the 1st gear light on my honda recon 2004 flashes 6 times and won't shift
The blinking light indicates a problem with the electric shift. The number of blinks indicates what component circuit is out of specification. In this case six blinks indicates a problem with the internal circuit of the ECU. Since the ECU is a sealed electrical part there is no way to repair it other than to replace it.
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What is the ECU - when I call the Honda Store what part do I ask for
Below is a link to a parts diagram for your atv. The ECU is the Electronic Control Unit for the electronic shift system. There is also an ECU for the ignition system. The parts diagram calls it a control unit, change and it is part #9 on the diagram. The part is under the front fender mounted to a cross brace on the frame with a rubber vibration insulator. The ignition control unit is mounted next to it so be sure you get the correct part.
the parts diagram I should be looking at is the wire harness one correct? I think I can see the part - should it run around $200? Thanks
The parts listing calls it "control unit, change" with a price of $227.51.