“This wiring stuff is pretty easy. I sure know what I’m doing.” Well, that one came right back to bite me in the ass. After having replaced my broken rear turn signal on the KTM yesterday (and the other one for a coherent look), I believed that I was the master of voltage, current and resistance. Not true…
First things first. Yesterday I decided to finally replace that broken rear turn signal that has been bugging me for like nine months now. Turned out that me, being the genius I am, could do it in around thirty minutes. And that included the other side too. That’s what I get for being smart and using plug and play-connectors. So the KTM is almost ready for sale now.
Today I focused on the Honda. I bought a ground cable for a car, one of these flat things and insulated it with electrical tape. I have misplaced the battery connector so I made another one of an eye lug, two pieces of wires that I put into the insulation of a thicker wire and connected it to the ground cable. Then I connected the battery negative to the engine block with my home made cable, more specifically to one of the mounting bolts of the starter motor since that too is supposed to be grounded. I now had power. When I turn the key, the headlight comes on.
I tried to hook up the Acewell speedometer but it is a little bit tricky. I managed to get the right turn signal to work well, with the indicator light flashing too, but when I switched to the left turn signal, the headlight started to flash together with the plate light instead while the turn signal was as dead as they come.
I checked all the wiring and disconnected everything, reconnecting it right away. For some reason, the turn signals work now. Might have been some crossed wires somewhere, because no matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t discover how the headlight was connected to the flasher relay but it had to be, otherwise it wouldn’t have been flashing. Anyways, I’ll go over it again tomorrow.
However, the Acewell is not a part of this yet. Remembering that I haven’t really tried the Acewell at all, I took another spare battery and just went through the different functions separately. It looks badass, awesome and amazing. It feels great seeing the bike come to life like this. Now I’m starting to get that spark of hope inside me, telling me that there might be a chance getting this project to pull through. If I succeed, I have deserved bragging rights like forever.
Has anyone of you readers ever had similar wiring issues? Any stories to share?