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      03-02-2010, 11:12 AM   #3
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I would be inclined to call BS on this BUT there could be a difference. Car&Driver has an article about how to read the sidewall of a tire and this is pulled from that link:

"12.) ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT (OE) MARKING: These letters—or a symbol—indicate that this is the automaker-specified version of a tire that came as a car’s original equipment. These tires can often be a very different blend of rubber compound compared with the off-the-shelf variety of the same tire, even though the tread pattern is identical. Examples of OE markings: General Motors—all have a TPC SPEC number; BMW—most have a five-pointed-star symbol; Mercedes—some are emblazoned with “M0”; Porsche—all have the letter “N” followed by a number, i.e., N1, N2, etc."

Again I don't think there is a difference in this case but I don't know for sure. We need someone like Lemans to jump in here and clear this up.
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