1997-2001 Honda CR250 – Bottom End Service – Part 2: Transmission Service

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1997 - 2001 Honda CR250 - Bottom End Service - Part 2 - Transmission Service

How To Service The Transmission On Your 97-01 Honda CR250

1997 - 2001 Honda CR250 - Bottom End Service - Part 2 - Transmission ServiceInspecting your transmission is not a hard job, but it does require cleanliness, organization, notes, and math.

No matter what you find during your inspection, you WILL need three new snap rings, as the old ones will deform when you remove them.

As you go, measure the inside diameter of the gears, and the inside and outside diameters of the bushings.

Inspect every part for visible wear, like broken teeth, cracking, gouging and pitting. If anything even looks damaged, you will need to replace the part.

The Tools You Will Need

  • 4 Long Screwdrivers
  • Snap Ring Pliers
  • Calipers
  • Parts Cleaner
  • Towels
  • Safety Glasses
  • Notepad & Pen

Let’s start with the Mainshaft.

Pre-Service Notes

Related: How to service the kickstarter on your 97-01 Honda CR250.

Transmission Mainshaft

  1. The main shaft is the larger of the two shafts.
  2. Disassemble the main shaft, transferring every part, in order, to a long screwdriver.
  3. Inspect and measure each gear, washer, and bushing.
  4. Measure the main shaft diameter at fifth gear, and inspect the splines, gears, and snap ring grooves.
  5. Record each measurement as you go.
1 - Start With The Mainshaft
Start With The Mainshaft
2 - Transfer Gear Stack To Long Screwdriver
Transfer Gear Stack To Long Screwdriver
3 - Keep Things Organized
Keep Things Organized

Mainshaft Gear Stack Orientation

  • Washer
  • Second gear
  • Washer
  • Fourth gear and bushing
  • Spline washer
  • Snap ring
  • Third gear
  • Snap ring
  • Spline washer
  • Fifth gear
  • And first gear is the countershaft
4 - Inspect And Measure Countershaft Gear Stack
Inspect And Measure Countershaft Gear Stack
5 - Record All Measurements For Later
Record All Measurements For Later

Transmission Countershaft

  1. The countershaft is the shorter of the two shafts and is disassembled from both sides.
  2. Remove each side to a separate screwdriver, cleaning and measuring as you go.
  3. Measure the countershaft at first, second, and third gear positions, and check the splines and snap ring grooves for damage.
  4. Record every measurement as you go.
6 - Transfer Countershaft Gear Stack To Screwdrivers
Transfer Countershaft Gear Stack To Screwdrivers
7 - Clean And Measure Countershaft Gear Stacks
Clean And Measure Countershaft Gear Stacks

Countershaft Gears Stack – Left Side Orientation

  • Washer
  • Second gear and bushing
  • Washer
  • Fourth gear

Countershaft Gears Stack – Right Side Orientation

  • Washer
  • First gear and bushing
  • Washer
  • Fifth gear
  • Snap ring
  • Spline washer
  • Third gear
  • Washer

Clearance Calculations

You will need to calculate the clearance between the gears and their bushings and the bushings with the shaft.

Here is a link to the service specifications. In the second table, you will see the various clearances that need to be measured and calculated.

Shift Drum & Forks

  1. Clean the shift drum, forks, and fork shafts.
  2. Measure each forks claw thickness, inside diameter, and guide pin.
  3. Measure the diameter of the long shift fork shaft at each end and center point.
  4. Measure the short shift fork shaft at the center point.
  5. Check the play of each shift fork in their respective gears.
    1. Right shaft to fifth gear
    2. Center shaft to third gear
    3. Left shaft to fourth gear.
  6. The forks should have a slight play in the grooves.
8 - Clean And Inspect Shift Forks, Shafts, And Drum
Clean And Inspect Shift Forks, Shafts, And Drum
9 - Measure Fork Claw, Pin, And Inside Diameter
Measure Fork Claw, Pin, And Inside Diameter

Related: How to inspect the external shift linkage on your 1997-01 CR250.

Shaft Assembly

  1. If everything has stayed in order, all you need to do is transfer your gear stack from your screwdrivers back onto the shafts.
  2. Make sure to use plenty of assembly lube at every contact point.
  3. During assembly, you will need to make sure your new snap rings and washers are facing the correct direction.
  4. Although both sides look flat, one side is slightly rounded.

Mainshaft Snap Ring And Washer Direction: (Flat Side, From Left To Right)

Washer: Left | 2nd | Washer: Right| 4th | Washer: Left | Snap Ring: Left | 3rd | Snap Ring: Left | Washer: Left | 5th | 1st

Countershaft Snap Ring And Washer Direction: (Flat Side, From Left To Right)

Washer: Left | 2nd | Washer: Right | 4th | Washer: Left | 3rd | Washer: Right | Snap Ring: Right | 5th | Washer: Right | 1stWasher: Right

Wrap your gear stacks in a clean towel and set aside until assembly.

10 - Reassemble Mainshaft
Reassemble Mainshaft
11 - Assembled Mainshaft
Assembled Mainshaft
12 - Reassemble Countershaft
Reassemble Countershaft
13 - Assembled Countershaft
Assembled Countershaft
14 - The Washers And Snap Rings Have A Flat Side And A Rounded Side
The Washers And Snap Rings Have A Flat Side And A Rounded Side

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