    beags86 Eastbound and Down Premium Member

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    Idk. If they are worth it, I would buy one.
     
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    Most if not all of those dial-back lights are inaccurate. Msd makes a good light
     
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    I like my old school Sun light with the dial. No idea if it is accurate but it seems to work fine. After having a fixed light I think the dial is nice to have. Its easier to see one mark without having to clean up the tab real good to read all the degrees. I really don't use it much any more, almost all my stuff is injected and adjusts itself now. It sits in the tool box with my dwell gauge taking up space. I also have never had a LCD or tach equipped one. My VW is the only thing I have with points where tach and dwell would be useful and I have those gauges separate anyway.
     
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    Well my goal is to be all injection with timing control. But until i quit buying old shit that's probably not going to happen.
     
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    Do still need a light to test if the computer is right
     
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    beags86 Eastbound and Down Premium Member

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    LS swap the world dude!:saweet:
     
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    My only input is not to get the battery operated timing light. I thought it would be cool to not have the battery leads to mess with, but then I don't need one often enough so the batteries corroded. I just got one that connects to the battery. The only "new" thing I did was the adjustable angle.
     
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    I have an OTC stinger light I really like. It has digital timing so no knob errors and it also has a tach in the display, so far it works with HEI, CD (MSD style) and DIS (coil near plug)ignitions and I've tested the accuracy on the balancer with marks and it is dead on every time. The only thing it doesn't work for is it has a filter that won't allow it to trigger during cranking, so the engine has to be running. I would get the same one again because it allows you to test vacuum and mechanical advance curves and you don't need the timing marks or balancer tape on the balancer.

    Ok, I just looked and it doesn't appear that make that model any more, but it looks exactly like this one...

    Timing Light

    However, I'm not sure if that is the same or not so I can't say if it works for CD multispark ignitions.

    But in general, I would say it's worth it for a "digital" advance timing light, because the digital takes the error out of the knob type units with a sticker on them. Plus the built in tach allows you to do it all from the engine compartment so you don't have to climb in and out of the cab.
     
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    Thanks Heath, thats the one I had been eyeing. I think I'll add it to my next order to summit.
     
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    I thought this guy got fired for saying that Eh @79rustyk10 :dunno:

    Fwiw I still kick it old school with a inductive light and timing tape.
     
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