About Shrader Performance

Who are we?

Our primary business is Custom Tuning for 1999-present Ford Mustangs in street/strip, road racing, and drag racing applications. We also do this for custom vehicles that have engine swaps using the modular Ford and coyote Ford engine family. We have a brick and mortar shop in Gastonia NC, but provide services to the entire US, and many worldwide countries.


We have a DynoJet 224 chassis dyno in-house for testing and tuning our customer’s cars. We use SCT software and SCT handheld programmers for all of our work. We’re not the typical dyno shop that gets you in and out in a couple hours. For most cases, we keep your car for an overnight stay, so we can properly calibrate cold start settings, hot start settings, idle quality, wide open throttle, and part throttle cruising. Our focus is on making excellent drivability, rather than solely just a magic horsepower number. However, we pride ourselves in extracting the most possible horsepower, safely.


In 2002, Steve Shrader began building and selling his own product line of Rear Seat Delete Kits for Mustangs, hand-building every kit from his small 2-car garage in NC. Eventually that operation expanded to the point of needing a much larger shop and staff to build and store inventory. The list of vehicles has grown now to include Mustang, Camaro, GTO, Mini Cooper, Fiat 500, Subaru BRZ, and more. We focus on 2-door cars with 4 seats, as we have found that most 2-door cars have rear seats that are nearly useless for carrying passengers. We are the only manufacturer to use ABS Plastic instead of wood to create a high quality durable product. Our goal is to provide increased performance by dropping weight, while retaining a high level of style and convenience in the interior.

Yellow Mustang Registry

Shrader Performance was originally established over a decade ago as the foundation behind the Yellow Mustang Registry (also known as YMR), a Mustang club dedicated to yellow Ford Mustangs that grew to over 10,000 members worldwide. We handed over the YMR to new owners in 2006 so that we could concentrate on our performance business, but are still involved with the club. Several other “color registries” were created following the success of the original YMR. Most folks today don’t realize the origins of the color registries dates back to 2002 when Steve Shrader pioneered the concept and setup nationwide car meets for yellow Mustang owners.


You may have seen our yellow E85-fueled 1999 Mustang in action at many Streetcar Takeover events across the east coast, as well as many other race events designed for street cars. We were also featured on Speed TV’s PASS TIME and PINKS ALL OUT shows many years ago. We’ve also been on multiple magazine cover features in recent years including the 2012 King of the Street competition by 5.0 Magazine.


We are heavy promoters of E85 ethanol fuel. We have done a great deal of testing on our project vehicles as well as customer cars since 2006. E85 gives the advantages of race fuel, without the added cost and inconvenience. We offer E85 tuning for your modular Ford or coyote Ford vehicle.

We have a brick and mortar location in
Gastonia, NC just outside of Charlotte.