ya you will need to it out. i had too. the light are a twist in light. its really easy. you also will need to drop the steering wheel. two bolts. 5/8's i think.then everything slides out easy. good luck.
***CAUTION*** Before you drop the column make sure to undo the shift indicator clamp and free it. That is if you have an auto tranny and column shifter. Drop the column without undoing this and you'll be cussing for a good while after it snaps.
Also, to get the cluster out, remove the two speedo cable clamps along the frame for slack and then have someone push the cable into the firewall as you pull on the cluster, makes it really simple to get to the speedo clip.