After reading all the posts I think I have a shorted out stator but I would like additional info before I tear into it.
So heres whats happening; When I hook up the battery I get slight sparking and battery discharges, there is a small red wire coming out the top of the coil box going to the fuse box in front, that wire gets hot. Also the hot wire continues to the front of the motor. When I unplug the connector at the front of the motor the wires no longer overheat. So do I have a bad stator?