This is how to remove and install the rear wheel on your 1997 – 2001 Honda CR250.
Tools You Will Need:
- 27mm Socket with breaker bar
- Honda OEM block of wood
- 13mm Wrench for chain adjustment jam nut
- 10mm wrench for chain adjustment bolt
- torque wrench
- Sharpie Marker
(Watch this first)
Start with your bike on a stand with the rear wheel off the ground.
Rear Wheel Removal
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|Step 1: Count the exposed threads on the chain adjuster bolt and mark it on the swing arm. While this is not precise, it will give you a ballpark when you reinstall your wheel.|
|Step 2: Back out the chain adjustment jam nuts a few turns then turn in the adjuster bolts a few turns to relieve pressure on the axle blocks.|
|Step 3: Loosen and remove the axle nut and washer.|
|Step 4: Lift your tire, knock the axle into the swingarm with your block of wood|
Step 5: Pull the axle out.
|Do not use a hammer, you will damage the threads.|
|Step 6 & 7: Push your wheel forward to slack the chain, then starting with the top, work the chain off the sprocket, and remove your wheel.|
|Make sure to keep track of your spacers, axle block, washer, and axle nut.|
Rear Wheel Installation
|Step 8: Install the wheel spacers. The larger of the two spacers goes on the sprocket side of the wheel.|
Step 9: Align your wheel, and starting at the bottom, work the chain onto the sprocket.
|Step 10: Lift your wheel and slide the axle through.|
|Step 11: Install the axle block with the notch facing up.|
|Step 12: Install the washer and axle nut, hand tight.|
|Step 13: Return the chain tensioner to the marked position. While you’re here, double check the chain tension. |
Step 14: Match the adjuster on the other side.
|Match the tension bolts as close as you can. A misaligned rear wheel will cause premature wear on the chain, sprocket, swingarm, hub, and is the number one cause of bearing failure, all of which cost money to fix.|
|Step 15: Once your tensioners are set, push the axle blocks up to the adjustment bolts, and torque the axle nut to manufacturer specs.|
|Remember to take your time, and your bearing replacement will be easy.|
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Keep Your ’99-’01 CR250 Running Right!
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- Clutch Replacement
- Carburetor Service
- Front Fork Maintenance
- Rear Shock Rebuild
- Wheels & Tires
- Kickstarter Inspection
- External Shift Linkage