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What is your reason for originally moving the wires on your solenoid?
Is your ground wire on one of your solenoid posts, along with one of your large red cables?
Does your fuse blow when your key is in on position, or when your switch is in start position?
There is a small orange wire attached to your solenoid. Remove this wire, then check again to see if your fuse blows, in start position.
This indicates that your orange wire has a direct short in it, or your ignition switch is bad.
i would rather believe that it is a short or bad switch.
You can use a continuity tester to test your ignition switch.
In start position, check for continuity between B & G.
I believe your ignition switch is ok.
On your solenoid, you should have two large red cables, and a small red wire with fuse, and an orange wire.
Am I correct?
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I would for you to try something.
It does not matter which side you put your large red cable on, as long as you put your small red wire on the same post, with the large red cable that goes to your battery.
Try this ...
Fully release your brake / clutch pedal and engage your blades, then turn your key to start position, to see if your fuse still blows.
Thank you for checking. Are you familiar with using small jumper wires?
I would like to confirm something. In ON position, your fuse does not blow? Is this correct?
Remove the wiring connector from your ignition switch. Put a jumper wire in your connector, to jump your (S) Orange Wire, and your (B) Red Wire. Let's see if your fuse blows.
Is this your original ignition switch?
I believe you have the wrong ignition switch.
Jump red and orange wires.
Yellow wire is a ground and should never attach to (B) terminal on your ignition switch. Orange wire should attach to S terminal.
Set your parking brake and disengage your blades, then jump your red and orange again. Let's see if your engine spins.
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