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1997 Yamaha Kodiak 400 Starting in Gear


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I just picked this up because the former owner said his buddy was riding it and it just quit a few months back and he didn’t have time to mess with it. 

I messed with it and can get it to turn over with the switch but I have to have it shifted into reverse and hold the brake and the electric switch works. If it’s in High or Low gear it won’t work. 

the neutral switch connection seems decent and the relay will click if I pull the connection on and off. However I notice the neutral light will never come on but the reverse light will come on at the center hub (the taillight is also ALWAYS on and bright regardless of whether brake lever is pulled).


anyone have a fix for this? Every post seems old online and then there never is a resolution to it. 

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  • Ajmboy changed the title to 1997 Yamaha Kodiak 400 Starting in Gear
9 hours ago, Ajmboy said:

I would probably replace both neutral safety switches to eliminate that. I believe there are two. see diagram #3




Should be part # 3GB-82540-01-00. Check Amazon and than look around online.


1997 Yamaha Kodiak Neutral Safety Switch



I do see the neutral switch but no reverse switch. They seem to operate within the same connection/circuit. 
maybe newer models have both? 
mine has a visible neutral switch and then there’s the ground cable that bolts into the engine right near it. 

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