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My 100 year old (I bought it on my 20th birthday) inductive timing light finally died yesterday so I need to buy a new one. Looking at the number of choices (and there are many) I want one that is internally powered (two type D batteries). I also need a straight tube type timing light rather than a pistol grip or one that has a curved handle due to access issues. If it matters I have been using 8.5 mm MSD/Moroso type wire sets.

Looking for a recommendation that worked well and if possibly, less than $150.

Thanks.

Bob
 
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You know I've bought a few of Craftsman 2134 lights off E-Bay and sold them to friends for cost.

I've even gotten them with the metal inductive clamp.


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I use the flaming river light, it's been pretty good so far


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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I have four timing lights and none of them work with a MSD system.

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Flaming River battery light here, been problem free for the last 4 years


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Bob, I've never had a timing light that didn't work with an MSD ignition. What's the issue?


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Good Morning Ed:

I have four timing lights (2 KAL Equip/ one Sun/ one CP) that, for one reason or another would not work. It wasn't a voltage issue, they just would either not "read" through the MSD 8.5 wire or they were dead, probably the latter from sitting in my trailer for the past umpteen decades. So yesterday I ordered a new one from Summit that should be here by the end of the week. I doubt that the timing is off by more than one or two degrees at the most, just felt guilty that I had not checked it since installing a Grid. Yep, that stupid.

What was interesting was reading the customer reviews on most of those timing lights, not very complimentary.

Thanks everyone for your comments, I appreciate the input.

Regards:

Bob
 
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Bob, good morning.

I've owned several timing lights since turning 16 a long time ago and started with the chrome Sears light like most did back in the day. Today I have two, a 30 year old dial back Snap On Digital and a 6 year old MSD self powered.


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Sears/Craftsman is what I have the best success with. My best advice to anyone is compare your lights to each other or a buddies.


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I have a Ferret Instruments digital light that I've had for years. Works flawlessly. I've used it on MSD and regular ignitions with no difference.


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my Snap On digital dial back light and my MSD self powered read the same.


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I am beginning to wonder if leaving them in the trailer might have been the problem. During the summer it's not unusual for the temperature in the trailer to exceed 110. For you guys living in Texas, that might be a day that you would consider wearing a jacket.

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Maybe if you did throw it against the trailer wall they would last longer. lol JK
 
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Bob, mine and I'm sure most evertone keeps theirs in their trailers too. Cant say what temp the inside of my trailer gets with the doors closed in the summer but I'll guess over 100 as well below freezing in the winter. Doesn't effect our cars with all their electronics and should effect the timing lights either.


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Mine stays in my tool cart in the trailer all summer, then in my garage during the winter....Summertime we'll see temps in the upper 90's on a regular basis, and at my place it's not unusual to see temps in the -10's or colder....To this date it's never once affected how my timing light works....I do store it in the case it came in though, not sure if that really makes a difference or not...


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Good thread on timing lights.
I have both the good old chrome Sears Craftsman in the garage and the self contained Flaming river in the trailer.
Both read the same but will not register timing at any higher RPM than 2500 RPM.
I work on some street strip cars with mechanical curve kits and I like to check where the timing quits advancing.
Does anyone have any like experience and know how to remedy it outside of a dial back timing light?


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why outside of the dial back feature that I've been using for decades with every MSD box and that I use to do exactly what you are wanting to do.


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I keep a chrome Sears light in the trailer and have a Mac dial back light in the shop. Both read exactly the same on any MSD I hook them to. I can rev the engine with either and they both keep flashing just fine. The Sears light I found local on Craigslist still in the original cardboard box for $20.
 
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My timing light stays in the trailer year round. It can hit 110* in there, I have a thermometer on the wall. Never had a problem. Good old Sears light.
 
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We have had just about every timing light made in the last 50 years.SUN,SnapOn MSD, Sears.The Sears was the best bang for the buck Dyno room use .Currently we are using A Electronics -Specialties,Chicago IL,Model #130.They claiom USA Mfg.It matched our last Sears and so far has survived dyno room use and abuse for 1 year. They sell for under 100$ and are on Amazon.Bill C.


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