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Uh, I installed my battery leads in reverse. Positive to ground and Negative to the starter. Now all electrics are dead. Where do I start trouble shooting? What was most likely damaged?
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I think it depends on the year of the bike, but nowadays bikes are protected by connecting the wrong terminal by diodes (=current can only go one way). Check the fuse(s) first.

Maybe this will get you some idea's:

https://www.youcanic.com/article/jum...tery-wrong-way

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Maxi fuse on 2001. Just change that big fuse near the battery.
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@rejeanprimeau. Not seeing the 'big fuse' near the battery. Just the circuit breaker. Not finding one in my wiring diagram for this 01 Sporty. Any other suggestions?
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There's a big black rubber case it's inside of if its the same as 05.
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Will this help?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrWk_Av_KMw

However, I don't know the year of that bike in the video. I got a '92 myself so I only have breakers. Don't know in what year they switched to fuses.

Someone will definately know here.

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All fuses are OK. No main fuse per wiring diagram but this year has a circuit breaker.
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Uh, I installed my battery leads in reverse. Positive to ground and Negative to the starter. Now all electrics are dead. Where do I start trouble shooting? What was most likely damaged?
When you're having issues with the electrical system, use this Sportsterpedia section about
checking the battery cables, voltages and grounds - DO THIS BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...place_to_start

General Diagnostics - Including Won't Turn Over & Won't Start
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...k:ref:genmsr01


Do you have a multimeter? Make sure all the grounds are clean and good contact....

Disconnect the Regulator to Battery Connector...

Then, trace power from the battery to the Starter Solenoid - Then to the Main Circuit Breaker (CB) - then to the Keyswitch...

If all of that is good continuity, then power on the keyswitch - Check for power from the Keyswitch to the Individual Fuses:
Accy Key Position .. should power up the Accy Fuse (ORANGE/White wire)
Run Key Position .... should power up the other Fuses:
---- Ignition Fuse (GRAY wire)
---- Instrument Fuse (ORANGE wire)
---- Lights Fuse (BLUE Wire)

If all that verifies good - you should have power on the system...

Then - test the stator:
Sportsterpedia - Check your Alternator/Stator

Then check the regulator:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...tage_regulator

Once all that checks out, then reconnect the stator to the regulator & the regulator to the battery...


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When you're having issues with the electrical system, use this Sportsterpedia section about
checking the battery cables, voltages and grounds - DO THIS BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...place_to_start

General Diagnostics - Including Won't Turn Over & Won't Start
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...k:ref:genmsr01


Do you have a multimeter? Make sure all the grounds are clean and good contact....

Disconnect the Regulator to Battery Connector...

Then, trace power from the battery to the Starter Solenoid - Then to the Main Circuit Breaker (CB) - then to the Keyswitch...

If all of that is good continuity, then power on the keyswitch - Check for power from the Keyswitch to the Individual Fuses:
Accy Key Position .. should power up the Accy Fuse (ORANGE/White wire)
Run Key Position .... should power up the other Fuses:
---- Ignition Fuse (GRAY wire)
---- Instrument Fuse (ORANGE wire)
---- Lights Fuse (BLUE Wire)

If all that verifies good - you should have power on the system...

Then - test the stator:
Sportsterpedia - Check your Alternator/Stator

Then check the regulator:
http://sportsterpedia.com/doku.php/t...tage_regulator

Once all that checks out, then reconnect the stator to the regulator & the regulator to the battery...


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Awesome! Thanks, I will do the drill.
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