Thanks for telling your story Steve... not very motivating, but good to know.
It was my drivers side axle that also went... Same 1/8" groove. I too installed new bearings at the same time I did the axles.
I am VERY tempted to go back to the stock axles.. Did you keep the passenger side axle that you got the first time or get them to replace that one as well?
I am wondering if the metal messed up the seal in my ARB. Bummer.
I probably have 10k or so miles on the axles..