For me I changed the mB of metal required to make a gear from 576 to 864 so it's equivalent to 6 ingots instead of 4. Gear casts may be convenient but they shouldn't also be the most material efficient way to make gears when the best you can do otherwise is 6 ingots.
Also I recommend adding this line to the TiC script because it fixes the ability to skip LV altogether with TiC aluminium. You can still make and use TiC aluminium in a smeltery early on with bauxite but you need GT aluminium to make GT materials and as a result still need an EBF. You can also still convert between the two through maceration if it's really necessary.
Better is to disable every recipes which you can make Aluminum Ingots without a EBF.