DO NOT PRY ON THE NEEDLE !!!! Try this !!
I have never gotten the needle off a thirdgen speedo without breaking that pin. Ruined 3 speedo's so far.
Speedo needles are pretty easy to take off. If your going to remove the needle than start the job the right way - with the speedometer REMOVED from the cluster. Once the speedo is in your hand; then worry about the needle.
First - look at the bottom of the speedo and make a mark ( reference point) on the circular piece of metal (inside the speedo ) to indicate where about's the needle in located on the speedo face.
Second - Use electrical tape to tape the circular metal to the frame of the speedometer. start by using the line as a mark and press firmly on the circular metal, then move the needle against the "set" pin on the face and then press the tape to the speedo body. Place tape on both sides ( preference ) Electrical tape is good because it's flexible, leaves no residue, and sticks good.
Next, hold the circular metal firmly with one hand and turn the speedo needle away from the set pin on the face with the other hand.
Then turn the needle back and forth while pulling up and it will come right off. * Turn the beadle from the Black part - NOT the end of the needle !
Make your mods, reassemble by lining up the needle with the set pin,. Hold the circular metal with one hand while pushing and turning the needle till it's properly seated.
Do yourself a favor and check the speedo accuracy before completely re-installing the cluster. It may be off a little even after the careful steps taken to keep it properly adjusted.
P.S. don't try sticking a different face on the gauge !! That will NOT work !!! The ONLY time this will work is when the SAME exact type of face is used. ( Example - an 85 MPH gauge face replaced with an 86 MPH gauge face WITH an tripodometer. ) You can't stick a 115 MPH face on an 85 MPH Speedo !