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What is the purpose of the lip that is above the doors?

This lip is part of the hardtop for my TJ.

Does it channel water away from the door?
Is it just decorative?
 

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Shows how old the Wrangler design is.
Back in the Sixties and Seventies drip rails were on virtually every car and truck.
Not sure maybe in the Nineties they started to phase out to different 'hidden' designs that were more aesthetically pleasing. The F-150 lost drip rails in 1997 and the Ranger lost it's drip rails in 1993. I guess it was one less weld. Also, drip rails were lined with caulk from the factory to resist water damage.

People not familiar with drip rails will find old roof racks at garage sales look at the feet and ask, "how are these supposed to attach?"
 

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many switched to using the gap between the roof and door closure with the shape of the seal to create a channel.
 
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