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Hey all,

I want to check out the timing on my bike. What are some brands (links please if possible) that you recommend for stroboscopes? Also feel free to give me your opinion on timing lights as well, since both of these things are new to me. Thanks!
 

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krukster86 said:
Hey all,

I want to check out the timing on my bike. What are some brands (links please if possible) that you recommend for stroboscopes? Also feel free to give me your opinion on timing lights as well, since both of these things are new to me. Thanks!
Cheapest one you can find - you and your little timing light will get an oil bath, so why waste a bunch of money on a tool that's going to get drenched with oil and live a short life??
 

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you and your little timing light will get an oil bath, so why waste a bunch of money on a tool that's going to get drenched with oil and live a short life??
put it in a clear plastic bag, tape it tight to the nose of the light, keeps the oil off
 

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jayel said:
tbpmusic said:
you and your little timing light will get an oil bath, so why waste a bunch of money on a tool that's going to get drenched with oil and live a short life??
put it in a clear plastic bag, tape it tight .......

Will that work for my face, too???? :eek: :shock: :?
 

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no bill, unfortunatly most of those bags have warnings on them not to place over your head or any of that other fun stuff, and of course we know you will always faithfully follow all warnings and safety recommedations

WHOO-HOO see I'm up to 125cc hope it's a H-D/Aermacchi Rapido, 1968 model of course the only true Rapido
 

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Bill I saw your post on Twin Timing and I have to say it is MUCH better than what I have in my service manual :D

If you could clarify the terminology for timing tools: What is the difference between a stroboscope, a timing light, and a "test light"?
Here is what I gather:
Stroboscope is on the professional end of things, very expensive but accurate
Timing Light is around the $30 range and performs the same task as a stroboscope, emitting a strobelight for timing with the engine running.
Test light is what Bill set up in his how to guide for static timing.
 

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krukster86 said:
Bill I saw your post on Twin Timing and I have to say it is MUCH better than what I have in my service manual :D

If you could clarify the terminology for timing tools: What is the difference between a stroboscope, a timing light, and a "test light"?
Here is what I gather:
Stroboscope is on the professional end of things, very expensive but accurate
Timing Light is around the $30 range and performs the same task as a stroboscope, emitting a strobelight for timing with the engine running.
Test light is what Bill set up in his how to guide for static timing.
A Strobe and Timing Light are the same thing when talking in a conversation. Some people might refer to an Oscilloscope when using the term Strobescope amongst friends that's generally not the appropriate use of the term. Depending on your background the term Timing Light and Strobe are interchangeable.

A test light is just a self powered light that can be used to check for continuity but many use the same term for an unpowered test light that is used to test for the presence of 12v DC in circuit.

In the case of Bill example of using a static timing light you could use either one. You could use a powered test light to set the timing but the key would have to be turned off. Or you could use an unpowered test light with the key turned on.

Is that now as clear as mud?
 

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Gotcha, thanks for the clarification!
 

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krukster86 said:
Bill I saw your post on Twin Timing and I have to say it is MUCH better than what I have in my service manual :D

If you could clarify the terminology for timing tools: What is the difference between a stroboscope, a timing light, and a "test light"?
Here is what I gather:
Stroboscope is on the professional end of things, very expensive but accurate
Timing Light is around the $30 range and performs the same task as a stroboscope, emitting a strobelight for timing with the engine running.
Test light is what Bill set up in his how to guide for static timing.
Yes to all......
 

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tbpmusic said:
you and your little timing light will get an oil bath
Heres why...oil enters the left casing via main bearings, hits the spinning stator rotor, and tries to exit the hole at the bottom of the housing...
 

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Ah interesting...
I think I will try out static timing and if I still sense something amiss, I have a buddy at ChicagolandSportbikes that has a timing light I can borrow.
 
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