Just a quick background....I am changing all the bodywork on my 97 Kawasaki ZX6r. It has a new tail section, new race bodywork and custom gauges (needed to fit the new fairing bracket).
Anyways, my bikes been in and out of 5th gear for the past 2 months getting various things done. Last week, I completed my gauge cluster (Vapor speedometer + Stock Tach shoved into a gutted honda f4i gauge cluster enclosure) and installed it on my bike.
I started the bike up (it took a while since it has been resting for 8 months) just to make sure everything was in working order. Then I proceeded to install and wire my new undertail and so forth.
Fast forward to 2 days ago. I start the bike up and let it idle for a little while just to make sure my new temperature sensor that came with my Vapor speedometer is functioning. It started showing the temps like it was supposed to. However, the temperature kept climbing and climbing. When it got to 200 F, I shut the bike down. I was a bit surprised that the fan did not come on. I went on the net and checked around various forums and got the general impression that the fan on my bike comes on around 210ish F. So, I let the bike cool and then started it again. Same thing happened....the bike got up to 215 F and no fan came on.
Thinking the bike might be overheating due to an air buble in the cooling system, I took the bike back to 5th gear to have them flush out the radiator and throw in some new coolant. Even the tech there was surprised that the fan was not coming on since we started the bike and let it heat up again. That's when we realized that maybe the fan was linked up to the old temperature gauge (which I had not wired up). Anyways, I brought my bike home today, and wired up the old temperature gauge to see if it would do the trick and turn the fan on.
So I hooked up the wiring going to the gauge cluster, turned the key, (undertail lights came on, gauge lights came on) hit the "on" switch and pressed the starter button....I got nothing. This was surprising, the bike was starting perfectly fine in the morning when I dropped it of at 5th gear. All they did was flush out the rad and throw in some new coolant. I tried to start the bike again and got nothing. I also noticed that the oil light and the neutral light were not illuminating as they usually do when the ignition is turned on. So thinking that I might have screwed up a wire, I removed the gauge cluster and tried starting the bike again. Still, I got nothing.
I went to the battery to check the connections and so forth when I noticed something alarming (I will let the pictures do the talking)
Now, what could have caused this? Was it a short caused by my frakenstein gauge setup? I opened up the gauge and all the wiring in there is perfectly fine. Was it a faulty ground?
I isolated the burnt/destroyed wires and they seem to be ground wires one of which was connected to the battery.
How do I fix this problem? Because the undertail lights and the gauge illumination bulbs still work, I know the harness isn't totally destroyed, but the startor does not engage and turn the engine over nor do the oil and neutral lights come on.
What do you guys suggest I do because this is the first time I have encountered a problem like this.
Please let me know.