1997-2001 Honda CR250 External Shift Linkage Maintenance Part 1: Removal

This is PART 1 of the full step-by-step external shift linkage inspection 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 external shift linkage inspection on your motocross or trail Honda CR250?

Your External Shift Linkage might be bad, and you don’t even know it, and that could damage other internal parts. A common Honda CR250 external shift linkage problem is having problems getting your bike into gear.  There is no definite cause for this problem, so you will have to inspect every part of the linkage.

Before you begin your external shift linkage inspection you will need the following tools:

  • 8mm socket
  • 10mm box wrench
  • 2 Pry bars

If you need tools, you can get them HERE

You will need to remove the right crankcase cover and clutch assembly to access the shift linkage. You can see how to do this in the Clutch Inspection walkthrough.

I highly recommend using OE parts.  Aftermarket parts may be cheaper, but they may not be the same quality as original Honda parts.

Related: 1997-2001 Honda CR250 Brake Specifications

Here are the OEM Honda part numbers:

Shift Shaft

  • Shift Shaft – 24610-KZ3-890
  • Spring Mount Pin – 24652-HA0-000
  • Shift Shaft Spring- 24651-KZ3-860
  • Shift Shaft Spring Clip – 94510-14000
  • Shift Shaft Washer – 90435-HB3-000

Stopper Arm

  • Drum Stopper Arm – 24430-KA3-740
  • Drum Stopper Arm Bolt – 90022-MG8-000
  • Drum Stopper Arm Washer – 90451-155-000
  • Drum Stopper Arm Spring – 24435-KA4-770

Guide Plate

  • Guide Plate – 24328-KA5-690
  • Guide Plate Bolt – 96300-06016-00
  • Pawl – 24325-KA3-711
  • Plunger – 24326-KBH-901
  • Plunger Spring – 24329-KA3-740
  • Drum Shifter – 24321-KZ3-891

Shifter Drum

  • Drum Center Pin – 24315-HA0-000
  • Shift Drum – 24312-KA3-741
  • Shift Drum Alignment Pin – 96220-40080

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First things first, put a box or tray under your bike o catch falling parts. Also, I recommend opening the Service & Torque Specs table in a new tab for easy reference.

The external shift linkage has many tiny components, so make sure to keep everything in a Ziploc bag!

Watch the video below to get an idea of how this 1997-2001 Honda CR250 external shift linkage routine inspection will go.

Honda CR250 External Shift Linkage Removal

Click The Pictures To Start Slideshow!

Step 1: Remove the shift lever.External Shift Linkage Step 1: Remove Shift Lever
Step 2: Pull shift shaft from the crankcase.  The washer may be stuck to the crankcase.Step 2: Pull Shift Shaft
Step 3: Remove the guide collar.Step 3: Remove Collar
Step 4: Remove the guide plate.Step 4: Remove Guide Plate
Step 5: Remove the shifter drum center pin.Honda CR250 Step 5: Remove Center Pin
Step 6: Pry back the stopper arm and remove the shifter drum.Step 6: Remove Shift Drum
Step 7: Remove the stopper arm.Step 7: Remove Stopper Arm
Step 8: Pull the shifter drum alignment pin.Step 8: Remove Shifter Lever

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97-01 Honda CR250 External Shift Linkage Part 2: Inspection →

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