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The doors rattling may not have anything to do with the lock assembly/handles. However, once you disconnect the rods, there is one or two bolts holding the lock assembly to the door. It should pull right off once the bolt/bolts are removed. If you want to remove the entire handle assembly, two bolts hold the handle in. Once removed (and all the rods are disconnected) you simply pull the handle out.
Rattling doors can be other things as well. If the weather stripping around the door is bad, that can lead to rattles, as well as the latch mechanism that holds the door shut.
There were a few threads about this issue recently, and there are either replacement parts or bolts to tighten to firm the doors up. Do a search and let us know what you find.
'97 Extra Cab 3.4 4x4 5sp 102K and counting...
Aisin hubs, Marlin shifter bushings, a few fellow TN member mods, and lots of elbow grease.