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Take this advice from me however you please... but you Cannot sit here and say "dealing with the flare" is the right way to go about this, it has consequences. Im suffering from them now as we speak.
I had a 3-5 flare after tuning my truck and thought nothing of it for a while. For 25k miles I had a bad 3-5 flare so I replaced the stock solenoid with a gogo solenoid and new filters and I also drained my fluid and refilled. My truck started shifting like crap when the trans got warm... turns out my direct clutch was so worn from a bad factory direct clutch solenoid that it cant even make a direct shift without letting off, I parked the truck 3 weeks ago and i'm now im rebuilding my transmission...
You need to replace the direct clutch solenoid asap otherwise you will have problems down the road, theres no way around it. If you have the gogo solenoid and it shifts "hard" call Doug, it should shift FIRM NOT HARD, if it only does it while the truck is tuned I would mess with the shift pressures on the SCT on the direct shift. It should shift nice and firm in the stock programming and while tuned.
Also I will add this to the conversation because I feel like you guys are claiming "sometimes it flares and sometimes it doesn't".
The torqshift trans is really a 6 speed transmission, only utilizing 5 of the gears at any given point. The transmission will shift 1-2-3-5-6 when above 0*F. However the transmission will use 4th gear while daily driving, but its all depending on speed and will not shift 1-2-3-4..... If the truck is going too fast to use 3rd or isnt going fast enough to use 5th, it will go into 4th gear. Now once in 4th the trans will only shift into 6th/overdrive not into 5th. This is why so many people may think you're not getting a flare all the time but most of the time you're not even using the direct clutch so it wont flare. I would put money on those who are having a flare "sometimes" that every time you take off from a stop and go through the gears 1-2-3-5-6 you will get a flare every single time making the direct shift.
Hope this helps..