do you think it makes a difference whether I'm running V6 or V7 on the devices?
in 2116/2216 you will no have another option than running v7
if you are asking about performance improvements, you will not have any performance improvement moving your 1072/1036 to v7
to date the only relevant motivation to move a production router from v6 to v7 is the need to take advantage of some new feature only available on v7
That is not true.
We got HUGE performance improvements in cpu usage of both 1036 and 1072.
We got higher cpu usage in lower end routers because of the missing route cache, but everything is working as expected.
we upgraded the whole network from latest 6 LTS to 7.4, now to 7.6 without any issues, other than adapting the route filters to the new syntax.