1997-2001 Honda CR250 Remove & Install Rear Wheel

How To Remove And Install The Rear Wheel On Your 1997 – 2001 Honda CR250.

1997-2001 Honda CR250 Remove & Install Rear WheelTools You Will Need:

  • 27mm Socket with a breaker bar
  • Honda OEM block of wood
  • 13mm Wrench for chain adjustment jam nut
  • 10mm wrench for chain adjustment bolt
  • torque wrench
  • Sharpie Marker

Click Here For Wheel And Tire Specifications

(Watch this first)

Start with your bike on a stand with the rear wheel off the ground.

Related: 1997-2001 Honda CR250 FRONT Wheel Bearing Change

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 1 - Mark Chain Adjustment Posttion
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 2 - Mark Position On Swingarm
Step 3: Loosen and remove the axle nut and washer. Step 3 - Remove 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.

Step 4 - Knock Axle Into Swingarm
Step 5 - Remove Axle
Do not use a hammer; you will damage the threads.Yellow Safety Triangle
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. Step 6 -Slack The ChainStep 7 - Remove Chain From Sprocket
Make sure to keep track of your spacers, axle block, washer, and axle nut.Yellow Safety Triangle

Rear Wheel Installation

Step 8: Install the wheel spacers. The larger of the two spacers go on the sprocket side of the wheel.

Step 9: Align your wheel, and starting at the bottom, work the chain onto the sprocket.

 Step 8 - Work Chain Onto Sprocket
Step 9 - All The Way On
Step 10: Lift your wheel and slide the axle through. Step 10 - Install Axle
Step 11: Install the axle block with the notch facing up. Step 11 - Install Axle Block
Step 12: Install the washer and axle nut, hand tight. Step 12 - Install Washer And Axle Nut
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.

 Step 14 - Check Chain Tension Step 13 - Return Chain Adjustment Bolts
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.Yellow Safety Triangle
Step 15: Once your tensioners are set, push the axle blocks up to the adjustment bolts, and torque the axle nut to manufacturer specs.

  • 1997 – 69 ft-lbs
  • 1998-1999 – 80 ft-lbs
  • 2000-2001 – 94 ft-lbs
Step 16 - Torque To Spec
Remember to take your time, and your bearing replacement will be easy.Yellow Safety Triangle
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