So I just recently replaced my driver side lock actuator and used this thread to complete the job. One hazy area where it wasn't pictured or documented much (except for Foggys video) was the handle and lock rods and the little clips that need to be removed prior to sliding off the rods. I've taken the liberty to take those photos and will attempt to explain how to remove them as easy as possible.
1) In this first picture below, you'll see the outlined clips on both the gold rod (handle) and the silver rod (lock). Once you understand which direction they'll need to go, it's a simple nudging them with your flat head screwdriver. The arrows will explain it, however I recommend you take a look inside and get familiar with the area first. On the gold rod (top white clip), the clip itself needs to be moved towards the inside of the door panel (like towards your seat if the door was closed). On the silver rod (bottom white and red clips), it's easiest to pull the rod up as far as it can, and then remove the red clip first followed with the white clip... These will go upwards (or pretty much towards the front of the door/car, but the clip itself moves up).
2) Unfortunately, this only shows the direction of the clip that attaches to the gold rod (door handle rod). However you'll see the clip detached from the rod... Just to give you an idea. Also, if you look carefully, you'll see the white and red clips that attach to the silver rod (lock rod) below detached.
3) Once you remove the clip from the gold rod, the rod itself will be hard to remove by hand. I found it easiest to use pliers to sandwich the end of the rod and the piece that it's connected through (explained in Foggy's video and also illustrated below).
I hope this helps clear up some of the rod issues that everyone may have while getting into this project. It took me about 20-30 minutes on figuring out where and how the clips worked since there weren't any clear pictures or documentation over it. Hopefully this helps get you through it quicker than I did. Good luck all!
PS: Great write up btw OP!