Absolutely right. The epic fail videos you see on line with struggling h1's are usually struggling inexperienced drivers who can't btm.
Originally Posted by Outback
Btm'ing puts a lot of stress on the drivetrain, but knowing how to do it properly will get you pretty much anywhere. The '99 you had (I assume the "89 was a typo) is really the worst year for btm-able trucks. It was the 1st year for abs brakes and the high bias ratio was reduced from nearly 5:1 to less than 2:1 , making it far less effective offroad without lockers (AMG added a traction control in '99 to compensate for the suckiness, but it left much to be desired). The '98 and earlier trucks were pretty formidable out of the box in the hands of a skilled driver.
'97 td Hummer
39.5's on beadlocks, f+r locked, rock-ram, body lifted, suspension bagged, wallet empty