Originally Posted by AslansMonkey
Ok, I know the type of cassette you're working with then and yeah, it will probably be easier to pull it off to grease the bearings. Check out Sheldon Brown's link
on cassette removal tools for freewheel hubs to get an idea on what tool you will need.
It helps to have a vice and a chain whip to tighten and/or loosen the cassette. You can use an old bicycle chain held in a vice grip as a chain whip but I don't think they're that expensive to buy. I bought a $33 bike tool set
off e-bay which includes a chain whip and many tools needed for working on bicycles the same time I bought a Park Tool PCS-10 bike stand. The bike stand isn't really useful for working on motorbikes (I bought a 6' folding table which works much better for this) but I have a few motorized bikes I fiddle with too.
Amazon has many chain whips in the $15 range including one that also works as a peddle removal tool.
Thanks for the link. I'm gonna try reading it after I finish the post since I'm unclear on how the cassette goes on and off. I figure it's threaded on which makes sense so using the chain whip I can unscrew it I'm sure but then I don't see how it would screw back on since the darn thing freewheels. Hopefully after I do some research/reading it will become clear and will also give me a clue as to which tool will work on my cassette.
I'm also considering drilling and tapping the center of the hub for a grease fitting so for future greasings I can just use my grease gun to pump grease in until it starts coming out past the bearing cups. I just don't think I have a drill skinny enough to fit inbetween the spokes.