Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Hendersonville, NC in summers and The Villages, FL in winters
If you are talking about the two wires that go to the front brake switch on the brake lever, I doubt it makes any difference which way they attach. This is a simple switch that closes and opens the connection between these wires. Almost certainly what has happened is that the switch on your idle cable has become turned on all the time. You can test this by removing one wire from this switch although this switch is hard to access as it is along the right side of the backbone of the bike and is mostly hidden by the tank.
There is an adjustment process for the throttle and idle cables in the service manual which is supposed to be done and this will likely allow the cruise to work again.
Our patriotic stable:
Red 2012 XCT (wife's bike in NC)
Red 2012 XCT (my bike for NC)
White with custom flames 2012 XCT (wife's bike in FL)
Blue custom fire on a black 2012 XCT (my bike in FL)
2006 HD Softail Heritage (my bike when I was in MI - sold in Oct, 2017 after putting 45,000 miles and 20 states and one province on it - My first big bike and most of us will always remember our first with fond memories)