What I do is (Not Sure If Pure Luck Every Time??) is to either move the needles gently to zero or usually I have to pull them out to install LED's or what ever then put them back on aligned best i can, and gently pull out on needle so it sits perfectly without being hampered.
Hope that helps and thats what u meant.
(94-98) models that are not electronic...
'97 3.8L V6
1996 SVT Cobra White