I got the 18T 18A hw setup in mine.
Warning though the recon WILL
break if you hit anything
with that sucker in it. And the repairs will be insane in price. I hit my recon ONCE and its repairs were at the point buying a new recon would have been cheaper due to how HPI sells the parts.
As for the other issue in your other thread sounds like the ESC took a dump. My stock ESC burst into flames the second time I used it...
I'm sad to say the mini recon is an over priced RC that another company sells for $60
90% of those parts will directly bolt on with 0 modifications. Only 2 parts that are sligtly different is the chassis, and the motor mount (why the chassis is different).
The mini recon honestly was not made for BL power, be careful your rims will shatter. Here is a list of damage from one whack (it wasn't even going 40% of its top speed) Fron A-arm snapped in half, front rim shattered (don't think that was from the hit as my other side was broke that didn't get hit too), the front shock tower snapped in half, lost the front dog bone, and the piece that holds the front arms on that mounts behind the bumper(why this is not one stronger piece astounds me) snapped off. Cost to replace from HPI as every part that should be in one bag is in separate bags with parts that have no correlation to each other* would cost $104(not counting shipping prices taken off tower). So yea $104 to fix a $109 RC which electronics blew out on 2nd run...
I fixed my recon(hell upgraded it with a full aluminum set for half of what HPI wanted for plastic), and threw on RPM arms (required a fair bit of modifications) and am scared to even run it after how much it cost to get it operational again. I went and bought a RC18b that has taken way more abuse, and broke nothing instead of running the recon again. I ended up putting the recon just as a shelf queen in the end as honestly even with all the durability upgrades I did I doubt it would come out in one piece if it hit anything as there are a few pieces I couldn't upgrade or make stronger.
BTW the VXL ESC will NOT fit in the recon, and neither would the motor as the motor is too big in every dimension. One minor thing with the HW setup you will have to dremel the motor mount a tiny bit so the motor can screw in as the HPI motor seems to use some funky can size and the motor mount is drilled for that size. its not much like 1mm tops off each side going towards the middle
*what I meant is like say the dogbone you need to buy the axles, and dogbone as a pair for $25. This is insane seeing for my 1/10th HPI's the axles cost $7 for a pair, and the dogbones cost $8 last I looked and they were made of STEEL not some flimsy plastic, and were 4X longer. Hell I paid $30 for a set of 4 HD steel dogbones for my savage in comparison...