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Creative Steel ’04-’07 Adjustable Shifter Assembly with choice of stick for OE knob or threaded


Our CTS-V Adjustable Short Throw Shifter completely replaces the original shifter stick and plastic pivot/mounting bracket that mounts the original shifter to the car.

The “Throw” of our shifter is adjustable. The range of adjustment is 16%-50% less throw from the OEM shifter.

The height of the shifter knob is adjustable. The knob height may be adjusted from a 1/2″ taller than the stock height to 3/4″ shorter. The adjustment of the knob height is independent of the throw adjustment.

Multiple “top half” sections are available and are interchangeable so the customer may have the shift knob of their choice. Either the original knob or any aftermarket knob may be installed, or changed at a later date.

The vibration isolation feature of the original shifter stick has also been retained on the shifter stick.

Our Bronze and Stainless shifter bushings are included in the shifter.


We designed our shifter to be adjustable for several reasons. Many CTS-V owners like the throw of the original shifter, many do not. What both groups agree on is that a shifter should feel solid in the car and be a precision mechanism connecting the driver to the transmission allowing accurate shifts either on the way to work or on the track. Our goal was to produce one mechanism that appealed to both groups.

We also made the shifter adjustable because one size does not fit all. Other short throw shifters on the market are designed to have a certain percentage of reduction in shifter throw, non-adjustable. At Creative Steel, we don’t like the “take it or leave it, this is the way we make it” point of view. With a Creative Steel shifter the customer can fine-tune the shifter to their needs.

Another reason for adjustability is drive shaft clearance. Short shifters and drive shafts may seem unrelated, but it’s well known that some short throw shifters are not compatible with some aftermarket drive shafts. The Creative Steel Adjustable Shifter allows for the shortest shifter throws possible regardless of what drive shaft is installed. This also means that if a different drive shaft is ever installed, the shifter can be adjusted at that time to accommodate the new shaft without interference.


Our shifter is serviceable.

The Creative Steel Adjustable Shifter is made robust enough that it will last the life of the car with little to no maintenance. If by chance the shifter ever feels worn, the tension mechanism on the pivot ball is replaceable without needing a new shifter.

The pictures below show the OEM original CTS-V shifter stick next to a common aftermarket shifter and the Creative Steel Adjustable Shifter. For comparison purposes we will use the OEM shifter as our baseline.


Figure 1     This picture shows that the common aftermarket shifter provides a roughly 33% reduction in travel of the shifter knob in order to shift the transmission from one gear to another. Although better than a stock shifter, this shifter falls short in three areas of performance. One, the shifter is designed to reuse the plastic mounting cup that the original shifter pivoted in. These factory installed plastic cups wear over time. The more they wear, the more excessive play will be felt in the shifter. Two, the amount of throw reduction is 33%, like it or not. This amount of reduction could cause a potential interference with larger diameter aftermarket drive shafts or not as much reduction in throw as some owners would like that have smaller diameter drive shafts. Three, the shift knob is approximately 1/2″ taller than stock and only accepts the original shift knob.

This picture also shows the Creative Steel shifter in its “longest throw” configuration. Meaning that the hole at the base of the shifter (just right of the red line) that the shift linkage connects to; is adjusted to be as close to the center line of the pivot ball as possible. In addition, the top half of the shifter is set about 1/2″ taller than the stock knob height.


Figure 2 This picture shows the top half of the shifter in its shortest configuration. This will lower the shift knob roughly 3/4″ with no effect on the throw of the unit.


Figure 3 This picture shows the shifter adjusted to its shortest throw possible. Notice that the top half of the shifter has been returned to the position that places the knob at the factory height.


Figure 4   In this picture the shifter has been adjusted to its shortest throw and lowest shift knob configuration.


Additional information

Weight 3.5 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 4 in

11 reviews for 04-07 CTS-V ADJUSTABLE SHORT THROW SHIFTER w/ Choice of Stick

  1. MICHAEL OLDFIELD (verified owner)

    Easy to install. Made a huge difference in the way the car shifts. Highly recommend this shifter.

  2. Vince (verified owner)

    Made a huge difference in shifting. It was relatively straightforward to install and can be adjusted without removing it from your car. I would definitely recommend this as the first mod you do, along with the motor and transmission mounts.

  3. Damon (verified owner)

    This shifter is the best fully adjustable anytime i just shorten my throw again cant ask for a better product

  4. Drew (verified owner)

    Very nice. Will not dissapoint.

  5. James Green

    Just finish install yesterday, did test drive. Shift’s better than when new. Bought 05 V new in 04. Install was easy, read instructions several times to get a good understanding. I also install allen screw in grease fitting hole to keep dust out, 13 cent at Ace Hardware. Do not screw allen screw in to far will hit shifter ball.also purchase 12″ drill bit from Ace 13.00 (5/16) Irvin brand drill bit .I drilled rivets from underneath car. Very easy be sure to wear safety glasses. Again a great shifter.

  6. Clifford Foote

    Thanks u guys a great n good shifter a big difference whole different car v1

  7. Stephen Saulen (verified owner)

    Bought this and installed on my 04 V… What an amazing difference! I also bought the mega deal package and installed the motor mounts and trans mount. Got the linkage bushings with shifter purchase and the car shifts and runs like it never has. I’ve owned it for 2 years now and I now love the car again! I love the shifter highly recommend to anyone!

  8. ggoodrich (verified owner)

    in a word, AMAZING! My 2004 “V” has over 135,000 abusive miles on it, I drive it like I stole it every day. The shifter had wore to the point that it was almost impossible to get into reverse, and was more like driving a truck than a car. The install was almost as easy as changing the oil. The feel of the new shifter is far better than I expected! Fact that it is fully adjustable is just over the top! I look forward to trying more of your products. My only advise to anyone else installing this, remove the center console. There’s only 6 10mm bolts holding it in, and it made getting to the other bolts a snap, and drilling the out the rivots a 20 second job.

  9. Joe Gemma (verified owner)

    I replaced an unnamed short shifter with the CS shifter and felt a huge difference. Shifts are more precise! The adjustability is incredible. The harder I shift the better it feels. I highly recommend this shifter.

  10. Will

    You guys really have something special with this shifter. I switched from the Hurst to your design and I couldn’t be happier.

    This design really takes advantage of the smooth shifting the Tranzilla I have installed. It’s a night and day difference, and I won’t be going back. I am able to set it exactly where I want my knob height to be, which keeps my arm parallel to the shifter and its almost effortless to change gears, no clunk in first and second as it drops into gear.

    I had to relearn the shifting with this shifter, its that good. I have zero NVH that enters the cabin, and I have the bronze link installed with your poly bushings.

    Thank you again for keeping our cars alive.

  11. Mike (verified owner)

    Don’t waste your time and money on other shifters! This is absolutely THE BEST product I’ve put on my car yet! Easy installation, just follow the directions. The ability for adjustments is very nice, but the throw fit shifting has been reduced by 50%!!! Solid feel, with not much practice, you can slam through gears quicker than ever! Worth every dollar!!!!

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