Can you provide some more details on removing the reset assembly. I tried to do this before trying to remove the needle, but I could not figure out how to remove it.
It's been over 4 years since I replaced my gears and I don't recall specifically.
I bought my gears from odometergears.com
and went by their doc
, which is slightly different than the SC pdf, though they reference it.
Mine is the original '96 120MPH speedo. If nobody chimes in with the answer, I can pull mine and remind myself how to remove the trip meter/button. My cluster shroud is off anyway, waiting to be refinished, so I have access to the speedo; will need to remove the clear escutcheon, though.
I just checked and the only part of the trip meter that unscrews is the button end of the reset lever shaft. It seems that I must have necessarily removed the whole assembly, but I'd have to dig in there and find out how I did it.
I do remember that I twisted/lifted the needle off with my fingers, rather than prying with any tool. There's an internal stop, so the needle shaft won't just keep spinning around while attempting to twist & lift the needle.
If your needle is on so tight (or glued) to the shaft that you cannot remove it via finger power, then you run a great risk of breaking the shaft anyway by using any tool to secure it from turning, because it could still break off above said tool, since that's the area where it's so stubbornly affixed.