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Is your new battery fully charged ?

This sounds like it could be worn out brushes on the starter.
Do the lights go OUT or just get dim ?
Some models purposely turn the lights OFF while starting and some don't.

If they just dim down, then it's likely that the starter is getting power and trying to turn .......but can't for some reason.
 

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Any idea of how many amps the starter should draw when pushing the start button?
Thank you.
Not exactly but it is REAL HIGH in normal operation. That's why the cables are so thick.
The starter really is the most likely culprit here.
Is it exposed so that you could whack it with a screwdriver handle while pushing START ?
 

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. SO, now I think maybe I have a short in the starter switch itself. Does that sound feasible?
Thank you for your thoughts.
More testing is required.
Disconnect the small "trigger" wire from the starter solenoid and see what happens with it off when you push the start button. There is at least one relay between the button and the solenoid, maybe two. It is also possible that the small input wire is pinched or rubbed against something HOT and is shorted to the frame.
 
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