You are right about the lurking part. My first experience with this board was when I found the Tupperware Party post about a year after I bought the bike. That was a huge help getting the tupperware off the first time and I was hooked on this forum forever. This forum has been a huge help. I really did not post before because pretty much every problem I have ever had has either already been discusses thoroughly or was under warranty. I also want to thank you, David, and John for stepping up to help. John also called and I will call him back this afternoon to discuss a few other minor questions I still have.
Friday, I talked to David Shealey and he also provide information on the black wire adn the reverse switch. I was pretty sure when I saw what I had done, which was connect the brown ground wire to the starter where the black power wire should have connected to the starter (and when I connected it I did not even see the black wire hanging there) and I was fat, dumb, and happy until I had it all back together and it would not start. Then looking around I found the errant black wire and knew I had connected the wrong wire to the starter. However, that is where the mystery started. I connected the black properly but I still could not get it to start and assumed that it was because the ground wire needed to be connected but I could not figure out where to attach it. After talking to Dave I tried to connect the ground wire to the top alternator bolt but the bolt was too big to go through the connector. Finally, even thought I was pretty sure it did not come off the starter I attached it to the bolt at the back of the starter. When I did that and hit the starter switch it fired right up. So, I assumed that was the problem and installed the cross member, swing arm, and final drive. I also reinstalled the reverse switch mounting hardware and was getting ready to install the exhaust. At that point I decided to try to start it again and guess what. It would not turn over and the relay would not even click. So, based on David's advice I looked into the reverse aid switch and by playing with it I could get it to start but every time I installed the hardware it would not start. Eventually, the last time I took it off a small plunger from one of the switched fell out which lead me to belive it was bad all along and I ordered a new one. Bottom line, I had two problems and was lucky that when I installed the ground wire the reverse switch decided to cooperate enough to let it start which at least told me it was not a starter problem and I was then able to focus on other possible issues.
So, now my questions are:
Where should that brown ground wire really be attached and will it hurt anything to leave it where it is?
When I reinstall the reverse aid switch are there any nuances that will help keep me from damaging it again?