You didn't mention what you intend to use your Reeper for, street or trail. If you scroll down. We have a thread for tires with many post and pics of different tire choices other members have made. I'm sure you will find something that may give you some ideas that will work for you.
If it just stopped working I would think the clutch is fine and just not being allowed to fully release. Unfortunately the only way to find out for sure is what your doing. Tearing into it and laying eyes on it. Once you get everything apart so you can see, let us know what you found out at least what you can see it doing.
1) I don't believe you can switch from KM to Miles. 2) Yes your gauges should light up. Could be a loose ground. Wouldn't think all bulbs in them went bad. The gauges can be off reading a little high. There is a thread showing the best location for your radiator fan sensor to kick fan on sooner but I didn't see it on a quick search. Will try again tomorrow. As far as the 180 thermostat, that would help keep it cooler. 4) Yes it will start in gear. There is no neutral safety switch. 5) pull the horn button and check for power. It could be at the button. It could also be because of a bad ground. Specially since it worked once and your gauge lights aren't working, could all be tied together. 6) For check wheels, best I can say is check out the tire section. See what others have used. That will give you some input on what to look for. Main things being weight, offset, and make sure they are DOT approved. Hope this helps. In the future it is best to post questions in the sections best suited for their topic. It only helps not only you to find it easier at a later date but all future members having the same issue to find it easier. Part of the problem finding the thread for you. It is probably buried in the general section and could take some time to find. Hope that doesn't sound abrasive, don't mean for it to. Just hoping to make it easier for the next guy.
Dang, that's just hard to imagine. You might want to check out BOR for a set of his shocks if the roads are that bad. As far as popularity in the US. I would say it has risen some. They keep selling new ones so obviously more people are learning about them. I don't think they will ever be as popular as name brand side X sides. There is really no comparison in that field between the two. These are designed to be more versatile and that just doesn't appeal to everyone.
Thanks for the reply. It's crazy how many problems a little water will cause. Is the alternator charging? After you charge the battery will it stay charged after letting it set for a day. I would think if you have a short bad enough that the alternator can't keep up you would be frying wires.
Water sure does some funky things to these machines. Don't know how wild you got with the high pressure wand. The sizzle in the fuse box is definitely concerning. Was you talking bout under the dash or the CB's in the back. Good to see you back. Did you ever finish the top for your machine.