Did you remove the bullet connectors prior to pulling the harness through the Stator tube? You mentioned pushing the harness but you must disconnect the horn/directional indicator and pull the harness through the center of the steering wheel. If you did not remove the bullets, taping the wire ends as Peter shows in his pictures can work but still can catch on the edge of the stator tube and I find removing the bullets and refitting once the harness is back in place is a better approach and a small soldering addition.
You mentioned having a short in the harness. This is not an uncommon issue and your harness insulation may have been cut if your stator tube interconnection has been forced and edges bent. Once withdrawn, I would carefully examine the steering wheel harness for insulation cuts and exposed wire. Peter's first picture (at the beginning of the thread) shows the 2 parts of the stator tube interconnect and how over-twisting would expose a sharp edge.
Steering wiring harness
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