But I do know OEM isn't the greatest if I have to replace them because they failed.
It would be worth trying the OE PCV again...as doing so has eliminated or reduced others exhaust smoke problem. But smoke coming from the exhaust can be from a number of causes. It isn't a 'what fixes one fixes all' situation.Was going to throw my OEM PCV back on - take of the catch can - but doesn't sound like it'll make a difference
Right...back then most everyone were replacing the PCV with a catch-can or PCV delete just to eliminate a possible failure item. Or they thought it best for the reduction of valve build up. But with those, you give up more by eliminating crankcase vacuum and reducing its ability to seal well.Good to know about loss of vacuum. I put this CC on everyone seemed in favor of getting rid of the OEM PCV since they were prone to breaking.
Dug out the old (new "P") OEM PCV and threw it on last night; top middle screw hole on cover seems to be stripped slightly, but the PCV seal seems to hold well with other 3 screws.