Originally Posted by Polwart
John - are you getting anywhere? I think you might be on a red herring looking for the fault with the starter solenoid. I've just looked at your wiring diagram, and the fuse does not just protect the starter circuit - but I think all the gauges/instruments/alarms etc too. i.e. its one fuse for everything that is turned on when the engine is on.
In terms of the "short" you are looking for. If it blows a 20A fuse at 12V it will have a resistance of ~ 0.6 Ohm. I would be suspicious of anything reading less than 1 Ohm on a cheap multimeter, and would probably expect each circuit to be >3-4 Ohm so that multiple things can be on at once.
I would agree, there is a short and a big one, and its absolutley nothing to do with the starter solenoid or starter .a neat trick i learned is to replace the fuse with a 21 watt bulb from a car indicator or a 55 watt headlight bulb. this allows you to connect the battery and wiggle all the wiring around/disconnect various wires until the lamp dims or goes out when you find the short. works every time for me
cracking visual indicator and current limiter.
i would do this and unplug the remotes to see if the short is there, then everything else thet the red wire feeds starting with the rectifier pack which is a common culprit.