right. the needles do have to come off to fit yer dials. heres a good way to remove 'em......... take yer clocks out, and remove the bezel, (about 6 screws on the back and about 4 clips AFAIR, then with yer bezel off, (oo er missus) heat the needles with a hairdryer, then using two screwdrivers, GENTLY lever the needles off. that should do the trick.
*all members please note that if anybody manages to f**k their dash clocks up attemping this i am not responsible. it is entirely up to you if you choose to follow any advice i dispense and therefore your responsibilty if you make a balls of it.*