Thanks for the responses guys. To elaborate a bit more, nothing is tightened at this point, nylon and uniball are both new. Steering column is not bent as everything was lined up before I took it all apart. Here are some pictures to help clear things up: http://imgur.com/a/boazf
As you can see the column is aligned a bit left of the uniball, making it sit at an angle if I put it inside the uniball, causing it to bind on the left side of the nylon. Hope that makes sense.