Could you explain what exactly you mean by a "sliding pivot" link? It seems to be similar to a cylindrical joint. In a cylindrical joint between 1 and 2, assuming z-direction is normal to the screen, 1 can rotate about z-axis and translate along z-axis, with respect to 2 (assuming 2 is fixed). Is this the behavior you want to simulate?
If yes, then you can set up "Cylindrical Joint" Connection between the respective parts. In Ansys Help for Mechanical, you can find this information under Setting Connections > Joints > Joint Types > Cylindrical Joint.
Hope this helps.
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