HOW TO: Water pump replacement & mod.
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    HOW TO: Water pump replacement & mod.

    by AgentSmith » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:47 pm

    How to: Water Pump Replacement CRF 450

    Tools needed:
    8mm Socket
    10mm Socket
    ¼” drive Ratchet
    ¼” drive extension
    Inch pound Torque wrench
    Blind bearing puller
    Seal / bearing driver
    Engine assembly lube

    Step one: Drain transmission fluid from transmission drain bolt and drain coolant from lower water pump housing bolt.

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    Step two: Using some flat cardboard cut from a cardboard box, make a template of the bolt pattern of the water pump housing, the clutch cover and the right side crankcase cover. Punch holes in it to receive the bolts.

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    Step three: Remove bolts from the water pump housing. Remove housing to expose the impeller.

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    Step four: Remove impeller using a 10mm socket. It is a standard thread so nothing special needs to be done. ( the 250’s are a reverse thread…)

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    Step five: Remove clutch cover using an 8mm socket. Use a criss-cross pattern to avoid warpage. Place bolts in their respective spots on your cardboard template.

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    Step six: Remove right side crankcase cover using an 8mm socket. Use a criss-cross pattern to avoid warpage.

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    Place bolts in their respective spots on your cardboard template.

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    Step seven: Remove water pump shaft by pulling straight up on it from the backside.

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    Note the grooving on the shaft. Simply replacing seals at this point will cause the new seals to fail rapidly. This shaft needs replacement.

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    Step eight: Using a seal puller, remove the water seal from the front side of the water pump housing.

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    Step nine: Using a blind bearing puller, remove the bearing from the backside of the water pump housing.

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    Step ten: Using the seal puller, remove the oil seal from the backside of the water pump housing.

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    Step eleven: Thoroughly clean the rightside crankcase cover of any foreign debris before any reassembly occurs. Lubricate the new oil seal (P/N# 91201-965-000) with assembly lube before installing.

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    Step twelve: Install new oil seal into the backside of the water pump housing. Install the seal spring side up using a seal driver of the appropriate size.

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    Make sure it seats all the way down against the boss.

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    Step thirteen: Before installing the new bearing ( P/N# 91001-KA4-003 ), place it in the freezer for an hour. Put some assembly lube around the edges of the casting to facilitate the installation of the bearing. Drive the bearing in until it seats using a bearing driver.

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    Step fourteen: Install the new water seal ( P/N# 91211-MEN-A01 ) from the front side of the water pump housing. Liberally coat with assembly lube and install with the spring side up using a seal driver.

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    Step fifteen: Liberally coat the new water pump shaft ( P/N# 19241-MEB-670 ) with assembly lube and install from the backside of the crankcase cover.

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    Step sixteen: If you have the new style impeller (hole drilled in it) skip this step. Drill a 1/8” hole, 3/8” from the edge in between the blades. This will help to equalize pressure on both sides and prevent cavitation.

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    Step seventeen: Reinstall right side case cover. Use a new gasket if the original was damaged in the removal process. A new gasket should have no sealant applied, only a light coat of oil. Torque bolts to 84 in/lbs using a quality torque wrench or snug plus 1/8th turn.

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    Step eighteen: Install impeller and copper washer on water pump shaft. Torque to 108 in/lbs (9ft/lbs or 12 N/m).

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    Step nineteen: Install water pump housing cover. Use a new o-ring (P/N # 19226-MEB-670 ). Torque bolts to 84 in/lbs ( 7 ft/lbs or 9.9 N/m ).

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    Step twenty: Install clutch cover. Torque bolts to 84 in/lbs ( 7 ft/lbs or 9.9 N/m ).

    Refill transmission with fluid and coolant system with coolant.

    Simple...
    "Make a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day.
    Light a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life."
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    by paul turner » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:26 pm

    are the R's more proned to the shaft grooving than the X's ?


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    by AgentSmith » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:32 pm

    paul turner wrote:are the R's more proned to the shaft grooving than the X's ?


    paul


    It would certainly seem so. We all hear of R's with the issue all the time, but the X rarely. Could be that the rpms seen by the R's are usually greater or the X's larger coolant supply keeps them cooler. Don't rightly know for sure...
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    by gj2slick » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:07 pm

    Excellent write-up/how.I rebuilt my waterpump about A month ago and the only thing I didnt do was drill the anti-cavitation hole(oops),but so far so good.

    Greg...Slick
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    WP

    by 82911sc » Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:30 am

    Even "I" could replace the WP after that writeup. Great job
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    by bosshaug1 » Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:17 am

    Question for nminus1 (in response to his sig line), is that why my wife is pissed when I take the truck all morning and only come home with a full load of alligator juniper?
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    yup

    by bamm » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:35 am

    great write up!! wish i woulda seen it when i replaced my water pump last month! :D got through it though, only after i mistakenly read the 250 section in the manual and tried to get the impeller off by tightening it :oops: needed the new one anyways.
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    by crfsonly » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:44 am

    we have put together a kit with the parts you need for this water pump fix. here's a link:

    http://www.crfsonly.com/catalog/product ... ts_id/3651

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    by bambamsc » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:56 am

    is the hole in the impeller a good idea even on the boyesen super cooler system. I have their impeller and cover on my 05 450R. Or, is their design good enough. Thanks and great how to.
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    by crfsonly » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:10 am

    i doubt it would cause a problem but we've never had a customer with the Boyesen kit installed complain of this happening like it does with the pre-07 OEM versions.

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    yup

    by bamm » Thu Apr 22, 2010 3:30 pm

    i had it happen with the boyesen on my 03. i say drill that sucka
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    Re: yup

    by crfsonly » Thu Apr 22, 2010 4:01 pm

    bamm wrote:i had it happen with the boyesen on my 03. i say drill that sucka


    there you go...drill it!
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    450X Pump vs R

    by MX_RACER1 » Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:04 pm

    ~ wrote:
    paul turner wrote:are the R's more proned to the shaft grooving than the X's ?


    paul


    It would certainly seem so. We all hear of R's with the issue all the time, but the X rarely. Could be that the rpms seen by the R's are usually greater or the X's larger coolant supply keeps them cooler. Don't rightly know for sure...


    I felt the need to chime in on this. I know this has been a often referred article and it should be for R's. The X has a completely different water pump setup. The Shaft and inside seal are the same but that is about it. On the outside (under the impeller) it uses a mechanical seal. The impeller its self receives a seal like piece that rides on the mechanical seal. This means DO NOT DRILL THE 1/8th HOLE IN IT! I have no idea if this setup can be converted to the R or not. However given the fact that you rarely hear of X failure maybe it is something to be looked into.
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    by MikeOK » Thu May 29, 2014 12:23 pm

    Great job!
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    by MikeOK » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:14 am

    A question here. The book doesn't say anything about removing the clutch cover on a 250, is there a difference here?

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