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500 sportsman ignition hesitation

When key is turned on it takes a few seconds for the cluster to light up, after it does, off and on is normal. Im wondering what would make it have a hesitation on first key turn?

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remove the red and black lines for the starter motor hook up a volt meter and check and see if you get a 12 volt voltage to it or higer when you turn the key if you do then the starter is gone if not reply back to me

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