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post #1 of 5 Old 08-01-2013, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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We had flash floods here a couple of weeks ago. Rode home through some swift fairly deep water (about hub deep). Made it home OK but the next morning the bike was blowing the main fuse. Took off the tank unplugged/cleaned connectors and finally figured out that muddy water got into the starter switch on the bars. Cleaned that out, bike was alive.

Anyway been riding it back and forth to work no problems until yesterday. Started down the road towards home main fuse blew. Put in the spare and it popped. Brought the truck out today and had some work buds help me load it up. Bike looks sad in there.

I fixed the harness several years ago so I don't think that's the problem. I didn't look behind the dash so should probably check that first. Could be the ignition switch too I guess. Just seems wierd to be a water/mud issue after 2 weeks?

Ideas? I live in the desert so this water problem is new to me!

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-01-2013, 12:47 PM
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Is either of the 15A fuses blown? If not, then the culprit has to be downstream of anything that feeds off the main fuse.

Even though you've done the loom mod, I'd look at anything in the 20A circuit, looking for a short.

You might want to go back into the switches, too, since you found a problem there two weeks ago.


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post #3 of 5 Old 08-01-2013, 01:36 PM
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check how clean your chassis grounds are im doing same now.. my 1 yr old bike was corroded at chassis ground ..

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-05-2013, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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Update bike is running. Spent the better part of the weekend going through the harness.

When I first took the tank off it was still blowing the 20 @ main fuse. I pulled the harness out of the steering head recess and viola electric was up. Stripped the harness down pretty good looking for shorts, scuffs, anything. Couldn't find any obvious problem. I cleaned out all the connectors, applied dialectric compound, wrapped most of the harness in spllit tubing, wrapped that with electrical tape, wrapped the connectors in tape and carefully routed and stuffed it all back together.

I really wanted to find some sort of problem. I had the same experience about 40K miles ago with the harness. That time I think it was shorting on the voltage regulator bracket, didn't find anything burnt, frayed, etc. just starting working after I rerouted it.

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Good deal, brother. I, too, hate it when there isn't a concrete "something wrong" to be fixed.

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