EDIT: I am not entirely certain if this is in the correct forum. Sorry guys. I'll take a closer look and see if it belongs somewhere else. Mods - if you need to move the thread, I understand. Thanks.
Today, I did something brave/stupid to my little Cub Cadet.
I am planning on changing to a push button starter, toggle switch for shutoff, and also eliminating some of the safety features that will create too much hassle, since I will be using the mower strictly as a snow blower. Specifically, I intend to remove the pressure switch on the seat, and set it up so that it will only start in park with PTO off. However once it's running there will be no safety features.
Anyway, I started noodling around with the electrical components, trying to trace the wires to their roots, hoping to figure out the relays, etc., but then I just got frustrated and tore everything out. I mean everything; there's just a couple of wire relays and ground wires that have stubs. All of the harnesses and other things have been removed.
Now, mind you, I know well enough to use a multimeter. I know that if I'd had the patience, I could have methodically tested each wire with each setting of the ignition switch, and eventually I could have rooted the whole thing, maybe could have kept most of the setup as it was. But I just didn't want to deal with it. I kept looking at this rat's nest of dusty old wires, made tacky from old electrical tape, and just said to myself "F this S, I'll figure it out."
I did this primarily because of my frustration, but also because of a concerted desire to really learn about electronics; I've been good enough to troubleshoot and repair, but I still feel threatened by wiring, and I want to get better.
So yeah, now I'm here at square one and not sure what to do first.
The idea I have for the wiring setup seems simple enough. I can probably figure it out on my own in time. It would be nice if there was a website or something that offered step by step instructions, or an index of different parts. So far the stuff I'm finding is kind of poor and too inconsistent to be really useful....
Do you guys know of anything?