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I have a 1988 300 Honda FourTrax, All wheel drive.

My brother and I were fixing up this quad. We put a brand new battery and fuses in and it was running fine until we put the quad into reverse. As soon as it was put into reverse all of the electrical cut out and power wasn't making it to the head unit anymore and both of the brand new fuses popped. We figured there might have been a short from the starter or solenoids, but they are all working properly. At this point we don't know where to start looking for where the short could be. I'm just wondering if anybody has had the same issue or knows of similar issues that could cause these electrical shorts?

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Have you replaced the fuses and tried to run it again? I would try that first and if it happens again then there is an obvious short on the reverse signal wire. 

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We did try to replace the fuses. Thank you for the info I think we have a new lead. Where abouts would I look for the wire?

 

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There going to be a set of wires someplace in the area of the shifter.  That set of wires will be a neutral light and a reverse light.   The reverse light wire is usually red but don't quote me on that.  You should start to go through the wiring and see if something is pinched, crushed or shorted out.  

I will see if I can find something for you on the diagram.  

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Btw welcome to Quadcrazy!! 

Here are some diagrams for your bike. I also gave you the neutral safety switch layout. I’m only pointing you in that direction since you said it happened when you put it in reverse.  I could be way off on that theory  though. 

There are a few different diagrams here for your bike so pick and choose as you need. 

Feel free to ask any questions. 

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I'm having similar issue's with same machine but I have neutral light no headlight won't start unless kick start any help would be appreciated thanks

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