1997-2001 Honda CR250 – Top End Service – Part 1: Cylinder Head Removal

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1997 - 2001 Honda CR250 - Top End Service - Part 1 - Cylinder Head Removal

How To Remove The Cylinder Head On Your 97-01 Honda CR250

1997 - 2001 Honda CR250 - Top End Service - Part 1 - Cylinder Head Removal

The Tools You Will Need

  • 13/16 Inch Spark Plug Socket
  • Philips Head Screwdriver
  • 14mm Socket
  • 12mm Wrench
  • 8mm Hex Wrench/Socket
  • Sharpie Marker
  • 12mm Socket
  • Shop Towels

Pre-Service Notes

  • Start with your bike on a stand with the body and exhaust removed, and the cooling system drained.
  • I recommend opening the Service & Torque Specs 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.
  • If you need any help don’t hesitate to ask!

Cylinder Head Removal

  1. Remove the coolant hose and spark plug from the cylinder head.
  2. Remove the engine hanger bolts, and keep track of which direction they are facing on the mounting plates.
  3. Mark the head nuts with 1 through 6 to follow a consistent crisscross pattern.
  4. Loosen the cylinder head nuts ¼ turn at a time to avoid head warp, with as many passes as you need.
  5. Lift the cylinder head off of the cylinder, followed by the gasket.
  6. Set your cylinder head aside, and set the old gasket in the trash.
  7. Remember to stuff a clean shop towel into the cylinder.
Remove the coolant hose and spark plug from the cylinder head.
Remove the coolant hose and spark plug from the cylinder head.

Top End Service - Part 1 - Cylinder Head Removal - Coolant Hose

Remove the engine hanger bolts, and keep track of which direction they are facing on the mounting plates.
Remove the engine hanger bolts, and keep track of which direction they are facing on the mounting plates.
Mark the head nuts with 1 through 6 to follow a consistent crisscross pattern.
Mark the head nuts with 1 through 6 to follow a consistent crisscross pattern.
Loosen the cylinder head nuts ¼ turn at a time to avoid head warp, with as many passes as you need.
Loosen the cylinder head nuts ¼ turn at a time to avoid head warp, with as many passes as you need.
Lift the cylinder head off of the cylinder, followed by the gasket.
Lift the cylinder head off of the cylinder, followed by the gasket.
Set your cylinder head aside, and set the old gasket in the trash.
Set your cylinder head aside, and set the old gasket in the trash.
Remember to stuff a clean shop towel into the cylinder.
Remember to stuff a clean shop towel into the cylinder.

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