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I may be wrong, but I thought that MSD 'style' ignitions greatly affected the accuracy of most timing lights. From what I remember (I think a magazine done an article on it), the MSD brand timing light and an old Sears brand where the only ones that proved accurate.

Maybe it's on MSD's website...

Have a good day!
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Correct... That is what MSD told me on the phone... BUT! I know sveral who use other lights with them and so far have had no issues... I called MSD because I couldn't get consistent reading with my dad's Snap-on digital/advance light and that's what they told me...



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96Mustang460cid said:
I may be wrong, but I thought that the MSD brand timing light and an old Sears brand where the only ones that proved accurate.
Maybe it's on MSD's website...
Have a good day!
Michael
A reprint of that article:
http://www.dragracingonline.com/technical/vii_10-lights-1.html

The old Craftsman is model # 2134. 3 of them on ebay CHEAP right now. I have one. Works great. You can't go wrong with one of them at these prices.

http://search.ebay.com/craftsman-2134_W0QQfromZR40QQpqryZcrafstmanQ202134

The MSD battery powered light is super cool. Just a little spendy.
Another one that works good and has a dial back that is unaffected by MSD ignitions is the Mac Tools TL200. It's discontinued, but they pop up on ebay from time to time. The Ferret FER82 is the same light.
 

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on timiing lights, tried 3 lights , got 3 diff. readings--- self power, older mac and snap on. so borrowing a light at the track might not be a good idea
 

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Vote for the sears. Mine has dial advance. Also another vote against the snap on, seen two get fried. Actually started smoking in my hand. But not until after we'd tried to set the timing and couldn't get any kind of decent consistent results. Whatever light you use, make sure you use that one from then on, that way your results will never vary even if the light is off a few degrees.
 

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Question...

Why doesn't someone make a permanently installed digital timing light that uses white LEDs? You could build the thing into your timing pointer and leave it on all the time.

Should I do that? I used to work for Interro and helped design this thing that Omnitec acquired:

http://www.omitec.com/us/products/diagnostic-testers/omiscope/

Designing a little blinky light based on an inductive input would be easy. And, there are little plastic clip-on inductive wire-loop deals that cost about a buck and could be disposed of with wires.

The most expensive thing would be the enclosure. The guts are a few dollars. It wouldn't be as bright as a normal timing light, but it also would only be 1/4" away. Would weigh a couple of ounces. Should last forever if designed right.

Might be nice.

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Snap - On light.. My problem was it worked good on the test stand. Tryed it in the car and low and behold no place in the engine compartment to hook the battery leads to.. :roll: :oops:

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Re: This one?

ByronRACE said:
http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=EQU%2D3568&N=700+115&autoview=sku

That seems like a good value, has anyone used it?
I've never used it, but I have been shopping. If that link is a good price, this is a great one -
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Equus-Innova-3568-Digital-Timing-Light_W0QQitemZ200214915096QQihZ010QQcategoryZ43989QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I am interested in whether anyone has used this. I would like the built-in tach.
 

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Re: This one?

ByronRACE said:
http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=EQU%2D3568&N=700+115&autoview=sku

That seems like a good value, has anyone used it?
I have used one! When the buddy's snap on fried he had me pick up one of these at Summit for him. Seems to work pretty good.
 

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Re: Question...

David Cole said:
ByronRACE said:
Why doesn't someone make a permanently installed digital timing light that uses white LEDs?
One is available. SBF, and brand X. None yet for our BBF's.
You might be able to adapt one.
http://www.jegs.com/i/Proform/778/67270C/10002/-1#moreDetails
See, I knew it was a good idea! LOL Nice, they're cleaning up on that. Those inductive clamps with cable are about $3 in quantity from china. The most expensive part there is the machined/cast mount. Neat!
 

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Re: This one?

Tim1859 said:
ByronRACE said:
http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=EQU%2D3568&N=700+115&autoview=sku

That seems like a good value, has anyone used it?
I've never used it, but I have been shopping. If that link is a good price, this is a great one -
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Equus-Innova-3568-Digital-Timing-Light_W0QQitemZ200214915096QQihZ010QQcategoryZ43989QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

I am interested in whether anyone has used this. I would like the built-in tach.
Damn! Now I have to order it!

Looks good to me, I need a new one.
 

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Re: Question...

David Cole said:
ByronRACE said:
Why doesn't someone make a permanently installed digital timing light that uses white LEDs?
One is available. SBF, and brand X. None yet for our BBF's.
You might be able to adapt one.
http://www.jegs.com/i/Proform/778/67270C/10002/-1#moreDetails
That looks like it would be easy enough to adapt to the FRPP timing pointer. My problem is I am running wasted spark so I would get 2 flashes. 180 degrees apart.
 
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