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2013 Polaris Sportsmant 500 HO will not start

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Here we go.

I purchased a used 2013 Sportsman 500 HO (carbureted) knowing that it didn't run. The symptoms were when I turn the key, the display comes on (HOT ENGINE warning) but nothing else happens. No clicking or starter noise. The previous owner suspected it was the starter. I replaced the starter. Still nothing. When I turn the key, the display comes on but there is no clicking, nothing at all. I swapped out the ignition switch just to be safe. I then took it to a mechanic and he diagnosed a stator. So I installed a stator/rectifier. Then he said it would be best to install a wiring harness. So I replaced the entire wiring harness. Still nothing. The mechanic supposedly tested the handlebar switch and the awd/4x2 switches but I didn't do it myself.

Anyone have any thoughts on what this could be?

I would like to at least get some starter engagement but I don't know if the HOT ENGINE warning is killing the starter. I've never had a sportsman with a display before so i don't know how high tech they are. Thanks!
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The white wire with the red stripe is the control voltage wire (has 12v+ when the key is turned to the start position) - the blue wire is ground, but it is not connected to 12v- until the display senses neutral light, park indicator or the brake light.

If you can measure 12v on the wht/red wire with the key in the start position and you are too cheap to take it to a dealer to run the diagnostics and repair the deficiencies, you can bypass the safety features by splicing a ground connection to the blue wire.

BTW - the 'mechanic' you took it to was a jack ass as the stator has nothing to do with starting - the stator is for ignition and charging the battery. If you still have the ols stator, keep it for a spare or offer it for sale on Ebay or Facebook.
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