Simple opinion man, that "if its not broke don't fix it" scenario. They are nice and pretty though, and definitely help the show appearance for people into that sort of thing (would look good with a nice balancer, and an electric water pump), and the adjustment, especially on the UPR piece, is good when running a balancer setup for early 28oz motors where the stock pointer doesn't show in the right place.
I'd have to agree with d90212, that flimsy stamped steel factory timing pointer is easily bent out of adjustment. With most of these cars having some age and mileage on them, chances are great it has been off atleast once. If you were dumping some cash into an engine, I personally wouldn't trust it to a flimsy stock pointer. Besides, I would much rather spend $50 or so, than try to figure why my new couple grand engine keeps detonating, or blowing head gaskets, or whatever. Just a little bit of extra insurance, and they just happen to look nice too! I use the Reichard Racing pointer on my NMRA P/S engine, and it works great. Jim Reichard is just down the road from me, and was the first person/company to actually market one of these pointers. The quality is excellent, as he machines EVERYTHING himself.
when my motor was on the stand it was at TDC so i just put the timing pointer so it was pointing at 0
if you were looken to replace your pointer you would put your engine at TDC then install the pointer so its pointer at 0...same thing pretty much..just when the motor is apart you can make sure its at exact TDC
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