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05-13-2019 04:24 PM
Eaglekeeper494
Same here

I have the same problem with a 2000 Foreman 400. Parked it one day with everything fine. A week or so later, turn on the key and no neutral light, oil light, headlights etc. Will not crank. The only thing that registers is the little green light for the hour meter flashes (normal function). I can pull start it or start it by jumping the solenoid. I changed the ignition switch with a Honda part ($65). and still nothing. I had the battery tested just to be sure and it's fine. Neutral/reverse switch seems to test good - I'm not great at reading my multimeter and can't find instructions. Could it be the ignition relay and if so, where is it and how do I test it?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
12-21-2017 12:43 AM
gatorschevy good looking ride
08-08-2017 08:24 AM
retro Thanks for letting us know how you fixed it! And thanks for pics!!!
08-06-2017 03:16 PM
jcccbr Finally! The new switch did the trick! Back to normal and ready to ride! Thanks for everyone's help! As it turned out, the old switch WAS NOT a knock off but an OEM Honda switch! Only got 2-3 years out of it. Odd for Honda parts. Here's couple pics of the old girl.....
07-11-2017 07:48 AM
jcccbr Thanks for the feedback guys. I kinda suspected the key switch because I had power intermittently and now it's totally dead. Just trying to save a buck! The other issue was the fact that the neutral light was at first dim and over the course of a minute or so would brighten up and it would start suggested a poor connection. But it baffled me that I'd be riding along and it would just die, sit for a minute and start back up and be fine. But it has been continually been getting worse and the only think that has changed is the key switch.
07-10-2017 11:04 PM
Goober The fact that your headlight is affected tells me ignition (master) switch is involved and not the ignition system.
Unless you were having neutral light problems before and thot changing the switch would fix?
07-10-2017 10:38 PM
retro
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....I forgot to mention earlier that I installed an aftermarket key switch 2 years ago....
Aye, you know what ya gotta do don't ya... get that china garbage off there and buy a good new or used OEM switch! 1986 TRX350 ONLY. No other year models will fit the 86.

If you still need help after your OEM ignition switch is installed, come on back, we'd love to help!

Got any pics of your ole gal you can share? :-)
07-10-2017 08:12 PM
jcccbr Finally had time to look into this a little more. I still have no lights on the dash nor does the starter button engage the start. Battery is good and I can short across the starter solenoid and it spins the starter. I forgot to mention earlier that I installed an aftermarket key switch 2 years ago. Does anyone know if the Kill switch/headlight/ starter button unit on the left handlebar could cause such a problem? CDI box?
04-25-2017 04:27 PM
ktriebol
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Thanks. I haven't checked the relay yet, but will. It's so random. I could go out and try now and it may work. Then again it may not. Then there's the issue of riding along (at night) and it just shuts down. Do you thing the relay or neutral switch could do that?
Possibly the neutral switch could cause it, but it's hard to say. You have to start somewhere, though, and the starter system is a good place to start. Once the starter is working reliably, then you can move on to other things.
04-25-2017 04:01 PM
jcccbr Thanks. I haven't checked the relay yet, but will. It's so random. I could go out and try now and it may work. Then again it may not. Then there's the issue of riding along (at night) and it just shuts down. Do you thing the relay or neutral switch could do that?
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