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Here is a real challenge for all the smart guys out there. I just bought a 2007 450 Sportsman. It would start and run with the pull rope only. If I tried to start it with the starter, the solenoid would just click. I took out the starter, it was clearly bad, and rusted up. I replaced it. The electric starter will now turn it over and start it, but the second you release the key position from start, it dies. If I keep the key in the start position, it will run, although clearly that keeps the starter engaged. It I put the key in the run position, and use the rope starter, it starts and runs fine. BTW, the stop-start-stop on the left handle bar is in start position at all times.

Any ideas? I am baffled

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Could be in the switch. Not sure if yours is an open or closed circuit, but the contacts in the switch may not be moving properly\
 
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