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Many reviews have mentioned the Öhlin Dampers as being extremely firm at the factory default lever. Furthermore, the 22-settings can only be adjusted by a manual dial at each wheel location with the rears being fairly accessible, but the front ones very difficult unless the car is elevated.

The roads around the San Francisco area are terrible and a stiff riding suspension will probably be a daily driving comfort issue if the reviews are accurate. Given the adjustments have to be done by the dealer (I cannot jack up the car easily), does it make sense to ask the dealer to set them to a softer setting at delivery and then decide if you want them more firm later? The dealer and service network is just getting set up so who knows if it's easy or a real pain to handle any adjustments later.

I need the car be family-friendly, but like the look of the PP so need to find a balance. Any insights?
 

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I don't think you need to jack it up, (UK) see the manual on this site and also refer here:
Note this link is the P1
 

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I think the P1 damper adjustment is located in a great location per your link/resource! I am going by some P2 reviews which were mostly complaining that there are 22 adjustments and having to do all 4 to see if you like one versus another would have been nice if controlled via the console in the car instead of running around to all 4 wheels. Only one of the reviews went into the details of how they could adjust the rear ones, but could only do the front with the car jacked up and concluded for most, it would have to be a dealer adjustment. I really hope the 22 stages have a wide range. The review implied the default was near the middle, but actually on the softer side of the range. I'm pretty sure I won't need it more firm than factory default. I've had some firm riding BMW's and the reviews make is seem like the P2 is more firm than an M-series BWM and that was not a popular car for the rest of my household.
 

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Found the P2 adjustment. Rear is like the P1 so easy to adjust. The P1 location is somewhere behind the front wheel and the manual says you must turn the wheel to access it. I now understand why it may be hard to adjust and will have to hope it's an owner adjustment that can be done. Once set, I would probably leave it, but I can see making a few adjustments and driving some between each setting change to decide the level.

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Found the P2 adjustment. Rear is like the P1 so easy to adjust. The P1 location is somewhere behind the front wheel and the manual says you must turn the wheel to access it. I now understand why it may be hard to adjust and will have to hope it's an owner adjustment that can be done. Once set, I would probably leave it, but I can see making a few adjustments and driving some between each setting change to decide the level.

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Hey ALinSf,
I managed to adjust the front of my P2 very easily, the knob is under the wheel. Easier access with wheels turned. Yet, for the back, there is some sort of protection covering the whole wheel arch that prevents access. How did you manage? Do you have to remove it?
 

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Hey ALinSf,
I managed to adjust the front of my P2 very easily, the knob is under the wheel. Easier access with wheels turned. Yet, for the back, there is some sort of protection covering the whole wheel arch that prevents access. How did you manage? Do you have to remove it?
I've read reviews and watched reviews where people say, yes, you have to remove the covering to get at the adjustment for the rear axle.
 

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The manual shows a rubber cap on the adjustment screw but does not clearly show whether the damper is inboard from the wheel well liner (thus hidden from peeking over the tire) or in the wheel well ( which seems like a bad idea). How about an owner snaps us a couple pics of this area please?
 

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I'd give the defaults a chance, maybe it was expectations but I didn't find the PP defaults on the test drive too firm at all. Even steered into bumps to try and exacerbate the problem and I found it to be well within standard non-sport German car ride feel.
 

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I think the P1 damper adjustment is located in a great location per your link/resource! I am going by some P2 reviews which were mostly complaining that there are 22 adjustments and having to do all 4 to see if you like one versus another would have been nice if controlled via the console in the car instead of running around to all 4 wheels. Only one of the reviews went into the details of how they could adjust the rear ones, but could only do the front with the car jacked up and concluded for most, it would have to be a dealer adjustment. I really hope the 22 stages have a wide range. The review implied the default was near the middle, but actually on the softer side of the range. I'm pretty sure I won't need it more firm than factory default. I've had some firm riding BMW's and the reviews make is seem like the P2 is more firm than an M-series BWM and that was not a popular car for the rest of my household.
hey, thanks for the great info...can you please link the review you found useful regarding the adjustments...? I am currently reading every possible article/review 🤣 can't help it
 

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Just came back from the Volvo dealer who landed the Polestar servicing contract. I was sent there by the local Polestar Space guy. The dampers were adjusted in 15 minutes. I had them set to the most confortable setting: I drove away with a new car, very very happy with the result. The factory settings was very taxing on my poorly maintained roads. Very happy !
 

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Just came back from the Volvo dealer who landed the Polestar servicing contract. I was sent there by the local Polestar Space guy. The dampers were adjusted in 15 minutes. I had them set to the most confortable setting: I drove away with a new car, very very happy with the result. The factory settings was very taxing on my poorly maintained roads. Very happy !
Yes the roads here in Belgium are terrible at times... I am still on the factory setting as I find these dampers more comfortable than my previous BMW X1 regular dampers with runflat tires!
 
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