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who uses a basic timing light gun, and who uses a digital gun? I was just wondering.

I use a basic sear brand I think, light gun. It is hard to read the numbers but I get by. I have a red mark on the scale where 0* is, and I have three black marker marks where the 10, 20 , 30 * is .. helps out.

Should I invest in a digi? Theyre kind of expensive no? Tools are expensive! :headscratch:
 

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I use an Equus digital like this one.
Yup, good tools are expensive, I think this one was $109. You can turn the light on and off, read the exact engine rpm, check the timing advance or retard, all without turning the distributor. If you'll be spending a lot of time around distributors and timing engines, invest in a better light. If all you'll use it for is a yearly tune up, then a regular Craftsman light will be enough.
 

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thanks for the post :) I bought a lug wrench from autozone the other day and it was $17 or something ! :happyhapp
 
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I use an Equus digital like this one.
Yup, good tools are expensive, I think this one was $109. You can turn the light on and off, read the exact engine rpm, check the timing advance or retard, all without turning the distributor. If you'll be spending a lot of time around distributors and timing engines, invest in a better light. If all you'll use it for is a yearly tune up, then a regular Craftsman light will be enough.

Don't knock my craftsman light i been using it for years darn thing won't die to give me an excuse tho might a digital one....:gringreen

thanks for the post :) I bought a lug wrench from autozone the other day and it was $17 or something ! :happyhapp
What's that got to do with timing lights.......:headscratch:
 

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Nothing to do w timing lights, but expensive tools!

My timing light actually got caught in the fan belt and the neg aligator teeth clamp is cut off , gotta sauder it I guess :happyhapp
 

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Nothing wrong with a Craftsman, I still have one myself. :D
 

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If you don't use the timing light a whole lot, like once a year for your tune-up, then the regular Craftsman light will work fine.

Now, if you're like me and your timing light is something that you use several times a week (tech school and side jobs), I would highly recommend investing in a digital dail-back timing light. These things make setting base timing and figuring out the advance curve SO easy. The RPM readout feature is good for doing tune-ups too.

Unless you're gonna use it constantly though, the $200+ price tag is pretty steep.
 
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