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    RC Turnbuckle Jr. pavmentsurfer's Avatar
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    Man, this discussion wasn't intended to inflame. LOL... I know everyone is posting in good fun like I was as well. Were all buds here. Im just looking at the bigger picture of whats out there already and what this truck is. Its a trail truck, well suited a (as KSB and others have pointed out) a VERY low KV brushless setup (waterproof would be ideal) or a high torque brushed setup. The price seems to suggest maybe a brushed system is the most economical choice and, for this unit, the XL5 isnt terrible. A higher turn motor would be a great choice for an upgrade. Even a 21t titan from an Emaxx would be a good choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavmentsurfer View Post
    Im just throwing that out there. I think this is a cool truck... and I want one. But it seems like most peoples first inclination is to ask about or go brushless. If thats what your going to do, get a stampede 4X4... cause thats what this is with a brushed system. There is a special and unique simplicity to cheap brushed setup and keeping a vehicle for use as its intended. Obviously anyones free to do whatever they want but it would seem pretty silly to spend $300 on this truck only to upgrade the power system, turnbuckles and driveshaft for brushless power when you can simply go out and spend $150 more and get a stampede 4X4 that will include a battery.

    Im just sayin...
    In a way, I agree with what you're saying. But where I live (Canada) it's actually the same price (they're both $300!). I wouldn't get the Telluride 4x4 over the Pede 4x4, not for the same price at least. At least if Traxxas would've put like a specially made crawler motor, the XL-5 is intended for people who want to step up to hobby grade without going extreme (brushless) power. But if you want to get over rocks and twigs, I think they should've put a crawler motor in there. The XL-5 goes quite fast (IMO) for a trail car. I mean they adversite 35+MPH, that's not a trail car at all I still like the Telluride though!

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    I already put the 3500 Velineon system in my Telluride and I'm thrilled with the results. So far the clutch has been able to handle the power and I've had no problems with the nylon driveshaft. I actually prefer the nylon driveshaft. I put the aluminum one in, but it's noisier and jerks a little more.

    I don't think it changes the nature of the Telluride at all. The brushless system is so much better in terms of longevity and temperature handling. Just because you have a brushless system doesn't mean you need to put a 3s in it. I still use NiMh batteries in mine. I've got more power now, but nothing obscene and my run times are longer.

    I do agree with the OP that some vehicles are ruined by too much power, but be sensible about it and you will love the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-Maxxdude View Post
    I already put the 3500 Velineon system in my Telluride and I'm thrilled with the results. So far the clutch has been able to handle the power and I've had no problems with the nylon driveshaft. I actually prefer the nylon driveshaft. I put the aluminum one in, but it's noisier and jerks a little more.

    I don't think it changes the nature of the Telluride at all. The brushless system is so much better in terms of longevity and temperature handling. Just because you have a brushless system doesn't mean you need to put a 3s in it. I still use NiMh batteries in mine. I've got more power now, but nothing obscene and my run times are longer.

    I do agree with the OP that some vehicles are ruined by too much power, but be sensible about it and you will love the results.
    +1 on that!

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    Looking for a low-power brushless recommendation for Telluride

    Quote Originally Posted by Dadx2mj View Post
    Brushless does not have to mean huge power. You could go with a low powered sensored system just to get the ease of maintenance that brushless offers and still have the linear power band and speed more suited to a trail rig than a high speed basher.
    Can you please recommend a motor? My kid burns about his brushed motor on his Telluride like every couple months, and I hate the break-in hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solerider123 View Post
    Can you please recommend a motor? My kid burns about his brushed motor on his Telluride like every couple months, and I hate the break-in hassle.
    This is a pretty old thread but here would be my take. Do you want him to go faster? How old is he? If you are ok with more speed and the accompanying wear on other parts (spur/driveshafts/diff/etc) go brushless. Get a velineon system with a new vxl esc or get a system from castle like the sct/3800 or 4600. I am not sure which one is better for the telly. I don't actually have a telly, I just do the work on my friends kids one. Any of those systems will have a much longer lifespan but will put more speed into the truck and therefore increase the chance of breakage from accidents and strain.
    If you don't want more speed a quick and easy way to slow it down and add some durability is the Traxxas 21T motor. A little slower but seems to be more durable than the 12T. Beyond that look at some of the lower turn motors by axial or hpi. I think they have 15T and 17T motors.

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    I know I'm bumping and old thread but I agree 100%. We don't have to drive with a mashed throttle,our finger works like our foot in our own vehicles. Also,I think that too many forget about the training mode feature cutting power in half,this works very well for slower technical speeds. In this mode with the nimh battery,I have about the same top speed as it did with the titan 12t but with much more torque at slow speeds,braking down steep hills is superior also. When I go 2S lipo I will more slow speed control. When I want to zip around in open terrain,I put it back in sport mode.

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    I agree with most others, brushless ruins what makes this truck fun to crawl with, it's my go to do everything truck.

    I'm running an Axial 55T motor (13T Pinion) with an AE-2 ESC from Axial for the drag brake function and man is it ever a fun truck. ( the locked axles ad 2.2 TSL SX's don't hurt either!)
    Slash VXL 4x4 / Raptor / Telluride 4x4

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    I have a 2000kv sensored brushless motor. With brushed diffs and stock gearing, I have great crawlability, and it can run 20mph. It's fun to be able to crawl rocks, follow a trail, but still launch off a root or a rut or a rock now and then. It's still no less a telluride. I still crawl and trail it, and it's even more fun when trailing if there is a little bit of speed on tap.
    460, straightpipes, buried throttle, nuff said :D

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