Thanks TopGun. I checked out the link to the Tuffy levers. I'm more inclined to go the route of replacing the awful bestop tailgate bar with an OEM. I don't have one right now, since my Jeep came with only the freedom top.
I was trying to install the Tuffy enclosure last night, but had not removed the tailgate bar first. It just wasn't going to happen. Well, it might have, but it was about 100 degrees in my garage, and I get pissed off and impatient pretty quickly when I'm hot and sweating. So, that likely was a factor in my troubles.
Now, I just need to track down an OEM tailgate bar - hopefully for less than dealership prices.