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    Posted: 11 Feb 2021 at 11:54
I'll be setting up the ignition timing on my LM2 soon, post distributor refit, points replacement and Gammatronix fit. I've set up the static timing and am looking for strobe gun recommendations. There are so many available from about £20 to over £100. Just looking for the cheapest that will do the job accurately.
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If you can find one that uses a 2nd battery to amplify the flash of the strobe , then they are better.
the ones that go inbetween the plug and the lead can tend to be a bit on the dim side.

a quick look gave me this-
clip onto the HT lead and 12 volt clips to an EXTERNAL battery (not the bike battery as you may get spurious flashes of charge)
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Thanks Richard, have you actually used this kit on your bike?
I've seen loads on the web, which is why I've looking for tried and tested recommendations.


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I have a similar one to Richard but a Gunson - about £40 from Machine Mart.  I use it with the bike's own battery and it works very well with a really bright light.

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What Richard said, avoid the neon type which just go onto the plug connection, they are useless in anything but pitch black.

Any one with a proper xenon strobe light will be fine, as in the example he gave. If it has battery connectors then it will be the right type.
You don't need any bells and whistles included, so you should be able to get one at under £20.

Any car spares shop would have them, there is nothing specific to motorcycles.
Mine is an elderly Gunson one.

I've only ever used the vehicle battery, and never had a problem so far.
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Thanks Richard, have you actually used this kit on your bike?
I've seen loads on the web, which is why I've looking for tried and tested recommendations.

I must admit not that exact one - but varying types similar to it. all 12v dc powered.
I did use one years ago which gave me the option of dialling in the Degrees advance into a know on the back - but we were looking at big money then.

you don't have to spend big money - one beauty is that you can see the timing mark moving as the advance retard springs and bobweights move
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Best used with a timing disc fitted to the front end of the crankshaft. Then you can see the exact timing, and dont need to worry about the marks on the flywheel.
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