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Offline Piki

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Timing Light
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:44:26 AM »
Hello there,
I would like buy a "timming light" to set my Bikes......anybody knows where can I buy it? I knows that Ebay is plenty of them, but I need your advice.......
Thank you in advance.
« Last Edit: June 22, 2017, 05:01:51 PM by SteveD CB500F »

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Re: Timming Light
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 12:24:10 PM »
Avoid the cheap pass through ones that connect inline with the HT lead, you may get away with them at idle but when raising the revs to check advance you may get a few shocks, they also tend to be quite dim.
Any one that connects to the battery and has a pickup which clips to the HT lead should be fine, I think mine is a Draper.
You probably don't need a high end one where you can advance or retard the strobe, as you'll normally just be checking that the standard marks align.

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Re: Timming Light
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 12:36:07 PM »
Avoid the cheap pass through ones that connect inline with the HT lead, you may get away with them at idle but when raising the revs to check advance you may get a few shocks, they also tend to be quite dim.
Any one that connects to the battery and has a pickup which clips to the HT lead should be fine, I think mine is a Draper.
You probably don't need a high end one where you can advance or retard the strobe, as you'll normally just be checking that the standard marks align.

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Re: Timming Light
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 11:58:09 PM »
Honestly in all the years I worked at dealers I only used one once and that was to prove a CB400N generator had gone bad on the ignition side

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Re: Timming Light
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2017, 10:14:50 AM »
For me, "stroboscope light/timming light"  make me a " easy life"..... I have used a "bulb test" to  set the points but timming light for me is faster and accurate. I have a Original Honda dwell from the seventies but is awkward to use.....and never use it

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Re: Timming Light
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2017, 02:57:36 PM »
I use the Draper one, would recommend it and not very expensive from memory
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Re: Timing Light
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2017, 09:18:17 PM »
I second (or should that be third!) the Draper. Just don't drop it onto concrete as I did, the shock kills the timing lamp!
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Re: Timing Light
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 12:21:39 PM »
I need to buy new timing light with tacho display (one I have does not work on higher rpms than 1500...)

Would you recommend some that is proven as working and reliable?

Or alternatively strobo only w/o tacho and then I need good separate tacho reader (digital)

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Re: Timing Light
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2019, 12:54:13 PM »
... try your smartphone for a tacho app... I’ve got one called ‘Strobelight’ (is a pic of a fan)

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Re: Timing Light
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2019, 08:07:27 AM »
If you have a spare battery, connect the strobe lamp to it instead of connecting to the bikes battery under seat making cables tensed. Seat can fall down and cause problems when checking F @ idle as well as when full advance kick in.

I use a cheap strobe lamp from eBay. Orange colored plastic.

An auto multimeter with dwell function an easy way to make both points gap equal at high idle and make the engine to run really smooth and even with minimum of rattle.
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Re: Timing Light
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2019, 06:23:10 AM »
Re the Draper timing light.
Is this the xenon model 52616?
Thanks in advance. 
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Re: Timing Light
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2019, 11:01:48 AM »
Hi Oggie.

Great to meet you yesterday, Accuspark do a good equivalent. I brought one a month ago and so far satisfied. Like all I think the pick up can be temperamental. I get a great reading off No.1 HT but struggle with No.2, I think because it’s quite curved. I use the S8000 for a very basic set timing and confirm advance use.

Link. http://www.accuspark.co.uk/tools.html

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