Document Type

Undergraduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Dr. Craig Johnson

Second Committee Member

Professor Charles Pringle

Third Committee Member

Professor John Choi


The automotive industry has been an industry of many breakthroughs in technology and mechanical systems over the course of its history. But in one area, its innovation has slowed. That is in the area of the short throw shifter. All aftermarket short throw shifters are currently one dimensional. No adjustability, no ability to finetune to one’s personal desire. The goal of this project is to create a short throw shifter frame that is easier/faster to install, as well as allow for full adjustability of the shifter from inside the car. This frame design uses mostly 6061-T6 aluminum, along with some 1020 low carbon steel. Both of these materials are low cost, while maintaining strength and rigidity. Once the design was set, stress and strain calculations were made to insure the frame would hold up in the real world. The manufacturing process was then implemented to create all the individual parts of the assembly. Some of the manufacturing methods used included: CNC mill, manual lathe, and CNC plasma cutter. The testing for this project consisted of a strength test, a corrosion test, and a install test. The results show a frame that has the same strength(50lbsf) and corrosion resistance(1 year) as the stock frame, as well as a 50% faster time of install. All this was done well increasing ease of installation, and creating room to allow for full adjustability of the shifter.