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2006 Foreman...won't turn off. (maybe it wants to be ridden)

Was out in the yard Friday afternoon painting and noticed the green neutral light on my 06 Foreman was on. Walked over and the display was lit up, neutral light was on, and the key was in the off position.

Hmmmm.

Went inside, got the key, flicked the switch on and off a few times, no change.

Checked to see if it would start with the key off. Yep.

Pulled the main 30 amp fuse. Stuff still stayed on.

Disconnected negative battery terminal. That did it. Hooked it back up, everything seemed to work ok.

Went out to check it a couple of hours later and the dang thing was powered up again with the key off.

So I unhooked the battery and left it.

First thing I plan on doing is swapping in a different key switch, see if that's the problem.

Anyone ever see this before, and if so, what did it end up being?
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Thats weird for sure. Pulling the main 30 amp fuse should cut positive battery voltage to all circuits on the bike. Do you have any addon accessories connected directly to the positive battery post that could backfeed/supply voltage to the harnesses downstream of the 30 amp fuse?
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I believe the only things I have on the battery are the tender pigtail and the winch contactor.

I'll unhook the winch contactor and see if maybe the switch is backfeeding. The winch switch acted funny last time I rode this wheeler.
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We need another bike entry in the ATV of the Month contest today... :-)
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If I ever get either of my kids' bikes finished they MIGHT be worth entering, as long as you, Shadetree, and some of the other nut and bolt guys aren't in the mix! LOL
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My bike is ineligible for a couple more months at least... shadetree has some nice rides, but hes been too busy apparently... there's no better time than the present, as they say... :-)


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Unhooked my winch contactor this morning, and the key worked....for about 5 minutes. Then back to the "on all the time" so it wasn't the winch contactor or switch.

I guess the next step is to try another switch.

Weird thing is, if I unhook the battery for a few seconds, everything works ok, then after a few minutes it comes on and stays on.

I'll try another switch after work. If that doesn't do it I'm not sure where to look next.

Isn't there a diode of some sort in the fuse box?
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Ya there is a flyback voltage protection diode in it, but the weird thing is the bike powered up while the main 30 amp fuse was taken out. That weirdness led me to guess that there might be feedback coming from an accessory hot from the battery... apparently that ain't so. I'm interested in what you discover.


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With all that re-wiring you did on the 350 ("Starting In Gear" thread) are you sure didn't play around with this Foreman, too? Jumper wire on the starter? You've been so busy maybe you forgot.
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With all that re-wiring you did on the 350 ("Starting In Gear" thread) are you sure didn't play around with this Foreman, too? Jumper wire on the starter? You've been so busy maybe you forgot.
This one is stock. Start in gear feature came from the factory, along with brake lights, so I haven't had to do any modifications to the wiring on this bike at all.
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