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Lights and gauge not working!

My tag light had a wire that was bare. it shorted out and now none of the lights or gauge works. traced the wires under the seat and noticed there is no fuse. the wires go to a little black box located a top of the battery. being that there was no fuse,could that box have burnt out and went bad?

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  • Paul Blessing May 11, 2010

    Quite possibly. See If you can find out what that little box is? relay/fusebox?



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The fuse box is located behind the rear engine cover,right under the toolbox side cover

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