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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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