Are y'all talking about the same gear ratios or changing gear ratios? Also are y'all talking dirt oval or sprints on pavement? I am just trying to understand things correctly.
It would seem on an oval the corners would be very similar and the gear ratios would become more critical. On the sprint course we run the layout is constantly changing. Sometimes it is direction, other times it is drastic corner changes. We have some fast corners and some that put you down into the lower RPMs. So being off in one corner may benefit in another. I am getting a handle on gearing. I am usually too low on the gear and need to change to a higher gear. So far I know my chassis setup has been more of an issue than the gearing. I am hopefully closing in on both. My initial gearing picks come down to trying to be on the right size front driver as I figure the front make a bigger difference (per tooth size) and the back is easier to fine tune. A lot of the gearing is in the 3.5-4ish to 1 range. I have been concentrating on chassis more than gearing most of the time anyway.
Then on an LO206 I hear different ideas about being on the rev limiter anyway. I have found it also depends on what class (slide) you are in.
Thankfully I don't have to worry about tire prep as that would add a whole 'nother dimension.