1985 vulcan 700 electrical nightmare! Please help!
I recently bought the bike and it started and ran fine. The blinkers dont work and the original owner gave me a new voltage regulator because the battery apparently died after a few days. I installed the regulator and started it up. Within seconds the voltage reg heated up , almost painful to touch. I know nothing about regulators and didn't think much since it was a brand new unit. The next day the bike wouldn't start. It wouldn't turn over, nothing. When I hot start it it turns over strong but I am not receiving spark as far as I know. My theory is the lockout switch or wiring is fried. I put a brand new ignition switch in because a mechanic that looked at it said that is were the problem was. Still doesn't even turn over. The starter switch is good. The starter relay is good. I did fine 2 wires that are fried that go into the fuse box and if ignition box. I'm no expert and am not sure what to do. I'm in over my head. Did I fry the switched or just wires? Both? I could try repairing the fried wires but think replacing the wiring harness is best. That doesn't solve my charge problems tho. What is causing the battery to die after 5 days? Why did the brand new voltage regulator overheat and fry my system?! Any help or ideas would be very much appreciated.