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beersngars
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:34 am    Post subject: Timing Lights Reply with quote

I need a new timing light and would like some opinions on the "dial advance" models. I thought that's why they make timing tape. Confused I don't need a Snap-On unit, just a decent light. My old Sun has finally died. My question is, are the models with the advance correction feature the way to go, or should I just replace what I had. My concern with the dial advance ones, are you giving up accuracy to have the feature?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the only one i have found that is accurate and works well is the Snap-On. its WAY too pricey for home use though. if i was going to buy something just for my personal vehicle, i think i would just use the timing tape and get a cheap light.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks 10, kinda what I thought.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another advantage of a cheap light is it will work with a MSD box while a regular dial advance light will not (Unless you buy the Snap-On light that has been repackaged, and is now even more expensive with the MSD decals on it.)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2007 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Dave wrote:
Another advantage of a cheap light is it will work with a MSD box while a regular dial advance light will not (Unless you buy the Snap-On light that has been repackaged, and is now even more expensive with the MSD decals on it.)

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the old Snap-On tach/advance light works with a MSD. i was told when i bought mine it wouldnt work but being hard headed as i am i tried it anyway. ive been using it on my car for almost 10 years and yes, it is still accurate.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My old Snap-On light doesn't work with my MSD 6-AL. I have a cheap light that I use.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ordered an Actron plain-jane, no dial advance, and a steel housing thru Summit for $52.00. Looks like a carbon copy of my 30 year old Sun-Pro. Says it works with all ignitions except DIS. Thanks for the feedback.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Believe it or not I have an old sears craftsman dial advance unit. It works with the MSD6-AL. I have had it since the mid 80's no problems at all. It is the same price as the actron on the sears website.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jeep_406 wrote:
My old Snap-On light doesn't work with my MSD 6-AL. I have a cheap light that I use.



i keep hearing that from everyone that has one Confused . mine must be the exception. only thing i can think of is shortly after i bought it i was having problems with it so i sent it in for warranty repair. they took months to get it back to me. it was after the repair that i tried it on my MSD and it worked. maybe they changed/upgraded something ???


one other thing i like about the Snap-On light is that you can put it on the TBI injector harness and watch the injector spray pattern. much easier than hooking up a fuel pressure gauge to the GM TBI systems. dont see many of those anymore but back when i bought the light we worked on a lot.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As with everything else these days, it seems one company makes a product for nine other companies who only hang their name on it. Case in point; check out the Actron CP7515 (the one I bought) and the MSD unit. Rolling Eyes Price at Summit; Actron $52.00, MSD $118.00. Exclamation Hell, Ray Charles could see there the same.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Somewhat related - another case in point. Yesterday at the Charlotte Auto Fair we saw a set of fabricated valve covers for a BBC with "Chevrolet" embossed in the top. They are identical except for the "Chevrolet" logo to a set my buddy bought off of e-bay made by Proform for $130. The vendor even admitted that Proform makes them for Chevrolet and they only cost $325 Shocked . Clay
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2007 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

craftsman dial advance works on MSD ignitions.
used mine yesterday with No problems
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:11 pm    Post subject: Get the Ferret ... Reply with quote

American made, can be serviced and is second to none in quality and accuracy. Digital advance and tachometer in your hand it is what you need if you really want accuracy to the degree.

Costs a little bit but it is the Rolex...

http://www.digitaltiminglights.com/product/FER84
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dawg wrote:
craftsman dial advance works on MSD ignitions.
used mine yesterday with No problems

Mine works also on my MSD stuff including the digital boxes. I have regular craftsman and a dial advance one.

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