1997-2001 Honda CR250 Kickstarter Maintenance Part 1: Removal

This is Part 1 of the step-by-step Kickstarter maintenance for your 1997-2001 Honda CR250 Dirt Bike.

You can find Part 2: Inspection here, and Part 3: Installation here.

When was the last time you performed a full Kickstarter inspection of your motocross or trail Honda CR250? Your Kickstarter might be bad, and you don’t even know it, and that could damage other internal parts!

The Tools You Will Need

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket
  • Pry Bar
  • Calipers
  • Foot Pound Torque Wrench

I highly recommend using OE gaskets and parts. Aftermarket parts for you 1997-2001 Honda CR250 may be cheaper, but they may not be the same quality as the original Honda parts.

Common Kickstarter Problems

  • If your Kickstarter does not return after the kick, the return spring is worn out or broken.
  • If the Kickstarter slips on the down kick, the ratchet gear, pinion gear, or idle gear may be damaged or worn.
  • The only way to prevent these problems is to inspect your Kickstarter at regular intervals.

Pre-Service Notes

  • Put your bike on a sturdy stand and drain oil and coolant.
  • I recommend opening the Service & Torque Specs table in a new tab for easy reference.
  • If you need parts and tools, make sure to buy them here!
  • Pictures with captions are after the steps below.
  • Make sure to keep track of every bolt and nut, there will be a lot!
  • If you need any help don’t hesitate to ask!

Related: If your steering feels notchy, its time for a bearing change!

Kickstarter Removal

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  • Step 1: Remove the outer clutch cover.
  • Step 2: Disconnect the coolant line.
  • Step 3: Remove the water pump cover.
  • Step 4: Remove the kickstart lever.
  • Step 5: Remove the crankcase cover.
  • Step 6: Discard old crankcase cover gasket.
  • Step 7: Pull Idle gear and idle gear bushing.
  • Step 8: Pull the kickstarter, making sure to keep the assembly in one piece.
Step 1: Remove the outer clutch cover.
Step 1: Remove the outer clutch cover.
Step 2: Disconnect the coolant line.
Step 2: Disconnect the coolant line.
Step 3: Remove the water pump cover.
Step 3: Remove the water pump cover.
Step 4: Remove the kickstart lever.
Step 4: Remove the kickstart lever.
Step 5: Remove the crankcase cover.
Step 5: Remove the crankcase cover.
Step 6: Discard old crankcase cover gasket.
Step 6: Discard old crankcase cover gasket.
Step 7: Pull Idle gear and idle gear bushing.
Step 7: Pull Idle gear and idle gear bushing.
Step 8: Pull the kickstarter, making sure to keep the assembly in one piece.
Step 8: Pull the kickstarter, making sure to keep the assembly in one piece.

OEM Honda Part Numbers

  • Ratchet Spring – 28223-KA4-740
  • Starter Ratchet – 28221-KZ3-A10
  • Snap Ring – 94510-19000
  • Inner Thrust Washer – 90554-728-940
  • Kickstarter Spindle – 28251-KZ3-690
  • Pinion Gear – 28211-KZ3-A10
  • Outer Thrust Washer – 90554-728-940
  • Return Spring – 28261-KA4-741
  • Collar – 28282-KZ3-690
  • Idle Gear – 28231-KS7-000
  • Idle Gear Bushing – 28232-KA4-740
  • Right Crank Case Cover Gasket – 11395-KZ3-880
  • Water Pump Gasket Separator – 19222-KZ3-860
  • Water Pump Gasket – 19229-KZ3-880
  • Clutch Cover O-ring – 91211-KS7-701

If you have any questions or anything to add, please leave them in the comments or on our FaceBook page!

97-01 Honda CR250 Kickstarter Part 2: Inspection →

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