1997-2001 Honda CR250: Remove & Install FRONT Wheel

This is how to remove and install the front wheel on your 1997 – 2001 Honda CR250.

1997-2001 Honda CR250 Remove & Install FRONT WheelTools You Will Need:

  • 22 mm socket for the axle nut
  • 12 mm socket for the pinch bolts and brake caliper
  • Large ratchet or breaker bar
  • Torque wrench
  • Block of wood
  • Pliers

(Watch this first)

Start with your bike on a stand with the front wheel off the ground.

Rear Wheel Removal

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Step 1: Unbolt the brake caliper from the fork and hang it out of the way. This is not a necessary step, but it will make installing your wheel much simpler. Step 1 - Unbolt the brake caliper from the fork
Step 2: Loosen and remove the axle nut. Step 2 - Loosen and remove the axle nut.
Step 3: Loosen the pinch bolts, but do not remove them. Step 3 - Loosen the pinch bolts, but do not remove them.
Step 4: Use your block of wood to knock the axle out of the mounts.

Step 5: Pull the axle out.

 Step 4 - Use your block of wood to knock the axle out of the mounts.Step 5 - Pull the axle out.
DO NOT USE A HAMMER TO REMOVE THE AXLE!Yellow Safety Triangle
Step 6: Pull up on the wheel to relieve the pressure on the axle. Finish pulling the axle out of the mounts with your pliers. Step 6 - Pull up on the wheel to relieve the pressure on the axle.
When you pull the wheel away from the forks, make sure the hub spacers come with it.Yellow Safety Triangle

Rear Wheel Installation

Step 7: Wipe down every part of the wheel and hub before you install them. If you have grease, apply a thin layer to every part you can. Step 7 - Wipe down every part of the wheel and hub before you install them
Step 8: Align your wheel hub with the fork and install the axle. Make sure to install the hub spacers if they were removed. Step 8 - Align your wheel hub with the fork and install the axle.
Step 9: Install and torque the axle nut to 65 pound feet. Step 9 - Install and torque the axle nut to 65 pound feet.
Step 10: Tighten the pinch bolts on the axle nut side first. Torque the pinch bolts to 14 pound feet. Step 10 - Tighten the pinch bolts on the axle nut side first.
Step 11: Install the brake caliper.

Step 12: Take your bike off the stand and compress the front forks several times. This will allow the forks to align themselves to the axle.

 Step 11 - Install the brake caliper. Step 12 - Take your bike off the stand and compress the front forks several times.
This is an very important step, misaligned forks will bind and potentially cause severe damage.Yellow Safety Triangle
Step 13: Tighten the pinch bolts on the opposite side the axle nut. Torque the pinch bolts to 14 pound feet. Step 13 - Tighten the pinch bolts on the opposite side the axle nut.
Remember to take your time, and your bearing replacement will be easy.Yellow Safety Triangle
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