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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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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'm still waiting for my PS2 to be delivered. Last PS email just says it's on the way. That was 2 weeks ago. Thanks for your feedback. I did a test drive in Santa Monica, CA last week and the employees there knew very little about the adjustment process but they did contact the delivery location for my unit (north of San Francisco) and they said the delivery location will set the dampers to whatever I want and if I cannot adjust it later myself, they will do it for me.
 

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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 !
This is good feedback. I too live in an area where almost anything sporty is risky as every major road seems to have issues with maintenance. I also like this recent review where PS gave a press/review person a chance to drive base and performance one right after the other over the same road. They commented ohlin dampers made for a better ride even though the large wheels and low profile tires created a little more noise over bumps. He noted road compliance was much better (which is what I would hope and expect from the high performance dampers versus normal base struts). Video here and go to 12:38 for discussion on Ohlins.
 

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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?
So when I took delivery, they put it up on a jack and did the back and turned the wheels to do the front. I don't think you need to remove anything other than what looks like a dust/dirt covering for the rears. I don't think this is easy to do (rear ones) without some kind of jack. With that said, a floor jack looks like it is good enough to get it done.

I live in an area with horrendous roads (potholes, gravel, deep ruts, crocodile sections hundreds of feet in length) and putting the dampers at the softest setting has been a great move for me so far. I'm inclined to leave it there for now. I have been driving pretty aggressively and don't think I'm missing much when roads are smooth and sure think it's a big help when I hit the rough spots. To Polestar's credit, this chassis is very tight and noise-free. I hope it lasts. I've had 4 BMWs and 1 Audi and over a dozen Lexus cars. Only the Lexus GX470 and Audi have held rattle free after a year or so. The Audi was cheated on (had a place take apart all the panels and add sound proofing and felt-cover everything to put it to a crazy level of quiet. Can't do that again (took forever and costs a lot and I ended up selling it). I also got a Volvo XC40 last month and it's solid and well built too. Way better than Lexus (which used to be awesome, but lost their edge around 5 years ago and just make so-so cars now... hated my last 4 Lexus and kept going back because they have incredible customer service, but in hindsight, should have left the brand earlier). Hope that helps.
 

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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 !
What did they set the dampers to for the most comfortable setting. I'm getting mine in a few days? Thank you and congratulations on your new Polestar.
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What did they set the dampers to for the most comfortable setting. I'm getting mine in a few days? Thank you and congratulations on your new Polestar.
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For me, I told them to set it to zero (the most compliant and soft). For me, it's still a great sporty ride and can absorb the ruts and pot holes well enough that I feel satisfied enough to not change them for now. I have an XC40 which can adjust the suspension from comfort to normal to Polestar. The Polestar level is pretty stiff on the XC40 and I think the PS2 is even more sporty with the Ohlins than the XC40. I test drove 2 PS2 before taking delivery. Neither one had the Ohlins so I didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I got the Ohlins because there is a noticeable level of sophistication in how the Ohlins work through the small bumps, especially the sharp ones like lane divider dots. I drove over hundreds of lane divider dots and paid a lot of attention to how the suspension reacted and was expecting the Ohlins to be similar to the stock, but have to say the Ohlins are noticeably better (and should be for the price increase).

When you get the performance package, even the softest setting on the ohlins will be pretty sporty and I think you will find many reviewers mention how "track stiff" the suspension can be for a day to day car.
 

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For me, I told them to set it to zero (the most compliant and soft). For me, it's still a great sporty ride and can absorb the ruts and pot holes well enough that I feel satisfied enough to not change them for now. I have an XC40 which can adjust the suspension from comfort to normal to Polestar. The Polestar level is pretty stiff on the XC40 and I think the PS2 is even more sporty with the Ohlins than the XC40. I test drove 2 PS2 before taking delivery. Neither one had the Ohlins so I didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I got the Ohlins because there is a noticeable level of sophistication in how the Ohlins work through the small bumps, especially the sharp ones like lane divider dots. I drove over hundreds of lane divider dots and paid a lot of attention to how the suspension reacted and was expecting the Ohlins to be similar to the stock, but have to say the Ohlins are noticeably better (and should be for the price increase).

When you get the performance package, even the softest setting on the ohlins will be pretty sporty and I think you will find many reviewers mention how "track stiff" the suspension can be for a day to day car.
That is very helpful,definitely going for the most comfort, too many potholes around here.
 

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Went for a comfort setting on my PP (18 clicks) from the factory and didn’t enjoy the ride. Smaller multiple bumps were not damped as well and there was noticeably more roll on slow bends like roundabouts. Have just returned to 12 and prefer it. Whatever the setting, it’s firm - just go faster and you won’t notice 😃
 
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