Actually, there is a trick (at least what I do.) If the cluster is still in, you won't get it out, . . . . unless . . .
you take the lower column cover off, then take of the three nuts holding the steering column up. Push the steering column down until it drops about an inch, which gives you room to slide the cover towards the instrument panel. Slide it forward until it releases from the tabs (and the clip, if its still tehere), then carefully spread it open, and lift it off the column. If the clip slides with the cover, reach in and slide it off the joint.